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P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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Planar Exact Cover by even-size sets

Major edit on June 6, 2019: Replaced the target problem with a simpler (but equivalent) one. Is the following problem NP-complete? Planar Exact Cover by even-size sets Input: A set $U$, a ...
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Razborov-Smolensky polynomial argument on $\textrm{ACC}[q]$ where $q$ is a prime power

It seems to be a folklore that we can "handle" $\textrm{ACC}[q]$ circuits not only for prime $q$ but prime power $q$. For example, authors of this paper say that ... any constant depth circuit ...
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Graph automorphism with prescribed values

Consider a graph $G$ with vertices labeled $1,...,n$ and edge weights $w_{ij}$. Recall an automorphism of G is a permutation $\sigma$ of the vertex labels such that $w_{\sigma(i),\sigma(j)}=w_{ij}$ ...
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Attempted proofs of P vs NP

What are the most recent (say in the last 3 years) attempts at disproving $P = NP$, and where can I find the papers?
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Can a hash preimage be used to amplify BPP probabilities?

Suppose we are given a (univariate) polynomial $P$ of degree $d$, and we wish to determine if $P$ is identically $0$. A standard way to do this is to use a classical PRG to randomly sample a number $...
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Is the unbounded fan-in model realistic?

Does the unbounded fan-in circuit model apply in "practical" settings? In other words, are there real-world realisable computers with unbounded fan-in gates? As I understand, standard silicon ASICs ...
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Comprehensive list of functions used in Big-$O$ notation

We all know that exponential functions grow faster than polynomials. Let us consider the following function: $f(n)=n^{a_1}⋅(\log n)^{a_2}⋅(\log\log n)^{a_3}⋅(\log\log\log n)^{a_4}⋯ $ where the leading ...
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Under what models do we know linear time sorting?

The best we know for general case sorting is $O(n\log n)$ (which is also $\theta(n\log n)$ is decision tree model) and the problem of $O(n)$ sorting is open for turing machine models. Under what ...
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Is prime-counting function #P-complete?

Recall $\pi(n)$ the number of primes $\le n$ is the prime-counting function. By "PRIMES in P", computing $\pi(n)$ is in #P. Is the problem #P-complete? Or, perhaps, there is a complexity reason to ...
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$XP_{\text{uniform}}=FPT$ and update to $EPTAS$ section in complexity zoo?

Complexity zoo in https://complexityzoo.uwaterloo.ca/Complexity_Zoo:E#eptas has the following: $FPT = XPuniform\implies EPTAS = PTAS$. Fundamentals of Parametrized complexity on page $534$ has ...
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Is the following problem in $coNP$?

Given an $n\times n$ matrix $M$ with $\mathbb Z$ entries is 'does an $\frac n2\times\frac n2$ minor of $M$ vanish?' in $\bf{coNP}$? At least one $\frac n2\times\frac n2$ minor non-vanish implies rank ...
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What is the complexity of Parametric Mixed Integer Linear Programming?

We know $$\forall\bf y\in\mathbb Z^n:K\bf y\leq b$$ $$\exists\bf x\in\mathbb Z^m:A\bf x + B\bf y\leq c$$ is in $\bf P$ if $n,m$ are fixed from Kannan's result (refer page $1$ in reference). What is ...
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Why exactly are complexity theorists interested in closed timelike curves?

Context: There are several papers that study the implications of closed timelike curves (CTCs) to quantum complexity. In 2008, Aaronson and Watrous published their famous paper on this topic which ...
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Lower bound on alternations needed in $BQP$ versus $PH$ result?

What is the fastest $f(n)$ the relatively new result of oracle separation of $\mathsf{BQP}$ from $\mathsf{PH}$ provides such that ${\#\mathsf{SAT}}\not\subseteq\mathsf{FP}^{\mathsf{PH}[O(f(n))]}$ ...
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Which (almost) balanced Boolean function has smallest “total” influence

The well known Kahn–Kalai–Linial (KKL) Theorem says that for any Boolean function $f\colon \{-1,1\}^n \xrightarrow{} \{-1,1\}$ $$ \max_{i \in [n]} \{\mathbf{Inf}_i[f] \} \geq \mathop{\bf Var}[f] \cdot ...
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Is there any quantum analog of the VP vs. VNP problem?

