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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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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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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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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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Finding a prime greater than a given bound

Is a deterministic polynomial-time algorithm known for the following problem: Input: a natural number $n$ (in binary encoding) Output: a prime number $p > n$. (According to a list of open ...
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Complexity of computing shortest paths in the plane with polygonal obstacles

Suppose we are given several disjoint simple polygons in the plane, and two points $s$ and $t$ outside every polygon. The Euclidean shortest path problem is to compute the Euclidean shortest path ...
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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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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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Grid $k$-coloring without monochromatic rectangles

Update: The obstruction set (i.e. the NxM "barrier" between colorable and uncolorable grid sizes) for all monochromatic-rectangle-free 4-colorings is now known. Anyone feel up to trying 5-colorings? ;...
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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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Is $coNP^{\#P}=NP^{\#P}=P^{\#P}$?

By http://www.cs.umd.edu/~jkatz/complexity/relativization.pdf If $A$ is a PSPACE-complete language, $P^{A}=NP^{A}$. If $B$ is a deterministic polynomial-time oracle, $P^{B}\ne NP^{B}$ (assuming $P\...
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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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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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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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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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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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Polynomial time approximation algorithms for machine scheduling: how many open problems are left?

In 1999, Petra Schuurman and Gerhard J. Woeginger published the paper "Polynomial time approximation algorithms for machine scheduling: Ten open problems". Since then, to the best of my knowledge, ...
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What is the oldest open problem in TCS?

This problem is inspired by this MO question, which I thought was very interesting. What is the oldest open problem in TCS? Clearly this question needs some clarification. First, what is TCS? ...
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What are current open problems in compiler theory?

Compiler theory seems to be a pretty vetted subject. What are some open problems or current research happening in the field?
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Protocol partition number and deterministic communication complexity

Besides (deterministic) communication complexity $cc(R)$ of a relation $R$, another basic measure for the amount of communication needed is the protocol partition number $pp(R)$. The relation between ...
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Space-time tradeoff and the best algorithm

Consider some language $L$ such that: $L \in DTIME(O(f(n))) \cap DSPACE(O(g(n)))$ and so that $L \not\in DTIME(o(f(n))) \cup DSPACE(o(g(n)))$ In other words, the fastest machine $M$ computes $L$ ...
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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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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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Given a graph, decide if its edge connectivity is at least n/2 or not

Chapter 1 of the book The Probabilistic Method, by Alon and Spencer mentions the following problem: Given a graph $G$, decide if its edge connectivity is at least $n/2$ or not. The author mentions ...
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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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Contained in NP and Turing-reduction from an NP-complete problem $\Rightarrow$ NP-complete under Karp reductions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Do many-one reductions and Turing reductions define the same class NPC Many-one reductions vs. Turing reductions to define NPC Let $P,Q \subseteq \Sigma^*$ be languages ...
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Questions about computing matrix rigidity

Matrix rigidity was introduced by Valiant in 1977: The rigidity $Rig_M(r)$ of boolean matrix $M$ over GF(2) is the smallest number of entries of $M$ that must be changed in order to reduce its rank ...
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largest language class for which inclusion is decidable

am wondering what is the largest language class that is known for which set inclusion is decidable, ie a class such that if $A, B$ are in that class then $A \subset B$ is decidable. am also ...
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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 ...