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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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Maximize the absolute value of connected nodes after $k$ modifications

Given a graph $G=\{V,E\}$, each node $i$ has a value $v_i$. Given budget $k$, we have $k$ chance to add 1 or minus 1 for a node's value, for example, $v'_i=v_i+1$ or $v'_i=v_i-1$. In particular, $v'_i$...
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Can this special case of Node Weighted Steiner Tree be solved in polynomial time?

Consider the node-weighted steiner problem: Input: a graph $G=(V,E)$, a set $T\subseteq V$ of terminals, a weight function $w: V\setminus T \to \mathbb{R}_+$. Output: a minimum weight subset $S \...
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Can this NP-hardness proof for Super Mario Brothers (and other games) be simplified?

In "Classic Nintendo Games are (Computationally) Hard", a generalized framework based on reducibility of 3-SAT for proving NP-hardness of classic Nintendo games is presented, and several ...
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Status of certain problems in knot theory

I found it somewhat difficult to understand the status of certain problems from knot theory. Is it correct to say that it's been neither proved nor disproved that any of the following problems are NP-...
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Is finding the shortest consistent term to fill a missing line in a truth table still NP-hard?

I understand the logic minimization problem is NP-hard when given the onset, since the last step is equivalent to set cover optimization. If instead we are given a partial truth table, and we just ...
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For what parameters is minimum distance hard?

It has been shown by Vardy that minimum distance of a code is NP-hard (see Alexander Vardy, “The Intractability of Computing the Minimum Distance of a Code,” IEEE Trans. Inf. Thy., Vol. 43 pp. 1757--...
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Is QMA known to contain Co-NP?

Is QMA known to contain Co-NP? If not, would Co-NP being contained in QMA have any implications for other complexity classes. (e.g. Causing the polynomial heirachy to collapse.)
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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 p-dimensional matching with (p−1)n edges NP-hard? What about 3n edges?

Let $p≥3$ an integer. I am wondering whether or not the following problems are NP-hard or not (and if they are, I am looking for a convincing argument, or even better a detailed proof): Let $V_1,\...
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An NP-hard Hidden Subgroup Problem

I've encountered a model which can be thought of as a version of the Hidden Subgroup Problem (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_subgroup_problem), but that doesn't quite meet the standard problem's ...
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Coloring intersection graph of squares

It is known that the coloring intersection graph of axis-parallel rectangles is NP-Hard. What about squares and more specific case "unit squares"? Thanks.
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Modifying sets to minimize the distance among each pair of the mean value of sets

Given $n$ points, each point $x_i$ has a value $v_i \in \mathbb{R}^{d}$, and there are $m$ point sets $\{S_1,\dots, S_m\}$ that each point set consists of some points. The size of point sets can be ...
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Hardness of maximizing $x^TAy$ with $\{-1,1\}$ entries

My question concerns the NP-hardness of the following discrete optimization problem: Given a matrix $A \in \{ \pm 1 \}^{m\times n}$, $$\begin{array}{ll} \underset{x \in \{ \pm 1 \}^m ,\, y \in \{ \pm ...
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Is time-slot matchmaking NP-hard?

I have the following problem, which I intuitively expect to be NP-hard but cannot see how to write a reduction for: Givens: There is a fixed set of time slots, e.g. {9-10, 10-11, 11-12, 12-1, etc.}. ...
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$\rho OPT + k$ approximation for bin packing (Unpublished result of David P. Williamson)

I am currently stuck on Exercise 5.12 in this book, which is apparently an unpublished result of David P. Williamson according to the book notes. The problem asks to use randomized rounding and first ...
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Triangle detection hardness in regular graphs

Consider a tripartite graph over $n^{1-\epsilon}$ vertices each in sets $I, J, K$. Suppose we impose a constraint that every vertex has degree $n^\epsilon/c$ for some constant $\epsilon > 0$ and ...
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Computational complexity of minimum distance of rate $\frac{1}{2}$ codes

We know from Berlekamp, McEliece and Van Tilborg [On the inherent intractability of certain coding problems, IEEE Trans. Information Theory, 24 (1978)] that computing minimum distance of a (binary) ...
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How hard is this combinatorial optimisation problem?

