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Consequences of $\mathsf{NP}$ containing $\mathsf{BPP}$

Many believe that $\mathsf{BPP} = \mathsf{P} \subseteq \mathsf{NP}$. However we only know that $\mathsf{BPP}$ is in the second level of polynomial hierarchy, i.e. $\mathsf{BPP}\subseteq \Sigma^ \...
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Can graph isomorphism be decided with square root bounded nondeterminism?

Bounded nondeterminism associates a function $g(n)$ with a class $C$ of languages accepted by resource-bounded deterministic Turing machines, to form a new class $g$-$C$. This class consists of those ...
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Conditions for NFA universality

Consider a nondeterministic finite automata $A = (Q, \Sigma, \delta, q_0, F)$, and a function $f(n)$. Additionally we define $\Sigma^{\leq k} = \bigcup_{i \leq k} \Sigma^i$. Now lets analyze the ...
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Deciding emptiness of intersection of regular languages in subquadratic time

Let $L_1,L_2$ be two regular languages given by NFAs $M_1,M_2$ as input. Assume we would like to check whether $L_1\cap L_2\neq \emptyset$. This can clearly be done by a quadratic algorithm which ...
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Are there natural separations in the nondeterministic time hierarchy?

The original Nondeterministic Time Hierarchy Theorem is due to Cook (the link is to S. Cook, A hierarchy for nondeterministic time complexity, JCSS 7 343–353, 1973). The theorem states that for any ...
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Who introduced nondeterministic computation?

I have two historical questions: Who first described nondeterministic computation? I know that Cook described NP-complete problems, and that Edmonds proposed that P algorithms are "efficient" or "...
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Is there a non-deterministic linear time algorithm for CNF-SAT?

The decision problem CNF-SAT can be described as follows: Input: A boolean formula $\phi$ in conjunctive normal form. Question: Does there exist a variable assignment that satisfies $\phi$? I'm ...
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Ambiguity and Logic

In automata theory (finite automata, pushdown automata, ...) and in complexity, there is a notion of "ambiguity". An automaton is ambiguous if there is a word $w$ with at least two distinct accepting ...
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Example demonstrating the power of non-deterministic circuits

A non-deterministic Boolean circuit has, in addition to the ordinary inputs $x = (x_1,\dots,x_n)$, a set of "non-deterministic" inputs $y=(y_1,\dots,y_m)$. A non-deterministic circuit $C$ accepts ...
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Büchi automata with acceptance strategy

The problem Let $A=\langle \Sigma, Q, q_0,F,\Delta\rangle$ be a Büchi automaton, recognizing a language $L\subseteq\Sigma^\omega$. We assume that $A$ has an acceptance strategy in the following sense ...
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Nondeterministic speed-up of deterministic computation

Can nondeterminism speed-up deterministic computation? If yes, how much? By speeding-up deterministic computation by nondeterminism I mean results of the form: $\mathsf{DTime}(f(n)) \subseteq \...
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Does XOR automata (NXA) for finite languages benefit from cycles?

A non-deterministic Xor automata (NXA) is syntactically an NFA, but a word is said to be accepted by NXA if it has an odd number of accepting paths (instead of at least one accepting path in the NFA ...
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How is the MA version of SETH proven to be false?

According to this paper, which discusses a nondeterministic extension of the Strong Exponential Time Hypothesis (SETH), "[…] Williams has recently shown related hypotheses about Merlin-Arthur ...
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What are the obstructions to extending $L=SL$ to $L=NL$?

Omer Reingold's proof that $L=SL$ gives an algorithm for USTCON (In an Undirected graph with special vertices $s$ and $t$, are they Connected?) using only logspace. The basic idea is to build an ...
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Does there exist a hardest DCFL?

Greibach famously defined a language $H$, the so-called nondeterministic version of $D_2$, such that any CFL is an inverse morphic image of $H$. Does there exist a similar statement with DCFL, ...
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Is there a reduction to “door and pressure plate” games that doesn't explode solution length?

This paper gives a proof that in a game with doors and pressure plates, it is PSPACE-hard to determine whether or not the (player's) avatar can reach a given location. This is proven by a reduction ...
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Implications between $\mathsf{L}=\mathsf{P}$ and $\mathsf{NL}=\mathsf{NP}$?

