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### NP-Completeness of the decision problem for the generalized 15-puzzle

I am interested in the natural generalization of the famous 15-puzzle, where you have to slide blocks until you have sorted all given numbers (usally there is a gap of 1 block). Now the ...
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### Is there an NP-complete language that contains precisely half of the n-bit instances?

Is there a (preferably natural) NP-complete language $L\subseteq \{0,1\}^*$, such that for every $n\geq 1$ $$|L\cap \{0,1\}^n|=2^{n-1}$$ holds? In other words, $L$ contains precisely half of all $n$-...
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### NP complete graph problems about structural properties

(This question is a bit of a "survey".) I'm currently working on a problem where I'm trying to partition the edges of a tournament into two sets, both of which are required to fulfill some ...
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### Is there a natural problem in quasi-polynomial time, but not in polynomial time?

László Babai recently proved that the Graph Isomorphism problem is in quasipolynomial time. See also his talk at University of Chicago, note from the talks by Jeremy Kun GLL post 1, GLL post 2, GLL ...
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### How much would a SAT oracle help speeding up polynomial time algorithms?

Access to a $SAT$ oracle would provide a major, super-polynomial speed-up for everything in ${\bf NP}-{\bf P}$ (assuming the set is not empty). It is less clear, however, how much would $\bf P$ ...
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### “Almost easy” NP-complete problems

Let us say that a language $L$ is P-density-close if there is a polynomial time algorithm that correctly decides $L$ on almost all inputs. In other words, there is an $A\in$ P, such that $L\Delta A$...
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### NP-Complete problems that admit an efficient algorithm under the promise of a unique solution

I was recently reading a very nice paper by Valiant and Vazirani which shows that if $\mathbf{NP \neq RP}$, then there can not be an efficient algorithm to solve SAT even under the promise that it is ...
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### Natural candidate against the Isomorphism Conjecture?

The famous Isomorphism Conjecture of Berman and Hartmanis says that all $NP$-complete languages are polynomial time isomorphic (p-isomorphic) to each other. The key significance of the conjecture is ...
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### Are there any heuristic-free NP complete problems?

Are there any NP complete problems with no infinite subset of instances $\Phi$ such that membership in $\Phi$ can be decided in polynomial time, and for all $x \in \Phi$, $x$ can be solved in ...
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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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### Poly time superset of NP complete language with infinitely many strings excluded from it

For any arbitrary NP complete language is there always a polytime superset the complement of which is also infinite? A trivial version which does not stipulate the superset to have infinite ...
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### Add a matching to a Hamiltonian path to reduce the max distance between given pairs of vertices

What is the complexity of the following problem? Input: $H$ a Hamiltonian path in $K_n$ $R \subseteq [n]^2$ a subset of pairs of vertices a positive integer $k$ Query: is there a matching $M$ such ...
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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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### Which complexity class does this number theory problem belong to?

'Given $a,b,c\in\Bbb N$, is there $x,y\in\Bbb N$, $ax^2+by=c$' is $\mathsf{NP}$-complete. Which complexity class does 'Given $a,b,c\in\Bbb N$, is there $x,y\in\Bbb N$, $ax^2+by^2=c$' belong to?
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### Slowest many-one reduction?

When we want to prove that an $L\in \bf NP$ is $\bf NP$-complete, then the standard approach is to exhibit a polynomial time computable many-one reduction of a known $\bf NP$-complete problem to $L$. ...
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### Generalization of SAT, where we replace OR with another symmetric function

Let $\sigma(y_1,\dots,y_k)$ denote some boolean symmetric function on $k$ boolean inputs, $\sigma:\{0,1\}^k\to\{0,1\}$. In $k$-SAT, an instance is a conjunction of clauses, where each clause is the ...
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### Does the Cook-Levin theorem relativize?

My only motivation for asking this question is long-standing curiosity, but I am interested in seeing a proof (or disproof) that the Cook-Levin theorem relativizes. If you have a proof that the ...
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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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### What's complexity of this set problem which looks like “Linear Programming”?

I came up with a problem below, which looks like a linear programming problem: Given $n$ sets $S_{1}, S_{2},..., S_{n}$, with constraints of :  \forall i=1, 2, 3,...,n\space\space \left | S_{i} ...
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### On the shortest vector problem (is it $NP$-complete?)

Ajtai has shown that shortest vector problem is $NP$-hard by using randomized reduction from subset sum. Has this been derandomized?
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### Magic constant to solve NP-complete problem in polynomial time

Let's suppose that $P\ne NP$. Is that possible to solve all the instances of size $n$ of an NP-complete problem in polynomial time using some "universal magic constant" $C_n$ that has a polynomial ...
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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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### Analogues of the Berman Hartmanis conjecture and the Creativity Hypothesis

The Berman Hartmanis conjecture which formally states that there is an isomorphism for two $NP$ complete languages $L_{1}$, and $L_{2}$, the isomorphism is a bijective function $f()$ such that $f()$ ...
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### Does p-isomorphism preserve phase transition?

Consider two NP-complete languages that are polynomial-time isomorphic. If we know that one of them exhibits phase transition (with respect to some order parameter), does this imply that the other ...
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### NP-Complete Convergent Reductions?

A professor I knew in grad school told me about asking his students to reduce an NP-Complete problem to another, then back to the original, then back again and then watching with amusement as the ...