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On automorphism group of quantum error correcting codes

We often see that classically automorphism group of an error correcting code plays a crucial role in many computational problems. Are there any important implications that depend on this in quantum ...
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Harmonic analysis of sequences of Boolean functions (i.e. of words in $(\{0,1\}^n)^*$)

Is there any research on harmonic analysis of sequences of Boolean functions, which represent the application of a Boolean function on a word in $(\{0,1\}^n)^*$? I'm looking for any reference on this, ...
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Testing for finite expectation

The mean of a positive random variable $X$ is either finite or infinite; define $J(X)$ to be $0$ in the former case and $1$ in the latter case. Claim: there does not exist a function $J_n$ from the ...
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Exact algorithms for $k$-means

Lets recall the definition of $k$-means clustering for euclidean spaces. Let $X$ be a set of $n$ points in $R^d$ and $k$ a given natural number. Let $C$ any $k$ clustering of $X$. Define the cost of $...
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Reference request: DFA linear-time minimization

What is the most complicated kind of deterministic finite-state automaton that can be minimized in $O(n)$ time? Here’s what I’ve been able to find so far: The acyclic case has been solved. So any ...
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Polynomial convergence to optimal move of the UCT algorithm. Missing proof?

This is a question regarding the theoretical convergence guarantees of the UCT algorithm, a popular variation of the Monte Carlo Tree Search algorithm (used in games, planning, reinforcement learning, ...
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Is $1$-median cost preserved if pairwise distances between input points are preserved?

Let $A = \{a_{1}, \dotsc,a_{t} \} \subseteq \mathbb{R}^{n}$ be a set of input points and $B = \{ b_{1}, \dotsc,b_{t} \} \subseteq \mathbb{R}^{m}$ be another set of points such that $d(a_{i},a_{j}) = d(...
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Reference request: algorithm meta-analyses

Could you direct me to papers that survey families of algorithms? The ideal paper would focus on a single family of algorithms, would show how the improvements in each algorithm work, and ideally ...
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Reference to “compressibility” of logarithmic space [closed]

Is there a reference somewhere for the result SPACE($O(\log n)$) = SPACE($\log n$)? i.e. Big-O doesn't matter in logspace since you can compress the space. I feel like this is an elementary result but ...
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Reference request: pi-calculus with simultaneous events

I am interested in using the $\pi$-calculus as a basis for modeling workflows, and came up with an extension that proved useful in my modeling, namely the ability to specify that two or more channel ...
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polytime approximability of directed multicut

Does anyone know how well directed multicut can be approximated in planar and minor free graphs? Also any survey of approximability of directed multicut and multicut in various graph classes would be ...
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Order-invariant conjunctive queries are FO-definable without the order

I'm looking for a reference for Exercise 6.11 from Libkin's FMT book: Prove that an order-invariant conjunctive query is FO-definable without the order relation. All help is appreciated.
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Chosen message attack on unhashed GGH signatures?

Background: I've been reading GGH's Public-Key Cryptosystems from Lattice Reduction Problems, and have a question about a remark the authors make: "It is important to remark at the outset, that ...
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Best known hidden constant in complexity of AKS sorting networks

The famous AKS sorting network allows one to sort $N$ elements via a circuit composed out of comparator gates, where the circuit has size $\mathcal{O}(n \log n)$ and depth $\mathcal{O}(\log n)$. The ...
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reference request: greedy algorithm for fractional interval covering

Reference Request I've found a natural greedy algorithm for the problem below. My question is: what is already known about fast algorithms for this problem (faster than general linear programming, ...
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Reference request on using Kolmogorov complexity to measure the simplicity of models

Have there been any serious attempts to use the notion of Kolmogorov complexity to measure the simplicity of models outside of theoretical CS? I mean models in the english sense - any logical set of ...
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Origin of simulation relations for compiler correctness

Leroy uses simulation relations as a means of showing compiler correctness; the basic idea is that a simulation relation is an asymmetric binary relation between states in two different small step ...
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Where to find info on (polytime) approximability of various discrete optimization problems?