From Wikipedia: $\mathsf{VP}$: The class VP is the algebraic analog of P; it is the class of polynomials $f$ of polynomial degree that have polynomial size circuits over a fixed field $K$. $\...
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Why is $BPP^{NP}$ in polynomial hierarchy? [closed]

Why is $BPP^{NP}$ in the polynomial hierarchy? I know that $BPP$ is contained in $NP^{NP}$, so $BPP$ is inside $PH$. However, how does that imply $BPP^{NP}$ is inside the polynomial hierarchy?
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Hardness of LWE on not-uniform vector samples

The "usual decisional LWE": The challenger and the adversary get a common random matrix $A \in F_{q}^{m \times n}$. The challenger chooses a secret $s \in F_{q}^{n}$ and generates random (small) ...
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How to use a 𝑝-coin so a TM can decide an undecidable language in polynomial time? [closed]

In "Computational complexity- A modern approach" book (page 117) for the lemma 7.12 (following) the author mentioned that if the ρ is efficiently computable ρ-coin cannot give probabilistic algorithm ...
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How hard is deciding the existence of Red-Blue perfect matching?

Two-colorable perfect matching problem is to decide whether a graph has coloring with two colors such that each node has exactly one neighbor the same color as itself. The problem was proven to be NP-...
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An obstruction like ETH

We know under $ETH$ we cannot solve $K$-SUM in $f(K)poly(nK)$ time under any function $f(K)$ (usually $2^{O(K)}$). Is there any conjecture that prevents a $(\log n)^{O(K)}$ complexity (this is ...
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A complexity-class of problems that cannot be solved in finite time

Consider the following game: Alice chooses a real function number $x\in [0,1]$; Bob has to guess the number by asking Alice any number of queries of the form "is $x > a$?" [where Bob can choose ...
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Technical issue with PCP theorem proof

I am reading the proof from here and I stumbled upon a technical (yet crucial) problem. I know this is rather specific and the context is problematic, but I couldn't figure it out myself. In pages 51 ...
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$\exists \mathbb R$ and IP

We know NP$\subseteq$ $\exists \mathbb R$$\subseteq$ PSPACE=IP, but is there some more direct proof for $\exists \mathbb R\subseteq$ IP? What about the other direction, are there some Arthur-Merlin ...
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Minimum cut with nonlinear objective function

Let $G$ be an undirected graph. The classic minimum (cardinality) cut problem asks for a cut $C\subseteq E(G)$, such that $|C|$ is minimum. Let us generalize it the following way: let $f$ be a ...
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Counting quotient graphs, but not exactly

All graphs considered will be directed graphs $G=(V,E)$, with $E \subseteq V \times V$ (so possibly with self-loops). For $k \in \mathbb{N}_{\geq 1}$, I will write $[k]$ the set $\{1,\ldots,k\}$. A $k$...
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Does Hadwiger conjecture imply that NP = coNP?

(Disclaimer: I suspect the answer is no, but I fail to see why) Here is a nice picture by David Epstein (taken from Wikipedia) illustrating Hadwiger's conjecture: The point is that if in a given ...
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Complexity of comparing extended integer power towers

Inspired by this stackexchange question, is it an open problem to compare two power towers of positive integers if we additionally allow numbers lower in the tower to themselves be represented by ...
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Complexity status of the Edge Deletion problem to bounded degree graphs

I'm interested in the complexity status of the following problem. Input: a graph $G=(V,E)$ and two natural numbers $k$ and $d$. Output: Yes, if there exists a subset $E' \subseteq E$ of cardinality ...
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How small can extension complexity be?

In this article on extension complexity of regular polygons https://arxiv.org/pdf/1505.08031.pdf it is mentioned that extension complexity of $n$ regular polygons should be $\theta(\log n)$. This is ...
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Canonical complete problem for $\mathrm{FP}^{\Sigma^p_2}$

Given a $\Sigma^p_2$-complete oracle (i.e., $\Sigma_2 \mathrm{SAT}$), I have a problem that requires to call this oracle polynomially many times and returns an integer. Essentially, this is a function ...
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Entropy bounds on solutions to problems in BPP and other complexity classes based on entropy demands

Has anyone studied the asymptotics of problems in complexity classes like $BPP$? The thought came to me that if a problem in $BPP$ only requires $O(log(n))$ bits of entropy to solve then, intuitively, ...
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Arranging letters to make a word in a regular language

Fix a regular language $L$ on the alphabet $\{a, b\}$, and consider the following problem. I am given as input: some number $m \in \mathbb{N}$ of copies of the letter $a$, and some number $n \in \...
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how is time complexity defined in computational learning theory

In general, when we say an algorithm $A$ PAC learns $C$ in time $t$, we say $A$ takes time $t$ before outputting a hypothesis $h$, and the hypothesis can be evaluated (on every $x$) in time $t$. Now ...
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Difficulty of graph coloring and independent set?

