# Questions tagged [lower-bounds]

questions about lowerbounds on functions, usually the complexity of an algorithm or a problem

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### Lower bound method for ordered binary decision diagrams

This is an idea/question inspired by the question and answer of Boolean functions with exponential size OBDD representation in all orders except one order?: If you want to prove some exponential ...
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### Lower bounds for randomized frequency estimation algorithms

Consider a stream of elements $s_1s_2\ldots s_N$. A counter-based frequency estimation algorithm uses $m$ counters and is required to answer queries of the form "How many times did $x$ appear"? It ...
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### The latest concerning Valiant-Vazirani

I'm wondering what the best method obtained for the Valiant-Vazirani theorem is. We can state the following criteria: (1) First and foremost, has anyone been able to derandomize it? (2) If not, ...
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### Data structures lower bounds on Turing machines

Have there been any results on lower bounds for implementing data structures on Turing machines, e.g. stacks, queues, etc ? I guess that people are mostly interested in models with random access, but ...
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### Lowerbounds for in-situ permutation

What is the best known lowerbound for the worst case complexity of in-situ permutation (also called in-place rearrangement)? Has there been any reported progress after the 1970's article by Knuth (...
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### Lower bound for enumerating k closest pair of points

Consider 1 dimensional points $x_1, \dots x_n, x_i \in \mathbb{R}$ where the distance between any two points is defined as $d(x_i, x_j) = \vert x_i - x_j \vert$. The goal is to enumerate all $n^2$ ...
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### Inapproximability Results for APX-hard Geometric Optimization Problems

A lot of Geometric Optimization problems are NP-hard and APX-hard to approximate (No PTAS unless P=NP). One example of the geometric set cover problem can be found here. However, it is not easy to ...
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### What is the status of Determinantal Complexity of Permanent

Recently Landsberg and Ressayre announced an exponential lower bound for permanent's determinantal complexity assuming certain symmetry conditions. What is the status of the problem of Permanent's ...
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### Tools to bound the singular values of a finite sum of random matrices from below?

Matrix Chernoff bounds (see also this arXiv paper) are usually used to give upper bounds on the largest eigenvalue of a finite sum of random matrices. Sometimes it can also be used to give a lower ...
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### Sketch of Razborov's paper “On the method of approximations”

(The following question has bothered me for many years.) Razborov seems to have obtained some of the strongest/award winning lower bounds on circuits found in the field over many years, largely ...
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### Is $NEXP^{NP}$ known to not be contained in $NP/poly$?

To the best of my knowledge, it is known that $NEXP^{NP} \nsubseteq P/poly$, but it's still not known if $NEXP \nsubseteq P/poly$. For more info, see "Superpolynomial circuits, almost sparse oracles ...
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### Sampling Functions Efficiently vs Pseudorandom Generators

Let $X$ be a set of $n$-bit Boolean functions of the form $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow \{0,1\}$. For instance, $X$ could be the set of $n$-bit monotone Boolean functions, or the set of $n$-bit functions ...
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### Algebraic decision trees and adversary arguments

In the comparison tree model, we establish lower bounds on computing $\min$ and $\max$ of $n$ numbers via the adversary argument. Are there problems on which we know lower bounds in the algebraic ...
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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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### Nondeterministic communication complexity of Hamming distance

It is something that I think should be known: what is nondeterministic communication complexity of following task: is $H(x,y) \geq k$? There is an obvious upper bound $k \log(n)$. I would expect ...
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### One-way randomized complexity of (variants of) Gap-Hamming-Distance?

The $\textsf{GapHammingDistance}$ problem over $\{0,1\}^n$ is defined as follows: Alice (resp. Bob) is given an input $x\in\{0,1\}^n$ (resp, $y\in\{0,1\}^n$), under the promise that their Hamming ...
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### Why do most 0/1 matrices need linear arithmetic circuits of size $\Omega(n^2/\log(n))$?

I am reading Alon et al.'s paper Linear Circuits over $GF(2)$ and I am having trouble seeing the counting argument showing that most matrices need a circuit of size $\Omega(n^2/\log n)$. This result ...
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### Lower bound for reversing a list using queues

How do you prove (or disprove) that a list of length $n$ cannot be reversed in time $o(n \log n)$ using $O(1)$ queues? Each queue is FIFO. Time refers to the number of operations on the queues. ...
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### Circuit's with gate computing only “simple” functions

I was curious if something like that is known or was studied. Let's call a function simple if it is computable by $AC_0$ circuit of depth $\leq d$ and size $\leq n^k$ for fixed $k,d$. Now let's ...
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### Finding median in a changing array

Consider the problem of needing to support an $n$ integers array structure with two operations: Set(k,v) - set the $k$'th integer to value $v$ (i.e. $A[k]=v$). Median() - return the median value of ...
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### $CIS_G$ problem deterministic lower bound

In notes, http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~toni/Courses/CommComplexity2/Lectures/clique-notes.pdf, it is mentioned towards end of section $4$ that http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=237817 shows that ...
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### What is the strongest known lower bound against SIZE(n)?

What is the best known lower bound against (nonuniform) circuits of size $O(n)$? I understand that we don't know of any explicit functions that need circuits of size more than something like $5n$. But ...
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### Proving greedy algorithm is optimal for a scheduling problem

First, the problem discription: For a sequence of $4n$ tasks, $a_1a_2\dots a_{4n}$, where $a_i\in\{0,1\}\forall i$, put them sequentially to the tail of one of the two initially empty queues of ...
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### Natural Proofs and methods for polylog depth circuit lower bounds

I have a question about the following question and its answer. Status on circuit lower bounds for polylog-bounded depth circuits In the above question, it is asked about methods to prove lower ...
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### Streaming Algorithm Lower Bounds by Communication Complexity

I am learning the methods for proving lower bounds on streaming algorithms using communication complexity. My question is about a basic technique to prove lower bounds on streaming models using the ...
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### Is there a tight lower bound on the complexity of SSSP on a graph?

I'm an undergrad and I'm not sure if this is the right way to ask this question. I want to know the lower bound on single-source shortest path computation in a general graph. The graph is allowed to ...
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### Is this question $NP_R$ hard?

Consider $n$ variables $x_1, \cdots, x_n$ and $f=\sum a_i x_1^{d_{i1}}\cdots x_n^{d_{in}}$ such that for each $i$, $d_{i1}+\cdots+d_{in}=d$ for some fixed $d$ and $a_i\geq 0$. I am interested in the ...