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Can relativization technique be applied to natural NP-complete languages?

Levin [1] defined distNP is the distributional problem (L,D), where L ∈ NP, and D is an ensemble of efficiently samplable distributions over problem instances. We say that a distNP problem (L,D) is ...
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On reduction between two classes?

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00153-013-0351-x gives seven reductions $m,c,d,p,btt(1),\ell,tt$. What does norm $1$ mean in $btt(1)$? Is there illustrative examples that help understand ...
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What is conjunctive truth table reduction?

What are conjunctive/disjunctive truth table reductions and how do they compare with other reductions?
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Almost-P and related definitions

I'm pretty sure this has a trivial answer but it's always faster to ask the community :-) I understand that, relative to a random oracle, P=BPP. But this is sometimes phrased via the shorthand "...
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What are examples of complexity classes that have contradictory relativizations but they were proven to be either equal or unequal?

In this article Chang et al. provide a counterexample by giving an oracle $A$ such that $\mathsf{IP}^A \neq \mathsf{PSPACE}^A$. I wanted to know if there are more examples like this.
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Oracle comparing $EXP$ with $UP$

Heller (Theorem 6) gave an oracle relative to which $NP=EXP$, and Homer & Selman gave an oracle relative to which $P=UP$ and $\Sigma_2^P=EXP$. Beigel, Buhrman, Fortnow (freely available author's ...
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Is there a relativized form of Rice Theorem?

Suppose $P_1$ and $P_2$ are nontrivial semantic properties of Turing Machines, and suppose that $P_1\wedge P_2$ is nontrivial given $P_1$. Can one claim that $P_1\wedge P_2$ is undecidable given an ...
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Does there exist an oracle $A$ such that $(P^{\#P})^{A} \neq PSPACE^{A}$?

Background We know that $P^{\#P} \subseteq PSPACE$. In addition, we known from Toda's theorem that $PH \subseteq P^{\#P}$. For more background on $\#P$, see here: https://en.wikipedia....
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What is the minimum complexity oracle that separates PSPACE from the polynomial hierarchy?

Background It is known that there exists an oracle $A$ such that, $PSPACE^A \neq PH^A$. It is even known that the separation holds relative to a random oracle. Informally, one may interpret ...
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Is [2-party d3-rolling with maximum probability 1/2] known to imply one-way functions?

Most things in complexity-based cryptography (for examples, see page 4) are known to imply the existence of one-way functions, especially after this paper proved that implication for weak coin-...
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Is ALogTime != PH hard to prove (and unknown)?

Lance Fortnow recently claimed that proving L != NP should be easier than proving P != NP: Separate NP from Logarithmic space. I gave four approaches in a pre-blog 2001 survey on diagonalization ...
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Can a random oracle change which TFNP problems are strongly hard-on-average?

I've been thinking about the following question at various times since I saw this question on Cryptography. Question Let $R$ be a TFNP relation. ​ Can a random oracle help P/poly to break $R$ ...
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Is there a result in computability theory that does not relativize?

I was reading Andrej Bauer's paper First Steps in Synthetic Computability Theory. In the conclusion he notes that Our axiomatization has its limit: it cannot prove any results in computability ...
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Potentially equal complexity classes without known contradictory relativizations

What are some examples of pairs of complexity classes $A$ and $B$ such that we do not know whether $A=B$, and we do not know contradictory relativizations either (i.e., we do not know oracles $P$ and ...
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Relativized world where $L^A=NP^A$

I wonder1 whether there is a known relativization barrier against proving $L\neq NP$. Hence I'm looking for a language $A$ for which $L^A=NP^A$. My first idea was to try $A:=SAT$, but then I thought ...
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Impact of proof of NP=co-NP on RP vs co-RP Question?

It is known that P ⊆ RP ⊆ NP and P ⊆ co-RP ⊆ co-NP. In an oracle world: If NP=co-NP, does RP=co-RP=ZPP follow automatically or does it require additional conditions? If NP=PSPACE, does RP=co-RP=ZPP ...
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Introduction to Black-Box Separations in Cryptography

Are there any textbook-style material on black-box separations in cryptography? I tried to read the paper of Impagliazzo and Rudich but couldn't get much of it. A previous StackExchange entry gives a ...
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An oracle relative to which EXP(NP) = BPP

Whether or not $\mathbf{BPP} = \mathbf{EXP}^{\mathbf{NP}}$ is an open problem, although we believe the former is strictly contained in the other. I guess, from the absence of the proof of the ...
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Does the Cook-Levin theorem relativize?

My only motivation for asking this question is long-standing curiosity, but I am interested in seeing a proof (or disproof) that the Cook-Levin theorem relativizes. If you have a proof that the ...
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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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Is relativization well-defined?

