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What would be the consequences of PH=PSPACE?

A recent question (see Consequences of NP=PSPACE) asked for the "nasty" consequences of $NP=PSPACE$. The answers list quite a few collapse consequences, including $NP=coNP$ and others, providing ...
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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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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 ...
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Consequences of UP equals NP

EDIT at 2011/02/08: After some references finding and reading, I decided to separate the original question into two separate ones. Here's the part concerning UP vs NP, for the syntactic and semantic ...
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Problems that can be used to show polynomial-time hardness results

When designing an algorithm for a new problem, if I can't find a polynomial time algorithm after a while, I might try to prove it is NP-hard instead. If I succeed, I've explained why I couldn't find ...
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Consequences of Complete problems for NP intersects coNP

What are the consequences of having complete problems in $NP\cap coNP$?
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"Berman-Hartmanis Conjecture Separates NP From All Super-Poly. DTIME Classes" -- Worthy of arXiv.org?

Do you believe this paper is worthy of arXiv.org? I have searched via Google, and to my knowledge, no one else has this result. I'm not asking you to fully scrutinize the paper, I'm just asking if you ...
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Pseudodeterministically choosing elements from efficiently samplable distributions (or, the plausibility of a weak choice principle)

Suppose we have a poly-time samplable family of distribution. I.e., a family of distributions $D_n \subseteq \{0, 1\}^{\mathsf{poly}(n)}$ and an algorithm $S$ for which $D_n = (r \leftarrow^\$ \{0,1\}^...
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Consequences of bipartite perfect matching not in NL?

Are any significant consequences known of $\text{BPM} \not\in \textsf{NL}$? I'm interested in the status of the following well-studied decision problem, in particular whether it is known to be in $\...
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Is there a complete and finite axiom scheme for conditional independence? (Graphoids)

Note: This is a better-written version of an unanswered question asked before on MathOverflow. Question: Is there a complete and finite axiom scheme for conditional probability? If so, is there a ...
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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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Does $NP=PP$ collapse the counting hierarchy?

Suppose $NP=PP$. Then a simple argument shows that $PH^{PP}=NP$. Can we go one step further and get $PP^{PP}=NP$? The simple argument is Theorem If $NP=PP$ then $PH^{PP}=NP$. Proof $PP$ is closed ...
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Limits of variants of Independent Set?

Independent Set (IS) is the $\mathsf{NP}$-complete decision problem Input: graph $G$ with $v=|V(G)|$, integer $k$ Question: is there an independent set $S \subseteq V(G)$ with at least $k$ vertices? ...
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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 consequences of the collapse of CH?

I don't grasp the full complexity of the counting hierarchy $CH$. I understand $CH$ is in $PSPACE$, and contains $PH$ within its second level, due to the Toda's theorem. But, what would be important ...
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Mathematical implications of complexity theory conjectures outside TCS

Do you know interesting consequences of (standard) conjectures in complexity theory in other fields of mathematics (i.e. outside of theoretical computer science)? I would prefer answers where: the ...
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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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Consequence of PIT over $\Bbb Z[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ not having efficient algorithm

Given $p(x_1,\dots,x_n),q(x_1,\dots,x_n)\in \Bbb Z[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ such that coefficients of $p,q$ are bounded by $B$, does $p\equiv q$ hold? Schwartz-Zippel lemma applies here since it holds for ...
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Does a polynomial-time algorithm for factoring product of two primes imply a polynomial-time algorithm for factoring in general?

Is it known if the existence of a polynomial-time algorithm for the promise problem of factoring of numbers with two prime factors implies that factoring in general has a polynomial-time algorithm?
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Hardness in P: methods to show optimality of $O(m^2n)$-like time?

In recent years, there has been exciting work in proving lower bounds for polynomial-time problems conditional on conjectures like SETH or "All-Pairs-Shortest-Paths (APSP) cannot be solved in $O(|V|^{...
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Consequences of Factoring being in P?

Factoring is not known to be NP-complete. This question asked for consequences of Factoring being NP-complete. Curiously, no one asked for consequences of Factoring being in P (maybe because such a ...
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Quantum Hardness of Finding Nash Equilibria

This question is inspired by the recent, beautiful work On the Cryptographic Hardness of Finding a Nash Equilibrium by Bitansky, Paneth, and Rosen. Their main result is that the existence of ...
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Hardness of approximation assuming NP != coNP

Two of the common assumptions for proving hardness of approximation results are $P \neq NP$ and Unique Games Conjecture. Are there any hardness of approximation results assuming $NP \neq coNP$ ? I am ...
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What specific evidence is there for P = RP?

RP is the class of problems decidable by a nondeterministic Turing machine that terminates in polynomial time, but that is also allowed one-sided error. P is the usual class of problems decidable by ...
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What is the status of intermediate problems if P is not NP in worst way imaginable?

Assume $P\neq BPP\neq NP$ with caveat that there is a deterministic algorithm for every $NP$ complete problem with input size $n$ bits in $2^{(\log n)^{1+f(n)}}$ arithmetic operations on $\log n$ ...
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L/P/PSpace vs P/NP

in 1979 Hopcroft/ Ullman wrote that L ⊆ P ⊆ NP ⊆ PSpace is known but L ⊊ PSpace is the only proper (& trivial) containment known although all are conjectured to be proper containments, and "where ...
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What happens to complexity classes if all $\#P$ problems have polynomial-time algorithms?

