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If only pathological cases of NP-hard problems are difficult to solve, then why isn't NP-hard defined to only include those pathological cases?

NP-hard problems are not used in cryptography, because they are believed to be computationally-intractable in the worst case but are not computationally-intractable in the average case. Is there a ...
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Find a pair of nodes with maximum sum of distances in k given trees

For k edge-weighted trees $T_1,T_2...T_k$ which contain the same set of nodes $\{1,2,... n \}$, I want to find a pair of nodes $(x,y)$ which maxifies $$\sum_{i=1}^k d_i(x,y)$$ where $d_i(x,y)$ ...
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Complexity of testing if two sets of $m$ points in $\mathbb{R}^n$ differ only by rotation?

Imagine we have two size $m$ sets of points $X,Y\subset \mathbb{R}^n$. What is (time) complexity of testing if they differ only by rotation?: there exists rotation matrix $OO^T=O^TO=I$ such that $X=OY$...
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PromiseBQP and expectation values of operators

This question is regarding The Equivalence of Searching and Sampling by Aaronson. In page 4 he makes the following statement, ... a difficult and unsolved meta-question is whether PromiseBPP = ...
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Isn't it "trivial" to represent/reduce any classical physics problem into a Spin-Glass which is NP-Complete?

In the late 80's there were several highly cited efforts to use Spin-Glass models to formulate other computational problems such as: Protein Folding and Neural Networks. Isn't it straight forward to ...
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Kolmogorov generic oracle

In Does the Polynomial Hierarchy Collapse if Onto Functions are Invertible?, authors defined a new type of generic oracles named Kolmogorov generic oracles. They proved following results relative to $...
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Complexity of modal logic IK5

What is the complexity of local satisfiability problem for modal logic $\mathit{IK5}$? Herein we denote by $IK5$ the modal logic over euclidean frames extended with inverse modality. Could you provide ...
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Does the NP-hardness of finding any valid solution imply NPO-hardness?

Suppose we have an NP optimization problem $A$ such that the problem of finding any valid solution, regardless of whether it is good or bad, is NP-hard (as it happens in NPO-complete problems such as ...
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Should GCT focus on $PSPACE\not\subseteq P/poly$?

GCT tries to show $P$ is not $NP$ by showing $NP$ is not in $P/poly$. Could it be useful in showing $\Sigma_{i+1}\not\subseteq P^{\Sigma_i}/Poly$ at every $i>0$? Suppose if it turns out that $\...
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On sparse complete sets and P vs L

Mahaney's Theorem tells us that if there is a sparse $NP$-complete set under polynomial-time many-one reductions, then $P = NP$. (See "Sparse complete sets for NP: Solution of a conjecture of Berman ...
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How to charactorize computational complexity based on finding solution to algebraic equations? [closed]

The Matiyasevich/MRDP Theorem relates two notions:one from computability theory, the other from number theory, thus Turing Machine and algorithms finding integral solution to algebraic equations can ...
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Relation between transcendental numbers and computational complexity?

Regarding the relation, there is the Hartmanis-Stearns conjecture, but beyond Turing Machine of the realtime output, there is no further conjecture or theorem. Obviously irrational algebraic number ...
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Presburger arithmetic: is it known to be in $EXPSPACE \setminus EXP$?

My understanding of the Presburger arithmetic decision problem is that it requires doubly-exponential time, but only singly-exponential space, meaning that it is in $EXPSPACE \setminus EXP$. ...
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Random self reducibility and NP

I was reading the Wikipedia page Random self-reducibility and it states: If an NP-complete problem is non-adaptively random self-reducible the polynomial hierarchy collapses to $\Sigma_3$. I am ...
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On reduction between two classes?

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00153-013-0351-x gives seven reductions $m,c,d,p,btt(1),\ell,tt$. What does norm $1$ mean in $btt(1)$? Is there illustrative examples that help understand ...
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What is conjunctive truth table reduction?

