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Some questions about the Ryan O'Donnel and Yuan Zhou's paper “Approximability and proof complexity”

My question is particularly about the set-up in section $8$ (``Analysis of the KV Max-Cut instances") of the paper, https://arxiv.org/pdf/1211.1958.pdf. What they call the Khot-Vishnoi UG instance ...
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Can the Lasserre relaxation be defined over the reals?

If one wants to say minimize a function $f : \{-1,1\}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ on its domain then a degree$-d$ Lasserre relaxation of it would be to solve the problem of $\min \mathbb{E}_\mu [f(x)]$ ...
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SOS and the small set expansion property

For what graphs do we know that their small set expansion property has a low degree SOS proof? Is this known to be true for say the complete graphs? A terminology issue about what is ``low degree" :...
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Given a matrix $A$ maximize the number of positive elements in $Ax$ under specific constraints for $x$

Let $A = [a_{ij}]$ be a symmetric matrix with nonnegative values and $k << n/2$ a given constant. We want to rearrange the columns of the matrix such that the number of rows with the following ...
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Min dominating set software

I need a fast min-dominating-set code for some complexity lower bounds research I am doing. I could transform to SAT and use an off the shelf SAT solver; but I was hoping min-dom-set had something ...
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Complexity of minimizing monotone arithmetical formulas

Let's say that I have a multi-variate arithmetical expression $A(x_1, \ldots, x_n)$ that uses addition and multiplication operations and is also in a very simple form of sums of products, e.g., $A_1(...
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NP-hardness of a quadratic programming problem

Motivated by the mean-variance optimization, I came up with the following question: Given $n$ integers $a_1, \cdots, a_n$; $n$ lower bounds $0<\ell_1, \cdots, \ell_n<1$ $n$ upper bounds $0<...
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What's the hardest problem with a non-trivial exact algorithm?

Exact algorithms for NP-complete problems are sometimes feasible, if the input is small enough. I’ve also came across some algorithms which are not practical even for very small inputs, and their ...
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A version of bipartite graph turnpike problem

Given a set of "required" weights for edges of a bipartite graph, I am looking for assignments to the nodes so that there is at least an edge carrying a weight from that set. Each edge can have ...
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Slightly Faster Exponential Algorithm for Integer Programming with Multi-linear Variables

Integer programing is one of the most narutal optimization tools. As an analogy of DNF or CNF in the Boolean function theory, we can consider the following equation. $x_{1}x_{2}x_{3}+$ $x_{3}x_{4}x_{...
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Partitioning the vertices of a complete graph with weights on both vertices and edges with constraints

Given the complete graph on n vertices. Each vertex and each edge has a positive weight associated with it. What is desired is to partition the vertices into parts so that the sum of the weights of ...
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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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Finding 3SUM witness when promised a solution

Suppose we have a 3SUM instance given with the promise that there exists at least one solution. Is the trivial $O(n^2)$ (modulo logarithmic improvements) solution still the best algorithm or is there ...
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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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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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Is Non-linear Constrained Optimal Exact Cover NP-Hard?

Playing around I ran into a problem which looks like a Exact Set Covering / Partition Problem, but I am unable to find a reduction to categorize the complexity of the problem, despite it looks NP-Hard....
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Reduction Unbounded Knapsack < k-Exact Unbounded Knapsack

I'd like to have an explicit reduction among these two problems: (1) Unbounded Knapsack: Given a set of $n$ item types with weight $w_i$ and quality $q_i$ solve: $$maximize \sum_{i=1}^n q_ix_i $$ ...
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Computational Complexity of cycle double cover

Let $\mathcal{G}$ be the set of all finite simple graphs. Let graph $G\in \mathcal{G}$ and $C_G=\left <C_1,...,C_m \right >$ be a sequence of cycles of $G$ for some $m$. For every edge $e$ of $G$...
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Examples of “Sandpile” TSP Instances

This question is closely related to this MO question. I would like to know, whether any (planar Euclidean) TSP instances are known, that exhibit avalanche effects similar to those ecountered in ...
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Graph optimization problem with multiple objectives/constraints

Let's assume that we have a directed acyclic graph $G = (V, E)$, non-negative vertex weight functions $w_a(v)$ and $w_b(v)$, and a non-negative edge weight function $t(u,v)$. We can divide vertices in ...
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Is there a relationship between the probabilistic interepretation of Sherali-Adams SDP hierarchy and the Lasserre SDP hierarchy?

