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How hard is counting the number of solutions?

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Can one efficiently uniformly sample a neighbor of a vertex in the graph of a polytope?

I have a polytope $P$ defined by $\{ x : Ax \leq b, x \geq 0\}$ . Question: Given a vertex $v$ of $P$, is there a polynomial time algorithm to uniformly sample from the neighbors of $v$ in the graph ...
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Complexity class for Optimization problems over #P functions

Is there any complexity class which contains problems that can be expressed as an optimization over polynomially many #P functions ? i.e: $$\tilde{f}(x) = \text{Max}_{f \in F}f(x)$$ where $f\in\# P$....
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Is counting the total number of faces of a polytope $\#P$ hard?

Let $P$ be a polytope defined by $Ax = b, x \geq 0$. Question: What is the complexity of computing the total number of faces of $P$? I know counting vertices is $\# P$-complete, but this problem is ...
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Network Reliability Problem

Network reliability, in which we are given an undirected graph $G$ with a failure probability $p_e$ for each edge and we are asked to calculate the probability that the network becomes disconnected ...
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Complete problems for FP

Let FP be the class of functions $f : \{0,1\}^* \to \mathbb{N}$ that can be computed in polynomial time. Moreover, given two functions $f : \{0,1\}^* \to \mathbb{N}$ and $g : \{0,1\}^* \to \mathbb{N}$,...
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Counting avoiding improper 3-colorings

Given a graph $G=(V,E)$, what I call an improper $3$-coloring of $G$ is simply a function $c:V \to \{1,2,3\}$. I say that $c$ is $1$-$2$-avoiding when there do not exist two adjacent nodes $u,v$ with $...
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Updating set of lists dependent upon a few indices

I'm curious about a data structure for a set of "valid lists", where you have a set of lists of length $i$ $S_i$, have a list $L$ of possible items to append, and a boolean function $f$, and wish to ...
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Holant problems and holographic reduction: simple graphs or multigraphs?

From what I can understand, Holographic reductions for Holant problems are used to show #P-hardness or polynomial time computability of certain counting problems on undirected graphs that have very ...
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Complexity of counting the number of edge covers of a graph

An edge cover is a subset of edges of a graph such that every vertex of the graph is adjacent to at least one edge of the cover. The following two papers say that counting edge covers is #P-complete: ...
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Complexity of #PP2DNF where we also count on the number of clauses

The #PP2DNF problem is the following: we have variables $X = \{x_1, \ldots, x_n\}$, $Y = \{y_1, \ldots, y_n\}$, and a positive partitioned 2-DNF formula, i.e., a Boolean formula of the form $\phi = \...
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A variant of #POSITIVE-2-DNF

Let $G=(V,E)$ be an undirected graph. I call a valuation of $G$ a function $\nu: V \to E$ that maps every node $x \in V$ to an edge incident to $x$ (so that there are $\prod_{x \in V} d(x)$ valuations ...
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On PP in communication complexity

Aho says $D(f)=O(N(f)N(\overline f))$ where $D(f)$ is deterministic communication complexity and $N(f)$ is non-deterministic version. Do we know $PP(f)=\Omega(2^{(N(f)N(\overline f))^{O(1)}})$ or $...
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Is counting simple cycles in $P$ for graphs of bounded tree width?

Motivation: Determining if a graph has a Hamiltonian cycle is $NP$-hard in general. However, determining if there is a Hamiltonian cycle is in polynomial time on graphs of bounded tree width, either ...
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Counting matchings on 3-regular bipartite graphs

What I call a graph here allows parallel edges. Is the following problem #P-hard: INPUT: a 3-regular bipartite graph $G$ OUTPUT: the number of matchings of $G$. It is known that counting matchings ...
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Language in $PSPACE$ and not necessarily in $P$ if $P=PP$?

