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Short UNSAT Certificates for X3SAT

Exactly 1 in 3 SAT ($X3SAT$) is a variation of the Boolean Satisfiability problem. Given an instance of clauses where each clause has three literals, is there a set of literals such that each clause ...
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Solving K-Flip SAT problem in Polynomial time

Given a dataset with N variables, M clauses in CNF form, and a randomly generated truth assignment T. I am trying to find a truth assignment T' that flips at most k variables and satisfies more ...
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Relativized Version of NP^A-complete

I was reading this post about whether Cook-Levin relativizes and at the bottom of the answer, they include a quote from Computational Complexity by C. Papadimitriou (this is a longer version of the ...
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Is the following equitable factoring problem $NP$-hard or in $P$?

Consider the following factoring problem: Given an integer $r$ and another integer $N$ along with all of its $n$ number of prime factors and their corresponding multiplicities $\{p_i,e_i\}_{i=1}^n$, ...
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Is the weighted sum of subset prefix product problem NP-hard?

I have this strange problem where we have a set of positive numbers $M$, a fixed number $n$, and a function $f: M \rightarrow R^+$ mapping each number in M to another positive number. We want to know ...
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Hardness assumption: an NP-complete problem whose ratio of hard instances do not tend to zero?

I am wondering about the following property $\text{(P)}$ of an $NP$-complete language $L$ $\begin{align}\exists M\text{ a polytime machine}\lim_{n\to\infty}P(\text{M solves a random instance of size $...
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Partition of multisets of polynomials

Problem: Given a multiset S of irreducible polynomials in Z[x], say YES if S can be partitioned into two nonempty multisets A and B such that both the product of all the elements of A and the product ...
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How to show that Color Tiles is NP-Complete

Color Tiles is a puzzle game where color tiles are laid out in a rectangular grid. A tile is visible to an empty grid cells if there is a clear line-of-sight in one of the 4 cardinal directions (You ...
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Bounded-Frequency Minimum Set Cover Problem

Consider the special case of the minimum set cover problem where each element of the universe occurs in at most 3 sets. Can this problem be solved in polynomial time? Is there a nontrivial upper ...
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Cook inspiration for NP completeness

An academic descendant of Cook just lectured on NP completeness. He said that the idea came from a well-known theorem in first-order logic that talks about completeness of satisfiability for ...
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Lexicographic Boolean satisfiability

Maximal Satisfying Assignment (Lexicographic Boolean satisfiability / LexMaxSAT), the problem of finding the lexicographically maximum x_1, . . . , x_n ∈ {0, 1}^n that satisfies Boolean formula φ, or ...
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Is this problem on unambiguous finite automata NP-complete?

An unambiguous finite automaton (UFA) is a nondeterministic finite automaton (NFA) such that each word has at most one accepting path. In this post, for $n\in \mathbb{N}$, what I call an $n$-UFA (resp....
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Unary language examples between L and NP

I am looking for some examples of unary languages lay between $L$ and $NP$, i.e., $ L \subseteq NL \subseteq P = AL \subseteq NP $. What I found after some search(e.g., Complexity zoo for unary ...
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Is 4-Coloring restricted to graphs with crossing number 1 NP-complete?

Planar graphs are 4-colorable. Determining if a planar graph is 3-colorable is NP-Complete. A graph with a crossing number 1 (graph such that it can be drawn with $\le 1$ crossing) is 5-colorable. ...
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Choosing one number from each set so that the sum of squares of each distinct number counts is minimized

Problem is as follows: We are given $K$ subsets of $\{1,2,...,n\}$. We need to pick one number from each of these subsets such that $\sum_{i=1}^n p_i^2$ is minimized where $p_i$ is the number of times ...
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Disjoint subsets problem complexity

Is the decision problem below NP-complete? Given sets $S_1, ... , S_n$, as well as bounds $b_1, ... , b_n$, is it possible to pick pairwise disjoint subsets $U_1, ... , U_n$ such that $U_i \subset ...
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Polynomial-time reducibility of Primality and 3-SAT

Is 3-SAT $\leq_{p}$ Primality? And/or is Primality $\leq_{p}$ 3-SAT? I think the answer is no and yes, respectively, but I'm not sure. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Efficient algorithm for finding segregators in a directed acyclic graph

