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Simplest proof of NP-completeness

The only first-principles "proof" that a problem is NP-complete I encountered is from Introduction to algorithms, and deals with the circuit-satisfiability problem. According to the authors, many ...
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NP-completeness of a problem using a “T-gadget”

Working on a problem I came up with the following "T-gadget": It has 3 connectors (A, B, C); each connector has two wires (A1,A2; B1,B2; C1,C2); it can be rotated (0, 90, 180, 270 degrees); two ...
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Is this optimum travelling problem under deadlines NP-hard on trees?

One of my friends asks me the following scheduling problem on tree. I find it is very clean and interesting. Is there any reference for it? Problem: There is a tree $T(V,E)$, each edge has symmetric ...
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reduction of maximum independet set to minimum distance of code

Is there a reference for direct reduction of computing maximum independent set of a suitably constructed graph to computing minimum distance of a linear code when the code is specified by its parity ...
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What progress has been made to prove whether or not p=np? [closed]

I know that it is still one of the biggest mysteries of computer science whether non-deterministically polynomial problems can be solved in polynomial time. I am curious to know what makes this ...
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Implications of unprovability of $P\neq NP$

I was reading "Is P Versus NP Formally Independent?" but I got puzzled. It is widely believed in complexity theory that $\mathsf{P} \neq \mathsf{NP}$. My question is about what if this is not ...
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Approximate bound/algorithm for “product of sums maximization” problem

I am looking for some approximate algorithm with upper/lower bound for the following problem: Given a set of positive integers $\{a_1, a_2, \dots, a_n\}$, partition $\{1, 2, \dots, n\}$ into disjoint ...
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Ladner's Theorem vs. Schaefer's Theorem

While reading the article "Is it Time to Declare Victory in Counting Complexity?" over at the "Godel's Lost Letter and P=NP" blog, they mentioned the dichotomy for CSP's. After some link following, ...
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The complexity of the dominating set problem in specific subclasses of chordal graphs

I am interested in the complexity of the dominating set problem (DSP) in some specific graph classes which are subclasses of chordal graphs. A graph is an undirected path graph if it is the vertex-...
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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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NP-hard problem on planar unit disk graph

I am curious to know whether there are problems which are np-hard even on planar unit disk graphs. A unit disk graph is the intersection graph of a collection of unit disks in the plane, where we ...
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Ordered routing problem which is NP-hard

All the np-hard routing problems I know are of the form, minimize some quantity while visiting the verticies in an unordered way. Are there problems which are still np-hard, if one has to visit the ...
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I want an easy Gadget to prove Planar Hamiltonian Cycle NP-Complete (from Hamiltonian Cycle)

It is known that Hamiltonian (Ham for short) Cycle is NP-complete and that Planar Ham Cycle is NP-Complete. The proof for Planar Ham Cycle is not from Ham Cycle. Is there a nice gadget that will, ...
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Algorithm to maximize profit: ways to solve/approach? (Advanced NP-Complete)

This one's hard, so all help really appreciated! I know it is NP-Complete and thus cannot be solved in polynomial time, but looking for help in analysis, i.e. what type of NP-Complete problem it ...
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Is the problem “MIN-SET-PARTITION” an NP-hard problem?

Given a family of sets $F = S_1, ..., S_n$ of elements from a universe $U$, find the minimal integer $k$ for which there is a partition of $F$ of size $k$, such that every two sets in the same ...
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Chromatic number of a particular graph

Assume I have a parametrized graph. The parameters are two integers $x$ and $y<x$. Let $S(x)=\{1, \ldots, x\}$. The vertices of the graph are all the subsets of $S(x)$ of size $y$. Two vertices ...
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Hardness of computing circles with max number of lattice points

You're given an $n\times n$ lattice $\mathcal{L}$, and you're asked to compute the maximum number of points in $\mathcal{L}$ that can belong to the same circle (the circle has to be enclosed by the ...
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What does 'gadget' mean in NP-hard reduction?

