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

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Proof that quantum computers can't easily invert permutations

Let's say I am given a permutation $\sigma$ that maps $n$ bit strings to $n$ bit strings. I want to output $1$ if $\sigma^{-1}(1)$ is even and $0$ if $\sigma^{-1}(1)$ is odd. This is the famous ...
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Examples of the price of abstraction?

Theoretical computer science has provided some examples of "the price of abstraction." The two most prominent are for Gaussian elimination and sorting. Namely: It is known that Gaussian elimination ...
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Why is it difficult for $GCT$ to prove super quadratic lower bound?

We have a quadratic lower bound for the Permanent versus Determinant problem. Why is it difficult for $GCT$ to improve it?
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Time complexity of Succinct-CVP

I want to know what is the best known lower time complexity of Succinct-CVP? The succinct version of many P-complete problems are EXP-complete and Succinct-CVP is EXP-complete too (It is because of ...
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Application of Yao's Minmax Principle for Adaptive Randomized Algorithms

Reference Request: I am interested in references where Yao's Minimax Principle is applied for adaptive randomized algorithms if any. More generally, I am interested in minimax lower bound results for ...
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Maximum shortest word accepted by pushdown automata

Given a fixed alphabet, consider all deterministic pushdown automata with $n$ states that accept a nonempty language. What is the maximum length of the shortest word accepted by a deterministic ...
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Time complexity of d-dimensional convex hull

Consider the convex hull problem in $\Re^d$: Input: a list of $n$ points $S$ in $\Re^d$, Output: the vertices of the convex hull of $S$. What is the best lower bound on the time complexity of ...
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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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Are there problems in $DTIME(n^k) - DTIME(n^{k-1})$ that are not hard for $DTIME(n^{k-1})$ under nearly linear time reductions?

Background It can be challenging to find computational problems that are solvable in $DTIME(n^k) - DTIME(n^{k-1})$ where $k \geq 2$. Although some natural problems are known to exist, many of them ...
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Problem in deterministic time $n^p$ and not lower

I'm looking for any language $L$ candiate to be in $DTIME(n^p) -DTIME(n^{p-1})$ (it takes at least $n^{p-1}$ steps to determine if an input is in L with a 2-tape $TM$, but L is polynomially solvable). ...
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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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Understanding non-equivalence of proof lengths according to proof systems

Here, in section 4.3, Fortnow says: But to prove P != NP we would need to show that tautologies cannot have short proofs in an arbitrary proof system. I am ...
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Lower bounds for list/set data structures without delete

I'm interested in lower bounds on the amortized time cost for either of the following dynamic data structure problems, in the cell probe or RAM model, or any model that lets us do operations on words ...
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Progress on generalized star-height problem?

The (generalized) star height of a language is the minimum nesting of Kleene stars required to represent the language by an extended regular expression. Recall that an extended regular expression over ...
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Lower bounds on simple hash table operations?

There are a variety of hash tables that support worst-case O(1)-time lookups and deletions and expected O(1)-time lookups. Is there a known lower-bound on hashing that says that there cannot be a hash ...
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Big-O bounds on the k-th largest element of iid Gaussians

I'm interested in the following problem. Let $X_1, \dots, X_n$ be iid samples with a $N(0,1)$ distribution. Let $X_{[k]}$ be the $k$-th largest element of $\{X_1, \dots, X_n\}$, so e.g. $X_{[1]} = \...
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Switching lemma for polynomials over $\mathbb{F}_2$

Suppose $f$ is in $\mathbb{F}_2[x_1,...,x_n]$ with total degree $d$. Q. Is there any kind of switching lemma or restriction lemma in which by applying the lemma on $f$ we can reduce the total ...
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Lower bound for permutation generator

I'm interested in a problem akin to combinatorial circuits, but in terms of complexity. Apologies for missing the correct terminology, I'll appreciate any corrections. Given $n$ inputs numbered $1 ......
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Can three stacks be implemented in one array, with O(1) push/pop time?

Two stacks can be efficiently implemented using one fixed sized array: stack #1 starts from the left end and grows to the right, and stack #2 starts from the right end and grows to the left. Is the ...
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Fourier coefficients Boolean Functions described by Bounded Depth Circuits with AND OR and XOR gates

Let $f$ be a Boolean function and let's think about f as a function from $\{-1,1\}^n$ to $\{ -1,1 \}$. In this language the Fourier expansion of f is simply the expansion of f in terms of square free ...
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Arranging sets in a hierarchy

Suppose you have sets $S_1, \dots S_m$ such that $\sum_i |S_i| = n$. The goal is to arrange all the sets into a (possible unconnected) DAG such that $S_i$ is a parent (or ancestor) of $S_j$ iff $S_j \...
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Entropy bounds on solutions to problems in BPP and other complexity classes based on entropy demands

Has anyone studied the asymptotics of problems in complexity classes like $BPP$? The thought came to me that if a problem in $BPP$ only requires $O(log(n))$ bits of entropy to solve then, intuitively, ...
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The SQ argument in Balazs Szorenyi's paper

I am asking about the proof in Theorem 5 (page 6) of this paper, http://www.inf.u-szeged.hu/~szorenyi/Cikkek/sq_d0_ext.pdf Quite a few things about this short argument seem unclear to me, Towards the ...
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On $BPP$ in $P^{NP}$ and $SETH$