Firstly note this paper http://ttic.uchicago.edu/~madhurt/Papers/reductions.pdf where a Lasserre SDP is being setup for the independent set probblem at the bottom of page 4 where the author says says, ...
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Max common sub forest on $k$ graphs

Not sure how to phrase this really, but here goes. Suppose you are given $k$ simple graphs, each having exactly $m$ edges. The edges in each graph are labeled from 1 to $m$. The problem is to find ...
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About representability of optimization versions of NP-complete questions as polynomial optimization over the hypercube

Naively, in my very limited awareness, it feels that the Max-CUT is a very "special" NP-Hard problem because for a graph with edge-set $E$, it can be written as the question of trying to maximize a $n$...
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Convex hull of polytopes

Consider a set of polytopes $P_i : i=1,2,...,k$ each of which has a structure as $P_i:= \{(x_{i1},x_{i2},..., x_{in})\; |\; x_{ij} \in [a_{ij}, b_{ij}] \subseteq [0,1]\}\;\; \text{for all}\;\; j=1,......
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Is the nonnegativeness of a polynomial hard for $\mathsf{NP}_\mathbb{R}$?

It is clear that the following problem is in $\mathsf{NP}_\mathbb{R}$. Input: a list $P$ of triplets $(a,s,t)$ where $s$ and $t$ are nonnegative integers. Output: is there an $x\in \mathbb{R}$ such ...
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Complexity of Knapsack-type problem with applications to computational workflows

Consider the following problem: Let there be a set A of $n$ items $A=\{z_1, ..., z_n\}$, and let $W$ be a strictly positive integer. Each item $z_i$ has a value $v_i$ and a weight $w_i$. Finding a ...
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Calculating the ground state of an Ising model with $\sigma_i = (0,1)$ spin state assignments (do Barahona & Istrail's NP-hardness results hold?)

In a typical Ising model, one has possible spin assignments of $\sigma_i = \pm 1$. However, one can also imagine a $q = 2$ Potts model generalization with spin assignments $\sigma_i = (0,1)$. Is ...
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Which complexity information of Ising model is more important?

In 1982, Barahona proved that finding the ground state of an Ising model is NP-hard. Later, in 2000, Istrail proved that it is NP-complete. When I look up the citations of these two papers using ...
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Graph partition with objective over intra-partition weights

I have a problem in which I need to find an optimal graph cut that maximizes an objective over weights not on the cut. I have looked at the literature but have not been able to find any similar ...
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NP-hardness of a winner determination auction

We would need some suggestions for the proof of NP-hardness of an optimization problem. The problem $$ \max_{x_{a,s}} \sum_s \sum_a x_{a,s} q_a \lambda_s \prod_{s' < s} \prod_{a' \neq a} (1 + ...
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Reduction from OR-SAT to Exact CNF-SAT, keeping the number of variables polynomially bounded?

Let me define both the problems first: $OR$-$SAT$: $m$ Boolean formulae are given in $CNF$, $\phi_1$,$\phi_2$, $\ldots$, $\phi_m$, each on variable set, $x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n$. ($m$ $<$ $2^n$, ...
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Small area containing large amount of patterns

The problem: I come across a theoretical problem when designing characters for electron-Beam lithography. Abstractly, given an integer $m$, let $\mathcal{M}$ be the set of $(0,1)$-matrix $A_{p\times ...
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Is this variation of the “sequencing with release times and deadlines” problem NP-complete?