Suppose we have multiple intervals $R_1,R_2,...,R_i$ of non-negative integers. These intervals may overlap and we use $R_h(\mathrm{median})$ to denote the median integer in the $h$-th interval $R_h$, ...
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Finding vertex separator such that the induced subgraph has minimal number of edges

My problem is related to edge and vertex cuts with a little twist. Given a graph $G$ and two vertexes $u$ and $v$. I want to find a set of vertexes $S \subset V$ that disconnects $u$ and $v$ such that ...
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Covering a binary relation as a union of rectangles

Given finite sets $X$ and $Y$ and a subset $R\subset X\times Y$, I want to express $R$ as a union $R=\bigcup_{i=1}^n X_i\times Y_i$ with $n$ as small as possible. Here, each $X_i\subset X$ and $Y_i\...
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Proving not NP-complete by non-existence of gadget

Suppose we suspect a problem to be polynomial time solvable, but we are unable to prove this. So, we attempt to prove that the problem cannot be NP-hard. Known proofs in this direction show that if ...
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Complexity of relaxed edge colouring

A (proper) $k$-edge colouring of a graph $G(V,E)$ is a function $f:E\to\{1,2,\dots,k\}$ such that adjacent vertices are mapped to different colours; that is, $f(e)\neq f(e')$ if $e$ and $e'$ are ...
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Is there a "common" name for this type of combinatorial optimization problem?

I'm trying to find papers that discuss approaches (in particular, any Deep Learning or Deep Reinforcement Learning techniques) that could be used used to solve the problem described in the next ...
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Inverting Kronecker product on vectors is in P?

Problem: Given a vector V of positive integers, find two vectors v1 and v2 such that the Kronecker product of v1 and v2 is equal to p(V) (where p(V) is a suitable permutation of V). Example: Input: V={...
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Two valued variant of subset sum problem

I'm interested in the complexity of the following problem: Given a multiset $S$ containing only two positive integers $a$ and $b$, find a $k$-partition of $S$ that maximizes the sum of part with ...
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Is that edge orientation optimization problem NP-hard?

Is the following optimization problem NP-hard? Problem. For a given undirected graph $G=(V,E)$, find an orientation of the edges that minimizes the objective value $\sum_\limits{u\in V} ~\left( d_{...
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Is this edge orientation optimization problem NP-hard?

Is the following optimization problem NP-hard? Problem. For a given undirected graph $G=(V,E)$, find an orientation of the edges that minimizes the objective value $\sum_\limits{v\in V} ~d_{out}(v)\...
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Is this node permutation optimization NP-Hard?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be an undirected graph and let $\pi$ be a permutation of the vertices in $V$. For a node $v\in V$, we denote by $\text{succ}_{\pi}(v)$ the set of neighbors of $v$ that occur after $v$ in ...
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Is the Fermat-Weber problem $\mathsf{NP}$-hard?

Given a set of $n$ points in a Euclidean space, the Fermat-Weber problem asks to find a center that minimizes the sum of distances of points to that center. There are iterative algorithms known for ...
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Does a decision oracle imply an algorithm for $\mathbb{NP}$ - hard problems with several parameters?

If we consider the decision version of the classical graph coloring problem, then we have some graph $G$ and some integer $k$ and we want to color $G$ with at most $k$ colors. It is well known that, ...
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Is this problem in P? Given a bipartite graph, find a minimum cardinality set of edges which intersect every vertex cover

This problem came up in my study of digraphs: Given a connected bipartite graph $G = (A \cup B, E)$, a vertex cover is a set $S$ of vertices such that every edge has some endpoint in $S$. Note that $A$...
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Set cover with small subsets [closed]

Has the variant of the Set Cover problem where each set is of size at most $d$, for some given $d$, been studied? Is it polynomial-time solvable for $d=2$ and NP-hard for $d=3$ like SAT?
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Partition vertices of graph into two sets such that there are at least $k$ edges between sets [closed]

