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Questions tagged [np-hardness]

Questions related to NP-hardness and NP-completeness.

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NP-hard problems on paths

everybody knows there exist many decision problems which are NP-hard on general graphs, but I'm interested in problems that are even NP-hard when the underlying graph is a path. So, can you help me to ...
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Another Solution Problem (ASP) of integer multi-commodity flow: is it NP-complete?

I know that integer multicommodity flow is NP-complete. It was proven in On the complexity of time table and multi-commodity flow problems that any SAT problem can be reduced to an integer ...
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Take a NEXP-complete problem and then have the input in unary. Why is this not NP-complete?

It is known that if any unary language is NP-complete, then P=NP. Suppose we take a NEXP-complete language with input $x$ in binary and witness $y\in\{0,1\}^{2^{poly(|x|)}}$ such that the verifying ...
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Subset sum problem with at most one solution for any target

This question was originally asked on CS.se. A little bit of initial discussion can be found in the comments there. We first consider the search version of the subset sum problem: Given a set $S$ of ...
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3 dimensional matching shortest solution NP-hard?

We have array of arbitrary number of elements - 3d vectors with positive integers components - for example ...
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Functions that are Not Efficiently Computable but Learnable

We know that (see, e.g., Theorems 1 and 3 of [1]), roughly speaking, under suitable conditions, functions that can be efficiently computed by Turing machine in polynomial time ("efficiently computable"...
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Rearranging angles of a convex polyline to make it closed

Let {$\alpha_1, \alpha_2, ... ,\alpha_n$} be a string of n positive reals summing up to 2$\pi$. We inductively construct the following 2D polyline, denoting with $R[\alpha]$ the clockwise rotation by ...
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Edge-partitioning cubic graphs into claws and paths

Again an edge-partitioning problem whose complexity I'm curious about, motivated by a previous question of mine. Input: a cubic graph $G=(V,E)$ Question: is there a partition of $E$ into $E_1, E_2, \...
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Is monotone 1-in-3 MAXSAT known to be APX hard?

Monotone 1-in-3 SAT is the problem where each clause of the SAT problem contains exactly 3 positive variables. The goal is to find an assignment such that exactly one variable is true in each clause ...
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Computing a sum of products of ratios of QAP-like functions

Let $A \in \{0,1\}^{n \times n}$ be a binary symmetric matrix, and let $\sigma : [n] \to [n]$ denote a permutation on $[n] = \{1,\dots,n\}$. Let $S_n$ be the set of these permutations. Let us write $A^...
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A partition problem in which some numbers may be cut

In the standard partition problem, we are given some numbers whose sum is $2s$ and have to decide whether they can be partitioned into two subset whose sum is $s$. It is known to be NP-hard. However,...
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Minimal generator for a set of sets

Is this a known problem? Given a set of sets $S$ find a set of sets $B$ s.t. each set in $S$ can be obtained through unions of some sets in $B$. The set $S$ is already a solution but the objective is ...
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Solving an LP with at most m-1 nonzeros

Consider the linear program: $$ A x = b, ~~~~~~ x\geq 0 $$ where $A$ is an $m$-by-$n$ matrix, $x$ is an $n$-by-1 vector, $b$ is an $m$-by-1 vector, and $m<n$. It is known that, if this ...
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Random self reducibility and NP

I was reading the Wikipedia page Random self-reducibility and it states: If an NP-complete problem is non-adaptively random self-reducible the polynomial hierarchy collapses to $\Sigma_3$. I am ...
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Edge-partitioning into rainbow triangles

I'm wondering if the following problem is NP-hard. Input: $G = (V,E)$ a simple graph, and a coloring $f : E \to \{1,2,3\}$ of the edges ($f$ does not verify any specific property). Question:...
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Does 1-in-3 SAT remain NP-hard even if every variable occurs both positively and negatively?

The standard problem 1-in-3 SAT (or XSAT or X3SAT) is: Instance: a CNF formula with every clause containing exactly 3 literals Question: is there a satisfying assignment setting precisely 1 literal ...
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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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Positive topological ordering, take 3

Suppose we have an n by n matrix. Is it possible to reorder its rows and columns such that we get an upper-triangular matrix? This question is motivated by this problem: Positive topological ordering ...
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Best polynomial-time approximation factor for NP-optimization problems

Let us say that a function $f(n)$ is the best approximation factor for an NP-optimization problem, if both of the following hold: There exist a polynomial-time algorithm $A,$ and an integer $n_0$, ...
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how to achieve a topological sort of an given sequence with minimum swaps

For example, given the constraints {$a<b,c<d$} and a sequence $[b,a,c,d]$. we just need swap $a$ with $b$ to get an topological sort, I want to ask how to find the sort solutions with minimum ...
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Is it possible to have a sorting algorithm that computes faster than QuickSort? [closed]

Given an unsorted array, QuickSort has to touch each source element it is trying to sort multiple times before it declares an array as sorted. (notice how many times the 2 is touched [circled in red ...
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What are some example problems for integer programming that are *not binary*

I'm interested in NP-hard problems that have a "nice" integer-programming formulation (quadratic or linear, with quadratic or linear constraints) that is not binary. Of course it is always possible ...
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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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Problems Between P and NPC

Factoring and graph isomorphism are problems in NP that are not known to be in P nor to be NP-Complete. What are some other (sufficiently different) natural problems that share this property? ...
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A least sized partition of a set under a distance metric

