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Problems known to be open in the literature and any problem that, after being posed, is decided to be open by the community.

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“Refined” list of open problems in TCS

In the conference on learning theory (COLT), a list of open problems is published every year, for example, the list of 2019. The open problems are being submitted and peer reviewed, which makes this ...
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Efficiently computable function as a counter-example to Sarnak's Mobius conjecture

Recently, Gil Kalai and Dick Lipton both wrote nice articles on an interesting conjecture proposed by Peter Sarnak, an expert in number theory and the Riemann Hypothesis. Conjecture. Let $\mu(k)$ ...
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Open problems on the frontiers of TCS

In the thread Major unsolved problems in theoretical computer science?, Iddo Tzameret made the following excellent comment: I think we should distinguish between major open problems that are viewed ...
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Are there any open problems left about DFAs?

After studying deterministic finite state automata (DFA) in undergrad, I felt they are extremely well understood. My question is whether there is something we still don't understand about them. I don'...
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Positive topological ordering, take 3

Suppose we have an n by n matrix. Is it possible to reorder its rows and columns such that we get an upper-triangular matrix? This question is motivated by this problem: Positive topological ordering ...
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Areas of research and open problems in functional programming [closed]

What are the major areas of functional programming that require more research and development? For example, I know a lot of people are asking for dependent types in Haskell, and someone at my uni is ...
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Open Problems About Nowhere-Dense Classes of Graphs

I'm writing a survey about nowhere-dense graphs. I would like to list some of the main open problems in the field. In particular I would like to list problems of the following form. The problem has ...
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Major unsolved problems in theoretical computer science?

Wikipedia only lists two problems under "unsolved problems in computer science": P = NP? The existence of one-way functions What are other major problems that should be added to this list? Rules: ...
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A conjecture related to the Cerny conjecture - counterexample/reference request

The Cerny conjecture is the statement that any synchronizing automaton with $n$ states has a synchronizing word of length at most $(n-1)^2$. The best current upper bound for the length of a ...
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Complexity of comparing extended integer power towers

Inspired by this stackexchange question, is it an open problem to compare two power towers of positive integers if we additionally allow numbers lower in the tower to themselves be represented by ...
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How hard is unshuffling a string?

A shuffle of two strings is formed by interspersing the characters into a new string, keeping the characters of each string in order. For example, MISSISSIPPI is a ...
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Identifying Reducible/Irreducible polynomials over $Z[x]$

It is well known LLL algorithm provides a fully polynomial algorithm to factor a reducible primitive polynomial over $\mathbb{Z}[x]$. Say one only seeks to identify whether a given polynomial over $\...
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Reduction of irregular graphs, to regular graphs, while preserving hamiltonicity

I am wondering if this is a topic that has had research done... If I could reduce irregular graphs to regular graphs (including replacing redundant node clusters with dummy nodes), while ensuring ...
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One Stack, Two Queues

background Several years ago, when I was an undergraduate, we were given a homework on amortized analysis. I was unable to solve one of the problems. I had asked it in comp.theory, but no ...
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List of number theoretic or algebraic problems in various complexity classes

I am looking for a list about the known or unknown complexity of various number theoretic /algebraic problems. For example, GCD in $NC^1$ is open, factoring in $P$ is open, computing sheaf ...
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List of (unsolved) complexity problems arising from PL

What are some major, open computational complexity problems that arise from programming languages, especially program analysis and compilation? I am looking for problems on the lines of "the time ...
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Open/unsolved problems in (computational) random matrix theory / matrix completion?

I was wondering what some open problems are in random matrix theory (especially those of interest to TCS people/so mainly non-asymptotic things, I imagine). Also, and relatedly, what are remaining/...
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Noisy channel coding theorem in Quantum information

Why Shannon's noisy channel coding theorem can't be used for Quantum communication applications? Schumacher proved the first Noiseless theorem and there are quantum error correction mechanisms out ...
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Is optimally solving the n×n×n Rubik's Cube NP-hard?

