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On the complexity of a “list” datastructure in the RAM model

I am interested in the complexity of a data-structure equipped with the following operations (similar to a list): insertion of an element at a given position within the list deletion of an element at ...
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The theoretical complexity of Go - The state of the art

What are the latest advances in theoretical complexity of Go? I know some early works about the complexity of Go: "Go is polynomial-space hard" proved that Go is PSPACE-hard. "Ladders are PSPACE-...
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Complexity of multi-objective optimization problems

How can we define and prove the worst-case complexity of multi-objective optimization problems (MOOP)? It is easy to see that, if one of the objectives is an NP-Hard optimization problem, then the ...
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Fast algorithm to find pair of triangles with a common edge in a complete graph

Suppose we have a complete graph with 4 nodes. To each triangle in this graph we assign a value $energy$ that is the multiplication of its edge weights. The question is to first find pair of triangles ...
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Constraints on sliding windows

Let $L\subseteq \Sigma^*$ be a language of finite words and $n>0$ some integer. I would like to know if anything is known on the time and space complexity with respect to $n$ to check for ...
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Evidence integer multiplication is in linear time?

After millenia of quest we have identified two $n$ bit integers can be multiplied in $O(n\log n)$ time. Please refer details in https://www.quantamagazine.org/mathematicians-discover-the-perfect-way-...
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What is a natural problem in theory of computation?

In Stephen Cook's paper on the P vs NP problem,[1] he states the following [2]: Feasibility Thesis: A natural problem has a feasible algorithm iff it has a polynomial-time algorithm. My question ...
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Does small circuits for a NP-complete problem contradict ETH?

The remarks of the Theorem 4 in the paper "On the complexity of circuit satisfiability" claims that: if circuit satisfiability (CktSat) problem can be decided by deterministic circuits of $2^{o(n)}$ ...
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Is convex optimisation in P?

Consider a convex optimisation problem in the form $$\begin{align} f_0(x_1, \ldots, x_n) &\to \min \\ f_i(x_1, \ldots, x_n) & \leq 0, \quad i = 1, \ldots, m \end{align}$$ where $f_0, f_1, \...
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Sentences in what kinds of grammar in the Chomsky hierarchy can be parsed by an LSTM of a given size?

Given an LSTM $N$ of a given size $A$, a sentence $S$ with a given number of words $B$, a Chomsky grammar hierarchy level $C$ in 0-3, a Chomsky grammar $G$ of level $C$ of size $D$, A given fixed, ...
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Looking for Research in Cryptographic Computing

I recall reading in college about a nascent research area regarding cryptographic techniques for secure computing, relating to zero-knowledge proofs, but I am having trouble remembering the exact term....
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SAT Solvers and their applications

I've been reading and learning about SAT solvers this week. If they can solve problems with thousands of variable quickly haven't we practically solved ANY problem that can be reduced to it, including ...
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Is there a counterexample to this work?

Is there a counterexample to this claim https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.00353? They claim a $O(n^6)$ LP model with simulations to support. I think asking validity is not a reasonable problem. However ...
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Error in paper “Some NP-complete geometric problems”?

The paper in question: M.R. Garey, R.L. Graham and D.S. Johnson. Some NP-complete geometric problems . This paper proofs the NP-completeness of some well-known problems, such as the Steiner Tree ...
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Paths of length $p$ in a Graph, $p$ a prime

I came across the following decision problem, for which I wondered whether anybody of you came across a similar problem and can give me some insight on its nature/complexity. Given as input a ...
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Implications of resolving $BPP$ vs $PSPACE$

The relationship between the complexity classes $BPP$, $P$, and $NEXP$ is currently undetermined. We know that $P \neq EXP$ by the time hierarchy theorem, but we don't know if $BPP = P$ (as many ...
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Are these problems in NP class?

${\bf New\ version}$ [Version 1.2] Let $f: \mathbb{N} \to \{0,1\}$ be a computable function, ${\bf Fin}(\mathbb{Z})$ be the set of all finite subsets of $\mathbb{Z}$, and $W: {\bf Fin}(\mathbb{Z}) \...
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Does $\textbf{PCP}[poly(n), O(1)] = \textbf{coRP}$?