This question may not be technical. As a non-native speaker and a TA for algorithm class, I always wondered what gadget means in 'clause gadget' or 'variable gadget'. The dictionary says a gadget is a ...
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Ranking the Difficulty of NP Hard Problems in Practice

This question is tightly related to another post: Phase Transitions in NP Hard Problems but it is somewhat different. While that question is about the hardness of particular instances of NP hard ...
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Minimum True Monotone 3SAT

I am interested in a SAT variation where the CNF formula is monotone (no variables are negated). Such a formula is obviously satisfiable. But say the number of true variables is a measure of how good ...
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Complexity of a subset sum variant

Given integers $a_1, \ldots, a_n, b \in \mathbb{N}$. What is the complexity of the following problem $$\exists x_1, \ldots, x_n \in \mathbb{N} \text{ such that } a_1x_1 + \ldots a_nx_n = b?$$ I ...
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Is Node Multiway Cut NP-complete on planar graphs when all terminals lie on the outer face?

I am interested in the following problem. Node Multiway Cut on Planar Graphs with terminals on the outer face Instance: A plane graph G, and integer k, and a set $S \subseteq V(G)$ of terminals ...
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The significance of NP-Hard Problems in Cryptography

I didn't refer any literature but thought this was ideal to get views from people here.. Assuming that P=NP is proved would cryptography(only provable security) be impossible? Since the adversary can ...
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Two Decision Problems About Graphs — Original Results?

I have a couple of short but pleasing results. I was wondering (a) if they're original (b) if so whom should I tell? I don't have easy access to any standard texts that would help me out here. Nor ...
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Stable Marriage with incomplete lists and ties - NP-hardness

According to  finding a weakly stable matching in a stable marriage (or SM) instance with incomplete lists and ties is NP-Hard. According to  a weakly stable matching in a hospital-residents (...
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Proof that sparsest cut is NP-hard

Everywhere that I read about the sparsest cut problem, it only says that the problem is known to be NP-hard. Where can I find a proof of this? Which known NP-hard problem reduces to the sparsest cut ...
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Complexity of selective network improvement problem

We have a network flow problem with a given directed graph $G=(V,E)$, for each arc $(i,j) \in E$, there is a cost $c_{ij}$ and upper and lower capacity $u_{ij}$ and $l_{ij}$ for the flow $f_{ij}$ ...
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Is this minimization problem NP-Complete?

We are given an $n \times (n + k)$ matrix $A$, with entries in GF(2), of the form $A =[I_n\ B]$, where $I_n$ is the $n \times n$ identity matrix, and $B$ has no "zero" rows or columns. The problem is ...
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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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Can strong NP-hardness really be shown using plain polytime reductions?

I recently read a proof that intended to show that a problem was strongly NP-hard, simply by reducing to it (in polynomial time) from a strongly NP-hard problem. This didn’t make any sense to me. I ...
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Relation between hardness of recognition of a graph class and forbidden subgraph characterization

I'm considering graph classes that can be characterized by forbidden subgraphs. If a graph class has a finite set of forbidden subgraphs, then there is a trivial polynomial time recognition algorithm ...
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Complexity of a weighted subset selection problem.

I'm currently thinking about a problem I'd like to manage in one of my applications. There is a set of objects $\{A, B, C, D, \ldots\}$. Every object has the same attributes with different values. ...
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Why is 2SAT in P?

I've come across the polynomial algorithm that solves 2SAT. I've found it boggling that 2SAT is in P where all (or many others) of the SAT instances are NP-Complete. What makes this problem different? ...
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NP-complete variants of NPI problems

Motivated by these posts, An NP-complete variant of factoring and Relationship between symmetry and computational intractability, It seems to be worthwhile to investigate the different factors that ...
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Does there exist polytime algorithm for this partitioning problem?

I would like to know if there exists a polytime probablistic algorithm for the problem described below. It is relevant for construction of a crossvalidation-partitioning in statistics, fulfilling ...
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For which k is PLANAR NAE k-SAT in P?

The Not All Equal $k$-SAT problem (NAE $k$-SAT), given a set $C$ of clauses over a set $X$ of boolean variables such that each clause contains at most $k$ literals, asks whether there exists a truth ...
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Catalog of NP-complete problems, more up-to-date than Garey&Johnson?

Is there some book or other reference that I can cite as a catalog of NP-complete problems, more up-to-date than the appendix of Garey&Johnson's book? I don't want to cite web sites, even though I ...