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Natural CLIQUE to k-Color reduction

There is clearly a reduction from CLIQUE to k-Color because they're both NP-Complete. In fact, I can construct one by composing a reduction from CLIQUE to 3-SAT with a reduction from 3-SAT to k-Color. ...
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Testing whether letters can be scheduled to achieve a word in a regular language

I fix a regular language $L$ on an alphabet $\Sigma$, and I consider the following problem that I call letter scheduling for $L$. Informally, the input gives me $n$ letters and an interval for each ...
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Is it hard to find optimal addition chains?

An addition chain is a sequence of positive integers $(x_1, x_2, \dots, x_n)$ where $x_1 = 1$ and each index $i\ge 2$, we have $x_i = x_j + x_k$ for some indices $1\le j,k < i$. The length of the ...
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Are there known NP-complete problems, neither NP-hard in the strong sense nor having pseudopolynomial algorithm?

In their paper (p. 503) Garey and Johnson remark: ... there could exist an NP-complete problem which is neither NP-complete in the strong sense nor solvable by a pseudo-polynomial time algorithm ......
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Complexity of edge coloring in planar graphs

3-edge coloring of cubic graphs is $NP$-complete. Four Color Theorem is equivalent to "Every cubic planar bridgeless graphs is 3-edge colorable". What is the complexity of 3-edge coloring of cubic ...
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H-free partition

This is a question inspired by the H-free cut problem. Given a graph, a partition of its vertex set $V$ into $r$ parts $V_1, V_2, \ldots, V_r$ is $H$-free if $G[V_i]$ does not induce a copy of $H$ for ...
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Intermediate $\mathsf{NP}$-complete problems?

Partition problem is weakly NP-complete since it has polynomial (pseudo-polynomial) time algorithm if input integers are bounded by some polynomial. However, 3-Partition is strongly NP-complete ...
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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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NP-hardness of a special case of Number Partitioning

Consider the following problem, Given a set of $n = k m$ positive numbers $\{ a_1, \dots, a_n \}$ in which $k \ge 3$ is a constant, we want to partition the set into $m$ subsets of size $k$ so that ...
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Reducing P vs. NP to SAT

The following question uses ideas from cryptography applied to complexity theory. That said, it is a purely complexity-theoretic question, and no crypto knowledge whatsoever is required to answer it. ...
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Complexity of finding 2 vertex-disjoint $(|V|/2)$-cycles in cubic graphs?

I posted this on mathoverflow but with no luck: Finding a connected 2-factor is $NP$-complete since it is equivalent to the Hamiltonian cycle problem. I'm interested in the complexity of finding two ...
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Graph classes in which CLIQUE is known to be NP-hard?

Given a graph $G$ and a positive integer $k$, the CLIQUE problem asks if $G$ contains a clique (complete subgraph) on at least $k$ vertices. This problem is long known to be NP-complete --- in fact, ...
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Hardness of node partitioning under shortest path constraint

Given a direct graph $G=(V,E)$. $\forall (i,j) \in E$, there is a weight $w(i,j) \in R$ (negative weight is possible). A label $l(i)$ is associated with each node $i \in V$. How to assign $k$ (or less)...
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Hamiltonicity of k-regular graphs

It is known that it is NP-complete to test whether a Hamiltonian cycle exists in a 3-regular graph, even if it is planar (Garey, Johnson, and Tarjan, SIAM J. Comput. 1976) or bipartite (Akiyama, ...
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Is the half-filled magic square problem NP-complete?

Here is the problem: We have a square with some numbers from 1..N in some cells. It's needed to determine if it can be completed to a magic square. Examples: ...
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Any fast algorithm for minimum cost feedback arc set problem?

In a directed graph, $G=(V,E)$, $F\subset E$, if $G\setminus F$ is a DAG(directed acyclic graph), $F$ is called a feedback arc set. If each edge is associated with a weight $w$, the minimum cost ...
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What is the complexity of (possibly succinct) Nurikabe?

