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What is the best approximation and exact algorithm for vertex cover on cubic graphs?

"Best" = best performing in terms of run-time for exact algorithm and approximation ratio for an approximation algorithm.
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NP-Complete graph problems where a special vertex is given as input?

I am currently working on a graph theory problem where the instance includes a graph and a special vertex in the graph. I am trying to prove the NP-completeness of the problem as well as explore ...
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NP completeness of classes of spanning trees

I am teaching a complexity course, and I want to give some examples of similar looking problems such that one is in P, and the other is NP complete. This made me think of the following problem: does ...
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Problems that are counter-intuitively solvable in practice?

Recently, I went through the painful fun experience of informally explaining the concept of computational complexity to a young talented self-taught programmer, who never took a formal course in ...
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How hard is it to determine the chromatic number of a unit distance graph?

For example, is it NP-complete to decide whether a unit distance graph is 3-colorable?
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Minimum number of columns making each row different

I'm curious whether this problem is NP-hard: suppose you are given an arbitrary $m\times n$ 0-1 matrix (each element is either 0 or 1, for the simplicity of the problem), and any pair of rows (i.e. a ...
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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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Constrained Topological Sorting with bounded number of chains

In general, constrained topological sorting is NP-hard. Now we add another constraint to it, such that take any k+1 nodes and there will be at least one pair ...
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PTIME or NP-Hardness of stochastic objective function

I will begin by linking a previous post where I asked a general question for a stochastic setting which I describe below. It turns out that my "proof" for a restricted case had a mistake and there is ...
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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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Is NP-complete the existence of paths of a given length in a directed graph? [closed]

Given a directed graph G= (V,E), a pair of vertices s and t, a natural number K encoded in binary, whether the problem to decide there exists a path (not necessarily simple) from s to t of length K is ...
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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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Sparsification Lemma for k-SAT and Exponential Time Hypothesis

According to R. Impagliazzo, R. Paturi and F. Zane, 2001 an instance of $k$-SAT is called sparse if $m = O(n)$ where $m$ denotes the number of clauses and $n$ the number of variables. The ...
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About using smoothness of the Hessian for getting to approximate criticality of a non-convex objective

Is there any algorithm which shows that under the assumption of Lipschitz smoothness of the Hessian of a non-convex function one can get to its critical point faster?
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Complexity of bounded degree full contraction

This paper defines the problem $\mathrm{B{\scriptsize OUNDED} \ D{\scriptsize EGREE}\ C{\scriptsize ONTRACTION}}$ as follows: Instance: A graph $G$ and two integers $d$ and $k$. Question: Is there a ...
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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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If only pathological cases of NP-hard problems are difficult to solve, then why isn't NP-hard defined to only include those pathological cases?

NP-hard problems are not used in cryptography, because they are believed to be computationally-intractable in the worst case but are not computationally-intractable in the average case. Is there a ...
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Common insights into hypothetical complexity of graph problems

I came across two examples of hypothetical hardness of some graph problems. Hypothetical hardness means that refuting some conjecture would imply the NP-completeness of the respective graph problem. ...
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What is the complexity of this graph problem?

Given a simple undirected graph $G$, find a subset $A\neq \emptyset$ of vertices, such that for any vertex $x\in A$ at least half of the neighbors of $x$ are also in $A$, and the size of $A$ is ...
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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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Are there any NP-complete for continuous mathematics? [closed]

Looking at this wiki page, it seems most NP-complete problems are based on discrete structures, such as graphs. What are some problems that involve real or complex analysis instead of discrete ...
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Minimising the root-set of a spanning hyperforest of a hypergraph

I am interested in the complexity of a problem involving spanning hyperforests (a union of hypertrees, which covers all of the vertices) of a $k$-hypergraph. I describe the relevant definitions for ...
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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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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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Complexity of the problem of words with fewest distinct letters accepted by a finite automaton

Given a finite (deterministic or nondeterministic, I don't think this has much importance) automaton A and a threshold n, does A accept a word containing at most n distinct letters? (By k different ...
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Reduction of graph chromatic number to hypergraph 2-colorability

I'm following this paper titled "Coverings and colorings of hypergraphs" by Lovasz 1973, which is referenced in Garey and Johnson's Computers and Intractability, for the Set Splitting Problem. In this ...
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Matrix Coloring under Vertical and Horizontal Constraints

I'm searching for the correct name of the following NP-complete problem. I would also appreciate answers pointing to problems with similar-looking variations. The input consists of A set of ...
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Proving NP-complete problem

Suppose the following problem: Given an undirected graph G=(V,E), is it possible to choose a subset V' of vertex set V, such that deleting it removes all triangles (cycles of length 3), where |V'| is ...
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An optimal subspace projection problem

Suppose we have a $k$-dimensional subspace $V$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ given by a basis $\{v_1,\cdots,v_k\in \mathbb{R}^n\}$, find an index set $I\subset [n]$ with $|I|=m$ where $k\le m\le n$, such that $$\...
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Geometric max cover

Consider $n$ points and a distance function $d$ that satisfies the triangle inequality. We are also given a number $r$. Each point $p$ defines a set $B_p$ (or a ball) that covers all other points ...
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Functions that are Not Efficiently Computable but Learnable

We know that (see, e.g., Theorems 1 and 3 of [1]), roughly speaking, under suitable conditions, functions that can be efficiently computed by Turing machine in polynomial time ("efficiently computable"...
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What are some problems in $P$ which have lower bounds assuming that $P \neq NP$ or the ETH?