Where to find info on (polytime) approximability of various discrete optimization problems? Sorry if this is stupid,but is there a site or reference that keeps up to date info on approximability of ...
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Is there a language of first-order logic such that every r.e. set is Turing-equivalent to some finitely axiomatizable theory in that language?

I hope that mathematical logic / recursion theory type questions are welcome here. I am sorry this question is so long and technical, but I believe that if you read it you will find that it is well-...
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Complexity of approximating a real function using queries

Consider the following computational problem, where $I$ is the real interval $[-1,1]$: There is a monotonically-increasing function $f: I\to I$. You are allowed to access it only through queries of ...
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Complexity of computing the union of H-polytopes in three dimensions

Consider a set $P_1,\ldots,P_k$ of polytopes in $\mathbb{R}^3$, each given as an intersection of halfspaces with rational normals (in particular, they are all convex). We are also given a target ...
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Good Survey paper for k-means/k-median/k-center/facility-location

I have stated 4 problems in the Question title. All these problems are closely related and are studied in various variations. For example: Space: Euclidean/metric/discrete/continuous/non-metric/2-...
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“Refined” list of open problems in TCS

In the conference on learning theory (COLT), a list of open problems is published every year, for example, the list of 2019. The open problems are being submitted and peer reviewed, which makes this ...
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Can we efficiently enumerate the words accepted by a DFA by order of increasing weight?

Fix a deterministic finite automaton $A$ defining a regular language on the alphabet $\Sigma = \{0, 1\}$, and call the (Hamming) weight of a word $w \in \Sigma^*$ its number of $1$'s. Given a length $...
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Proof that optimal solutions of LP Relaxation of independent set are half-integral

I saw somewhere that optimal solutions of LP Relaxation of independent set are half-integral, by what I mean the possible values of a solution are ${ \{0,0.5,1 \} }$. I'm looking for proof of that. ...
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Diagonalization arguments for QMA type proof systems

Diagonalization is a very common technique to find oracle separations. For example, it can be used to separate $\cal{P}$ and $\cal{NP}$, with the essential idea being that of constructing an oracle in ...
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Citation for isometric embeddability of $\ell_2$ into $\ell_p^\binom{n}{2}$ for $p \geq 1$?

I need to use the following well-known result in my paper: Let $X$ be a set of $n$ points in $\mathbb{R}^d$. Then $(X,\ell_2^d)$ embeds isometrically in $\ell_p^\binom{n}{2}$ for all $p \geq 1$. ...
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Hardness of vertex colouring on hypergraphs with $O(\log n)$ edges

I'm interested to know whether there has been any work done on the problem in the title. For the problem to be meaningful, we would naturally need that the hyperedges must have large ($\omega(1)$) ...
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How can I find dependent rounding procedures with the desirable properties?

I'm seeking for materials on dependent rounding. However, what I've found are two papers: Gandhi, R., Khuller, S., Parthasarathy, S., Srinivasan, A., 2006. Dependent rounding and its applications to ...
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Network design with reachability pattern

We are given two sets of terminals $A$ and $B$. For each $a\in A$, we are also given $R_a\subseteq B$. Let $|A|+|B|=n$. We want to find a directed acyclic graph $G$ where $A$ and $B$ are subsets of ...
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How do conference proceedings add to academic prestige?

I come from mathematics and, for whatever reason, am trying to publish in theoretical computer science. I'm still trying to understand the role of conference proceedings, and I have two specific ...
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Is $\{0,1\}$-Vector bin packing NP-Hard when vectors have constant dimension?

