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Computational complexity classes and their relations

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Is Norbert Blum's 2017 proof that $P \ne NP$ correct?

Norbert Blum recently posted a 38-page proof that $P \ne NP$. Is it correct? Also on topic: where else (on the internet) is its correctness being discussed? Note: the focus of this question text has ...
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What is the complexity class most closely associated with what the human mind can accomplish quickly?

This question is something I've wondered about for a while. When people describe the P vs. NP problem, they often compare the class NP to creativity. They note that composing a Mozart-quality ...
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Can one amplify P=NP beyond P=PH?

In Descriptive Complexity, Immerman has Corollary 7.23. The following conditions are equivalent: 1. P = NP. 2. Over finite, ordered structures, FO(LFP) = SO. This can be thought of as "...
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What are the consequences of $\mathsf{L}^2 \subseteq \mathsf{P}$?

We know that $\mathsf{L} \subseteq \mathsf{NL} \subseteq \mathsf{P}$ and that $\mathsf{L} \subseteq \mathsf{NL} \subseteq \mathsf{L}^2 \subseteq $ $\mathsf{polyL}$, where $\mathsf{L}^2 = \mathsf{...
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What do we know about provably correct programs?

The ever increasing complexity of computer programs and the increasingly crucial position computers have in our society leaves me wondering why we still don't collectively use programming languages in ...
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Does $VP \neq VNP$ imply $P \neq NP$?

As far as I understand, the geometric complexity theory program attempts to separate $VP \neq VNP$ by proving that the permament of a complex-valued matrix is much harder to compute than the ...
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Examples where the uniqueness of the solution makes it easier to find

The complexity class $\mathsf{UP}$ consists of those $\mathsf{NP}$-problems that can be decided by a polynomial time nondeterministic Turing machine which has at most one accepting computational path. ...
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P and NP classes explanation through lambda-calculus

In the introduction and explanation P and NP complexity classes often given through Turing machine. One of the model of computation is the lambda-calculus. I understand, that all of models of ...
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Semantic vs. Syntactic Complexity Classes

In his "Computational Complexity" book, Papadimitriou writes: RP is in some sense a new and unusual kind of complexity class. Not any polynomially bounded nondeterministic Turing machine can be the ...
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The unreasonable power of non-uniformity

From the common sense point of view, it is easy to believe that adding non-determinism to $\mathsf{P}$ significantly extends its power, i.e., $\mathsf{NP}$ is much larger than $\mathsf{P}$. After all,...
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complexity of greatest common divisor (gcd)

Consider the following counting problem (or the associated decision problem): Given two positive integers encoded in binary, compute their greatest common divisor (gcd). What is the smallest ...
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Problems with big open complexity gaps

This question is about problems for which there is a big open complexity gap between known lower bound and upper bound, but not because of open problems on complexity classes themselves. To be more ...
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Evidence that PPAD is hard?

There is often-quoted philosophical justification for believing that P != NP even without proof. Other complexity classes have evidence that they are distinct, because if not, there would be "...
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Consequences of $SAT \in BQP$

As a TCS amateur, I'm reading some popular, very introductory material on quantum computing. Here are the few elementary bits of information I've learned so far: Quantum computers are not known to ...
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$BQP$ vs $QMA$?

The central problem of complexity theory is arguably $P$ vs $NP$. However, since Nature is quantum, it would seem more natural to consider the classes $BQP$ (ie decision problems solvable by a ...
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An Anthology of Complexity Assumptions

In the paper The Random Oracle Hypothesis Is False, the authors (Chang, Chor, Goldreich, Hartmanis, Håstad, Ranjan, and Rohatgi) discuss the implications of the random-oracle hypothesis. They argue ...
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NEXP-complete problems

There are tons of NP-complete problems around and sources collecting them, e.g. see the book by Garey and Johnson. I would be interested to see a list of NEXP-complete problems as well. Is there one ...
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Consequences of NP=PSPACE

What would be the nasty consequences of NP=PSPACE? I am surprised I did not found anything on this, given that these classes are among the most famous ones. In particular, would it have any ...
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If P = NP were true, would quantum computers be useful?

Suppose that P = NP is true. Would there then be any practical application to building a quantum computer such as solving certain problems faster, or would any such improvement be irrelevant based on ...
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Is NPI contained in P/poly?

It is conjectured that $\mathsf{NP} \nsubseteq \mathsf{P}/\text{poly}$ since the converse would imply $\mathsf{PH} = \Sigma_2$. Ladner's theorem establishes that if $\mathsf{P} \ne \mathsf{NP}$ then $\...
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Does $EXP\neq ZPP$ imply sub-exponential simulation of BPP or NP?

By simulation I mean in the Impaglazzio-Widgerson [IW98] sense, i.e. sub-exponential deterministic simulation which appears correct i.o to every efficient adversary. I think this is a proof: if $EXP\...
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What are the consequences of Parity-L = P?

Parity-L is the set of languages recognized by a non-deterministic Turing machine which can only distinguish between an even number or odd number of "acceptance" paths (rather than a zero or non-zero ...
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Ladner's Theorem vs. Schaefer's Theorem

While reading the article "Is it Time to Declare Victory in Counting Complexity?" over at the "Godel's Lost Letter and P=NP" blog, they mentioned the dichotomy for CSP's. After some link following, ...
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Is uniform RNC contained in polylog space?

Log-space-uniform NC is contained in deterministic polylog space (sometimes written PolyL). Is log-space-uniform RNC also in this class? The standard randomized version of PolyL should be in PolyL, ...
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The complexity of checking whether two DAG have the same number of topological sorts

This problem is highly related to the CNF one. Here is the problem: given two DAG (directed acyclic graphs), if they have the same counting of topological sorts, answer "Yes", otherwise, answer "No". ...
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Consequences of #P = FP

Which would be the consequences of #P = FP? I'm interested in both practical and theoretical consequences. From a practical point of view, I'm particularly interested in consequences on Artificial ...
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What are the consequences of $L = \oplus L$?

