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P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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The size of output in circuit complexity

In circuit complexity we have one circuit for each input size. The size of the output is determined solely by the size of the input. So it seems to me that taken in its strict sense there are ...
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k-CNF ←→ k-DNF conversion to minimize errors

the following problem/question seems fundamental/hard. it appears in some circuit theory proofs, graph theory, and maybe elsewhere. looking for any nontrivial insight. will add various known/nearby ...
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The latest concerning Valiant-Vazirani

I'm wondering what the best method obtained for the Valiant-Vazirani theorem is. We can state the following criteria: (1) First and foremost, has anyone been able to derandomize it? (2) If not, ...
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Is $\mathrm{co}(\mathrm{NP}^A) = (\mathrm{coNP})^A$?

I believe $\mathrm{co}(\mathrm{NP}^A) = (\mathrm{coNP})^A$: By definition, $L \in (\mathrm{coNP})^A$ means there is a PTIME Turing machine $M$, allowed to make oracle calls to $A$, such that for any ...
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Data structures lower bounds on Turing machines

Have there been any results on lower bounds for implementing data structures on Turing machines, e.g. stacks, queues, etc ? I guess that people are mostly interested in models with random access, but ...
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The relation between NP and IP(2pfa)

As far as I know, it is not known whether $ \mathsf{NP} \subseteq \mathsf{IP(2pfa)} $, where $ \mathsf{IP(2pfa)} $ is the class of languages having interactive proof systems with some two-way ...
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Citation request: Complexity of determining if a graph exists with a minor but no subgraph in set

I'm looking for a reference of the complexity of the following problem. Let our input $C$ be a finite set of graphs. Is there a graph $G$ such that: $G$ has a minor in $C$ $G$ has no subgraph in $C$?...
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Complexity of DTMC subsystems

A discrete-time Markov chain (DTMC) is a tuple $M=(S,s_{init},P)$ where $S$ is a finite set of states, $s_{init}\in S$ the initial state, and $P:S\times S\to[0,1]$ the one-step transition probability ...
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Approximation results for 3-partition

The 3-partition as defined here is a strongly NP-complete decision problem. Consider one optimization problem of 3-partition where the $m$ subsets each have at most three elements and a sum of not ...
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Find the maximum set whose subset sum is unique for every of its subset

We are given a set of $n$ positive integers. We assume all of them are bounded by a polynomial of $n$. We would like to find a subset $S$ of these $n$ numbers such that for any $T_1,T_2\subseteq S$, ...
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Oracle complexity classes and hardness under different notions of reduction

Let C be a complexity class, and let L be a language such that PC ⊆ PL. Then it’s natural (and easy to prove) that L is C-hard with respect to Cook reductions (polytime Turing reductions). This ...
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Distributions over circuits and N-to-N vs N-to-1 circuits

This is really a two part question, and they aren't necessarily related. First, my understanding of natural proof barriers is that they are based on the idea that a suitable distribution over small ...
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Parsimonious Reduction from Unique-3SAT to NAE-3SAT

Using the result by Valiant and Vazirani, we know that Unique-3SAT (3SAT with a unique solution) is hard unless NP=RP. Also it is widely believed that the "Unique" version of any NP-complete problem ...
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How hard is it to generate a set of relatively prime numbers between two given bounds?

Informal Question How hard is it to generate a set of relatively prime numbers between two given bounds? Decision Problem Given $a$, $b$, and $k \in \mathbb{N}$. Does there exist a set $S \...
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How hard is APPROXIMATE-#SAT?

It is well known that the problem of counting the satisfying assignments of SAT, namely the problem #SAT, is #P-complete. It is also suspected (somewhat less widely) that even deciding SAT should ...
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Complexity of bounded degree full contraction

This paper defines the problem $\mathrm{B{\scriptsize OUNDED} \ D{\scriptsize EGREE}\ C{\scriptsize ONTRACTION}}$ as follows: Instance: A graph $G$ and two integers $d$ and $k$. Question: Is there a ...
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Hard instances in Impagliazzo's Heuristica

In Impagliazzo's imaginary world Heuristica, P ≠ NP but all NP problems are easy on average for any samplable probability distribution. In Impagliazzo's paper, he implies that if you do manage to ...
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Is $\mathrm{DTISP}(n^a,n^b) \subseteq \mathrm{DSPACE}(n^{b/2})$?