Something has been buzzing me recently. It is well-known that $\textbf{PCP}[poly(n), 0] = \textbf{coRP}$, but does $\textbf{PCP}[poly(n), O(1)] = \textbf{coRP}$ ? I have found a proof for this ...
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Petri net termination

Termination is the following problem. Input: a Petri Net with initial marking Output: "yes" iff there exists an infinite firing sequence. The naive algorithm in the case of bounded nets for example ...
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Formally Verified Complexity Theory

Is there any ongoing project to formally verify the theorems and proofs of complexity theory using a proof assistant like Coq? Are there any boundaries to doing this?
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Complexity of the Schönhage–Strassen algorithm

In the Wikipedia article, the complexity is listed as $O(n \cdot \log (n) \cdot \log (\log (n)))$, where $n$ is the number of bits. Would the real bound be given by setting $n=\frac{b}{w}$, where $b$...
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Parallel Pebble Game on a Line

In the pebble game on a line there are N+1 nodes labelled 0 through N. The game starts with a pebble on node 0. If there is a pebble on node i, you can add or remove a pebble from node i+1. The goal ...
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How to shrink a very large sparse matrix [closed]

Let $A$ be a matrix where $A \in \mathbb{F}^{n^s \times n^s}$ and $s>2$. Assume $A$ is a sparse matrix where its rank $\leq n$ and that there is only constant number of non-zero elements in each ...
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Complexity of comparison unary>binary

What is the smallest widely-known complexity class to which $$\left\{\langle i,j\rangle\middle|\begin{array}{@{}l@{\ }l@{}} & i\ \text{is a unary encoding of a positive integer}\ \hat\imath\\\...
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Why does not the definition of NP problems care about the complexity of guessing? [closed]

I have a question regarding the definition of NP problems. According to that, a problem is in NP if one can guess a certificate of polynomial size in polynomial time. However, this definition does not ...
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What's the complexity of factoring over a set of generators (say in $GL_2$)?

In particular, if I have some char-0 field $k$ (let's take $\mathbb C$ for now) and I consider $G = GL_2(k)$ with arbitrary nontrivial distinct $A, B \in G$. Then for some $C \in GL_2(k)$ do we know ...
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Is there any work that relates the liveness of a Petri Net to the complexity of determining coverability?

I'm working on a problem where the formalism appears to be an abstraction of a kind of Petri net, and it is possible to construct an equivalent Petri net from this formalism with the same behavior. ...
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What exactly are the classes FP, FNP and TFNP?

In his book Computational Complexity, Papadimitriou defines FNP as follows: Suppose that $L$ is a language in NP. By Proposition 9.1, there is a polynomial-time decidable, polynomially balanced ...
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Are There Highly Symmetric NP- or P-complete Languages?

Does there exist $L$, an NP- or P-complete language which has some family of symmetry groups $G_n$ (or groupoid, but then the algorithmic questions become more open) acting (in polynomial time) on ...
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Complexity of Computing Lexicographically Minimal Element of Orbit

Given strong generators for a group $(G \leq S_n, *)$ acting on bitstrings of length $n$ and an element $s \in \{0, 1\}^n$, how hard is it to compute the lexicographically minimal element of $G.s$, ...
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Formally proving no algorithm exists [closed]

Are there standard techniques to show that no algorithms exist for given complexity constraints? For example, consider the following problem. The input is a list of items with exactly one duplicate, ...
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Why does this algorithm not have an exponential complexity? [closed]

In this article : Kinodynamic Motion Planning B. Donald, P. Xavier, J. Canny, J. Reif https://www.cs.duke.edu/brd/papers/src-papers/jacm-final.pdf The authors present a PTAS algorithm that can ...
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Does Karp reducibility yield a total order?

Or with other words, do we have that for every language $A$ and $B$, $A \leq_p B$ or $B \leq_p A$?
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Equivalence for Constant-width Read-Once Branching Programs with Distinct Orders

Let $X={x_1,...,x_n}$ be a set of variables and $\pi:[n]\rightarrow [n]$ be a permutation of the $n$-element set $[n]=\{1,...,n\}$. A $\pi$-OBDD is an oblivious, read-once branching program where ...
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Why are these two definitions of PLS equivalent?