According to BGS theorem [1], there is an oracle $A$ such that $P^A\neq NP^A$. If the relativization operation $B\mapsto B^A$ was a well-defined function, one would expect that from $B^A\neq C^A$ ...
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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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Relativization of Toda's Theorem

I'm trying to figure out some consequences of the fact that Toda's Theorem relativizes. The (un-relativized) Toda's theorem states that $PH \subset P^{\#P}$ so that for any constant $k$ and any ...
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Techniques for proving that a sentence relativizes

I am interested in how one proves that a sentence relativizes. Of course, proving that a sentence does not relativize is simple, as seen in the Baker-Gill-Solovay result; but how does one prove that ...
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one-way functions vs. secret-coin CRHFs

Is there any paper which can be used to show that there can be no relativizing construction of a secret-coin Collision-Resistant Hash Family from a one-way function and unlike this paper, does not ...
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Relativized world where ${\bf P^A}={\bf NP^A}\not = {\bf PP^A}$

I would like to know if there exists a relativized world where ${\bf P^A}={\bf NP^A}\not = {\bf PP^A}$. I am also interested to know if there exists a relativized world where ${\bf P^B} \not = {\bf NP^...
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Is $\mathsf{P} = \mathsf{NP}$ relative to a universal predictor?

Consider any language $L$. Define $s(L) \in {\lbrace 0, 1 \rbrace}^\omega$ (an infinite sequence of bits) by the recursive formula $$s(L)_n=\chi_L(s(L)_{<n})$$ Here $\chi_L$ is the characteristic ...
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Can relativization change the direction of separation?

Are any $A$, $B$, and $O$ such that: $O$ is a set (for oracle), $A$ and $B$ are the names of two known complexity classes, $A^X$ and $B^X$ have well-defined accepted meanings, $A=A^\emptyset\subset B^...
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A natural result that relativized to a random oracle is true with probability 1/2

There are several well known results regarding random oracles, e.g. $\mathsf{IP}^A \neq \mathsf{PSpace}^A$ for almost all oracles. Are there any known natural examples where a similar statement ...
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Oracle results on P vs BPP

Let $A$ be any EXP complete problem. Then, $P^A = NP^A$. Let $B$ be some oracle that takes into accounts the queries that $M$ (a TM in P) will make, and we can get $P^B \neq NP^B$. Question: Do we ...
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Ruzzo-Simon-Tompa oracle access mechanism

In a paper on relativizing logspace computations, Ladner and Lynch construct an oracle relative to which $\mathsf{NL} \nsubseteq \mathsf{P}$. There are some more pathological examples in this vein in ...
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What's the “real” reason that IP=PSPACE is non-relativizing?

IP=PSPACE is listed as the canonical example of a non-relativizing result, and the proof for this is that there exists an oracle $O$ such that ${\sf coNP}^O \not\subseteq {\sf IP}^O$, while ${\sf coNP}...
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Can an oracle allowing errors be non-relativizing?

I am experimenting with k-SAT. I'm using an oracle that returns the total number of satisfiable truth assignments, which is in #P. The interest here is that this total is returned modulo a natural ...
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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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Toy examples for barriers to $P \ne NP$

Are there any toy examples that provide 'essential' insights into understanding the three known barriers to $P = NP$ problem - relativization, natural proofs and algebrization?
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Abilities of Restricted Relativization in Proving Conjectures

Though everyone seems to say that P vs NP cannot be solved using relativization because there are oracles both $A$ and $B$ such that $\text{P}^A = \text{NP}^A$ and $\text{P}^B \neq \text{NP}^B$, why ...
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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 ...
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Does diagonalization captures the essence of class separation ?

I don't remember having seen a class separation not based on diagonalization and relativization results. Diagonalization could still be used to separate remaining known classes, because non-...
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More on PH in PP?

A recent question by Huck Bennett asking whether the class PH was contained in the class PP, received somewhat contradictory answers (all true, it seems). On one hand, several oracle results were ...
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Oracle relative to which MA does not have a complete problem?

Babai introduced a hierarchy of complexity classes based on public-coin randomized interactive proof systems, so called Arthur-Merlin games. The game is played by powerful but untrustworthy wizard ...
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Can relativization results be used to prove sentences formally independent?

Is it possible to demonstrate that a sentence must be formally independent based on the fact that it is non-relativizing? In other words, are there examples of sentences in computability/complexity ...
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Are there canonical non-relativizing techniques?

In a lot of domains, there are canonical techniques which everybody working in the field should master. For example, for logspace reductions, the "bit trick" for composition consisting of not ...
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Relativization with Respect to Non-Recursive Oracles

In the paper Relativizations of the P = ? NP Question, Baker et al. showed that there are relativized worlds in which either P = NP or P ≠ NP holds. All oracles in their settings were recursive sets. ...
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Worlds Relative to Which “Invulnerable Generators” Do Not Exist

Invulnerable generators are defined as follows: Let $R$ be an NP relation, and $M$ be a machine which accepts $L(R)$. Informally, a program is an invulnerable generator if, on input $1^n$, it ...
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Oracle relative to which BPP = EXP

An oracle construction relative to which BPP = EXP is usually attributed to Heller (Mathematical System Theory Vol. 17, 1984). Unfortunately I don't have the paper available in my library. Could ...
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Do the proofs that permanent is not in uniform $\mathsf{TC^0}$ relativize?

This is a follow up to this question, and is related to this question of Shiva Kinali. It seems that the proofs in these papers (Allender, Caussinus-McKenzie-Therien-Vollmer, Koiran-Perifel) use ...