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P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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DFSA and NFSA intersection problem

Given $k$ deterministic FSAs of $n$ states the intersection of their languages is empty is decidable in $n^{o(k)}$ time is an open problem. For unbounded $k$ it is known the problem is $PSPACE$ ...
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Improving the approximation in Stockmeyer's counting theorem

Given a $\#P$ function $f(x)$, we can use Stockmeyer's counting theorem to get an approximation $g(x)$ such that \begin{equation} \left(1 - \frac{1}{\text{poly}(n)} \right) f(x) \le g(x) \le \left(...
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Amortized time and worst case (non-amortized) separation

Assume a reasonable computation model (thinking about pointer machine or RAM model), is there a problem where there is a clear separation between amortized and worst case complexity? Say, if ...
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$CH=UL$ and partial breaking of transitive closure bottleneck problem and Savitch's theorem?

Let $L^t=DSPACE[O(\log n)^t]$, $NL^t=NSPACE[O(\log n)^t]$ and $UL^t=USPACE[O(\log n)^t$. Savitch provides $NL\subseteq L^{2}$. If $CH=UL$ we clearly got rid of the transitive closure bottleneck ...
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A proved computationally-irreductible function

In arXiv:1111.4121 and arXiv:1304.5247, Hervé Zwirn and Jean-Paul Delahaye propose a formal definition of computational irreducibility. Is there a (possibly artificial) function that can be proved to ...
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What is the best simulation of majority utilizing $\bmod\{2,3,\dots,p\}$ gates?

It is known $AC^0[2]$ cannot get majority function. Is there a literature on simulation of $MAJ$ function utilizing $AC^0[2,3,\dots,p]$ gates for a finite fixed set of primes $2$ to $p=O(1)$? What is ...
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Is $GCT$ necessarily a negative result program?

$GCT$ is a candidate program to separate permanent and determinant through symmetries. If indeed permanent and determinant can be handled in similar complexity class would $GCT$ be a program which can ...
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Algorithms for finding unique solutions of NP-complete problems

The complexity of algorithms that find unique solution for an NP-complete problem (the input is guaranteed to have a unique solution) seems to shed light on the hardness character of different NP ...
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Pursuing Theoretical Computer Science after CS major

So I am currently a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. In the Data Structures course that I am currently studying, I studied the basics of complexity of a program and big O-notation, etc. That ...
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Is the Triangle Finding decision problem in $coNTIME(\tilde{O}(n^2))$?

The Triangle Finding decision problem asks whether there exists a triangle in a graph $G$ containing $n$ vertices. A triangle is a triple of vertices $(a, b, c)$ such that $a$ is adjacent to $b$, $b$ ...
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The graph of problem reductions

A classical approach to study the complexity of a problem $P$ is to efficiently reduce a well known problem $P'$ to $P$, thus showing that $P$ is at least as difficult as $P'$. The TCS literature ...
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PSPACE-complete under NP reduction

Is there some example of a PSPACE problem that we can show PSPACE-hard under NP reduction, but we do not know a proof of PSPACE-hardness under P reduction ? To be more precise, the NP reduction I am ...
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Comparing SAT to MCSP reduction class separations and faster SAT class separations?

Assume $SAT$ is in $QuasiP$. We immediately infer $NQuasiP=QuasiP$ and $EXP=NEXP$. From https://people.csail.mit.edu/rrw/easy-witness-nqp.pdf we infer $NQuasiP$ is not in $P/poly$ which implies $...
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What is the best reduction we know from flavors of $SAT$ to $MCSP$?

Consider $\mathcal P(n,m)$ to be a class from the set $\{k\mbox{-}\mathsf{SAT}(n,m),\mathsf{CIRCUITSAT}(n,m)\}$ where $k$ is fixed, $n$ is number of variables and $m$ is number of clauses. Denote $\...
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Clauses structure as quenched random matrix for random $k$-SAT problems

In the Section III of Statistical mechanics of the random K-SAT model, the clauses structure of random $k$-SAT problems are expressed as $M \times N$ quenched random matrix where the numbers of ...
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Which algorithm for linear programming is suitable for the context of quantum computing?