Given a directed acyclic graph $G=(V,E)$, we define a $(\alpha,\beta)$-segregator of $G$ to be a subset $S$ of $V$ of size $\alpha$ such that no vertex in $G\setminus S$ has more than $\beta$ ...
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NP-completeness: sum of "some" paths in a spanning tree

I suspect this problem is NP-complete but I couldn't prove it, if anyone can help I'll be very grateful: Instance: undirected, unweighted, connected graph $G=(V,E)$, positive integer $K \in \mathbb{Z}...
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Is the maximum independent set in cubic planar graphs NP-complete?

In their famous book, Garey and Johnson, write a comment that the maximum independent set problem, in cubic planar graphs is NP-complete(page 194 of the book). They say this is by a transformation ...
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NP-complete decision problems on deterministic automata

Do you know any NP-complete decision problems on deterministic automata? Most NP-complete problems that come to my mind are either (see, or here) graph theoretical, or involve some string rewriting or ...
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Minimum rank graph cut

Consider the following problem: Input: A graph $G=(V,E)$ and a matroid $M$ on $E$, given by an independence oracle. Task: Find a cut $C\subseteq E$ in the graph, such that the rank of $C$ in the ...
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Complexity of multi-objective optimization problems

How can we define and prove the worst-case complexity of multi-objective optimization problems (MOOP)? It is easy to see that, if one of the objectives is an NP-Hard optimization problem, then the ...
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Maximum subgraph problem with unknown complexity

Let $Q$ be a polynomial time decidable graph property. In a graph let us call a subgraph $S$ a $Q$-subgraph, if $S$ has the property $Q$. Consider the following optimization problem: Maximum $Q$-...
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Reconstructing a colored grid with vertical and horizontal shifts

Consider the following simple problem (puzzle): given a $N \times N$ $c$-colored grid $G$ a $N \times N$ $c$-colored target grid $G_T$ a number $m$ represented in unary Can we transform $G$ into $...
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Complexity of finding the largest induced subgraph with all even degrees

What is the complexity of the following problem? Instance: Simple, undirected graph $G$, and a positive integer $k$. Question: Does $G$ have an induced subgraph on at least $k$ vertices, such that ...
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Relationship between two graph optimization problems

Let $Q$ be a polynomial time computable graph property of simple, undirected graphs. Consider the following two optimization problems on any input graph: P1. Find a largest induced subgraph of the ...
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Example of decidable NP-hard problem that is not NP-complete [closed]

I am looking for an example of a decision problem which fulfills the following conditions: 1. It is decidable 2. It is NP-hard 3. It is not NP-complete All my search attempts yielded examples that ...
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What languages can be reduced to a NP-complete problem in polynomial time

NP-complete: Language is NP-complete, when it is in NP and every problem in NP is reducible to it in polynomial time. But what languages are reducible to a NP-complete problem (for example SAT) in ...
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Short $\exists$SO sentences over strings that define an NP-complete problem

[Q1] I'm wondering if there are some "official" SHORT existential second order sentences with ONE binary relation, over strings (over a small alphabet) that define an NP-complete set. (Something ...
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"Relatives" of the shortest path problem

Consider a connected undirected graph with non-negative edge weights, and two distinguished vertices $s,t$. Below are some path problems that are all of the following form: find an $s-t$ path, such ...
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Hardness result or reference for optimal Gaussian elimination process

I'm wondering if the following problem is NP-Complete or has any hardness result. References on related problem are also welcome. Input: integers $n\geq1,k\geq0$ and an invertible matrix $M\in\mathbb ...
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Hardness result or reference for a set partition problem

I'm wondering if the following problem is (or has been proven to be) NP-Complete. Input: integer $n\ge0$, set $S_1,S_2,\ldots,S_{2n}$, set $T_1,T_2,\ldots,T_n$. Accept iff: there exists $\{a_i,...
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$NP$ completeness of Hamiltonicity of cubic polyhedral plane graphs with bounded face degree?