Last year I had watched this talk online about problems in $P$ for which an algorithm which runs in some subclass of $P$, say in subquadratic time, would imply $P = NP$, or violate the ETH (...
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Hardness of exact binomial tail bounds

Chernoff bounds, in their various forms, bound the tails of a Binomial$(n,p)$ random variable $B$. Define the function $F(n,p,t):=P(B>t)$. Naively, computing $F$ requires exponential (in $n$) time. ...
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Solving linear program with 1 quadratic constraint complexity

Consider the following linear program, $$\min y \\ xc_1 \leq c_2 + yz,\\ x = x_1 + \dots + x_n,\\ z \leq x_1 + x_2, \\ z \leq x_2 + x_3, \\ \vdots\\ z \leq x_{n-1} + x_n, \\ x,x_1, \dots, x_n,y,z \...
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Is Asymptotic PTAS $\subseteq$ APX?

The definition of asymptotic polynomial-time approximation scheme (Asymptotic PTAS) is defined as follows: A minimization problem $\Pi$ is Asymptotic PTAS if for all $\epsilon$ there exists an ...
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Check the match of the maximum of each subset

Given a number of vectors with $n$ elements, i.e., $S=(a_1, \cdots, a_n)$, $T_j=(b_1^j, \cdots, b_n^j)$ for $j=1,\cdots, m$ where each $a_i$ or $b^i_j$ is a natural number. Question: determine ...
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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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Is Norbert Blum's 2017 proof that $P \ne NP$ correct?

Norbert Blum recently posted a 38-page proof that $P \ne NP$. Is it correct? Also on topic: where else (on the internet) is its correctness being discussed? Note: the focus of this question text has ...
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Clique cover problem

Consider the following graph problem. We are given a graph $\mathcal{G} = (\mathcal{V},\mathcal{E})$, where $\mathcal{V}$ is the set of vertices and $\mathcal{E}$ is the set of edges. For each vertex $...
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Max weight travel on a graph with deadline

Given a deadline $D>0$ and a complete graph $K_n$ (with loops) in which each edge $e_{ij}$ has a weight $w(e_{ij}) \ge 0$ and a travel time $l(e_{ij}) > 0$. Starting from one of the nodes, we ...
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Max-weight connected & co-connected subgraph problem

The max-weight connected subgraph problem (MWCS) may be described as follows: given a simple graph $G=(V,E)$ and a weight function $w:V\to\mathbb{R}$, one seeks for a subset $L\subseteq V$ for which ...
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Does a weighted graph have a path with weight zero?

Given a weighted digraph $G=(V,E)$, where each edge is associated with a weight (could be positive, negative, or zero). We define the weight of a path to be the sum of the weights along this path. ...
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Is deciding whether all satisfying assignments are NAE assignments coNP-complete?

Let the language $L$ consist of the $k$-CNF formulas $\phi$ with the property that any satisfying assignment $x$ of $\phi$ is a Not-All-Equal (NAE) assignment, i.e. every clause of $\phi$ has at least ...
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What is the computational complexity of this SAT Variant

Given a 3SAT problem. The question being: 'This Problem has exactly K Solutions'? Now, lets say K=1 (without loss of generality). If the problem has a exactly 1 solution and the answer is True. So, ...
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A conceptual question regarding hardness proofs by reduction [closed]

If we restrict the input domain of a known NP-hard problem P so that this restricted domain is equal to the input domain of another problem S, then show that we can reduce a solution to P given input ...
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String version of even-odd partition problem

Motivated by Hardness proof of EVEN-ODD PARTITION post I came up with a string version. String even-odd partition INPUT: $(x_{1,0},x_{1,1}),\dots,(x_{n,0},x_{n,1})$, i.e., $n$ pairs of strings over ...
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Is pooling-aware bin packing NP-Hard?

I am unable to prove whether the following problem is NP-Hard. It seems like a bin-packing or a partition problem, without being close enough to either of them (at least I do not see the reduction to ...
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totally-mixed 2SAT with exact cardinality?

Given a 2HornSAT problem, it’s possible in linear time to find the minimum solution to the problem, i.e., a solution that minimizes the number of variables set to 1. Now let us consider the following ...
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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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Does P = NP imply NP being a strict subset of PSPACE? [closed]

Does $\textbf{P} = \textbf {NP}$ imply that $\textbf{NP} \subsetneq \textbf{PSPACE}$? Or, for a slightly stronger result, does it imply that $\textbf{NL} = \textbf P$?