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Complexity of multi-objective optimization problems

How can we define and prove the worst-case complexity of multi-objective optimization problems (MOOP)? It is easy to see that, if one of the objectives is an NP-Hard optimization problem, then the ...
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The decision procedure of theory of closed real field is in NP-hard?

The decision procedure of theory of closed real field refers to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decidability_of_first-order_theories_of_the_real_numbers
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how to model community detection into np-hard problem

My problem is that given a fully connected graph G={V, E} and a seed set $S=\{s_1, s_2,\dots,s_n\}$, the target is to find clusters under some constrains that the average edge weight within each ...
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Hardness of finding if a vertex lies on a simple directed path between two vertices

Given a directed graph $G = (V, E)$ and three vertices $u, v, w \in V$. Is it NP-Hard to find whether there is a simple path from $u$ to $v$ passing through $w$? I found a couple of hardness ...
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Complexity of finding an edge set yielding specified vertex degrees

I'm trying to figure out if the following two problems are known in general to be in P or NP-complete: Q1: Given a graph $G=(V,E)$ and integers $d_i,\,1\leq\,i\leq|V|$, does there exist a subset $E'...
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$NP$-Completeness of $\epsilon$-balanced graph partitioning for fixed $\epsilon$

Consider this graph partitioning problem: Let $G = (V, E)$ be a simple undirected graph and $0 \leq \epsilon \leq 1, M \geq 0$ be constants. Are there disjoint subsets $V_1, V_2$ with $V = V_1 \cup ...
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NP-Hardness of 4-cycle packing problem in complete bipartite digraph?

A directed complete bipartite graph is a bipartite graph where there is exactly one directed edge between any two vertices from its two different parts. In other words, it's an orientation of a ...
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Relationship between two graph optimization problems

Let $Q$ be a polynomial time computable graph property of simple, undirected graphs. Consider the following two optimization problems on any input graph: P1. Find a largest induced subgraph of the ...
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How hard is it to approximate distance of linear code

I'm trying to figure out what is the current knowledge about how hard it is, given a generating matrix of a linear code over a field $F_{q}$, approximate it's distance. I of course found that ...
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What Is the Complexity of This Two-to-One Matching Problem?

Given a graph $G=(V,E)$ and a function $c:V\mapsto\{1,2\}$. The function $c(\cdot)$ divides the vertices into two disjoint sets $V_1$ and $V_2$, where for all $v_1\in V_1$, we have $c(v_1)=1$ and for ...
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Example of decidable NP-hard problem that is not NP-complete [closed]

I am looking for an example of a decision problem which fulfills the following conditions: 1. It is decidable 2. It is NP-hard 3. It is not NP-complete All my search attempts yielded examples that ...
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NP-hardness of a planar SAT variant

Background: An instance of 3-SAT is called monotone if each clause consists only of positive literals or only of negative literals. Given an instance $\phi$ of 3-SAT, we consider the bipartite graph ...
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What languages can be reduced to a NP-complete problem in polynomial time

NP-complete: Language is NP-complete, when it is in NP and every problem in NP is reducible to it in polynomial time. But what languages are reducible to a NP-complete problem (for example SAT) in ...
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Optimal bee swarm plots: NP-hard?

Bee swarm plots are a way of visualizing one-dimensional data sets, similar to box plots. The idea is that if there's not too many points (e.g. <300) we can just plot them along the $x$-axis with ...
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Diameter vs. Tractability

I would like to find examples of (unweighted) optimization problems $\Pi$ that satisfy 1) or 2): 1) $\Pi$ is NP-hard but polytime solvable in the class of graphs with diameter $\le k$, for all $k\ge ...
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Complexity of Block Design?

What is known about the complexity of creating Block Designs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_design)? I've found one paper that creates approximately solutions using Metaheuristics that claims ...
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How hard is it to determine ex(n,G)?

