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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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Examples of ineffective PH collapse theorems?

What are some examples of theorems of the form "If $X$, then $PH$ collapses", but where the proof does not say which level $PH$ collapses to? The canonical example would be "If $PH = PSPACE$, then $...
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Where in $PH$ are these problems?

Is 'Given two codes with alphabet in $\mathbb F_2$ with Generator matrices $G_1$ and $G_2$ do they have the same minimum distance?' in $NP$ or is it in $coNP$ (I can see it in $P^{NP}$)? If $G_1$ is ...
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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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In light of Raz and Tal's results, what can we say about whether there's a BQP problem for each level of the polynomial hierarchy?

[cross-posted on QCSE a couple of weeks ago] Every Venn diagram or Hasse diagram I see illustrating the "standard model" of computational complexity describes a universe of $\mathsf{PSPACE}$ problems,...
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Canonical complete problem for $\mathrm{FP}^{\Sigma^p_2}$

Given a $\Sigma^p_2$-complete oracle (i.e., $\Sigma_2 \mathrm{SAT}$), I have a problem that requires to call this oracle polynomially many times and returns an integer. Essentially, this is a function ...
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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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Proof of Sipser-Lautmann Theorem

I have written the following answer as an attempt to prove a variation of Sispser-Lautmann theorem, but it was rejected without any comments. I would appreciate if anyone can find the flaws in this ...
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What are the problems in EXPSPACE \ EXPTIME?

Based on the diagram below (from Papadimitriou's book) we can see that PSPACE ⊆ EXPTIME ⊆ EXPSPACE. We know that PSPACE ⊊ EXPSPACE, which means that there are problems that can be solved in polynomial ...
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Is $UP\not=NP$ with respect to random oracle?

It is shown in An average-case depth hierarchy theorem for Boolean circuits a random oracle makes $PH$ infinite. Is it possible to also show $UP\not=NP\not=\Sigma_2^P\not=\Sigma_3^P\not=\Sigma_4^P\...
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On approximating problems in $\#P$

We know that for every counting problem $\#A$ in $\#P$, there is a probabilistic algorithm $\mathcal C$ that on input $x$, computes with high probability a value $v$ such that $$(1 − ε)\#A(x) ≤ v ≤ (1 ...
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What does $\#P\subseteq FP^{PPAD}$ imply?

We know $\#P\subseteq {PPAD}\implies PH\subseteq P^{{PPAD}}\subseteq P^{{NP}}$ and the polynomial hierarchy collapses ($FP^{PPAD}=PPAD$ following Emil Jerabek's comment). Can $\#P\subseteq {PPAD}...
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Dp completeness of a problem

Given a Boolean formula $\varphi$ over the variables $\{x_1...x_n\}$ , an assignment $T_0$ for $\varphi$ and an integer $k$, I am interested in the following question: Does $k$ is the minimal number ...
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On status of Valiant's $NC^2=P^{\#P}$ provability program?

In here it is written 'A most interesting/controversial talk was by Leslie Valiant. He explored paths to try to prove that $NC^2=P^{\#P}\dots$'.... This was a decade back. What is the rationale (at ...
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Complexity class of MCS and relation to #p

I was looking for the complexity class of computing MCS: Given a boolean formula $\mathcal{F = c_1 \wedge c_2,...,\wedge c_m}$ represented in CNF, a MCS is a subset of the set of clauses $\mathcal{C}$ ...
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On $\Delta_i^P$

We know $P\subseteq NP\cap coNP\subseteq\Delta_i^P=P^{\Sigma_{i-1}^P}\subseteq \Sigma_i^P\cap\Pi_i^P=NP^{\Sigma_{i-1}^P}\cap coNP^{\Sigma_{i-1}^P}$. If $P=BPP$ is there a 'higher' randomized class ...
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On earlier references for $P=BPP$ and Kolmogorov's possible view on modern breakthroughs involving randomness?

Kolmogorov and Uspenskii in this paper 'http://epubs.siam.org/doi/pdf/10.1137/1132060' speculate P=BPP in 1986. They do this without getting into circuit lower bounds and from a different view which ...
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Classes with oracles forcing the caller to immediately accept (or reject)?

Usually an oracle operates as a black box, simply returning an yes or no answer to the machine calling it; once it has the result, the caller is free to proceed as it sees fit. However, what happens ...
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Where is the counting hierarchy if polynomial hierarchy collapses?

