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Barriers to show $P=NP$

We all know showing $P\ne NP$ has barriers. We all have studied these barriers because we believe $P\ne NP$. However assume $P=NP$ and there are wise people who believe that possibility exists. If ...
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Questions about P vs NP and geometric complexity theory

Reading through various papers on geometric complexity theory (GCT), there is one thing, which pops up, while claimed in various places, that it is an approach to P vs NP, all the results seems to ...
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Implications of unprovability of $P\neq NP$

I was reading "Is P Versus NP Formally Independent?" but I got puzzled. It is widely believed in complexity theory that $\mathsf{P} \neq \mathsf{NP}$. My question is about what if this is ...
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Can Category Theory help us prove P != NP?

Scott Aaronson, in this funny April Fools’ Day post, introduces a fictionalized $P \neq NP$ Proof and, among other things, he says that the proof make use of Higher topos theory to solve the biggest ...
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What is a natural problem in theory of computation?

In Stephen Cook's paper on the P vs NP problem,[1] he states the following [2]: Feasibility Thesis: A natural problem has a feasible algorithm iff it has a polynomial-time algorithm. My question ...
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Is there a relation between BBH (black box hypothesis) and SETH (strong exponential time hypothesis)?

Is there a relation between BBH (black box hypothesis) and SETH (strong exponential time hypothesis)?
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Does P^NP=NP imply NP=coNP? [closed]

If you have it, the proof would be appreciated. Note: P^NP means P with NP oracle
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Is there a counterexample to this work?

Is there a counterexample to this claim https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.00353? They claim a $O(n^6)$ LP model with simulations to support. I think asking validity is not a reasonable problem. However ...
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Is Murphy's Law of Complexity Theory consistent? What separations/collapses does it imply?

A decade ago I observed what I dub "Murphy's Law of Complexity Theory": whenever a new separation or collapse is discovered, the question is answered in the direction that makes $P\overset?=NP$ most ...
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Algorithm whose running time depends on P vs. NP

Is there a known, explicit example of an algorithm with the property such that if $P\neq NP$ then this algorithm doesn't run in polynomial time and if $P=NP$ then it does run in polynomial time?
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Can one prove the discovery of a P versus NP solution without actually revealing it?

Suppose a person has proved that P≠NP. He wants to let the world know that he has solved the P versus NP problem but does not want to reveal that he has proved P≠NP as opposed to P=NP. Is there any ...
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P vs. NP in a logic with a random oracle

Choose a random oracle $f : \{0,1\}^\ast \to \{0,1\}$, and define the logic $ZFC^f$ by adding a fresh symbol $g$, an axiom that $g$ has the correct type, and one axiom $g(s) = f(s)$ for each $s \in \{...
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Implications of $\mathsf{P}\neq\mathsf{NP}$ in $\mathsf{BSS}$ model

What are implications of $\mathsf{P}\neq\mathsf{NP}$ in $\mathsf{BSS}$ model to $\mathsf{Turing}$ model and $\mathsf{Valiant's}$ counting complexity model? In opposite direction what are implications ...
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Chaos and the $P{=}NP$ question

I am interested in learning connections between "chaos," or more broadly, dynamical systems, and the $P{=}NP$ question. Here is an example of the type of literature I am seeking: Ercsey-Ravasz, ...
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What are some known methods for showing that a class has no complete problems?

The only way that I know of is the way that you can show that $RE \cap coRE$ does not via diagonalization. Mostly curious because if $NP \cap coNP$ has no complete problems then $P \neq NP$. I tried ...
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What is wrong with this procedure to convert quadratic programming to convex quadratic programming?

Consider the feasibility quadratic program with constraint $$\sum_{i=1}^nc_{i1}x_{i}\leq \ell_1$$ $$\vdots$$ $$\sum_{i=1}^nc_{it}x_{i}\leq \ell_t$$ $$\sum_{i,j=1}^na_{ij}x_{i}x_{j}+\sum_{i=1}^nb_{i}x_{...
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Is there any known strategy that avoids circuits and that respects believed separations to prove $P$ is not $NP$?