Let $\mathscr{C}_d$ be the class of cubic 3-connected simple plane graphs, with face degree bounded by $d$. Is there any $d$ such that Hamiltonian cycle is $NP$ complete on $\mathscr{C}_d$? If so, ...
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Natural candidates for NP-E and E-NP

It has been known since the early 70's that ${\bf NP}$ and ${\bf E}=DTIME(2^{O(n)})$ are not equal (because ${\bf E}$ is not closed under polynomial-time many-one reductions, in contrast to ${\bf NP}$...
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NP-hard problems on the class of caterpillars

My question is whether there exist an NP-hard problem that has only a caterpillar as input. By saying only caterpillar as input, I wanted to emphasize that no function (eg: weights on vertices or ...
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new subset sum approach results

I have been working on a new approach for a subset sum exact solver, and the current state provides an algorithm operating on $O{n/2 \choose n/4}$, demonstrating as well the hardest target value is ...
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Does BQP contain any NP-Complete problem?

From the Wikipedia documentation, "the suspected relationship of BQP to other problem spaces" diagram suggests no intersection between NP-complete problems and BQP. Has this been demonstrated or not?
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Subset Sum Problem and hard looking instances that are not really hard

I have been working in a subset sum solver (some new approach) and while working on the time complexity analysis I found what I describe below. Maybe this could explain why some "hard looking" ...
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Is balanced Hamiltonian cycle NP complete on maximal plane graphs?

I know that the Hamiltonian cycle is NP complete on the class of maximal plane graphs. If we instead ask about balanced Hamiltonian cycles (i.e. same number of faces on both sides) on maximal plane ...
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A dominate vector subset sum problem

Let $k$ be some constants (e.g. one can take $k=2$ for simplexity), for any $u,v\in \mathbb{R}$, we say $u$ dominate $v$ if $\forall 1\le i\le k,~ u[i]\ge v[i]$, write it as $u\succ v$. Consider the ...
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Complexity of finding Exact Size Cut-Sets in Bipartite Graphs

I am interested in the problem of deciding if a cut-set of a given size $k$ (i.e. the number of edges crossing the partitions is $k$) exists in a given bipartite graph (both the graph and $k$ are part ...
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NP-Complete Static Square Puzzles

In order to empirically test some CSP algorithms, I would like to compile a list of NP-Complete static board games. By static, I mean that a solution of the puzzle is simply an assignment of values to ...
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Complexity of deciding whether subspaces of Z_2^n cover every point 3*x times

When studying the complexity of checking identities in certain finite algebras, I came across the following decision problem: Input: A positive integer $n \in N$ and a set of affine subspaces $H_1,...
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NP completeness of Hamiltonian cycle for the family of *dual graphs* to plane, cubic, triply connected graphs?

It is well known that the Hamiltonian cycle problem is NP-complete on the family of planar, cubic and triply connected graphs: https://epubs.siam.org/doi/abs/10.1137/0205049 For a problem I'm ...
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Error in paper "Some NP-complete geometric problems"?

The paper in question: M.R. Garey, R.L. Graham and D.S. Johnson. Some NP-complete geometric problems . This paper proofs the NP-completeness of some well-known problems, such as the Steiner Tree ...
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Password hashing using NP complete problems

Commonly used password hashing algorithms work like this today: Salt the password and feed it into a KDF. For example, using PBKDF2-HMAC-SHA1, the password hashing process is ...
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Is Prime Bounded Quadratic Congruence NP-complete?

Bounded Quadratic Congruence: Instance: Three positive integers $a$, $b$ and $c$. Question: Is there a positive integer $x<c$ such that $x^{2} \equiv a \, (mod \ b)$? Bounded Quadratic ...
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NP-Complete graph problems where a special vertex is given as input?

I am currently working on a graph theory problem where the instance includes a graph and a special vertex in the graph. I am trying to prove the NP-completeness of the problem as well as explore ...
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Is satisfying $\sum_{i=1}^{n}{x_i^{y_i}}=r$ NP Complete?

Question I would like to show that satisfying $\sum_{i=1}^{n}{x_i^{y_i}}=r$ is NP-Complete. Consider $L= \{(\bar{y},r):\exists \bar{x} \text{ such that } \sum_{i=1}^{n}{x_i^{y_i}}=r\}$. Where $\...
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