Define the extremal Turán function $ex(n,G)$ of a graph $G$ as the most edges a graph on $n$ vertices can have without having a subgraph that is isomorphic to $G$. This function is known ...
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Find the shortest s-t trail(edge disjoint path) in a graph with negative weight edges

A walk in a graph is a finite or infinite sequence of edges which joins a sequence of vertices. A trail is a walk in which all edges are distinct. Note that a trial may visit a vertex multiple times ...
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Network Reliability Problem

Network reliability, in which we are given an undirected graph $G$ with a failure probability $p_e$ for each edge and we are asked to calculate the probability that the network becomes disconnected ...
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Is unary $\Pi_2$-SUBSETSUM coNP-complete?

Consider the following problem: for given integers $a_1, \ldots, a_{2n}$ and $A$ that are given in unary representation define is it true that for every $S \subseteq \{1, ..., 2n \}$ such that $|...
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Generalization of k-Coloring: maximizing the number of vertices with no neighbours of same color

One can consider the following generalization of the $k$-Coloring problem: Let be given a graph $G$ and an two integers $k$ and $p$. A vertex $v$ of $G$ is properly colored if $v$ has no neighbour ...
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Is minimal cover under symmetric 3-deduction NP-complete?

Forgive me if this problem is known by another name, I do not know any references for it. Symmetric deduction. An equation $e \in E$ is a subset of variables $V$ such that knowing $|e| - 1$ of the ...
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Complexity of existence of simple polygonalization with prescribed area?

This is a followup on my previous question. Fekete proved the NP-completeness of deciding the existence of simple polygonalization with minimum (or maximum) enclosed area (simple polygonalization is ...
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Which monotone DNFs are evasive?

A Boolean function $\phi$ on variables $X$ is evasive if every decision tree for $\phi$ has height $|X|$. In other words, for any strategy that picks variables of $X$ and asks for their value, an ...
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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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Can we map this problem to subset-sum?

Let there be $n$ set of ordered pairs $s_1=\{(c_1,f_1),(c_1,f_2) ...(c_1,f_m)\}$, $s_2=\{(c_2,f_1),(c_2,f_2) ...(c_2,f_m)\}$, $s_3=\{(c_3,f_1),(c_3,f_2) ...(c_3,f_m)\}$, .... $s_n=\{(c_n,f_1)(c_n,f_2) ...
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Complexity of Finding Largest Set of Intersecting Convex Polytopes

I have a set of $n$ convex polytopes, and I wish to find the largest subset of those polytopes that shares at least one point in common. I think that this problem should be NP-hard, but I am ...
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Planar Exact Cover by even-size sets

Major edit on June 6, 2019: Replaced the target problem with a simpler (but equivalent) one. Is the following problem NP-complete? Planar Exact Cover by even-size sets Input: A set $U$, a ...
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Complexity of a specific class of definite integrals

INTRODUCTION: From the answer to this question I learned that deciding whether a definite integral is $0$ or not can be NP-complete, as the following integral representation of the Number Partition ...
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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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How hard is deciding the existence of Red-Blue perfect matching?

Two-colorable perfect matching problem is to decide whether a graph has coloring with two colors such that each node has exactly one neighbor the same color as itself. The problem was proven to be NP-...
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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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NP-hardness proof of selecting the ''fittest'' topological sequence of a DAG

Given a directed acyclic graph (DAG) with $n$ vertexes $V=\{v_1, v_2,...,v_n\}$ and a given permutation of those $n$ vertexes $P=[p_1, p_2,..., p_n]$ that $\forall i, p_i\in V$. Note that $P$ could ...
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Can one efficiently uniformly sample a neighbor of a vertex in the graph of a polytope?

I have a polytope $P$ defined by $\{ x : Ax \leq b, x \geq 0\}$ . Question: Given a vertex $v$ of $P$, is there a polynomial time algorithm to uniformly sample from the neighbors of $v$ in the graph ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...