Consider the obvious $n\times n\times n$ generalization of the Rubik's Cube. Is it NP-hard to compute the shortest sequence of moves that solves a given scrambled cube, or is there a polynomial-time ...
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Status of Cerny Conjecture?

A DFA has a synchronizing word if there is a string that sends any state of the DFA to a single state. In ‘The Cerny Conjecture for Aperiodic Automata” by A. N. Trahtman (Discrete Mathematics and ...
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What progress is being made on $NP \cap coNP$ having complete problems? [closed]

I'm very curious about this and have a proof sketch that it does not in the answers below. The reasons I'm currently thinking about this is because of the new paper on the class $PTFNP$ which can be ...
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Is the 3-sphere recognition problem NP-complete?

It is known that determining whether or not a given triangulated 3-manifold is a 3-sphere is in NP, via work by Saul Schleimer in 2004: "Sphere recognition lies in NP" arXiv:math/0407047v1 [math.GT]. ...
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Projective Plane of Order 12

Objective: Settle the conjecture that there is no projective plane of order 12. In 1989, using computer search on a Cray, Lam proved that no projective plane of order 10 exists. Now that God's ...
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Does Memcomputing really solve an NP-complete problem?

I came across an article published in Science "Memcomputing NP-complete problems in polynomial time using polynomial resources and collective states", which makes some pretty astonishing claims. ...
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Deciding whether an NC${}^0_3$ circuit computes a permutation or not

I would like to ask about a special case of the question “Deciding if a given NC0 circuit computes a permutation” by QiCheng that has been left unanswered. A Boolean circuit is called an NC0k circuit ...
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Does PEG contain CFG?

Despite their considerable expressive power, all PEGs can be parsed in linear time using a tabular or memoizing parser (8). These properties strongly suggest that CFGs and PEGs define incomparable ...
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Does there exist a hardest DCFL?

Greibach famously defined a language $H$, the so-called nondeterministic version of $D_2$, such that any CFL is an inverse morphic image of $H$. Does there exist a similar statement with DCFL, ...
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In regards to the tautologies of a polynomially-bounded propositional proof system

In the book 'Logical Foundations of Proof Complexity', co-authored by Stephen Cook, the following definition is given: A proof-system $F$ is said to be polynomially-bounded if there is a polynomial p(...
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Problems between NC and P: How many have been resolved from this list?

In the paper "A Compendium of Problems Complete for P" by Greenlaw, Hoover and Ruzzo (PS) (PDF), there is a list of problems in P that are not known to be in NC and not known to be P-complete either. (...
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Approximating the sign rank of a matrix

The sign rank of a matrix A with +1,-1 entries is the least rank (over the reals) of a matrix B which has the same sign pattern as A (i.e., $A_{ij}B_{ij}>0$ for all $i,j$). This notion is important in ...
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Learning with (Signed) Errors

$\underline{\bf Background}$ In 2005, Regev [1] introduced the Learning with Errors (LWE) problem, a generalization of the Learning Parity with Error problem. The assumption of this problem's ...
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Problems not known to be PSPACE-complete

What are problems with the following properties: 1) they are restriction of (possibly well known) problems that are PSPACE-complete; 2) the restricted versions are in PSPACE, but it is an open ...
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Why can't we have superlinear bounds on Boolean circuit size for an explicit function?

I am interested about the minimal size (number of gates) of a family of circuits (with negation) over a complete Boolean basis (with fanin 2) that computes some explicit Boolean function. (In other ...
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Log Rank Conjecture Collaborative Approach [closed]

Recently a post was made in Mathoverflow seeking possible avenues for collaborative projects. I made a proposal for Log Rank conjecture in https://mathoverflow.net/questions/219638/proposals-for-...
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Massive online collaboration for solving open problem in theoretical computer science

In Polymath projects a large group work on an open problem. What kind of problems seem to work best in this framework? Are there any good candidates for a polymath project in theoretical computer ...
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Is it still open to determine the complexity of computing the treewidth of planar graphs?

