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Minimum Weight Ordering of nodes on a directed graph

I'm bumping my head against the wall trying to prove this problem is NP-complete (it might not be) Let $G = (V,E)$ be a directed graph with weights $w:E \to \mathbb{R_{\geq 0}}$ on the edges. The ...
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Algorithm to maximize profit: ways to solve/approach? (Advanced NP-Complete)

This one's hard, so all help really appreciated! I know it is NP-Complete and thus cannot be solved in polynomial time, but looking for help in analysis, i.e. what type of NP-Complete problem it ...
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Maximize Covering Minimizing the Overlap

I have this problem: Given a collection of sets $S:\{S_{1},...,S_{k}\}$ where each set $S_{j}$ is a subset of $U:\{e_{1},...,e_{n}\}$ universe of elements. I would find-out a subset $C \subseteq S$ ...
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Does coNP-hardness imply NP-hardness [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do many-one reductions and Turing reductions define the same class NPC Hi, Is the following true: If L is coNP-hard, then L is NP-hard. I have found statements of this, ...
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np completeness [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reduction Algorithms Hi, I am thinking of researching in this area and am doing some analysis now. Need your help understanding the NP Completeness. I went through the ...
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What progress has been made to prove whether or not p=np? [closed]

I know that it is still one of the biggest mysteries of computer science whether non-deterministically polynomial problems can be solved in polynomial time. I am curious to know what makes this ...
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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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Given oracle for Max-3SAT compute clauses that cannot be satisfied

We know that Max-3SAT is NP-hard to compute exactly (and also hard to approximate to a particular constant multiplicative factor). However, suppose you are given an oracle for Max-3SAT that tells you ...
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Restricted Universe Exact Cover

Apologies for a simple question - I am a beginning graduate student in TCS. Consider the following $\mathrm{ExactCover}$ problem: Given a collection $\mathcal{S}$ of subsets of a universe set $U$ and ...
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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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How to make any graph 2-degenerate?

I have to show a PPT(polynomial time reduction) from 'Colorful graph Motif' to '2-Degenerate Steiner Tree'. As input graph should be 2-degenerate, but here is normal graph G (that is, basically an ...
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What is the simplest known solver for a np-complete problem?

Lets define the simpler of two terms as the one with shortest description length on the untyped λ-calculus. Trying to find the simplest solver for a np-complete problem, I've got this: ...
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NP Hardness of Metric Steiner Tree

It is known that the metric steiner tree problem is NP hard (Garry and Johnson [1977]). I wanted to know if there is a simpler way of proving the same. Specifically, I am trying to find a polynomial ...
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is this selection problem np-hard? [closed]

Give $n$ clusters $C=\{C_i\}_{i=1}^n$ where each cluster consists of a set of similar points, i.e., $C_i=\{c_j\}_{j=1}^{|C_i|}$. The similarty between two points $c_i$ and $c_j$ is denoted as $w(c_i,...
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Difference between 'Reductions' in algebraic problems vs “Reductions” in Computational Intractability [closed]

When I read NP-completeness for the first time, I really wondered why is the concept of Reductions given such high emphasis, after all we have been looking at concepts such as reductions and 'special ...
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What is meant by “if there exists a $\rho$-approximation algorithm with $\rho < 2$, then P = NP”?

For example, for the $k$-center problem we want to prove that a 2-approximation algorithm is optimal. A proof is presented on page 39 (Theorem 2.4) in Williamson and Shmoys, The Design of ...
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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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Prove that the problem of rectilinear picture compression is np-complete

I need a demonstration that the rectilinear picture compression is NP-hard, I know that this fact was proven using 3SAT by Masek in 1978 but I can't find the paper.
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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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Dividing digraph to acyclic subgraphs NP completeness

Let G = (V, E) be a directed graph. Consider the problem of dividing V into two disjoint parts A and B such that there does not exist directed cycles in A or B. Prove that this problem is NP-complete ...
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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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NP-completeness of one generalized subset sum problem (target sum belongs to interval) [closed]

I need to prove that decision problem: for a given set of positive integers $a_1, ..., a_n$, does it exist a subset that sums up to a value within interval $[\frac{1}{2}\sum a_i; \frac{1}{2}\sum a_i+...
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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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Proving NP-hardness of scheduling problem (total weighted completion time)

Consider the problem $P \mid \mid \sum w_j C_j$. I want to prove that this problem is (strongly) NP-hard by reducing from $3$-Partition, but I am not really sure how to do this. Just to be precise, ...
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Is 3SAT problem APX-hard or not?

Could you point me a reference, an answer or it is an open question?
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Minimum-weight feedback edge set in undirected graph - how to find it? Is it NP hard problem?

Let G = (V,E) be an undirected graph. A set F ⊆ E of edges is called a feedback-edge set if every cycle of G has at least one edge in F. Suppose that G is a weighted undirected graph with positive ...
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NP hard? Maximize the average for a subset of numbers

Given a set of real numbers, choose a subset to maximize the average subject to the average not exceeding a given threshold. Is it NP hard? I think so, but I cannot come out with a proof. Thanks a ...
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open problems on $NP$-complete? [closed]

How can we find the list of open problems on $NP$-comlpete?

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