It is believed showing $BPP$ in $P$ involves good $PRG$s and faces lower bound barriers. Does showing $BPP$ in $P^{NP}$ which would mean $BPP\neq EXP^{NP}$ face similar $PRG$ and give lower bounds? ...
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One way randomised communication complexity of disjointness

I am looking for a reference for the (classical) one way randomised communication complexity of disjointness when the universe can be large. Say Alice and Bob both have sets of size $m$ chosen from a ...
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Strong seeded randomness extractors with low entropy loss

I would like to implement a strong seeded randomness extractor for flat sources as a part of my project. Most of the literature on seeded extractors is concentrated on minimizing seed length. ...
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Optimally fair stable matching

There's a nice post by Gil Kalai which outlines the inherent bias in stable matching algorithms quantitatively. In the traditional loyd shapeley algorithm for $n$ men and $n$ women, given randomly ...
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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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Is the Kolmogorov complexity of the truth tables of the halting problem known asymptotically?

Let $HALT_n$ denote the string of length $2^n$ corresponding to the truth table of the halting problem for inputs of length $n$. If the sequence of Kolmogorov complexities $K(HALT_n)$ were $O(1)$, ...
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Conesequences of $\forall k\in \mathbb N \space NP\not\subseteq TISP(poly(n),n^k)$

Does $\forall k\in \mathbb N \space NP\not\subseteq TISP(poly(n),n^k)$ has any separation of classes or consequences? My main question is can use this to show that $P \neq NP$ or some thing useful ...
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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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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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Which $SIZE$-$DEPTH(s, d)$ classes with $log(s(n))^{d(n) - 1} = o(n)$ can we not separate by known methods?

Define $SIZE$-$DEPTH(s, d)$ to be the functions which are computed by circuit families of size $O(s(n))$ and less than depth $d(n)$. We know from Boppana's 1997 paper on the average sensitivity of ...
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Combinatorics of Bellman-Ford or how to make cyclic graphs acyclic?

Roughly speaking, my question is: How costly is to make a cyclic graph acyclic while preserving all simple $s$-$t$ paths? Let $K_n$ be a complete undirected graph on vertices $\{0,1,\ldots,n+1\}$. (...
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Finding upper and lower bounds of a problem [closed]

We have n balls where 1 is a little heavier than the others and we want to find that heavier ball. We can only put some balls on one side of the scale and some on the other side and see if it leans ...
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How hard is it to generate a set of relatively prime numbers between two given bounds?

Informal Question How hard is it to generate a set of relatively prime numbers between two given bounds? Decision Problem Given $a$, $b$, and $k \in \mathbb{N}$. Does there exist a set $S \...
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Petri net termination

Termination is the following problem. Input: a Petri Net with initial marking Output: "yes" iff there exists an infinite firing sequence. The naive algorithm in the case of bounded nets for example ...
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Representing OR with polynomials

I know that trivially the OR function on $n$ variables $x_1,\ldots, x_n$ can be represented exactly by the polynomial $p(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ as such: $p(x_1,\ldots,x_n) = 1-\prod_{i = 1}^n\left(1-x_i\...
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Lower bound for triangle-free graphs

I was reading a set of notes where it says It can be shown that $\Omega(n^2)$ space is needed for one-pass algorithms to determine if an (unweighted, undirected) graph $G$ with $n$ nodes contains ...
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How fast can we find and disconnect roots in a forest?

Consider a forest of rooted trees. The problem is to support two operations: disconnect(v): if v is the root of some tree in the forest, remove all edges of v; findroot(v): find root of the tree ...
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Separations between testing and tolerant testing for (natural) classes of functions?

Note: I am considering here property testing in the query model, with regard to Hamming distance. (So, for instance, of Boolean functions—I'm phrasing it that way below.) I am in particular not ...
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Lower bounds for learning in the membership query and counterexample model

Dana Angluin (1987; pdf) defines a learning model with membership queries and theory queries (counterexamples to a proposed function). She shows that a regular language that is represented by a ...
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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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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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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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Succinct data structures survey?

Fischer's paper this month reminded me how little I know about the art of succinct data structures, and algorithms to use them. For those that don't know about succinct data structures: Given a ...
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What do stronger circuit lower bounds give in terms of derandomization?

We have $EXP\not\subseteq P/poly\implies BPP\subseteq io-DTIME(2^{n^\epsilon})$ at every $\epsilon>0$. This is essentially $DTIME(2^{O(n)})\not\subseteq P/poly\implies BPP\subseteq io-DTIME(2^{n^\...
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Non-Uniform Lower Bounds for NSPACE

If I'm not mistaken it is not known whether $E^{NP} \subseteq {\rm SIZE}(n)$ where $E^{NP}$ is the class of problems solvable by a TM which works in time $2^{O(n)}$ and is allowed to make queries of ...
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Common terminology used for lower/upper bounds

Suppose you have developed an upper bound on the number of vertices of a particular graph. This bound is the best possible bound that can be found for any given instance. What do you call such a bound?...
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Compressing information about the halting problem for oracle Turing machines

The halting problem is well-known to be uncomputable. However, it is possible to exponentially "compress" information about the halting problem, so that decompressing it is computable. More precisely,...

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