The paper https://cs.brown.edu/people/seny/pubs/vbponline.pdf discusses $\{0,1\}$-Vector Bin packing in the online setting and give lower bounds. However, they do not mention anything about the ...
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Complexity class of efficient streaming algorithms

Consider the class of problems $\mathsf{StreamL}$ which can be solved in logarithmic space reading the input in a single pass from left to right. In other words: $L \in \mathsf{StreamL}$ if there ...
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Reference Request: Computational Learning Theory

Pretty soon I will be finishing up Understanding Machine Learning by Shai Ben-David and Shai Shalev-Shwartz. I absolutely love the subject and want to learn more, the only issue is I'm having trouble ...
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What is FO(REGULAR)? (The descriptive complexity equivalent of NC1)

According to Immerman's Descriptive Complexity diagram, there is a logic called $\mathsf{FO(REGULAR)}$ which captures $\mathsf{NC}^1$. However, I can't find the reference where this logic is defined. ...
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Automatic theorem prover for first-order logic versus model checker

What's the formal difference between a model checker, and an automated theorem prover for first-order logic, i.e. something like Meson/Metis/Sledgehammer/Vampire/E? Link to a clear discussion of the ...
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Finding the size $k$ subset in a metric space that maximizes the min distance between elements

I have a metric space $(X,d)$ and I'd like to find a subset of size k of far away elements. We can cast this as the following optimization problem $\max_{S \subseteq X, |S| = k} ( \min_{i \not = j, ...
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Improving boolean circuits w.r.t. a probability distribution

This is a reference request. Consider the following problem on boolean circuits [ 1 ]: Given: Boolean circuit $B$ and probability distribution $\mathbb{P}$ on inputs to $B$. Task: Find one or more ...
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Subgraph isomorphism on graph sequences

I'm looking for a subgraph isomorphism algorithm that takes advantage of properties of graph sequences. Say $\{G_i\}_{i=1}^k$ is a sequence of graphs on vertex set $\{1 ... n\}$, and two consecutive ...
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Proof systems induced by NP-complete problems

Satisfiability is the fundamental NP-complete problem. Cook-Reckhow theorem states that the existence of a propositional proof system that admits polynomial size proofs for all tautologies implies ...
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Programmatic higher inductive/inductive-inductive types with equalities between equalities

I can think of practical HITs in verified software that capture some form of alpha equivalence, context equivalence or the example which defines well-typed syntax of type theory from Signatures and ...
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Complexity of a scheduling problem with a fixed left bound of jobs

Consider the following scheduling problem. We have a finite set of jobs $\mathcal{J}= \{j_1, j_2, ..., j_n\}$ to do. Every job $j_i$ has its own value $c_i$ (the amount of money we are paid for ...
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On the coloring number of small graphs with small cliques

Given a parameter $k$, and a graph $G$ with $O(k^2)$ vertices that has a maximum clique with $\le k$ vertices, I want to investigate the maximum number of colors $C(k)$ needed to properly color $G$, i....
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Is this greedy algorithm for vertex cover studied before?

For the vertex cover problem (Given a graph $G$, find a minimum set $S$ of vertices such that $G - S$ is edgeless), there are two famous greedy algorithms. The edge greedy (finding an edge and taking ...
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How can I understand the Coppersmith–Winograd algorithm?

I want to do research on matrix multiplication algorithms. I glanced at the Coppersmith-Winograd algorithm paper, but I didn't understand anything. How can I complete the background to read this paper?...
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Embarrassingly Parallel: Formal Definition & Citation

I've been unable to find a good answer for this question: Formally, what makes a problem embarrassingly parallel? Intuitively, it would seem to me that an embarrassingly parallel problem is one where: ...
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Best parameterized algorithm for maximum clique

I have seen the basic algorithm for the maximum clique problem parameterized by the maximum degree at an algorithms course. However, I struggle to find anything better. Searching for things like "...
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Equational Theories for Type Systems

I was reading through Gunter's Semantics of Programming Languages: Structure and Techniques and in the second chapter on simply typed $\lambda$ calculus he introduces an equational theory with $\beta\...
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Fast Computation of First k Eigenvectors of Graph Laplacian

I'm looking for references for the following; Given the unnormalized Laplacian matrix of a graph $L = D - A, ~ L \in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ Algorithm(s) to efficiently estimate the first $k$ (...
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Fast algorithms for evaluating functions with high Kolmogorov complexity

Motivation: I am motivated by a concrete example that occurs in neuroscience, dendritic computation, which may be approximated by functions computable on binary trees [1]. To be more precise, I ...

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