I have to show that for every integer $k$, the problem whether the vertices of input graph can be partitioned into two sets such that there are a least $k$ edges between the sets can be solved in ...
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NP complete problem help

I'm currently trying to find a reduction to this problem: Given a set S of n points (in the plane) in general position, is there a set of at least k triangles (formed using only points in S as ...
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Knowing if there are two solutions to the subset sum problem

I was wondering if there are any results that say how hard it is to answer the question are there TWO subsets that sum to a fixed value? In other words, the subset sum problem but asking if there are ...
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NP-hardness for one-dimensional facility location problem with entrance fee for each customer [closed]

We have $n$ customers, $(x_1, \dots, x_n)$, sorted on the read line. For convenience, we also use $x_i$ to denote its coordinate on the line. We need to locate $m$ facilities on the real line. We note ...
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Is the traveling salesman problem still NP-hard if all edges need to be covered as well?

If we formulate the travelling salesman problem with an added edge-covering constraint as follows, is it still NP-hard? Given a graph G with non-negative edge weights, is there a circular walk in G ...
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How hard is deciding the existence of a polygonization with prescribed perimeter?

Polygonization problem of a set of points in the Euclidean plane (2D lattice) is to find a simple polygon that passes through all points. Deciding the existence of a polygonization with minimum (or ...
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Why does Dinur's proof of the PCP theorem fail to work for unique games?

What is the critical step where things go wrong if one attempts to use Dinur's proof the PCP theorem to prove the unique games conjecture by starting from a unique label cover instance and doing gap ...
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Is solving the following system of boolean equations NP-hard?

I reduced a problem I'm currently working on to the following system of boolean equations: $$ X_i \iff \begin{cases} \bigvee_{B \in A_i} \bigwedge_{k \in B} X_k \\ true \\ false \end{cases} $$ Where $|...
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What does it mean by the statement: "a problem is hard to approximate "?

In most of the research papers that I have read so far, I often come across the statement of the following form: "the problem is hard to approximate within any factor smaller than some constant&...
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reordering a DAG with the minimum changes

Consider a DAG $(V,A)$ with an initial permutation $(v_1,v_2,…,v_n)$. We want to arrange the $n$ vertice in topological order while keeping as many vertices as possible. The problem is: Is it NP-hard ...
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3-SAT mixed with 2-SAT formulas

Context: Refering to the question: Complexity of the $(3,2)_s$ SAT problem? and since the paper by Porshen and Speckenmayer : Satisfiability of mixed Horn formulas, we know that even when $F_3$ is ...
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Is finding the optimal ordering of predicates NP?

Assume we want to find the elements from a set of elements $\mathscr{E}$ for which all predicates from a set of $n$ predicates $\mathscr{P}$ evaluate to true. In programming terms, we want to compute <...
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Why is the reduction from 3-SAT to 3-dimensional Matching Parsimonious?

In this talk at the Simons Institute, Holger Dell notes that there is a parsimonious reduction from 3-SAT to the 3-dimensional Matching (3-DM) problem. In other words, there is a reduction between ...
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Complexity of acyclicity of a "nondeterministic" graph

By "nondeterministic" I mean the graph is a collection of sets of "candidate" edges sharing a single destination: $E \subseteq 2^V \times V$. The problem is whether it is possible ...
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Is the knapsack variant with small profit and unlimited repetition of items NP-hard?

Consider the unbounded Knapsack problem where we are given $n$ items of integral weights $w_i$, integral profits $p_i$, and a max weight $W$. The goal is to maximize the total profit $\sum_i x_ip_i$ ...
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find the most similar topological ordering of a dag

Given a permutation $L$ of the $n$ vertices of the directed acyclic graph $G=(V,E)$. Question: is it NP-hard to find the topological order of the $G$ that is the most similar to the given permutation $...
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Parametrized complexity of sparse optimization

Optimization problems of the type: minimize $c^T x$ subject to [maybe some linear constraints and] $||x||_0\le k$ are known to be NP-hard. [Actually, I just realized that I don't have a reference, so ...

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