Supposing if $P^{\#P}\subseteq BPP$ then polynomial hierarchy collapses. Does the counting hierarchy collapse as well? Irrespective of $P^{\#P}\subseteq BPP$ are there any collapse results of ...
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On analogies between parallel complexity and polynomial time hierarchy structure?

Is it known $\mathsf{RNC=NC\iff P=RP}$ or $\mathsf{BPNC=NC\iff P=BPP}$? Are there any analogies (such as collapse results, problems which suggest analogies such as gcd(in NC) and factoring (in P), ...
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Is $\sf{P^{NP \cap coNP}} = \sf{NP \cap coNP}$?

If it is unknown, are there reasons to believe that they might not be equal?
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Non-uniform version for the whole polynomial hierarchy

The non-uniform versions of P, NP and coNP are P/poly, NP/poly and coNP/poly. Similarly, we can define a non-uniform version for each level in the PH. For example: $\Sigma_2$/poly consists of ...
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SETH-like hypothesis for machine with oracle access to some level of PH

I am wondering if hypothesis such as Strong Exponential Time Hypothesis (SETH) have been studied for problems being in a higher level of the polynomial hierarchy when we give the machine access to an ...
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Consequences of a distillation algorithm for PSPACE

The following notion of a distillation algorithm comes from "On Problems Without Polynomial Kernels". Let a language $L$ be given. A distillation algorithm for $L$ takes a given list of input ...
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Linear Time Hierarchy and Circuit complexity

By Karp-Lipton Theorem we have: $$PH\subseteq P/poly\Rightarrow PH=\Sigma^p_2$$ So this theorem suggest it is unlikely that $PH\subseteq P/poly$. I want to know is there any similar conditional or ...
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Is there a problem currently known to be outside class $\mathsf{NP}\cup\mathsf{coNP}$ but inside $\mathsf{BPP}$?

May be this is trivial but I do not know the answer. As far as we know $$\mathsf{BPP}\subseteq\mathsf{\Sigma}_2\cap\mathsf{\Pi}_2$$ holds. As far as we know $$\mathsf{NP}\cup\mathsf{coNP}\subseteq\...
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Are there any non-relativized separations between $L$ and $PH$?

In one sense, $P$ vs. $PSPACE$ is the "easiest" first step to showing $P \neq NP$... and this is one you hear often about. In a different sense, you could take $L$ at one end and then $PH$ at the ...
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Analogues of different complexity classes in various models

We suspect following relation: $$TC^0\subsetneq NC^1\subsetneq L\subsetneq NL\subsetneq AC^1\subsetneq NC^2\subsetneq P\subsetneq NP\subsetneq PH\subsetneq PSPACE$$ in Turing/boolean circuit ...
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A SAT related question

Given a sequence of $n$ propositional formulas $\varphi_1, \cdots, \varphi_n$, a propositional formula $\phi$, a number $1\leq \theta\leq n$. Define $K=\min\{k\mid \wedge_{i=k}^n \varphi_i\not\models ...
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When does randomization stops helping within PSPACE

It is known that adding bounded-error randomization to PSPACE doesn't add power. That is, BPPSAPCE=PSPACE. It is famously unknown whether P=BPP, but it is known that $BPP\subseteq \Sigma_2\cap \Pi_2$....
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What are consequences of the collapse of CH?

I don't grasp the full complexity of the counting hierarchy $CH$. I understand $CH$ is in $PSPACE$, and contains $PH$ within its second level, due to the Toda's theorem. But, what would be important ...
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Examples of $\Sigma_2^p$ complete problems?