Shiva Kintali has just announced a (cool!) result that graph isomorphism for bounded treewidth graphs of width $\geq 4$ is $\oplus L$-hard. Informally, my question is, "How hard is that?" We know ...
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Succinct Problems in $\mathsf{P}$

The study of Succinct representation of graphs was initiated by Galperin and Wigderson in a paper from 1983, where they prove that for many simple problems like finding a triangle in a graph, the ...
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Natural problems in $NP \cap coNP$ not in $UP \cap coUP$?

Are there any natural problems in $NP \cap coNP$ that are not (known to be/thought to be) in $UP \cap coUP$? Obviously the big one everyone knows about in $NP \cap coNP$ is the decision version of ...
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Why do equalities between complexity classes translate upwards and not downwards?

Hey Guys, I understand that the padding trick allows us to translate complexity classes upwards - for example $P=NP \rightarrow EXP=NEXP$. Padding works by "inflating" the input, running the ...
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Constructivity in Natural Proof and Geometric Complexity

Recently, Ryan Willams proved that Constructivity in Natural Proof is unavoidable to derive a separation of complexity classes : $\mathsf{NEXP}$ and $\mathsf{TC}^{0}$. Constructivity in Natural ...
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Hardness of approximation - additive error

There is a rich literature and at least one very good book setting out the known hardness of approximation results for NP-hard problems in the context of multiplicative error (e.g. 2-approximation for ...
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What is $\mathsf{NP}$ restricted to linear size witnesses?

This is related to the question Is the Witness Size of Membership for Every NP Language Already Known? Some natural $\mathsf{NP}$(-complete) problems have linear length witnesses: a satisfying ...
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Optimization problems with good characterization, but no polynomial-time algorithm

Consider optimization problems of the following form. Let $f(x)$ be a polynomial-time computable function that maps a string $x$ into a rational number. The optimization problem is this: what is the ...
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What are the compelling reasons for believing $L\neq P$?

What are the compelling reasons for believing $L\neq P$? L is the class of log-space algorithms with pointers to the input. Suppose L=P for the moment. What would a log-space algorithm for a P-...
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What are the relationships between those hypotheses in Fine-Grained Complexity Theory?

Complexity theory, through such concepts as NP-completeness, distinguishes between computational problems that have relatively efficient solutions and those that are intractable. "Fine-grained" ...
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Problems outside of P that are not P-hard

While reading an answer by Peter Shor and an earlier question by Adam Crume I realized that I have some misconceptions about what it means to be $\mathsf{P}$-hard. A problem is $\mathsf{P}$-hard if ...
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Statements that imply $\mathbf{P}\neq \mathbf{NP}$

This is sort of an open-ended question - for which I apologize in advance. Are there examples of statements that (seemingly) don't have anything to do with complexity or Turing machines but the ...
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Is there any justification to believe that $NL\neq L$?

I wonder if there is any justification to believe that $NL=L$ or to believe that $NL\neq L$? It is known that $NL \subset L^2$. The literature on derandomization of $RL$ is pretty convincing that $RL=...
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Tardos Function Counterexample to Blum's $P\neq NP$ Claim

In this thread, Norbet Blum's attempted $P \neq NP$ proof is succinctly disproved by noting that the Tardos function is a counterexample to Theorem 6. Theorem 6: Let $f \in \mathcal{B}_n$ be any ...
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Is BQP equal to BPP with access to an Abelian hidden subgroup oracle?

Is BQP equal to BPP with access to an Abelian hidden subgroup oracle?
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What is the big version of NC?

$\mathsf{NC}$ captures the idea of efficiently parallelizable, and one interpretation of it is problems that are solvable in time $O(\log^c n)$ using $O(n^k)$ parallel processors for some constants $c$...
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Problem in BPP but not known to be in RP or co-RP

Is there an example of a natural problem that's in BPP but that's not known to be in RP or co-RP?
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Can typed lambda calculi express *all* algorithms below a given complexity?

I know that the complexity of most varieties of typed lambda calculi without the Y combinator primitive is bounded, i.e. only functions of bounded complexity can be expressed, with the bound becoming ...
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Is P equal to the intersection of all superpolynomial time classes?

Let us call a function $f(n)$ superpolynomial if $\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} n^c/f(n)=0$ holds for every $c>0$. It is clear that for any language $L\in {\mathsf P}$ it holds that $L\in {\mathsf {...
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Limits to Parallel Computing

I am curious in a broad sense about what is known about parallelizing algorithms in P. I found the following wikipedia article about the subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NC_%28complexity%29 The ...
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What is the current known hardness of Graph Isomorphism?

Inspired by the question is factoring known to be P-hard, I wonder what the current similar state of knowledge is about the hardness of graph isomorphism. I am sure that it is currently not known if ...
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Communication Complexity …Classes?

Discussion: I've been spending some personal time lately learning various things in communication complexity. For instance, I've re-familiarized myself with the relevant chapter in Arora/Barak, ...
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“Almost easy” NP-complete problems

Let us say that a language $L$ is P-density-close if there is a polynomial time algorithm that correctly decides $L$ on almost all inputs. In other words, there is an $A\in$ P, such that $L\Delta A$...
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What is the power of general poly-size permutation branching programs?

Call $\mathsf{PPBP}$ the class of languages decided by poly-size families of permutation branching programs, which are layered branching programs (i.e., the ones defined here) whose transitions ...