The title question arose in the course of discussing a question on MathOverflow. Obviously, from the space hierarchy theorem we know that not only is it false that $\mathrm{DSPACE}(n^b) \subseteq \...
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Graceful labeling completion problems

A graceful labeling of a graph with $m$ edges is a labeling of its vertices with some subset of the integers between $0$ and $m$ inclusive, such that no two vertices share a label, and such that each ...
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Resource-bounded variant of Kolmogorov complexity

Consider the variant of Kolmogorov complexity, where the program is only allowed to use a bounded amount of resources. This more closely resembles the practical situation, where decompression needs ...
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Does the existence of an RP-complete language imply P = RP?

(I'm not sure if this is research-level, but I couldn't find an answer to this question elsewhere) The question of whether there exists an RP-complete language seems to be open, but I guess we believe ...
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Optimal polynomial time algorithm to determine if a random graph is $k$-colorable

Let $G(n, d/n)$ be an Erdos-Renyi graph with edge probablity $p = d/n$. For any fixed $k$ sufficiently large, it is known that $d_{k-col} \sim 2 k\log k$ is the sharp threshold for $G(n, d/n)$ to be $...
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Total time complexity of convex hull problem

The convex hull problem is to compute the facets of the convex hull of finitely many given points in $\mathbb{R}^d.$ By cone polarity it is equivalent to computing the vertices and rays of a ...
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On permanent of $\{\pm1,0\}$ matrices

Consider the problem of computing the permanent $Per(M)$ of a matrix $M\in\{0,-1,1\}^{n\times n}$ such that the result is bounded in absolute value, $|Per(M)|<B$ where $B$ is part of input. Is ...
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Reference request for a $\Delta_2^P$ satisfiability problem

I am looking for the name and a reference for a $\Delta_2^P$-complete problem that looks like the following Input: A collection of CNF formulas $\phi_i(x_1^i, x_2^i,\dots, x_m^i, z_1, z_2, \dots, z_{...
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Easy interactive proofs for easy problems?

Motivation Consider some $L \subseteq \{0,1\}^*$. Suppose Alice gives Bob a machine or oracle $M$ that purportedly decides $L$. If Bob has only polynomial time in their disposal, then they cannot ...
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Complexity of finding primes in arithmetic progression

By the Green-Tao theorem the prime numbers contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions. What is the computational complexity of the search problem in which the input is a natural number k encoded ...
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About the ``recent" paper by Razborov in the Annals of Mathematics

Recently this paper on complexity theory was published at the Annals of Mathematics by Razborov, http://annals.math.princeton.edu/2015/181-2/p01. Curiously this seems to have been submitted to the ...
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Computational depth and p-time hard instances

After reading the nice results of the paper: "Worst-Case Running Times for Average-Case Algorithms" by Antunes and Fortnow, I was wondering about the existence of further results linking basic ...
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Testing Isomorphism of projective planes

Miller showed that isomorphism testing of projective planes can be done in $v^{O(\log \log v)}$. I would like to know whether Babai's techniques that led to the quasipolynomial time algorithm for GI ...
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Finding of dimension of algebraic varieties

I have found that the problem of finding of dimension of algebraic varieties over $\mathbb{C}$ is $NP$-complete (https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/a947/463a29ee512b89823176f6e8c9f9b2bb1a5e.pdf). Are ...
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When will an NP-complete language remain hard if half of a witness is revealed with the instance?