For a constant $k \in \mathbb{N}$, one can determine in linear time, given an input graph $G$, whether its treewidth is $\leq k$. However, when both $k$ and $G$ are given as input, the problem is NP-...
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The complexity of checking whether two DAG have the same number of topological sorts

This problem is highly related to the CNF one. Here is the problem: given two DAG (directed acyclic graphs), if they have the same counting of topological sorts, answer "Yes", otherwise, answer "No". ...
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What is the “nearest” problem to the Collatz conjecture that has been successfully resolved?

I am interested in the "nearest" (and "most complex") problem to the Collatz conjecture that has been successfully solved (which Erdos famously said "mathematics is not yet ...
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$\Delta = 57, d=2$ Moore Graph

I am looking into the last open question regarding the existence of Moore Graphs of diameter 2. A problem that has been open in combinatorics for more than 55 years. You may recall that Hoffman and ...
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Research problems in communication complexity

There have been many open challenges questions in this forum. For instance, Research and open challenges in Programming Language Theory What are current open problems in compiler theory? ...
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Are there any interesting open questions having to do with submodularity, specially in the intersection of theoretical machine learning?

I was interested in knowing about open research topics related with sub modularity, specially within its intersection with theoretical machine learning (and related topics). I am particularly ...
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Integer linear programming in logarithmic number of variables

I read that integer linear programming is solvable in polynominal time if the number $n$ of variables is fixed, i.e. $n \in O(1)$. If the number of variables grows logarithmically, i.e. $n \in O(\...
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Is graph coloring complete for poly-APX?

Is the graph coloring problem complete for poly-APX under C-reductions (alternatively, under AP-reductions)? For the graph coloring problem, speaking of a feasible solution means a proper coloring for ...
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What is the asymptotic time complexity of the number of steps of “Half Or Triple Plus One” ( HOTPO)?

The "Half Or Triple Plus One" process goes as follows: start with $x=n$ for some value of $n$ if ($x$ is odd) $x = 3x+1$ else $x = \frac{x}{2}$ if ($x$ > 1) goto (2) ...
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A combinatorial version for the polynomial Hirsch conjecture

Consider $t$ disjoint families of subsets of {1,2,…,n}, ${\cal F}_1,{\cal F_2},\dots {\cal F_t}$ . Suppose that (*) For every $i \lt j \lt k$ and every $R \in {\cal F}_i$, and $T \in {\cal F}_k$, ...
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Research and open challenges in Programming Language Theory

In the spirit of some general discussions like this one, I'm opening this thread with the intention to gather opinions on what are the open challenges and hot topics in research on programming ...
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Optimal algorithm for finding the girth of a sparse graph?

I wonder how to find the girth of a sparse undirected graph. By sparse I mean $|E|=O(|V|)$. By optimum I mean the lowest time complexity. I thought about some modification on Tarjan's algorithm for ...
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Is it NP-hard to play international draughts correctly?

Is the following problem NP-hard? Given a board configuration for $n\times n$ international draughts, find a single legal move. The corresponding problem for $n\times n$ American checkers (aka ...
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Why does the log-rank conjecture use rank over the reals?

In communication complexity, the log-rank conjecture states that $$cc(M) = (\log rk(M))^{O(1)}$$ Where $cc(M)$ is the communication complexity of $M(x,y)$ and $rk(M)$ is the rank of $M$ (as a matrix)...
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On $\mathcal L$, $\mathcal{N\!L}$, $\mathcal L^2$, $\mathcal P$ and $\mathcal{N\!P}$

We know that $\mathcal{L}\subseteq \mathcal{N\!L}\subseteq\mathcal{P}\subseteq\mathcal{N\!P}$. From Savitch's Theorem, $\mathcal{N\!L}\subseteq\mathcal{L}^2$, and, from Space Hierarchy Teorem, $\...