What are conjunctive/disjunctive truth table reductions and how do they compare with other reductions?
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Problems in $\mathsf{NC^{2}}$ that are not known to be in $\mathsf{AC^{1}}$ or $\mathsf{DET}$

Do we know of any problems in $\mathsf{NC^{2}}$ that are not known to be in $\mathsf{AC^{1}}$ or $\mathsf{DET}$? Context: based on Josh's answer to this question, it could be possible that all ...
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Recursively presenting or even enumerating all P-hard languages

A class of languages $C$ is recursively presentable if there is an effective enumeration of Turing machines $\mathcal{M}_1,\mathcal{M}_2,\ldots$ such that $C=\{L(\mathcal{M}_i)\mid i=1,2,\ldots\}$. ...
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On $NP$, $\oplus P$ and $PP$?

We know $\oplus P^{\oplus P}=\oplus P$, $PP^{\oplus P}\subseteq P^{PP}$ and $NP\subseteq PP$. Is $\oplus P^{PP}=PP$? Why is it difficult to show $NP^{NP}\subseteq PP$? What is the smallest known ...
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A class of languages admitted by a class of grammars equivalent to $\mathbf{PR}$?

Is there a class of languages $L(G)$ admitted by a class of phrase structure grammars $G$ equivalent to $\mathbf{PR}$? (the class of primitive recursive languages = $\mathbf{LOOP}$)? In greater ...
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Two queries related to Toda

Is the Isolation lemma crucial for $PH\subseteq BPP^{\oplus P}$ theorem and would avoiding the Isolation lemma say anything more that is not known?
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Approximation class of finding decision trees with minimal depth

We are given some sets $S_1, \cdots , S_n$ and two disjoint sets $A$ and $B$. A decision tree is a binary tree where each node asks "$x \in S_i? $" for some $i$, taking the left branch means "yes", ...
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Proving NP-complete problem

Suppose the following problem: Given an undirected graph G=(V,E), is it possible to choose a subset V' of vertex set V, such that deleting it removes all triangles (cycles of length 3), where |V'| is ...
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On collapsing the Exponential time hierarchy

Define $\Sigma^E_0 = \Pi^E_0=E$, for every $n>0$, define $\Sigma^E_n=NE^{\Sigma^p_{n-1}}$, for every $n>0$, define $\Pi^E_n=CoNE^{\Sigma^p_{n-1}}$. Define the Exponential time hierarchy by $EH=\...
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What happens when PSPACE contains NEXP?

The complexity class NEXP is defined as the set of all languages that an arbitrary nondeterministic exponential time Turing Machine accepts (i.e. NTIME($2^{p(n)}$) for $p()$ a polynomial). In the ...
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Given an algebraic variaties of n multivarieties polynomial equations, is there any algorithm to decide whether there is n-cube inscribing to it?

Given an algebraic variaties of n multivarieties polynomial equations, is there any algorithm to decide whether there is n-cube inscribing to it? And if there is, what is the computational ...
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What is the computational complexity of solutions over $\mathbb{Q}$ of polynomial equation with coeffiecents over $\mathbb{Z}$

What is the complexity of the following problem? (e.g. best-known running time, space, best upper bound in terms of complexity classes, etc.) Input: A multivariate polynomial $f$ with coefficients ...
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Almost-P and related definitions

I'm pretty sure this has a trivial answer but it's always faster to ask the community :-) I understand that, relative to a random oracle, P=BPP. But this is sometimes phrased via the shorthand "...
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What is the relation between P-immune languages and NP-complete languages? [closed]

Can a NP-complete language be P-immune? Why can't existence of P-immune languages separate NP from P?
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When studying the computational complexity of functions $\{0, 1\}^\ast \to \{0, 1\}^\ast$, is it enough to restrict to $\{0, 1\}^\ast \to \{0, 1\}$?

I started reading Avi Wigderson's paper $\mathcal{P}$, $\mathcal{NP}$ and Mathematics – a Computational Complexity Perspective (link). (Notation: $\{0, 1\}^\ast$ is the set of all finite binary ...
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Is there any known Poly-APX-complete minimimization problem?

All Poly-APX-complete problems I know are maximization problems, e.g. Max Clique, Max Independent Set, Max One for some set of contraints, and even choosing the attributes of a product to maximize (...
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Is there an inherently ambiguous language which can not be recognized by Deterministic LBA?

Is there inherently ambiguous language which can not be recognized by Deterministic LBA? For example, $L=\{wv: w,v=(x|y)^*, w=w^R,v=v^R\}$, is there any deterministc LBA that recognizes $L$ ?
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Is sliding blocks linear space complete?

