# Questions tagged [np-hardness]

Questions related to NP-hardness and NP-completeness.

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### min weight k-closure on DAG

The problem Given a (connected) DAG $G(V,E)$ where each node is assigned an (non-negative) integer weight an integer k where $0\leq k\leq|V|$ Find a induced subgraph $H$ of $G$ consisting of $k$ ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Different hardness proofs w.r.t different classes

Consider a language $L$ which is hard for some class $C$ (e.g. PSPACE-hard). Trivially, $L$ is also $D$-hard for every class $D\subseteq C$ under the same type of reduction (e.g. NP-hard). Is there a ...
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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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### 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 ...