As title says what happens to other complexity classes if all $\#P$ (Sharp-P) problems have polynomial-time algorithms? What happens to PSPACE?
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Does P/poly $\neq$ NP/poly have any interesting implications?

$P/poly = NP/poly$ implies $NP \subseteq P/poly$, which in turn has interesting consequences like the collapse of the polynomial hierarchy. Are there interesting implications for $P/poly \neq NP/poly$...
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$\mathsf{EXP}$ vs $\oplus\mathsf{EXP}$

In our recent work, we resolve a computational problem which arose in combinatorial context, under assumption that $\mathsf{EXP} \ne \mathsf{\oplus{}EXP}$, where $\mathsf{\oplus{}EXP}$ is the $\mathsf{...
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ETH: k-SAT vs. SAT?

Let SAT$_v$ be the language of those instances of SAT that contain variables $[v] = \{0,1,\dots,v-1\}$, let $k$-SAT be the language of those instances of SAT in which every clause has at most $k$ ...
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Does L=P imply any new complexity class separations?

If L=P then P is not equal to PSPACE. This follows from PSPACE properly containing L. I am wondering if L=P implies any stronger separation between complexity classes? Does it imply P is properly ...
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NC = P consequences?

The Complexity Zoo points out in the entry on EXP that if L = P then PSPACE = EXP. Since NPSPACE = PSPACE by Savitch, as far as I can tell the underlying padding argument extends to show that $$(\...
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Reasons to believe $P \ne NP \cap coNP$ (or not)

It seems that many people believe that $P \ne NP \cap coNP$, in part because they believe that factoring is not polytime solvable. (Shiva Kintali has listed a few other candidate problems here). On ...
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Consequences of $NP=coNP$ and $P\ne NP$?

We know that if $P=NP$ then the whole PH collapses. What if the polynomial hierarchy collapses partially ? (Or how to understand that PH could collapse above a certain point and not below ?) In ...
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What evidence do we have for $\mathsf{UP} \neq \mathsf{NP}$?

Following Josh Grochow's suggestion, I am converting my comment from a previous question into a new question. What evidence do we have for $\mathsf{UP} \neq \mathsf{NP}$? Here $\mathsf{UP}$ is the ...
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Why do we believe $\mathsf{fewP \ne NP}$?

$\mathsf{fewP}$ ($\mathsf{NP}$ with few witnesses, see the zoo) is one of the important ambiguity-bounded sub-classes of $\mathsf{NP}$. There are interesting natural problems in this class that are ...
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Intermediate Problems between FP and #P

Do there exist intermediate problems (in the sense of Ladner's Theorem) for FP vs. #P? I assume that something is known, because I read some papers concerned with FP/#P dichotomies. However, I couldn'...
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Consensus on P = NP in a world where RP = NP

$RP = NP$ is widely conjectured to be false. But imagine for a moment that it is true. In such case, how likely would be that $P = NP$? Put in other words: in a world where $RP = NP$, what might ...
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On the proof of Meyer's Theorem

Meyer's theorem is one of the classical results about collapse of the polynomial hierarchy such as famous Karp Lipton's theorem, and states that $EXP \subseteq P/poly \Rightarrow EXP = \Sigma_{2}^{p} $...
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Is it known that $NEXP = \Sigma_2 \implies NEXP = MA$?

Is it known whether the implication $\mathsf{NEXP} = \Sigma_2 \implies \mathsf{NEXP} = \mathsf{MA}$ holds? (The question is inspired by well-known $\mathsf{NEXP} \subseteq \mathsf{P/poly} \...
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Conditional Results on Bounded Depth Circuit Hierarchy

$\mathsf{AC,ACC,TC}$-hierarchy are basic bounded depth circuit hierarchies. $AC$-hierarchy is $\bigcup _{i =0}^{\infty} AC^{i} $ , where $AC^{i}$ is the $i$-th level of the hierarchy: a family of $\...
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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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bounded language complete for NSPACE(log n)?

What are the consequences of a sparse language being complete for $\mathsf{NSPACE(\log n)}$ under deterministic $O(\log n)$-space many-one reductions? Is there an analog of Mahaney's Theorem for $\...
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Consequences of $BQP \subseteq P/poly$?

While Adleman's theorem shows, that $\mathsf{BPP} \subseteq \mathsf{P}/\text{poly}$, I'm not aware of any literature investigating the possible inclusion of $\mathsf{BQP} \subseteq \mathsf{P}/\text{...
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Consequences of a $p$-optimal proof system for $\operatorname{TAUT}$

I'm reading a paper which shows the result: $(1)$ There is a $p$-optimal proof system for $\operatorname{TAUT}$. $\Leftrightarrow$ $(2)$ $L_{\leq}$ is a $P$-bounded logic for $P$. Both $(1)$ and $(...
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Does $\mathsf{EXP}=\mathsf{NEXP}$ imply $\mathsf{E}=\mathsf{NE}$?

Does $\mathsf{EXP}=\mathsf{NEXP}$ imply $\mathsf{E}=\mathsf{NE}$?
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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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A decision problem which is not known to be in PH but will be in P if P=NP

Edit: As Ravi Boppana correctly pointed out in his answer and Scott Aaronson also added another example in his answer, the answer to this question turned out to be “yes” in a way which I had not ...
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VNP = VP versus complexity classes in Arithmetic Geometry

What is the implication of $VNP = VP$ to cryptography schemes such as Elliptic curve/Abelian Variety/Arithmetic Geometry based cryptography? Are there any papers or books that talk about sophisticated ...
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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 ...