The following problem is known to be NP-complete. It can be found in pages 236 and 70 of Garey & Johnson. In this book this problem is known either as ...
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Post Correspondence Problem “binary” variant

Bounded Post Correspondence Problem is defined as follows: given list of pairs of words $ (x_1,y_1), \ldots, (x_n, y_n) $ and $K$ find sequence of indexes $i_1, \ldots, i_k$, $k \leq K$ so that $x_{...
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A partition problem with order constraints

In the OrderedPartition problem, the input is two sequences of $n$ positive integers, $(a_i)_{i\in [n]}$ and $(b_i)_{i\in [n]}$. The output is a partition of the ...
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Scheduling with Separation Constraint

There are $N$ types of jobs. For each $i$, we have to schedule $T/D_i$ jobs of type $i$ in $T$ timeslots. We know that $\sum_{i=1}^N 1/(D_i+1) = 1$. For each type $i$, the distance between two ...
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Minimum cut with nonlinear objective function

Let $G$ be an undirected graph. The classic minimum (cardinality) cut problem asks for a cut $C\subseteq E(G)$, such that $|C|$ is minimum. Let us generalize it the following way: let $f$ be a ...
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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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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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Best way to represent NP-Hardness result for decision problem with two decision parameters

What is the best way to represent a NP-Hardness result for a decision problem with two decision parameters? Suppose we have a problem $P$ which asks to minimize two parameters $x$ and $y$ and we show ...
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Generalized path cover problem in DAG

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a directed acyclic graph. Two vertices is transitive if there is a directed path between them. A Path Cover for a Set of Transitive Pairs (PCSTP) is a set of directed paths such that ...
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Sparse coding and matching pursuit algorithms

Is it true that all known sparse coding algorithms which work efficiently in practice don't have convergence proofs and always use an intermediate step of a matching/subspace pursuit algorithm on the ...
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How does one know what is not in a certain class of pseudo-distributions?

We consider working in the function space $\mathbb{R}^{\{ -1,1\}^n}$ where the expectation inner-product makes the juntas form a $2^n$ dimensional orthonormal basis. Now say one has found a degree $...
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At what parameters is following $NP$-hard?

Problem Instances at given $\alpha>0$. $(1)$ Given $a_1,\dots,a_{n^\alpha}\in\Bbb Z$ with $|a_i|\in(2^{n-1},2^n-1)$ is there a subset of that sums to $0$? $(2)$ Given $a_1,\dots,a_{n}\in\Bbb Z$ ...
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About increasing the objective values of certificates for Max-Clique SDP

Say you write a round-k Lasserre (or any other hierarchy!) SDP relaxation of the Max-Clique problem. Lets say one now finds (or knows how to sample with high probability) a graph $G_1$ of size $n$ and ...
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Quantum computer versus Random 3-SAT?

It seems to be commonly believed that quantum computer cannot efficiently solve NP-hard problems. What about the challenging problems in average-case, such as Planted Clique and Random 3-SAT?
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Multicuts (or multiway cuts) for 3 Terminals of Minimum Capacity

For each fixed $k \geq 3$, the following well-known problem is NP-complete. k-Multicut (aka "Multiway Cut", "k-Way Cut", "Multicut") Input: $(N,l)$ where $N=(V,E,T,c)$ is an undirected $k$-terminal ...
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Finding an equivalent NP-complete instance for this game-theory problem

I apologize if this question is not a good fit for CSTheory. I'm a PhD student who has just started out and I'm working on a game-theory problem in one of my classes. Although my professor hasn't ...
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Is there a reduction from a 0-1 knapsack problem to the unbounded problem?

As we know, an unbounded knapsack problem could be described as: $\max \sum_{i=1}^nc_1x_i$ s.t. $\sum_{i=1}^na_ix_i\le b$ $x_i\ge0,x_i\in\mathbb Z,i=1,\cdots,n$ And for an 0-1 knapsack problem, we ...
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Help in NP-Hardness proof of a certain type of Class Cover problem

Class Cover Problem is nothing but finding an optimal cover of certain class (Point Set) with a particular shape only i.e. finding minimum number of a certain shaped polygon (for example, rectangle) ...