What is the worst case complexity of an algorithm to find a least partition of a set under a distance metric, described as follows: Input: A set $S=\{s_1,\ldots,s_n\}$, where the elements $s_i$ are ...
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Best known asymptotic PCP sizes / 3-SAT

What are the best known asymptotic upper bounds on sizes of probabilistically checkable proofs? Ideally, I am looking for a contemporary survey on this broad question, but if there is none, I am ...
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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 fractional SAT

Let $(a, k)$-SAT be $k$-SAT with the promise that if there is there is a satisfying assignment, then there is such an assignment that satisfies at least $a$ literals of every clause. Can 3-SAT with $...
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Counting the maximum number of paths of length $n$ that differ in at least $k$ edges

What is known about the complexity of solving (or approximately solving) the following problem? INPUT: Graph $G=(V,E)$ and constants $L$ and $K$. OUTPUT: The maximum size of any set $S$ of simple ...
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Set optimization problem - is it np-complete?

Set $S=\{e_1,\cdots,e_n\}$ is given. For each element $e_i$, we have weight $w_i>0$ and cost $c_i>0$. The goal is findIng the subset $M$ of size $k$ that maximize the following objective ...
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Hardness of ancilla free quantum circuit extraction from circuit with ancillas

Is there any known result regarding the hardness of the following problem: Given a quantum circuit with ancillae implementing a unitary, find a quantum circuit that does not use any ancillae that ...
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Reasoning about NP hardness of optimization problems with closed form functions as input

(This may not be a research level question per se. I can delete this question if the community thinks this way too) I am trying to understand how to reason about hardness of optimization problems ...
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Is Norbert Blum's 2017 proof that $P \ne NP$ correct?

Norbert Blum recently posted a 38-page proof that $P \ne NP$. Is it correct? Also on topic: where else (on the internet) is its correctness being discussed? Note: the focus of this question text has ...
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Is the following optimization problem (another variant to a previous problem) NP-hard?

This problem is a following up question on this one. The only difference is the addition of $3^{rd}$ constraint "$\sum_{i} x_{ij} \le M$", where M is a constant number. This constraint essentially ...
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Finding a set which dominates the Minimum Dominating Set

Given an unweighted, undirected graph, a dominating set $S$ is a set of nodes such that every node is in $S$ or adjacent to a node in $S$. The dominating set problem is NP-hard, but I am considering ...
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Is partitioning a multiset into two multisets with equal averages NP-complete?

The subset sum problem of partitioning a multiset of integers into two multisets with equal sums is NP-complete. Is the seemingly related problem of partitioning a multiset of integers into two ...
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A variant of hitting set: finding a matching to hit all edge sets

In general, the hitting set problem is given a family $\cal S$ of sub-sets, $\{S_1, \cdots, S_h\}$, and a universal set $U = \bigcup_{i\in [1,h]} S_i$. It asks for a minimum set $H \subseteq U$ ...
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Restricted Universe Exact Cover

Apologies for a simple question - I am a beginning graduate student in TCS. Consider the following $\mathrm{ExactCover}$ problem: Given a collection $\mathcal{S}$ of subsets of a universe set $U$ and ...
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What is consequence of $PH\subseteq NSPACE((\log n)^2)$?

What is consequences of $PH\subseteq NSPACE((\log n)^2)$? We don't even know PH is equals to L or not. I am wondering what will be happened when $PH\subseteq NSPACE((\log n)^2)$?
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NP hard? Maximize the average for a subset of numbers

Given a set of real numbers, choose a subset to maximize the average subject to the average not exceeding a given threshold. Is it NP hard? I think so, but I cannot come out with a proof. Thanks a ...
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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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Are there any hard instances of 3-SAT when the clauses can only use literals that are “nearby” each other?

Let the variables be $x_1 , x_2 , x_3 ... x_n$. The distance between two variables is defined as $d(x_a , x_b) = |a-b|$. The distance between two literals is the distance between the corresponding ...
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distNP-complete problem

Here on page 367 there is an example of $\text{dist}\mathbb{NP}$-complete problem: let $U$ contain all tuples $\langle M,x,1^t\rangle$ where there exists a string $y\in \{0,1\}^l$such that the ...
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Maximum weight “fair” matching

I'm interested in a variant of the maximum weight matching in a graph, which I call "Maximum Fair Matching". Assume that the graph is full (i.e. $E=V\times V$), has even number of vertices, and that ...
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How to make any graph 2-degenerate?

I have to show a PPT(polynomial time reduction) from 'Colorful graph Motif' to '2-Degenerate Steiner Tree'. As input graph should be 2-degenerate, but here is normal graph G (that is, basically an ...
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what is the real difference between traveling salesman problem (TSP) and vehicle routing problem (VRP)?

Both problems are well-known NP-hard problems with great similarities. In fact, I do not see the real difference between these two problems. It seems relatively easy to model TSR in the form of VRP ...
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Sparsification Lemma for k-SAT and Exponential Time Hypothesis

According to R. Impagliazzo, R. Paturi and F. Zane, 2001 an instance of $k$-SAT is called sparse if $m = O(n)$ where $m$ denotes the number of clauses and $n$ the number of variables. The ...
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Directed NP Hard Problem on DAG

There are problems that are NP-Hard on undirected graphs(maximum weight independent set and graph coloring) but are polynomial time solvable on trees. Tree decomposition is a good tool to talk about ...
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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 ...