In the definition of the complexity class $\textsf{PLS}$ we have an algorithm for improving the solutions locally. I have come across the following two definition of such an algorithm. there is a ...
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2-NEXPTIME-complete problems

We have a problem and we found an algorithm that appear to be 2-nexptime. I would like to find known 2-nexptime-complete problems in order to find a lower bound. I found in literature mainly two ...
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Complexity of counting maximum number of co-linear points in Euclidean plane

The problem: given a set of points in the Euclidean plane, find the maximum number of co-linear points. I already know that the problem can be solved in quadratic time using hashing or projective ...
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Natural Problems NSPACE[n] but not in DTIME[n]

It is known that $\mathrm{DTIME}[n]\subseteq \mathrm{DSPACE}[n/\log n]$. Therefore, there are languages in $\mathrm{DSPACE}[n]$ which are not in $\mathrm{DTIME}[o(n\log n)]$. Are there examples of "...
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EXP-Complete Problems vs Subexponential Algorithms

Does the fact that a problem $A$ is EXP-time complete implies that $A$ is not in $DTIME(2^{o(n)})$? I'm aware that by the time hierarchy theorem, $EXP=DTIME(2^{n^{O(1)}})$ is not included in $E=...
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Complexity of validity of first-order logic over finite words with bounded quantifier alternation?

I'm concerned with the validity problem for sentences of first-order logic over finite words, i.e. $FO[\le]$ interpreted over finite subsets of $\mathbb{N}$. AFAIK it should be nonelementary. However,...
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Status of PP-completeness of MAJ3SAT

SHORT QUESTION: Is MAJ-3CNF a PP-complete problem under many-one reductions? LONGER VERSION: It is well-known that MAJSAT (deciding whether the majority of assignments of propositional sentence ...
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obvious property of big O, big Omega, and big Theta [closed]

I'm trying to determine under what conditions the following statement is true. The statement is, suppose $f(n) = O[g(n)]$ and $f(n) \neq \Theta[g(n)]$ then $g(n) = \Omega[f(n)]$ where $O$ means "...
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Number of solutions for a system of linear equations over a finite ring

Let $R$ be a finite ring with operations $(+,\cdot)$. Let $A \in R^{m\times n}$ and $b\in R^{m}$. Questions: What is the complexity of counting the number of solutions to the system of equations $...
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How is the VP=VNP question in char 2 different from other char? What is the current frontier in regards to this question?

What are the caveats one should be aware of when pursuing VP=VNP question in char 2 compared to other char? What is the current frontier in regards to this question?
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Collapses under the assumption that $NEXP\subseteq P/Poly$

It is known that if $NP\subseteq P/Poly$ then the polynomial hierarchy collapses to $\Sigma_2^{P}$ and $MA = AM$. What are the strongest collapses known to happen if $NEXP\subseteq P/Poly$?
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A variant of the Post Correspondence problem

Given words $\alpha_1, \ldots \alpha_n$ and $\beta_1, \ldots, \beta_n$, Post's Correspondence Problem asks if there is a sequence $i_1, \ldots, i_k$ of indices such that $\alpha_{i_1} \ldots \alpha_{...
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P/Poly vs Uniform Complexity Classes

It is not known whether NEXP is contained in P/poly. Indeed proving that NEXP is not in P/poly would have some applications in derandomization. What is the smallest uniform class C for which one can ...
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Complexity of propositional LTL with past operators and freeze quantifier?

In "A Really Temporal Logic", by R.Alur and A.Henziger, they introduce an extension of Linear Temporal Logic with a freeze quantifier $x.\phi$, which allows to "give a name" to the current time point ...
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Complexity of Maximum Independent Set (or Vertex Cover) on disk packing graphs

I'm interested in complexity results for Maximum Independent Set (or Vertex Cover) problem over the class of disk packing graphs. Having a set of disks we build a graph that has its vertices at the ...
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What is the complexity of vertex cover on k-partite graphs?

Given a k-partite graph which is already partitioned into k parts, what is the complexity of finding a vertex cover of minimum size? I guess that it's NP-hard, but couldn't yet prove it or find ...