If $P=PP$ then the counting hierarchy collapses to $CH=P$. Because so many complexity classes are contained in $CH$, this causes most classes to now be contained in $P$. My question is whether this is ...
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Count satisfying assignments of CNF formulas over all possible negation assignments

Consider the set of all CNF instances that can be generated by adding negations to a single monotone CNF instance. How hard is it to compute the sum of the counts of satisfying assignments for the set?...
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Sampling a uniformly random satisfying assignment

Problem: Given $\phi : \{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$ represented by a boolean circuit, generate a uniformly random $x \in \{0,1\}^n$ such that $\phi(x)=1$ (or output $\perp$ if no such $x$ exists). Clearly ...
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Is prime-counting function #P-complete?

Recall $\pi(n)$ the number of primes $\le n$ is the prime-counting function. By "PRIMES in P", computing $\pi(n)$ is in #P. Is the problem #P-complete? Or, perhaps, there is a complexity reason to ...
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Why is counting the number of hamiltonian subgraphs $\sharp P $ hard?

I'm confused about how to prove either of the following closely related statements. They are both from this paper: https://epubs.siam.org/doi/10.1137/0208032 1) "A further problem that can be shown ...
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Given $n\times n$ matrix $A$ with integer entries, find #$k$SAT formula that yields $\mathrm{perm}(A)>0$

For each #$k$SAT instance one can build a matrix $A$ such that $\mathrm{perm}(A) = F(\Sigma)$, where $\Sigma$ is the solution count of the $k$SAT formula and $F$ an easy to invert function. My ...
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Approximation for counting the number of simple $s$-$t$ paths in a general graph

I have been told that there are some good polynomial time algorithms for approximating the number of simple paths in an directed graph from given starting vertex $s$ to given ending vertex $t$. Does ...
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Problems rephrased as quadratic unconstrained binary optimization

I was impressed when i came across Quadratic unconstrained binary optimization (QUBO) recently, and saw how one can rephrase many combinatorial problems into questions about optima of binary functions....
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Counting the number of vertex covers: when is it hard?

Consider the #P-complete problem of counting the number of vertex covers of a given graph $G = (V, E)$. I'd like to know if there is any result showing how the hardness of such problem varies with ...
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Computational hardness for sampling a uniform matching

A famous result of Jerrum, Sinclair, and Vigoda shows that there exists a polynomial-time algorithm which takes a bipartite graph $G$ and produces a random perfect matching $M$ of $G$ (assuming one ...
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Is #PP2DNF hard to approximate?

The problem #PP2DNF asks to count the number of satisfying assignments of a positive partitioned 2-DNF Boolean formula, i.e., a formula $\phi$ on variables $X_1, \ldots, X_n, Y_1, \ldots, Y_m$ of the ...
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Concrete examples of $\sharp P_1$ complete problems? Self avoiding walks?

The only examples of $\sharp P_1$ complete problems I've seen are fairly abstract : e.g. here https://www.math.cmu.edu/~af1p/Teaching/MCC17/Papers/enumerate.pdf Valiant proves that there exists a $\...
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Is S-T CONNECTEDNESS #P-complete on instances when all s-t paths are of the same length?

S-T CONNECTEDNESS Input: a (undirected) graph $G=(V,E)$; $s,t \in V.$ Output: number of spanning subgraphs of $G$ in which there is a path from $s$ to $t$. S-T CONNECTEDNESS problem is known to be #...
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Validity implies NP=#P? [closed]

Valid progams for NP imply every solution is a valid answer. NP not equals #P implies not all solutions are answers. Therefore, Validity implies NP=#P. NP is the problem class for ...
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Complexity class of approximating perfect match count

We know we can approximate perfect matching count of bipartite and approximate volume of convex bodies in randomized polynomial time. Is there any evidence these approximations could be in Nick's ...
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Counting/Enumerating Minimal Edge Covers

A Minimal Edge Cover is an Edge Cover such that no other Edge Cover is a proper subset of it. Questions Which is the complexity of counting Minimal Edge Covers? Do we know any non-trivial ...
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Heuristics for exact #3COLORING close to the 3-colorability threshold

What are some fast heuristics for exactly counting 3-colorings of graphs close to or at the 3-colorability threshold? Is there literature on the average-case performance for any of these methods?
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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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Sets of solutions which it is hard to uniformly sample from, but easy to integrate functions over? (Or compute expectations over?)