Sliding blocks is PSPACE complete even in its simplest form involving 1x2 and 2x1 blocks (without rotation or fractional positions) in a rectangular area, with goal being to move a designated block to ...
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Example of something that’s different for generic and random oracles?

Let $G$ be a generic oracle in the sense of Cohen / Baire category. Let $R$ be a random oracle. Are there complexity classes A and B with $$\mathrm{A}^G=\mathrm{B}^G\quad\text{and}\quad\mathrm{A}^R\...
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Complexity Class Equalities on the Edge of Inconsistency

What are some of the most extreme potential equalities between computational complexity classes (especially if there is a barrier to refuting them)? These may give us an opportunity to prove better ...
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Is there a language in NSPACE(O(n)) and (very likely) not in DSPACE(O(n))?

Actually I found that the set of context-sensitive Languages, $\mathbf{CSL}$ ($\mathbf{=NSPACE}(O(n))$ $= \mathbf{LBA}$ accepted languages) are not so widely discussed as $\mathbf{REG}$ (regular ...
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Is Asymptotic PTAS $\subseteq$ APX?

The definition of asymptotic polynomial-time approximation scheme (Asymptotic PTAS) is defined as follows: A minimization problem $\Pi$ is Asymptotic PTAS if for all $\epsilon$ there exists an ...
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Power of randomness vs. power of indefinite computation

I am writing a paragraph on the power of randomness, part of which I am trying to ground in theory of computation (I am no expert/researcher in this field). First off, I am aware that for ...
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Classes between $\textbf{PSPACE}$ and $\textbf{EXP}$

1) What classes contain $\textbf{PSPACE}$, are contained in $\textbf{EXP}$ and (presumably) are not equal to $\textbf{PSPACE}$ nor to $\textbf{EXP}$? A possible class satisfying this requirement: the ...
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Logarithmic levels of the polynomial hierarchy (below PSPACE)

We generally define $PH = \cup_i\Sigma_i^p$ (or various equivalent forms.) In the same notation we can also define $PSPACE = \cup_c\Sigma_{n^c}^p$--that is, like the polynomial hierarchy, but with a ...
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What are examples of complexity classes that have contradictory relativizations but they were proven to be either equal or unequal?

In this article Chang et al. provide a counterexample by giving an oracle $A$ such that $\mathsf{IP}^A \neq \mathsf{PSPACE}^A$. I wanted to know if there are more examples like this.
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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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Cases of Linear programming known to be in $NC$?

Linear programming is $P$-complete. However are there special situations where we know an $NC$ algorithm?
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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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Oracle comparing $EXP$ with $UP$

Heller (Theorem 6) gave an oracle relative to which $NP=EXP$, and Homer & Selman gave an oracle relative to which $P=UP$ and $\Sigma_2^P=EXP$. Beigel, Buhrman, Fortnow (freely available author's ...
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A succinct version of permanent that is $EXP$-complete

Succinct version of permanent is $NEXP$-hard (https://eccc.weizmann.ac.il/report/2012/086/) and so unlikely to be $EXP$-complete. Permanent mod $2$ is in $\oplus L$ and so succinct version is ...
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variant of Critical SAT

The language Critical SAT is defined as the set of $CNF$ boolean formulas $f$ such that $f \in UNSAT$ but removing any clause from $f$ makes it satisfiable. It is known that Critical SAT is $DP$-...
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Closure properties of $L$ (DLOGSPACE)? [closed]

What are the closure properties of $L$ (DLOGSPACE)? I'm not only intrested in these properties (if of course $S$ and $T$ are in $L$) : $S \cap T$ $S^*$ (kleene-star) $S.T$ (concat)
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What does $\#P\subseteq FP^{PPAD}$ imply?

We know $\#P\subseteq {PPAD}\implies PH\subseteq P^{{PPAD}}\subseteq P^{{NP}}$ and the polynomial hierarchy collapses ($FP^{PPAD}=PPAD$ following Emil Jerabek's comment). Can $\#P\subseteq {PPAD}$ ...
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Time Hierarchies in DSPACE(O(s(n)))

The time hierarchy theorem states that turing machines can solve more problems if they have (enough) more time. Does it hold in some way if the space is limited asymptotically? How does $\textrm{DTISP}...
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