I need a list of $\Sigma_2^p$ complete languages. There are two such problems listed in the Complexity Zoo, namely: Minimum equivalent DNF. Given a DNF formula F and integer k, is there a DNF formula ...
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Coding theory and complete problems

Coding theory is an useful topic in theoretical computer science. There are known examples of problems coming from coding theory which turn out to be NP complete. My questions are the following: $(1)...
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Variant of Toda's theorem for intermediate levels of the polynomial hierarchy

Is there a version of Toda's theorem for intermediate levels of the polynomial hierarchy ? More precisely, is there any variant of the Toda's theorem that states: Let $\# wSAT$ be the number of ...
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Gradual increase in hardness from P to PH of #SAT

We know that counting the number of solutions to $3-SAT$ is the canonical $\#P-Complete$ problem. Equivalently, it is the canonical $PH-Hard$ problem. However, counting the number of solutions to $3-...
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Weight enumerator and levels of polynomial hierarchy

Let $A_i$ be the number of codewords in a binary linear code $\mathcal{C}$ of weight $i$. It is known that: $A_k$ is in $P$, where $k = \mathcal{O}(\log_2 n)$. $A_{n}$ is in $\#P-Complete$, ...
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Computing the permanent with polylog size matrices

The complexity of computing the permanent of a $l\times l$ binary matrix is known to be $\#\mathsf{P}$-complete, from the famous result of Valiant, where $l = \Theta(n)$. We know that the problem is ...
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Is the collapse of $PH$ known to extend downward to classes in-between its levels?

Contained in-between each level of the polynomial hierarchy are various complexity classes, including $\Delta_i^{\text{P}}$, $\text{DP}$, $\text{BH}_k$, and $\Sigma_i^\text{P} \cap \Pi_i^\text{P}$. ...
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An analog of DP for the second level of the polynomial hierarchy

The complexity class DP can be defined as the set of all languages that are the intersection of an NP language with a coNP language. I have a language for which I wish to determine the exact ...
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On the proof of Meyer's Theorem

Meyer's theorem is one of the classical results about collapse of the polynomial hierarchy such as famous Karp Lipton's theorem, and states that $EXP \subseteq P/poly \Rightarrow EXP = \Sigma_{2}^{p} $...
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Interesting SUBSET-SUM problems

I know the following variants of SUBSETSUM problems: $ \mathtt{UNARY\mbox{-}SUBSETSUM} \in \mathsf{L} $ (Elberfeld at. al., 2010), NP-complete $ \mathtt{SUBSETSUM} $, and NEXP-complete $ \mathtt{...
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PH and Optimization Problems

If we have a machine which can solve any problem in the second level of PH, can this machine solve optimization problems which is generalized version of NP-complete problems such as MAX-CLIQUE or MIN-...
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Do good PCPs for NP give us good PCPs for the entire polynomial hierarchy?

The PCP Theorem states that every decision problem in NP has probabilistically checkable proofs (or equivalently, that there exists a complete and quasi-sound proof system for theorems in NP using ...
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Oracle relative to which $\mathsf{BPP}$ is not contained in $Δ_2 \mathsf{P}$

Complexity Zoology by Greg Kuperberg states that there is a language $X$ such that $\mathsf{BPP}^X \nsubseteq \mathsf{\Delta_2 \mathsf{P}}^X$ — in other words, $\mathsf{BPP}^X \nsubseteq \mathsf{P}^{\...
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Complexity of Exactly $A$-SAT

Let define the "Exactly $A$-SAT" problem : Given a CNF formula $F$ and a set $A$ of positive integers, is it true that the number of models of $F$ is in $A$? What is the complexity of Exactly $A$-...
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Consequences of $NP=coNP$ and $P\ne NP$?

We know that if $P=NP$ then the whole PH collapses. What if the polynomial hierarchy collapses partially ? (Or how to understand that PH could collapse above a certain point and not below ?) In ...
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Is there a PSPACE-intermediate language?

Suppose PH is strictly contained in PSPACE. Is there a problem in PSPACE that is not in PH and not PSPACE-complete? I encountered a language that is in PSPACE. The question is whether it's in PH. So ...
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Can one amplify P=NP beyond P=PH?

In Descriptive Complexity, Immerman has Corollary 7.23. The following conditions are equivalent: 1. P = NP. 2. Over finite, ordered structures, FO(LFP) = SO. This can be thought of as "...
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Why doesn't P=NP imply P=AP (i.e. P=PSPACE)?

It is well known that if $\mathbf{P}=\mathbf{NP}$ then the polynomial hierarchy collapses and $\mathbf{P}=\mathbf{PH}$. This can easily be understood inductively using oracle machines. The question ...
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Is there a Time Hierarchy theorem for PH?

Is it true that there are problems in the polynomial hierarchy solvable in time $O(n^k)$ (by an alternating Turing machine in some level of the polynomial hierarchy) that are not solvable in $O(n^{k-1}...