I'm curious if there is a problem (e.g. something like perfect matchings on a given graph, number of solutions to a boolean equation, etc. for precise frameowork see JVV86) such that: 1) It is hard ...
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Complexity of counting matchings in a bipartite graph

I might be missing something obvious but I can't find references about the complexity of counting matchings (not perfect matchings) in bipartite graphs. Here is the formal problem: Input: a bipartite ...
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Counting vertex covers on a chain of k nodes that do not contain a sub-chain of length >=3

By a "chain of k nodes", I mean k nodes lined up like a linked-list: o-o-o.....-o . By "do not contain a sub-chain of length >=3", I mean that no cover should contain two edges that shares a node. ...
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What is the deterministic complexity of counting the number of global minimum cuts on an unweighted undirected graph?

I know as a consequence of Karger's algorithm that the number of minimum cuts is bounded by $\binom{n}{2}$. In the comments of Counting the number of distinct s-t cuts in a oriented graph It says ...
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Special cases of hard counting problems that are easy

We know that bipartite planar perfect matching count is easy, permanent mod $3^t$ is easy for orthogonal matrices, permanent mod $2$ is easy, bounded rank permanent is easy. Outside of permanent ...
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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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Counting Isomorphism Types of Graphs

Polya's counting theorem leads to an algorithm for counting (precisely) the number of isomorphism types of graphs with $n$ vertices in $\exp (\sqrt n )$ steps. From Polya theorem you get a formula ...
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What is the complexity of counting parse trees?

A Counting Problem Given a CFG $G$ and a string $s$, how many distinct parse trees are there for the string $s$? An Example Instance Let's consider an example instance consisting of a CFG $G$ with ...
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$⊕P$-completeness of$⊕2SAT$

Is $⊕2SAT$ - the parity of the number of solutions of $2$-$CNF$ formulae $\oplus P$ complete? This is listed as an open problem in Valiant's 2005 paper https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%...
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On polytope lattice points

Given a convex polytope let the width of the polytope be $d$ and the farthest euclidean distance between any points in the polytope be $e$. Denote $\mathcal P(a,c)$ to be the set of convex polytopes ...
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On approximating problems in $\#P$

We know that for every counting problem $\#A$ in $\#P$, there is a probabilistic algorithm $\mathcal C$ that on input $x$, computes with high probability a value $v$ such that $$(1 − ε)\#A(x) ≤ v ≤ (1 ...
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#P-complete problem whose decision version is in P

1) Is it possible to have a parsimonious reduction from a #P-complete problem #A to a counting problem #B when (the decision version) A is NP-complete and the B is in P? For example, can there be a ...
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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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How to benchmark #2-SAT counting algorithms?

Are there any libraries of #2-SAT instances that are hard to solve with state-of-the-art exact solvers (sharpSAT, cachet, ...)? Alternatively: are there practical ways to generate hard #2-SAT ...
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Is Permanent $+$-reducible?

Suppose we have two bipartite graphs $G_1$ and $G_2$ with perfect matching count $P_1$ and $P_2$ respectively then their disjoint union gives a bipartite graph with perfect matching $P_1P_2$. Is ...
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On permanent mod $3^t$ computation

By $'$ I mean transpose. I gather the info here from rjlipton.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/modulating-the-permanent. We know that if $U\in\Bbb F_{3^t}^{n\times n}$ satisfies $UU'=I_n$ in $\Bbb F_{3^t}$ ...
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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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What is known about counting bipartite perfect matching with average degree in $[2,3]$ and max degree $3$?

We know counting perfect matching for bipartite graphs with vertex degree $2$ is in $P$ while counting perfect matching for graphs with vertex degree $3$ is in $\#P$. We also know there are degree $3$...