Given a graph on $n$ vertices it is strongly $NP$-complete to decide it is $3$-colorable while it is easy to decide it is $n$-colorable. Is there a parsimonious reduction from SUBSET-SUM to GRAPH-3-...
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Testing emptiness property complexity in Sum of Squares Proof systems

Take the set $$\mathcal T=\{f_1(x_1,\dots,x_n)=\dots=f_m(x_1,\dots,x_n)=0, h_1(x_1,\dots,x_n)\geq a_1,\dots,h_t(x_1,\dots,x_n)\geq a_t\}$$ where $$h_1(x_1,\dots,x_n),\dots,h_t(x_1,\dots,x_n)\in\mathbb ...
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Complexity of #PP2DNF where we also count on the number of clauses

The #PP2DNF problem is the following: we have variables $X = \{x_1, \ldots, x_n\}$, $Y = \{y_1, \ldots, y_n\}$, and a positive partitioned 2-DNF formula, i.e., a Boolean formula of the form $\phi = \...
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Can we define a meaningful concept of exptime reductions (as opposed to polytime reductions) for classes like NEXP or NEEXP?

Typically we are only interested in polytime reductions as we are usually interested in showing a reduction from one NP-problem to another. However, if we consider larger complexity classes such as ...
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Complexity of planted root of a system of quadratic homogeneous polynomials?

Given homogeneous degree $2$ randomly chosen polynomials $f_1,\dots,f_{m}$ in $\mathbb Z[x_1,\dots,x_n,y_1,\dots,y_n]$ each with only monomials $x_iy_j$ with condition that the system $f_1=\dots=f_{m}=...
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Problems rephrased as quadratic unconstrained binary optimization

I was impressed when i came across Quadratic unconstrained binary optimization (QUBO) recently, and saw how one can rephrase many combinatorial problems into questions about optima of binary functions....
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Take a NEXP-complete problem and then have the input in unary. Why is this not NP-complete?

It is known that if any unary language is NP-complete, then P=NP. Suppose we take a NEXP-complete language with input $x$ in binary and witness $y\in\{0,1\}^{2^{poly(|x|)}}$ such that the verifying ...
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Computational Complexity of the Frobenius Problem

The Frobenius problem takes as input $n$ positive integers $a_1,\ldots,a_n$ with $\gcd(a_1,\ldots,a_n)=1$ and asks for the largest integer $F$ that cannot be written in the form $F=a_1x_1+a_2x_2+\...
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When is a problem specified on a TM contained in non-uniform classes such as P/poly? [closed]

In this paper by Gottesman and Irani: https://arxiv.org/abs/0905.2419 , they prove NEXP-hardness of tiling an $N\times N$ grid. They do so by encoding a TM in the tiles making up the grid. However, ...
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Refinement of the hierarchy theorem of a complexity class

Say $\mathrm{CTIME}$ is some complexity measure, syntactic or semantic (e.g. $\mathrm{DTIME}$ or $\mathrm{BPTIME}$). If we already know that for some $f(n) = \omega(n)$, $\mathrm{CTIME}(n) \subsetneq \...
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Question on deduction that a certain problem requires exponential space

My question concern's a statement from the classic paper The equivalence problem for regular expressions with squaring requires exponential space. Regular expressions with squaring are like ordinary ...
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Depth reduction for Boolean circuits

This result by Tavenas, Koiran and others show that any polynomial computed by a circuit of size $s$ is computed by a depth-4 homogenous circuit of size $s^{\sqrt{d}}$. Are there any similar results ...
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Example problem that is not in $2^{o(n)}$ but could be solved in $O(2^{cn})$ for any $c > 0$ (suggested by wording of ETH)

In the wikipedia article on Time Complexity it is written that: The exponential time hypothesis (ETH) is that 3SAT, the satisfiability problem of Boolean formulas in conjunctive normal form with, ...
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On $BPP$ in $P^{NP}$ and $SETH$

It is believed showing $BPP$ in $P$ involves good $PRG$s and faces lower bound barriers. Does showing $BPP$ in $P^{NP}$ which would mean $BPP\neq EXP^{NP}$ face similar $PRG$ and give lower bounds? ...
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What is the reference for the proof Gödel's first incompleteness theorem based on the undecidability of the halting problem?

A weaker form of Gödel's First Incompleteness Theorem, direct proofs of which in Gödel's manner are lengthy, involved and at some place rather counter-intuitive, has a simple and intuitive proof based ...
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Where is the flaw in this proof that an LP solves TSP? [duplicate]

In this preprint on Arxiv, M. Diaby, M.H. Karwan, and L. Sun give a Linear Program which they claim solves the Traveling Salesman Problem. In contrast to their prior work, which was asked about here, ...