There are two major types of algorithms for linear programming : extreme point based, interior point based. Which will be suitable for quantum computing?
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Relationship between SC and NL

It is a major open problem whether $NL \subseteq SC$, or equivalently, whether directed reachability can be solved (simultaneously) in poly-logarithmic space and polynomial time. What is known ...
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Size of CNF Formula for Adjacency in Configuration Graph

Suppose $M$ is a (non-deterministic) TM that runs in space $S(n)$. Then, the configuration graph $G_{M,x}$ of $M$ on $x$ has size $2^{O(S(n))}$. Arora-Barak (see http://theory.cs.princeton.edu/...
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Looking for some lecture videos on logic, models of computation and computational complexity/tcs fundamentals [closed]

Looking for some lecture videos (introductory level) on logic, models of computation as well as computational complexity/ other theoretical computer science fundamentals
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$\mathsf{ACC}^0$ and $\mathsf{TC}^0$ with $\mathsf{Cuniform}$-$\oplus\mathsf{L}$ or $\mathsf{Cuniform}$-$\mathsf{NC}^1$ oracle?

$\mathsf{TC}^0$ is a small class with $\oplus\mathsf{L}$ containing it. Following inclusions are known: $$\mathsf{Cuniform}\mbox{ -}\mathsf{ACC}^0\subseteq\mathsf{Cuniform}\mbox{ -}\mathsf{TC}^0\...
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Increasing Functions in Non-deterministic Time Hierarchy Theorems

I was going over the proofs of the non-deterministic time hierarchy theorem (the one in Arora-Barak and the one by Fortnow and Santhanam). They are available here: http://theory.cs.princeton.edu/...
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Is there any relation between $\mathsf{PPP}\subseteq\mathsf{TFNP}$ and $\mathsf{UP}$? [closed]

A complete problem for $\mathsf{PPP}$ is the pigeon problem which is 'Given a Boolean circuit ${\displaystyle C}$ having the same number ${\displaystyle n}$ of input bits as output bits, find either ...
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Is there a containment between $\mathsf{ZPP}$ and $\mathsf{UP}$?

Do we know if $\mathsf{ZPP}\subseteq\mathsf{UP}$ known or is there oracles against the hypothesis?
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Problems that started out with hopelessly intractable algorithms that have since been made extremely efficient

This is somewhat of a meta-cstheory question, and is more historical in nature. What are some good examples of problems for which the literature followed the develpment below: The original algorithms,...
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Does the awards budget cut problem support a sub $O(n\log n)$ time solution?

There's a famous problem these days in the interview prep community (particularly in PRAMP) called the awards budget cut problem. The problem gives you an input of $n$ integers called grants $g_1 ... ...
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Complexity Lower Bounds for 3D Sparse Gaussian Elimination

I'm interested in lower bounds on the complexity in the real-RAM model of solving systems of linear equations which have the sparsity pattern of a three-dimensional cubic mesh. Specifically, consider ...
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Help find algorithm for array-based task

Given array if numbers a[1..n]. Pair of numbers (i, j) is interesting, if i < j и a[i] > 2a[j]. How to count number of interesting pairs in O(nlogn)? What is the solution? My solution is not ...
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NP complete problem help

I'm currently trying to find a reduction to this problem: Given a set S of n points (in the plane) in general position, is there a set of at least k triangles (formed using only points in S as ...
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Complexity class name for the class of languages that are $\Sigma^1_1$-definable over finite domains

Let ${\cal L}=\{Y_1,..., Y_k, X\}$ be a finite relational language such that $X$ is a unary relation name. Let $\phi(X,\bar{Y})\in{\cal L}$ be a first-order formula (the formula can have the equality ...
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Is there a known lower-bound on what the exponent could be, even if it turned out that P=NP?

Underlying motivation for the question: if someone showed that $\text{P}=\text{NP}$ but the algorithm thus produced for, e.g., $3\text{-SAT}$, runs in time $\Omega(n^G)$ where $G$ is Graham's number, ...
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Computational complexity problem book with solution recommendation?

I will be taking complexity class next quarter and we will use the book "B. Barak, S. Arora, Computational Complexity: A Modern Approach". However, I have little exposure to complexity ...
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Provable BPP Hierarchy

No Time Hierarchy theorem is known for $\mathsf{BPTIME}$, however, consider the following simple modification of the definition: A language is in $\mathsf{ProvableBPTIME}[f(n)]$ if there is a ...
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Can we recover integers $a_i$ from the sum $a_0 + a_1e+a_2e^2+\cdots+a_ne^n$?