Nurikabe is a constraint-based grid-filling puzzle, loosely similar to Minesweeper/Nonograms; numbers are placed on a grid which is to be filled with on/off values for each cell, with each number ...
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Minimum weight subforest of given cardinality

This question was motivated by a question asked on stackoverflow. Suppose you are given a rooted tree $T$ (i.e. there is a root and nodes have children etc) on $n$ nodes (labelled $1, 2, \dots, n$). ...
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Could there be an extremely large hidden subset of Polynomially solvable problems within NP-Complete problems?

Suppose P != NP. We know that we can make easy instances of 3-SAT at any time. We can also generate what we believe to be hard instances (because our algorithms can't solve them quickly). Is there ...
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Is there a FNP problem that's NP-hard but not FNP-hard?

For the reductions, choose a class C such that [it's clear what FC means] and FC is not known to be able to solve the satisfaction search problem, and assume that FC indeed can't solve that search ...
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Problems that are easy on unweighted graphs, but hard for weighted graphs

Many algorithmic graph problems can be solved in polynomial time both on unweighted and weighted graphs. Some examples are shortest path, min spanning tree, longest path (in directed acyclic graphs), ...
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Tardos Function Counterexample to Blum's $P\neq NP$ Claim

In this thread, Norbet Blum's attempted $P \neq NP$ proof is succinctly disproved by noting that the Tardos function is a counterexample to Theorem 6. Theorem 6: Let $f \in \mathcal{B}_n$ be any ...
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Does NP-hardness imply P-hardness?

If a problem is NP-hard (using polynomial time reductions), does that imply that it is P-hard (using log space or NC reductions)? It seems intuitive that if it is as hard as any problem in NP that it ...
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Is finding Logspace reductions harder than P reductions?

Motivated by Shor's answer related to different notions of NP-completeness, I am looking for a problem that is NP-complete under P reductions but not known to be NP-complete under Logspace reductions (...
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H-free cut problem

Suppose you are given a connected, simple, undirected graph H. The H-free cut problem is defined as follows: Given a simple, undirected graph G, is there a cut (partition of vertices into two ...
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What is the following variation on Set Cover known as?

What is the following variation on set cover known as? Given a set S, a collection C of subsets of S and a positive integer K, do there exist K sets in C such that every pair of elements of S lies in ...
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Transitive feedback arc set (TFAS): NP-complete?

Some time ago, I posted a reference request for graph problems where we want to find a 2-partition of the edges where both sets fulfill a property not related to their cardinality. I was trying to ...
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Computation of max H-free sets

In a graph, an independent set is a vertex subset which doesn't contain an edge as an induced subgraph. The problem of finding largest independent sets in a graph is a fundamental algorithmic question,...
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Is the N Queens problem NP-hard?

The N-queen problem is this: Input : N Output : A placement of N "queens" on an NXN chessboard such that no two queens lie on the same row, column or diagonal. Doing a google search on this, I ...
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Probability of generating a desired permutation by random swaps

I'm interested in the following problem. We're given as input a "target permutation" $\sigma\in S_n$, as well as an ordered list of indices $i_1,\ldots,i_m\in [n-1]$. Then, starting with the list $L=...
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What relations are there between a problem hardness and the hardness of verifying a witness?

I had some hard times trying to formulate the question, so I'll start with some examples: Suppose you are given a Dominating Set instance, $<G,k>$. Now suppose I give you a set of vertices $D$ ...
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Partitioning a segmented stick

Problem : We are given a stick partitioned into n - equal parts. Each of these parts has a weight, let's say x. Number of times x appears as weight of some part is guaranteed to be even. For ...
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Graph class with easy chromatic number, but NP-hard coloring

Is there a graph class for which the chromatic number can be computed in polynomial time, but finding an actual $k$-coloring with $k=\chi(G)$ is NP-hard? Without any further restriction the answer ...
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Is integer factorization an NP-complete problem? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the consequences of factoring being NP-complete? What notable reference works have covered this?
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Limits of variants of Independent Set?

Independent Set (IS) is the $\mathsf{NP}$-complete decision problem Input: graph $G$ with $v=|V(G)|$, integer $k$ Question: is there an independent set $S \subseteq V(G)$ with at least $k$ vertices? ...
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Is This Scheduling Problem NP-Hard?

