Questions tagged [proof-complexity]

propositional proof systems and corresponding bounded arithmetic theories

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Natural NP-complete problems with "large" witnesses

The question on cstheory "What is NP restricted to linear size witnesses?" asks about the class NP restricted to linear size $O(n)$ witnesses, but Are there natural NP-complete problems in which (...
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Axioms necessary for theoretical computer science

This question is inspired by a similar question about applied mathematics on mathoverflow, and that nagging thought that important questions of TCS such as P vs. NP might be independent of ZFC (or ...
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If P=NP, could we obtain proofs of Goldbach's Conjecture etc.?

This is a naive question, out of my expertise; apologies in advance. Goldbach's Conjecture and many other unsolved questions in mathematics can be written as short formulas in predicate calculus. For ...
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Consequences of sub-exponential proofs/algorithms for SAT

Would there be any major consequences if SAT had at most subexponential unsat proofs or even more strongly, SAT had subexponential-time algorithms?
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Intuition behind proof systems

I'm trying to under stand the paper On p-Optimal Proof Systems and Logic for PTIME. There is a notion called proof systems in the paper and I do not get the intution: $\Sigma = \{0,1\}$ ... We ...
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Is propositional resolution a complete proof system?

This question is about propositional logic and all occurrences of "resolution" should be read as "propositional resolution". This question is something extremely basic but it has been bothering me ...
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Sum-of-squares proof system

Recently I have seen several articles on arxiv that refer to a proof system called sum-of-squares. Can someone explain what is a sum-of-squares proof and why such proofs are important/interesting? ...
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Automated theorem proving via unsupervised approaches

This question Where and how did computers help prove a theorem? considers some automated theorem proving successes. However they seem to be mostly supervised approaches, such as with the 4 color graph ...