# Questions tagged [oracles]

Questions regarding oracle machines in computational complexity theory. Oracles can serve as an indicator that a separation between complexity classes is beyond the scope of certain proof techniques.

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### What can we do with a generic oracle (as opposed to a random one)?

Let me first recall a few (lengthy but hopefully mostly standard) facts and definitions in order to motivate my question (feel free to skip down to the actual question): Standard definitions: A ...
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### Crafting ${NP}^{\#P}$-complete problems

Some related posts: Is $coNP^{\#P}=NP^{\#P}=P^{\#P}$? $\mathsf{NP^{PP}}$ vs $\mathsf{P^{PP}}$ I needed a complete problem for the class ${NP}^{\#P}$ for a reduction to show the hardness of some other ...
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### distinguishments between query complexity of membership oracles and standard time complexity

Many combinatorial optimization problems can be described as follows. We are given a set system $(E,I)$, where $I \subseteq 2^E$ and a weight function $w: E \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$. The goal is to ...
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### Power of unique counting class

One question that recently encountered is the following, suppose I have a task $L$ which has input length $n$, the problem is in the $\text{NP}$ and I promise that there is a unique solution. (The ...
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### Is there a simplex-like algorithm that can be used with a separation oracle?

Linear programs can be solved in polynomial time using the ellipsoid method, but in practice the Simplex method is much more efficient, and the smoothed analysis framework of Spielman and Teng ...
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### Young Diagrams and distinguishing between two distributions

Introduction: The reference for everything is this paper. The Robinson–Schensted–Knuth (RSK) algorithm is a well-known combinatorial algorithm with diverse applications throughout mathematics, ...
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### Recursive generic oracles

In Fenner, Stephen; Fortnow, Lance; Kurtz, Stuart A.; Li, Lide, An oracle builder’s toolkit, Inf. Comput. 182, No. 2, 95-136 (2003). ZBL1025.68041, the authors go through a variety of generic oracles. ...
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### Does a decision oracle imply an algorithm for $\mathbb{NP}$ - hard problems with several parameters?

If we consider the decision version of the classical graph coloring problem, then we have some graph $G$ and some integer $k$ and we want to color $G$ with at most $k$ colors. It is well known that, ...
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### It is known that $L \subsetneq PH$?

Is it known whether $Logspace$ is strictly contained in the polynomial time hierarchy ? Are there oracles relative to which these classes are equal / distinct ?
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### Is anything known about NC$^1$ with NP oracle

A few things are known about the class $\textsf{L}$ provided with an $\textsf{NP}$ oracle ($\textsf{L}^\textsf{NP} = \Theta_2^\textsf{P}$ has attracted a bit of attention, for instance ) On the ...
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### Logarithmic queries to $\Sigma_i^P$ oracle and the Boolean hiearchies

If I understood correctly (the complexity zoo, wikipedia, and some of the cited articles), the class $\textsf{P}^{\textsf{NP}[\log]}$, also known as $\Theta_2^{\textsf{P}}$, sits at the top of the ...
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### Are all problems in the same time hierarchy related to each other?

In this problem, "runtimes" refer to worst-case complexity compared up to constant factor. Say you have two problems, A and B, in the same time hierarchy, and it is clear that algorithm P ...
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### Is there an oracle that separates $PH$ from counting classes?

Is there an oracle $A$ for which $P^A =PH^A \neq CH^A = NEXP^A$ holds?
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### Is it possible to reduce an NP language to a NEXP language with exponentially smaller input length?

Suppose we have an NP-complete language $L_1$ and a NEXP-complete language $L_2$. For any deterministic exptime machine $M_1$ with oracle access $M_1^{L_1}$, is it possible to find a deterministic ...
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### Oracle separation between coNP and QMA implies oracle separation between NP and QMA

In [this] paper, Aaronson remarks (page 2, footnote) that: From the BBBV lower bound for quantum search , one immediately obtains an oracle $A$ such that $coNP^{A} \not\subseteq QMA^{A}$ for ...
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### What is the meaning of an Oracle in data clustering?

I am not sure whether this is the best place to ask this question. I am in the process of researching the area in data clustering as well as the algorithms that are associated with it and the term ...
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### Turing meta-oracle

Let H(P) be some program that given P('s source code) computes whether or not P terminates, i.e. solves the halting problem. H only needs to terminate if P terminates. (This disallows solutions like ...
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### Results comparing BQP and NEXP

Are there oracle results with $$P=NP\neq BQP=NEXP\mbox{ and }P=NP\neq BQP\neq NEXP?$$ Also is there a $PCP$ characterization of $BQP$ like $$PCP(O(poly(n)),1)=PCP(O(poly(n)),O(poly(n)))=NEXP?$$
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### Possibility of hierarchy with $UP$ class?

I am not sure if this is a cheap query. However I am unable to find this myself. So I am posting here. The standard complexity class is built with $NP$ and $coNP$ and leads up to $PSPACE$. The ...
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### Lower bound on alternations needed in $BQP$ versus $PH$ result?

What is the fastest $f(n)$ the relatively new result of oracle separation of $\mathsf{BQP}$ from $\mathsf{PH}$ provides such that ${\#\mathsf{SAT}}\not\subseteq\mathsf{FP}^{\mathsf{PH}[O(f(n))]}$ ...
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### Why is the "general notion of a reduction [...] inherent to the notion of self-reducibility"?

While reading "Computational Complexity: A Conceptual Perspective" by Oded Goldreich, I have come across the following passage, which I simply cannot get my head around: Note that the general ...
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### Can relativization technique be applied to natural NP-complete languages?

Levin  defined distNP is the distributional problem (L,D), where L ∈ NP, and D is an ensemble of efficiently samplable distributions over problem instances. We say that a distNP problem (L,D) is ... 576 views

### Indications that strengthen the conjecture: NEXP ⊊ EXP^NP

I am trying to find indications that strengthen the conjecture of NEXP ⊊ EXP^NP. Clearly NEXP ⊆ EXP^NP, and there are some hints that this inclusion is proper. Some Examples: 1. A paper by Shuichi ...
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### Partitioning a square for optimal queries

I have a square plate of size 1x1, full of lots of skittles. I want to eat all of the skittles, but the only way I can get the skittles is through these two oracles: $f(x, y, r)$ tells me how many ...
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### How to prove $P^{Halt} = PSPACE^{Halt}$ [closed]

Halt means the halting set. $PSPACE^{Halt}$ is the class of problems that can be solved with polynomial memory (possibly exponential time), given a halting oracle.
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### What are examples of complexity classes that have contradictory relativizations but they were proven to be either equal or unequal?

In this article Chang et al. provide a counterexample by giving an oracle $A$ such that $\mathsf{IP}^A \neq \mathsf{PSPACE}^A$. I wanted to know if there are more examples like this.
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### Compressing information about the halting problem for oracle Turing machines

The halting problem is well-known to be uncomputable. However, it is possible to exponentially "compress" information about the halting problem, so that decompressing it is computable. More precisely,...
### Oracle comparing $EXP$ with $UP$
Heller (Theorem 6) gave an oracle relative to which $NP=EXP$, and Homer & Selman gave an oracle relative to which $P=UP$ and $\Sigma_2^P=EXP$. Beigel, Buhrman, Fortnow (freely available author's ...