The scheduling problem (arising from distributed computing) is defined as a decision problem as follows: Instance: A trace is comprised of $n$ processes histories (denoted $p_0, p_1, \ldots, p_{n-...
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Showing hardness of maximizing stochastic objective function over graph

Consider a graph $G = (V, E)$ with $n$ vertices and $m$ edges. Each vertex $v_i$ can take positive value $a_i$ with probability $p_i$ and value $0$ with probability $1-p_i$. The challenge is to ...
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Computational complexity of finding a (1D deterministic) CA that achieves a desired spacetime history “patch” after $t$ iterations

Question description: Consider the problem of finding a minimum $n$-color $k$-state one-dimensional cellular automata (minimizing $k$ for some fixed value of $n$ or vice versa), with communication ...
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What is the complexity of this edge coloring problem?

Recently, I have encountered the following variant of edge coloring. Given a connected undirected graph, find a coloring of the edges that uses the maximum number of colors while also satisfying ...
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Lexicographically minimal topological sort of a labeled DAG

Consider the problem where we are given as input a directed acyclic graph $G = (V, E)$, a labeling function $\lambda$ from $V$ to some set $L$ with a total order $<_L$ (e.g., the integers), and ...
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Can we fast generate perfectly uniformly mod 3 or solve NP problem?

To be honest, I don't know that much about how random number are generated (comments are welcome!) but let's assume the following theoretical model: We can get integers uniformly random from $[1,2^n]$ ...
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Is it NP-hard to _play_ minesweeper perfectly?

This paper shows that it is NP-hard "to determine if there is some pattern of mines in the blank squares that give rise to the numbers seen." If there is a way to "lead a perfect player into" such ...
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Comparing $\mathbf{NP}$ and $\mathbf{E}$

We know that $\mathbf{NP} = \mathbf{NTIME}(n^{O(1)})$ and $\mathbf{E} = \mathbf{DTIME}(2^{O(n)})$. The complexity zoo states that $\mathbf{E}$ does not equal $\mathbf{NP}$, and cites the following ...
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A reachability problem

Let $P$ be a length-preserving (i.e. $|P(x)|=|x|$) polynomial-time computable program. I. Given two strings $x$ and $y$, we want to decide if $y$ can be obtained by repeated applications of $P$ ...
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Proof that the graph optimization problem is NP-hard

I'm trying to prove that the following optimization problem is NP-hard: Given a graph $G=(V,E)$, non-negative vertex weight functions $w(v)$ and $s(v)$, and a non-negative edge weight function $t(u,v)...
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Example of a function problem which is $\mathrm{FP}^{\mathrm{NP}}[wit, log]$-hard?

The usage of an $\mathrm{NP}$-oracles which delivers a witness has been proposed for example in [Buss1995]. I would like to see an example of an $\mathrm{FP}^{\mathrm{NP}}[wit, log]$-hard problem. Can ...
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bin packing with overlapping objects

I have $N$ bins with capacity $M$ and $k$ objects with size $s_i$. The goal is to pack these objects in the bins. Until now it is similar to the bin-packing problem. But the twist is that each object ...
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Is the following optimization problem (a variant to a previous problem) NP-hard?

This problem is a following up question on this one. The only difference is the newly added constraint in the bold font. Set S, which is an non-empty finite subset of $\{ (i,j) : i, j \in N \land i \...
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Is the following optimization problem NP-hard?

Set S, which is an non-empty finite subset of $\{ (i,j) : i, j \in N \land i \neq j \}$, is given. E.g. $S=\{(1,3), (2,3), (1,4), (2,4), (3,1), (3,4)\}$ . For each element $(i,j)$, we have weight $w_{...
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Exact exponential-time algorithms for 0-1 programming

Are there known algorithms for the following problem that beat the naive algorithm? Input: A system $Ax \le b$ of $m$ linear inequalities. Output: A feasible solution $x^*\in \{0,1 \}^n$ if ...