Vinay Deolalikar's approach tried to randomness is not strong enough, Blum's proof tried to show $P/poly$ is not strong enough, Mulmuley's and Smale's approach (while not enough to show $P\neq NP$) ...
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${\bf NP} \not = {\bf E}$ and ${\bf PSPACE} \not = {\bf E}$

We know that ${\bf NP} \subseteq {\bf PH} \subseteq {\bf PSPACE}$. We also know that ${\bf E} \subset {\bf EXP}$, where ${\bf E} = \cup_c DTIME[2^{cn}]$ and ${\bf EXP} = \cup_c DTIME[2^{n^c}]$. It ...
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List of theorems stating that P does not equal NP if and only if

I think it would be a good idea to make a list of theorems stating that P does not equal NP if and only if such and such exits, some complexity class is contained in another complexity class and so on ...
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Why do computer scientists on the whole work under the assumption that P ≠ NP?

Coming from a math background, it seems interesting to me that on the whole computer scientists tend to work under the assumption that $P \neq NP$. While there is no proof either way, generally, ...
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Unambiguous SAT and sparse languages

What is the consequence if there are only polynomially many 'yes' classes of instances of a language that is polynomial time reducible from a problem equivalent to UnambiguousSAT (such as possibly ...
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equivalent way(s) of expressing P=?NP problem in linear programming?

the paper "In defense of the Simplex Algorithm's worst-case behavior" Disser/Skutella [1] was recently cited on this tcs.se site by saeed on another interesting question. the paper introduces the idea ...
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Converse to natural proofs theorem?

Natural proofs paper shows 'if there is a natural property not possessed by any function in P/poly then there is no $2^{n^\epsilon}$-hard PRG'. Is it easy to see the converse 'if there is no $2^{n^\...
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ETH-Hardness of $Gap\text-MAX\text-3SAT_{c}$

The PCP theorem can be stated like this : There is a polynomial time reduction from SAT to $Gap\text-MAX\text-3SAT_{c}$ i.e. there is a reduction that maps an instance $\phi$ of SAT to an instance $...
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Statements that imply $\mathbf{P}\neq \mathbf{NP}$

This is sort of an open-ended question - for which I apologize in advance. Are there examples of statements that (seemingly) don't have anything to do with complexity or Turing machines but the ...
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What is the background in algebraic geometry and representation theory needed for geometric complexity theory? [duplicate]

I'm a mathematics student in my junior year and I'm interested in computational complexity and specially geometric complexity theory. I'm going to learn algebraic geometry and representation theory ...
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What would be the consequences if all _infinite_ NP-complete languages are p-isomorphic?

The famous Isomorphism Conjecture of Berman and Hartmanis says that all $NP$-complete languages are polynomial time isomorphic ($p$-isomorphic) to each other. It has been an early attempt (published ...
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Proofs, Barriers and P vs NP

It is well known that any proof resolving the P vs NP question must overcome relativization, natural proofs and algebrization barriers. The following diagram partitions the "proof space" into ...
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What would faster Fourier Transform(FFT?) and/or multiplication algorithms imply?

There are many problems which have implications on P vs. NP and other complexity classes. Supposing that we're interested in Fourier transforms and/or multiplication algorithms, do faster Fourier ...
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Is "two or zero" matching in a bipartite graph NP complete?

I have this problem, which I haven't seen before in the literature: given a bipartite graph and a natural number $k$, can we select at least $k$ of the edges such that each left-hand vertex is ...
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What are natural examples of non-relativizable proofs?

As I understand it, a proof that P=NP or P≠NP would need to be non-relativizable (as in recursion theory oracles). Virtually all proofs seem to be relativizable, though. What are good examples of ...
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On the provability of P versus NP

First of all, my understanding on Gödel's incompleteness theorem (and formal logic in general) is very naive, also is my knowledge on theoretical computer science (meaning only one graduate course ...
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Two DFA intersection emptiness connections to SETH & L vs P

(re "fine grained complexity") Wehar has proved that Two DFA intersection emptiness in $O(n^{2-\epsilon})$ time → SETH false. does anyone see any particular key proof difficulty, challenge, ...
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Consequences of VP = VNP on randomness

According to the answers in posting it is possible that $\mathsf{VP} = \mathsf{VNP}$ and $\mathsf{P} \neq \mathsf{NP}$ are simultaneously correct. $\mathsf{VP} = \mathsf{VNP}$ implies $\mathsf{P/...
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What is the status of intermediate problems if P is not NP in worst way imaginable?

