Questions tagged [reductions]

A reduction is the transformation of one problem into another problem. A example of using a reduction would be to be to show if a problem P is undecidable. This would be achieved by transforming or performing a reduction of a decision problem $P$ into an undecidable problem. If this can be achieved then we have shown that this problem P is undecidable.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
38
votes
7answers
5k views

Many-one reductions vs. Turing reductions to define NPC

Why do most people prefer to use many-one reductions to define NP-completeness instead of, for instance, Turing reductions?
10
votes
6answers
2k views

Do many-one reductions and Turing reductions define the same class NPC

I wonder if NPC classes defined by many-one reductions and Turing reductions are equal. Edit: Another question, are Turing reductions only collapsing C and co-C classes for some C or is there a class ...
29
votes
2answers
1k views

Derandomizing Valiant-Vazirani?

The Valiant-Vazirani theorem says that if there is a polynomial time algorithm (deterministic or randomized) for distinguishing between a SAT formula that has exactly one satisfying assignment, and an ...
10
votes
2answers
3k views

What does 'gadget' mean in NP-hard reduction?

This question may not be technical. As a non-native speaker and a TA for algorithm class, I always wondered what gadget means in 'clause gadget' or 'variable gadget'. The dictionary says a gadget is a ...
15
votes
3answers
3k views

Subset sum vs. Subset product (strong vs. weak NP hardness)

I was hoping that some one might be able to explain to me why exactly the subset product problem is strongly NP-hard while the subset sum problem is weakly NP-hard. Subset Sum: Given $X = \{x_1,...,...
12
votes
2answers
480 views

Does PPAD really capture the notion of finding another unbalanced vertex?

Complexity class PPAD was invented by Christos Papadimitriou in his seminal 1994 paper. The class is designed to capture the complexity of search problems where the existence of a solution is ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Simple reduction to unbounded knapsack?

Does anyone know (or can anyone think of) a simple reduction from (for example) PARTITION, 0-1-KNAPSACK, BIN-PACKING or SUBSET-SUM (or even 3SAT) to the UBK problem (integral knapsack with unlimited ...
23
votes
6answers
1k views

Advanced techniques for determining complexity lower bounds

Some of you may have been following this question, which was closed due to not being research level. So, I'm extracting the part of the question which is at a research level. Beyond the "simpler" ...
28
votes
5answers
4k views

Fast Reduction from RSA to SAT

Scott Aaronson's blog post today gave a list of interesting open problems/tasks in complexity. One in particular caught my attention: Build a public library of 3SAT instances, with as few variables ...
18
votes
4answers
22k views

Direct SAT to 3-SAT reduction

Here the goal is to reduce an arbitrary SAT problem to 3-SAT in polynomial time using the fewest number of clauses and variables. My question is motivated by curiosity. Less formally, I would like ...
36
votes
3answers
867 views

Why does randomness have stronger effect on reductions than on algorithms?

It is conjectured that randomness does not extend the power of polynomial time algorithms, that is, ${\bf P}={\bf BPP}$ is conjectured to hold. On the other hand, randomness seems to have a quite ...
10
votes
2answers
1k views

Worst case to average case reductions

Are there problems whose average case complexity is the same as their worst case complexity? What are the underlying properties of these problems that makes reducing the worst case to the average case ...
23
votes
2answers
3k views

Natural CLIQUE to k-Color reduction

There is clearly a reduction from CLIQUE to k-Color because they're both NP-Complete. In fact, I can construct one by composing a reduction from CLIQUE to 3-SAT with a reduction from 3-SAT to k-Color. ...
37
votes
2answers
4k views

Sum-of-square-roots-hard problems?

The sum of square roots problem asks, given two sequences $a_1, a_2, \dots, a_n$ and $b_1, b_2, \dots, b_n$ of positive integers, whether the sum $\sum_i \sqrt{a_i}$ less than, equal to, or greater ...
6
votes
2answers
352 views

PCPs with imperfect completeness

The traditional definition of PCPs have perfect completeness -- If $x\in L$, then the prover can give a proof on which the verifier (on reading constantly many bits) always accepts. Suppose we modify ...
9
votes
2answers
2k views

Proof for Kolmogorov complexity is uncomputable using reductions

I am looking for a proof that Kolmogorov complexity is uncomputable using a reduction from another uncomputable problem. The common proof is a formalization of Berry's paradox rather than a reduction, ...
1
vote
1answer
327 views

Is there a FNP problem that's NP-hard but not FNP-hard?

For the reductions, choose a class C such that [it's clear what FC means] and FC is not known to be able to solve the satisfaction search problem, and assume that FC indeed can't solve that search ...
13
votes
3answers
850 views

Transitive feedback arc set (TFAS): NP-complete?

Some time ago, I posted a reference request for graph problems where we want to find a 2-partition of the edges where both sets fulfill a property not related to their cardinality. I was trying to ...
7
votes
1answer
333 views

Separation between existence of crypto primitives

I understand how one can build a crypto primitive from another crypto primitive to some extent. The constructions I know build the later primitive using the former primitive as a black box. My ...
6
votes
2answers
778 views

Isn't it trivial to represent any classical physics problem in a Spin-Glass language which is NP-Complete?

In the late 80's there were several highly cited efforts to use Spin-Glass models to formulate other computational problems such as: Protein Folding and Neural Networks. Isn't it straight forward to ...
5
votes
0answers
622 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
897 views

Is there any natural Karp reduction from Independent Set problem to SAT?

Is there a natural Karp reduction from Independent Set to SAT ? That is, a reduction that does not rely on the Turing machine (as the case in proof of Cook's theorem) but the combinatorial structure.
3
votes
0answers
460 views

Is there a tight lower bound on the complexity of SSSP on a graph?

I'm an undergrad and I'm not sure if this is the right way to ask this question. I want to know the lower bound on single-source shortest path computation in a general graph. The graph is allowed to ...
2
votes
1answer
117 views

What is conjunctive truth table reduction?

What are conjunctive/disjunctive truth table reductions and how do they compare with other reductions?
13
votes
3answers
320 views

Can limit of hard languages be easy?

Can the following all hold simultaneously? $L_s$ is contained in $L_{s+1}$ for all positive integers $s$. $L = \bigcup_s L_s$ is the language of all finite words over $\{0,1\}$. There is some ...
7
votes
1answer
412 views

Minimal polynomial reduction of dominating set to max clique

Let $G$ be a simple undirected graph. Recall that $S \subseteq V(G)$ is a dominating set of $G$ if every vertex of $v \in V(G) \setminus S$ has a neighbour in $S.$ It is well known that it is NP ...
2
votes
1answer
913 views

Is there simple reduction Dominating Set to Vertex Cover?

Is there simple reduction Dominating Set to Vertex Cover? In the other direction the reduction is simple. Searching the web returned blog. It warns This is not finished yet and experiments suggest ...
1
vote
1answer
479 views

Complexity class when reducing decision problem to function problem

Given a decision problem DEC which is PSPACE-Hard and a function problem FUN. If there is a polytime reduction from DEC to FUN, does this mean that FUN is FPSPACE-Hard? In my case, the answer of the ...
0
votes
1answer
225 views

Many-one reduction from inequality problem to equality problem

Let the k-inequality-MIS problem be the decision problem whether an arbitrary graph $G=(V, E)$ contains a maximal independent set of at least size $k$, that is the corresponding language is: $$\...