Let $L$ be an NP-complete language. Let $W(x)$ denote the set of (polynomially length bounded) witnesses that certify $x\in L$. That is, $x\in L$ if and only if there exists a $w$, such that $w\in W(...
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Maximizing the number of selected edges with opposing requirements

Consider the following problem: Input: a complete bipartite graph $G$ with its edges colored either white or black, a number $k$. Output: a subset of vertices $W$ of size $k$ which maximizes the ...
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The evaluation problem for AC$^0_d$ formulas is in FO

Let $d \in \mathbb{N}$ be arbitrary. Let $\mathsf{AC^0_d}$-Eval be the following promise problem: Input: A depth $d$ formula $\varphi(x)$ and a binary string $a$. Output: $\varphi(a)$ I am looking ...
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What is the status of Determinantal Complexity of Permanent

Recently Landsberg and Ressayre announced an exponential lower bound for permanent's determinantal complexity assuming certain symmetry conditions. What is the status of the problem of Permanent's ...
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Question about a unary language construction

For any language $L$, let us define another language $Tally(L)$, as follows: $$Tally(L)=\{1^n\;|\;\exists x \;\mbox{with}\; x\in L \;\mbox{and}\; |x|=n\}$$ That is, $Tally(L)$ encodes whether there is ...
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PSPACE completeness, with different kinds of reductions

PSPACE-complete$_{FP}$ problems are the PSPACE problems such that every other PSPACE problem can be transformed to it with a polynomial time reduction, i.e. the reduction is an algorithm $\in$ FP. ...
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Learning Finite Automata Behavior by Experimentation

This conjecture is from an expert in Game Theory area, I post it here to draw more attentions of TCS experts. Discussions and comments are welcome. http://gtcenter.org/WCS_Call_for_papers.pdf An ...
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Is MAX-SAT SETH (like) hard?

If we make a random assignment to the variables in $k$-sat ($m$ clauses), we are going to satisfy $(1-2^{-k})m$ clauses in expectation. In general satisfying fewer clauses is considered easy. There ...
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An oracle relative to which EXP(NP) = BPP

Whether or not $\mathbf{BPP} = \mathbf{EXP}^{\mathbf{NP}}$ is an open problem, although we believe the former is strictly contained in the other. I guess, from the absence of the proof of the ...
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Implications of a deterministic polytime prime-finding algorithm

I'm wondering what are the current known uses/implications of a polynomial-time algorithm for the following problem: Given $n$ in binary, output a prime $p > n$. I'm both curious about specific ...
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Can Iterative Compression lead minimization NP-hard problem to both in low complexity and good approximation?

The breakthrough theory of iterative compression introduced by Reed, Smith and Vetta [1] can give positive answers to a number of open problems of parameterized complexity of several important NP-hard ...
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Interpolating the Tutte polynomial at the values of two hyperbolas

In a MO question basically I asked when the Tutte polynomial of planar graph can be uniquely determined by the polynomially computable values at the special points and at the two hyperbolas. The ...
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Evidence of non P-hard problems that require polynomial space?

It is admitted that a $\mathsf{P}$-complete problem requires polynomial space and thus cannot be efficiently parallelized. One purpose of these problems is that they can be used to 'defeat' an (...
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Approximate c-chromatic number, each color class is P4-free (cograph)

The classic chromatic number of graph, $\chi(G)$, describes the minimum number of colors needed so that each color class is an independent set. There are many other graph coloring definitions. One of ...
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Is minimum weight simple cycles through specified vertics fixed parameter tractable?

The problem formulation is as follows: Input: Undirected graph $G=(V,E)$, a set of vertices $S\subseteq |V|$, a weight function $w:E\to \mathbb{R}$ and a threshold $T\in \mathbb{R}$. Parameter:...
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Complexity of the Transductive SVM training problem

The Transductive Support Vector Machine training problem is a non-convex mixed integer programming problem: Transductive Support Vector Machine training problem. $$ \begin{align} \mathop{\text{...
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Sketch of Razborov's paper “On the method of approximations”

(The following question has bothered me for many years.) Razborov seems to have obtained some of the strongest/award winning lower bounds on circuits found in the field over many years, largely ...
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Weight enumerator of a binary linear code

The weight enumerator polynomial of a $(n,k)$ binary linear code $\mathcal{C}$ is defined as $$WE(\mathcal{C}) = \sum_{i=0}^{n}WE_{i}(\mathcal{C}) x^{i}$$ where $$WE_{i}(\mathcal{C}) = \#\{c\in\...
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Multiple output $AC^0$ circuits?

A naive question perhaps: are there any results/references about $AC^0$ circuits with multiple outputs? Namely, I'm interested in the natural generalization of the Min-$AC^0_d$ problem (find a circuit ...