Since $e$ is transcendental, the function $f:\mathbb Z_{\geq 0}^{n+1}\to \mathbb R$ is injective, $$ f(\underset{\text{Integers}\ \geq\ 0}{\underbrace{a_0,a_1,\ldots, a_n}}) = a_0 + a_1e+a_2e^2+\cdots ...
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Living in Minicrypt, but sampling hard instances without the solution

In Impagliazzo's worlds, Minicrypt is the one, where one way functions exist. In other words, we can sample hard-on-average instances of NP complete problems. Question: Is living in Minicrypt, where ...
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Complexity of a satisfiability problem

I would like the know the complexity of a specific satisfiability problem. I have a feeling it could be solved in polynomial time, but I am not sure about it. The problem is described below. Given $n$ ...
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Complexity of MAX-ONEs Monotone 2-SAT with $n^{3/2}$ or $C n^2$ clauses?

Let $\phi$ be negative monotone 2-CNF on $n$ variables and $n^{3/2}$ clauses. What is the complexity of finding satisfying assignment with maximum number of ones $k$? Alternatively let $G$ be a graph ...
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If $\sf{E} = \sf{NE}$. Then $\sf{NP}-{P}$ contains no sparse sets [closed]

I am reading "The Complexity Companion" by Hemaspaandra & Ogihara, I have a question about lemma 1.21. In its proof, they suppose $L$ is some sparse language in $\sf{NP}$ ($||L^{=n}||&...
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Is Descriptive Complexity dead?

I recently started reading about Descriptive Complexity, the branch of Complexity Theory studying the logic languages needed to express complexity classes. The main milestone in the area seems to be ...
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Balanced and general $MAXkSAT$ known approximation results and bounds from $UGC$

$MAX2SAT$ has a $0.9401$ to $0.9402$ approximation algorithm which is conjectured to be optimal by $UGC$ while there is a balanced $MAX2SAT$ bound of $0.943$ approximation which is conjectured to be ...
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Are all computational models of quantum computing equivalent?

So the question was inspired by a seminar which presented the following models of quantum computing: Quantum Computing with Photons Quantum Computing with Rydberg atoms Quantum Computing with trapped ...
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Is the traveling salesman problem still NP-hard if all edges need to be covered as well?

If we formulate the travelling salesman problem with an added edge-covering constraint as follows, is it still NP-hard? Given a graph G with non-negative edge weights, is there a circular walk in G ...
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How hard is deciding the existence of a polygonization with prescribed perimeter?

Polygonization problem of a set of points in the Euclidean plane (2D lattice) is to find a simple polygon that passes through all points. Deciding the existence of a polygonization with minimum (or ...
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On $\text{ETH}$ with $m$ as parameter: consequences of algorithm running in time $2^{\delta m}$ where $\delta \to 0$ as $k \to \infty$

It has been shown in [1] that $k\text{-SAT}$ has a $2^{o(n)}$ algorithm if and only if it has a $2^{o(m)}$ algorithm, $n$ being the number of variables and $m$ being the number of clauses. Being $s_k=\...
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Why does Dinur's proof of the PCP theorem fail to work for unique games?

What is the critical step where things go wrong if one attempts to use Dinur's proof the PCP theorem to prove the unique games conjecture by starting from a unique label cover instance and doing gap ...
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Some examples of tools to demonstrate problem is in $NC$ [closed]

Unlike the class $P$ or $NP$ the class $NC$ does not have any complete problems. To show a problem is in $NC$ one needs to marshal efforts to directly show the problem is in $NC$ since there are no ...
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How and How fast can we infer a logical formula that expresses a given graph in C$^2$( logic with 2 vars and counting quantifiers)?

In the following paper the author's claim that almost all graphs can be expressed in first order logic with counting quantifiers and two variables. I would like to know, is there any algorithm that ...
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generalizations of hidden subgroup problem

Quantum Fourier Sampling tries to solve hidden subgroup problem which is defined via a map $f$ from group $\mathrm{G}$ to some set $X$ that separates cosets of sum unknown subgroup $\mathrm{H}$. $f(...
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Are there languages decidable in linear time by RAM machines that have superlinear time complexity lower bounds for Multitape Turing machines?

Question: Are there languages decidable in linear time by RAM machines that have superlinear time complexity lower bounds for Multitape Turing machines? Background: I recently stumbled upon the ...
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Is there any online lecture series that covers "Computational Complexity: A Modern Approach"?

I am trying to cover the Computational Complexity :A Modern approach by Boaz Borak and Sanjeev Arora. Are there any nice lecture series that cover this material ?
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On an unsubstantiated number in a proof of a weaker PCP theorem

I am a mathematician studying Arora and Barak's textbook Computational Complexity, and I am having trouble following one detail in their proof of this weaker PCP theorem: Theorem 11.19. We have NP $\...

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