If we can prove that $\mathsf{L}=\mathsf{P}$, does it imply that $\mathsf{NL}=\mathsf{NP}$ ? I thought it is the case, but I cannot prove it (also for the converse).
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Uniform way of quantifying “branching” in nondeterministic, probabilistic, and quantum computation?

The computation of a nondeterministic Turing machine (NTM) is well known to be representable as a tree of configurations, rooted at the starting configuration. Any transition in the program is ...
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Alternative proofs of Savitch's theorem?

Question: Are there any known proofs of Savitch's theorem that $NL \subseteq L^2$ besides the usual one? By the usual one I mean the proof based on recursively querying whether there is a midpoint. ...
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Is there any known NP-Complete (or NP-Intermediate) problem in sublinear nondeterministic space?

There are some NP-Complete problems ($ \mathsf{SAT} $, $ \mathsf{SUBSETSUM} $, etc.) known to be in $ \mathsf{DSPACE(n)} $. What about the sub-linear spaces? Is there any known NP-Complete (or NP-...
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Number of minimal DFAs of size at most $m$?

Let $\Sigma$ be an alphabet of size $2$, and consider minimal DFAs whose size is bounded by at most $m$. Let $f(m)$ denote the number of different such minimal DFAs. Can we find a closed-form ...
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Is a quadratic nondeterminism speed-up of deterministic computation plausible?

This is a follow up to nondeterministic speed-up of deterministic computation. Is it plausible that nondeterminism (or more generally alternation) would allow a general quadratic speed-up of ...
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Nondeterminism is on average useless for circuits?

Savický and Woods (The Number of Boolean Functions Computed by Formulas of a Given Size) prove the following result. Theorem[SW98]: For every constant $k>1$, almost all boolean functions with ...
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NFA to DFA Powerset Construction : A Partial determinization algorithm with trade-off between running time and size for the resulting automata?

Given a NFA $N$ and its equivalent DFA $D$ resulting from the total determinization of $N$ (using powerset construction, for example), the following properties hold for $N$, $D$ and for any word $w$ : ...
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Consequences of nondeterminism speeding up deterministic computation

If $\mathsf{NP}$ contains a class of superpolynomial time problems, i.e. for some function $t \in n^{\omega(1)}$, $\mathsf{DTIME}(t) \subseteq \mathsf{NP}$, then if follows from the deterministic ...
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Hierarchy theorem for NTIME intersect coNTIME?

$\newcommand{\cc}[1]{\mathsf{#1}}$Does a theorem along the following lines hold: If $g(n)$ is a little bigger than $f(n)$, then $\cc{NTIME}(g) \cap \cc{coNTIME}(g) \neq \cc{NTIME}(f) \cap \cc{coNTIME}(...
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Determinism and pi-calculus

Milner embedded $\lambda$-calculus into $\pi$-calculus, showing that the $\pi$-calculus is capable of Turing-complete, deterministic calculation. Since parallel compositions of processes in the $\pi$-...
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A tool for minimal NFA computation

It is well known that minimizing an NFA for a fixed regular language is $PSPACE-Complete$. As far as I know, there are no better than trivial algorithms for minimizing such NFA, but there's a little ...
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complexity of Sokoban with a small number of boxes

(I asked a very concise version of this one month ago on cs.stackexchange, and although it got edited, it was not (otherwise) responded to.) In this post, for positive integer values $k$, "$k$-...
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What is an unambiguous language in the sense of Schützenberger?

I'm reading Thomas Wilke's survey on the connections between Temporal Logic and finite automata, finite semigroups and first-order logic. In Theorem 6 (by Kamp), the fragment $\mathrm{TL}[\mathsf{F},\...
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How powerful are nondeterministic constant-depth circuits?

A nondeterministic circuit is a Boolean circuit that has nondeterministic input wires. In other words, a nondeterministic circuit $C$ computing a Boolean function $f\colon\{0,1\}^{n}\rightarrow \{0,1\}...
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Determining if a word of specific length exists that is not accepted by a NFA

It is known that the problem of determining if an NFA accepts every word is PSPACE-COMPLETE, meaning it is also NP-Hard, but is this weaker version of the problem still NP-hard? Given an NFA and a ...
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Bounds on the size of NFA for $r$-skip $k$-distinct language

This question is about an extension of a language discussed in this question. We define the $r$-skip $k$-distinct language as follows: $$L_{r,k}=\{\sigma_1\sigma_2\cdots \sigma_{rk}\in\Sigma^{rk} | \...
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Halting time of non deterministic machine

Let $K$ be a non deterministic machine. I use Minsky Machine (2 counter automaton) for practical reason in my research, but it could be a turing machine, a register machine, whatever. The Machine ...
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How big is NSC^k?

