# Questions tagged [time-complexity]

Time complexity of decision problems or relations among time-bounded complexity classes. (Use [tag:analysis-of-algorithms] for the time taken by particular algorithms.)

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### Total orders which are the transitive closure of a set in P

I am wondering if there is an example of the following form. It seems highly plausible that there should be but I am struggling to come up with one. Consider $T \subseteq \mathbb{N}^2$, a set ...
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### Limits of parallel computing with local connections?

There are successes with an increasing numbers of individual computational units in GPUs or as processor cores. Given someone made the effort to build a huge array of processors which - however - can ...
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### Max flow: either saturate an edge or avoids

Is there a way to create a max flow graph such that it satisfies the condition that a flow either saturates an edge or completely avoids it. It can't have half its flow through one edge and half ...
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### Is the running time of Boyer-Moore linear?

With pattern length $M$, text length $N$, and alphabet $\Sigma$, is the asymptotic running-time of Boyer-Moore $O(N/|\Sigma|)$ (even when $M$ grows larger than $|\Sigma|$)? Are there any sublinear ...
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### Time complexity of d-dimensional convex hull

Consider the convex hull problem in $\Re^d$: Input: a list of $n$ points $S$ in $\Re^d$, Output: the vertices of the convex hull of $S$. What is the best lower bound on the time complexity of ...
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### proving speedup phenomenon does not apply to any open complexity class separations

Aaronson recently wrote a blog refuting the idea that there could be some "glitch" in the formulation of the P vs NP conjecture[1] which reminds me of this following question. the Blum speedup ...
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### Examples of problems where exponential algorithms run faster than polynomial algorithms for practical sizes?

Do you know of any problems (preferably at least somewhat well known), where, for a practical problem size, an exponential algorithm runs much faster than a best-known polynomial time counterpart. ...
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### What is the asymptotic time complexity of the number of steps of “Half Or Triple Plus One” ( HOTPO)?

The "Half Or Triple Plus One" process goes as follows: start with $x=n$ for some value of $n$ if ($x$ is odd) $x = 3x+1$ else $x = \frac{x}{2}$ if ($x$ > 1) goto (2) ...
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### Efficient Shamir secret sharing reconstruction

Shamir's secret sharing scheme is a well known way to convert a secret into a polynomial and distribute points in this polynomial. Some of these points can then be regrouped to reconstruct the ...
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### maximum weighted 2D coverage problem by a rectangle

Let $P=\{p_1,\ldots,p_n\}$ be a set of $n$ points in a 2D plane, that is $p_i\in \mathbb{R}^2$, $\forall i=1,\ldots,n$. Each point, $p_i$, is associated with a weight, $w_i \geq 0$. Imagine a axis-...
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### What notable automaton models have polynomially-decidable containment?

I'm trying to solve a particular problem, and I thought I might be able to solve it using automata theory. I'm wondering, what models of automata have containment decidable in polynomial time? i.e. if ...
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### Is there an additive time hierarchy theorem?

I would like something like this to be true: Conjecture: There is a function $g(n)$ such that for all functions $f(n)$ (perhaps satisfying some reasonable properties, like time-constructability), ...
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### Remove unneeded atoms in CNF minimalization (SAT preprocessing)

This might be a very basic question. I am interested in all atoms of a propositional formula that can be removed from a particular formula, while the derived formula has the same satisfiability ...
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### Is it possible to optimize the calculation of $ax+b$ once I know $a$ and $b$?

An "algorithm" for calculating $ax+b$ would take the steps Calculate $a$ times $x$ Calculate $b$ plus the result of previous line. But if the values of $a$ and $b$ are known, can we create a more ...
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### Number of SAT checks that are needed to find all combinations of subset of boolean variables of a propositional formula

Please mind that I sometimes lack formal mathematical knowledge and English is not my first language, so I might miss the right words. Please change the tile if needed. Also, I have choosen this site ...
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### Distinguishing between two coins

It is well known that the complexity of distinguishing an $\epsilon$ biased coin from a fair one is $\theta(\epsilon^{-2})$. Are there results for distinguishing a $p$ coin from a $p+\epsilon$ coin? I ...
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### Lower-bound of a decision problem [closed]

What's the lower-bound of the decision problem that decides: Whether there is at least one element A[i] such that A[i] = i in a sorted array A of non-negtive integers? (An example is A = {0,1,1,3,4,4,...
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### Most efficient algorithm to search an unsorted array with a very precise data structure

(I apologize in advance if this question sounds a bit practical, but I suspect it might have an interesting theoretical aspect.) I have a (large) array of data, not completely sorted, but with which ...
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### Deciding transitivity of a directed acyclic graph [duplicate]

Is there any algorithm that decides whether a given directed acyclic graph is transitive or not, in time-complexity asymptotically better than boolean matrix multiplication?
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### How much time to recognize palindromes in logarithmic space?

It is well-known that palindromes can be recognized in linear time on $2$-tape Turing machines, but not on single-tape Turing machines (in which case the time needed is quadratic). The linear-time ...
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### Complexity of generically inverting a class of near linear monotonic functions

Given a monotonic increasing function $f(\mathbb{N}) \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ and a slack function $a(\mathbb{N})\rightarrow \mathbb{N}$, where $f(n) = n \pm O(a(n))$; how many calls to $f$ do we ...
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### Subset Sum bounds

Are there any bounds for the subset problem with respect to the number of the terms involved in the sum and the range of the possible values?For example looking for some 2 terms whose sum equals 3 you ...
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### Complexity of determining unique elements of each cycle in a permutation

It is a well known fact that a permutation is a set of cycles, and that one can find all cycles of a permutation in $O(n)$ time, where $n$ is the length of the permutation. But suppose that we know ...
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### Can one automate algorithmic analysis?

Has anyone thought about the possibility of a programming language, and a compiler, such that the compiler can automatically do worst-case asymptotic analysis? The use case I have in mind is a ...
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### Fundamental assumptions in complexity analysis

I am a software engineer and I need a bit of clarification. The practical performance of algorithms is usually compared against models where arithmetic and dereferencing are instantaneous, such as RAM....
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### What is the fastest algorithm for Weighted Planar Max Cut

In 1990's, the paper Unifying Maximum Cut and Minimum Cut of a Planar Graph described an $O(n^{3/2}\log n)$-time algorithm for Weighted Planar Max Cut, a landmark in the field. Recently, this paper ...
### How is the complexity of PCA $O(\min(p^3,n^3))$?
I've been reading a paper on Sparse PCA, which is: http://stats.stanford.edu/~imj/WEBLIST/AsYetUnpub/sparse.pdf And it states that, if you have $n$ data points, each represented with $p$ features, ...