Assume $P\neq BPP\neq NP$ with caveat that there is a deterministic algorithm for every $NP$ complete problem with input size $n$ bits in $2^{(\log n)^{1+f(n)}}$ arithmetic operations on $\log n$ ...
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L/P/PSpace vs P/NP

in 1979 Hopcroft/ Ullman wrote that L ⊆ P ⊆ NP ⊆ PSpace is known but L ⊊ PSpace is the only proper (& trivial) containment known although all are conjectured to be proper containments, and "where ...
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what can be said about complexity of "typical" supercomputing programs/ applications? any NP hard?

supercomputers have risen dramatically in their computational powers last few decades due to Moore's law & also increasing parallelism technology in hardware and software. many different types of ...
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P vs NP: Instructive example of when Brute Force search can be avoided

To be able to explain the P vs NP problem to non-mathematicians I would like to have a pedagogical example of when Brute Force-search can be avoided. The problem should ideally be immediately ...
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Analogies between VNP and NP

Valiant introduced the class VNP with respect to "arithmetic circuits" over 35 years ago in a "rough" analogy to NP. Recently, there have been major advances in the area of arithmetic circuits eg as ...
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Does L=P imply any new complexity class separations?

If L=P then P is not equal to PSPACE. This follows from PSPACE properly containing L. I am wondering if L=P implies any stronger separation between complexity classes? Does it imply P is properly ...
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What's the Impact if proven NP/co-NP=PSPACE on settling P=NP? The future directions it opens to settle/attack P=NP? Remaining classes left outside?

The primary Impact i know would be that: Polynomial Hierarchy collapses to Level 1. NP=co-NP NP=BPP NP=PSPACE BQP=NP and so on.. What are the attack directions it will open for settling P=NP (in ...
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Assigning probability to membership in an NP-complete language

Motivation Assuming $\mathsf{P}\ne\mathsf{NP}$, it is impossible to efficiently decide membership in an NP-complete language. I would like to assign probability to such membership, in some sense. ...
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Public-key encryption without the assumption that $P \neq NP$

I'm not talking about the RSA, El-gamal, nor any specific encryption scheme. Rather, my question, as related to this and this threads, is why the idea of Public-Key encryption scheme cannot be secure ...
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Is where an oracle B in EXP that $P^B$ $ \ne$ $NP^B$? [duplicate]

According to Baker, Gill, Solovey where is an oracle A in EXP, so $P^A$ = $NP^A$. But is there an oracle B in EXP, what $P^B$ $\ne$ $NP^B$?
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Looking for Literature Source for Following idea

I am quite certain that I am not the first to entertain the idea that I am going to present. However, it would be helpful if I can find any literature related to the idea. The idea is to construct a ...
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intuition that VP=?VNP is (not?) connected to P=?NP

recently there has been major progress into the VP=?VNP problem for algebraic circuits originated by Valiant, inspiring some optimistic outlook on its eventual or imminent resolution.[1] what is an ...
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What is known about lower bounds on the algorithm if P=NP

I recall Scott Aaronson making the claim that either $P\neq NP$ or he has superpowers. What reason is there, if any, to believe that it is not the case that any decision procedure has constants (or ...
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Baker Gill Solovay $P^B \ne NP^B$ relativization, what class is $B$ in?

A recent question asks whether relativization is well-defined. This question wonders how to put one use of it on firmer ground. In the BGS 1975 proof that there exists a language $B$ such that $...
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Does $P\neq NP$ imply any larger separation?

I've asked a similar question in cs.se, but didn't get a satisfying answer. Assuming $P\neq NP$, what can we say about the runtime of any algorithm for an $NP$-complete problem? Obviously, it means $...
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