It is well known that $\mathsf{NL} \subseteq \mathsf{NC} \subseteq \mathsf{P}$, both inclusions conjectured to be proper. On the other hand $\mathsf{NP} \supseteq \mathsf{P}$, also probably a proper ...
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Can we show that $\mathsf{NL}^\mathsf{NL} = \mathsf{NL}$? [closed]

We know by Immerman–Szelepcsényi theorem that $\mathsf{NL}=\mathsf{coNL}$? Does it follow from this theorem that $\mathsf{NL}^\mathsf{NL} = \mathsf{NL}$? Here, $\mathsf{NL}^\mathsf{NL}$ denotes the ...
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What are the relationship and difference between ambiguous grammars and non-deterministic ones?

Intuitively, I had assumed that ambiguous grammars were roughly the same as non-deterministic grammars. According to Wikipedia however, this is false: there are non-deterministic unambiguous CFGs ...
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minimal finite automata given in-words and out-words

this seems an interesting FSM optimization problem; have not seen it studied, wondering if it has been and/ or looking for other insight. given: two finite sets of words $S_{in}$ and $S_{out}$. ...
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Is $L \subset 1NL$ when $L \neq NL$?

A log-space Turing machine has a read-only input tape, a write-only output tape and uses at most $O(\log n)$ space in its read-write work tapes. The classes $L$ and $NL$ contain those languages which ...
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Set partitioning algorithm

I'm a working software engineer and I'm trying to develop some planning software. I have faced the following problem. I have some finite set $ U $ of some distinct elements $ e_i \in U $. I have ...
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On Defining Probabilistic/Nondeterministic Circuits

Assume that we are interested in deterministic circuits of size $f(n)$. Here, $n$ represents the number of inputs to the circuit. The standard way of defining probabilistic/nondeterministic circuits ...
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$NotTooManyP^{cc}$ class in communication complexity

Class $P^{cc}$ is class of languages admitting deterministic communication protocol with polylog bits of communication. Class $NP^{cc}$ is class of languages admitting nondeterministic communication ...
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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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Is anything known about Sokoban with only 1 box?

This is intended to be a simpler version of my earlier question here. In this post, 1-Sokoban-search is Sokoban with only 1 box, 1-Sokoban-decision is the corresponding decision problem, and 1-Sokoban ...
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Nondeterministic linear time vs. the deterministic time hierarchy

How much is known about nondeterministic linear time? I'm aware that $$ \mathrm{NTIME}(n) \neq \mathrm{DTIME}(n).$$ Is there an $m > 1$ so that $\mathrm{NTIME}(n) \not\subset \mathrm{DTIME}(n^m)$? ...
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Size bound on Büchi automaton for complement

For a given Büchi automaton $\mathcal A = (A, Q, \delta, q_0, F)$ we define a congruence on $A^{\ast}$ by $$ \begin{array}{llll} u \sim_{\mathcal A} v & :\Leftrightarrow & \mbox{for all }s,s' ...
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Deciding whether a binary multiplicity automaton has empty language

Multiplicity automatons (see here) is an interesting model. They have the (almost) same syntax as a non-deterministic finite automatons, but instead of deciding whether a word belongs to a language, ...
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Open questions about linear-time

What are some interesting open or solved-but-hard questions around problems having linear-time solutions? Ala riffle shuffles. I'm especially curious about problems which people believe to be linear-...
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Separation of limited nondeterminism classes?

It is interesting to find the best lower bound on the number of nondeterministic bits needed to solve satisfiability problem. Let $\beta_k P$ be the class of problems solvable by a nondeterministic ...
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Number of accepting path of a non deterministic automaton

I have a question that seems to me really natural and have probably already been studied. But keyword search on this site or google does not seems to help me to find any relevent paper. I have got a ...