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What is consequence of $PH\subseteq NSPACE((\log n)^2)$?

What is consequences of $PH\subseteq NSPACE((\log n)^2)$? We don't even know PH is equals to L or not. I am wondering what will be happened when $PH\subseteq NSPACE((\log n)^2)$?
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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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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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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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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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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_{5}...
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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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Complexity of a scheduling problem with a fixed left bound of jobs

Consider the following scheduling problem. We have a finite set of jobs $\mathcal{J}= \{j_1, j_2, ..., j_n\}$ to do. Every job $j_i$ has its own value $c_i$ (the amount of money we are paid for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...