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

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An algebra of complexity classes

A key feature of unrelativized computation is its composability out of smaller fragments, and to partially capture the composability, I came up with an algebra of fine-grained complexity classes. For ...
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Lock-free, constant update-time concurrent tree data-structures?

I've been reading a bit of the literature lately, and have found some rather interesting data-structures. I have researched various different methods of getting update times down to $\mathcal{O}(1)$ ...
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the largest element of a matrix product

Given two matrices, I'm interested in finding the largest element of their product. I wonder if it's possible to do it significantly faster than the matrix multiplication the solution seems to require?...
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How would proof of the Lindelöf hypothesis improve our understanding of computational complexity classes?

A recent press release from the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC discussed the proof of the Lindelöf hypothesis by Athanassios Fokas, a visiting professor from the Department of Applied ...
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Simple path on dag with backward edges

What is the complexity of the following problem ($\in$ P? NP-hard?): Input: a directed acyclic graph $D=(V,E)$, a set of backward edges $E'\subset V\times V$, and two distinct nodes $s$ and $t$. ...
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Is 4-in-a-row PSPACE-complete?

This paper by Laurens Kuiper shows that axis-parallel k-in-a-row is PSPACE-complete in complexity for k ≥ 5, but leaves the question open for k = 4. Has there been any research progress on this ...
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Time complexity of exponentiating s-sparse matrices

Could someone suggest me a reference which discusses the time complexity of algorithms meant for exponentiating (finding $e^A$ approximately given $A$) s-sparse matrices, along with their error rates? ...
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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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Time complexity of a branching-and-bound algorithm

Theoretical computer scientists usually use branch-and-reduce algorithms to find exact solutions. The time complexity of such a branching algorithm is usually analyzed by the method of branching ...
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Linear space language that requires exponential time without ETH

The $\mathsf{P} \neq \mathsf{PSpace}$ conjecture means that There is a language $L \in \mathsf{DSpace}(O(n^t))$ for some $t>0$ such that for all positive integers $k$, $L$ requires $\Omega(n^k)...
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Cell probe model vs transdichotomous ram

can someone explain me the difference between those two (cell probe model and transdichotomous ram)? In cpm I'm allowed to do computation for free, and complexity of algorithm is just a number of ...
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Is there an ambiguity test for CFGs faster than trying all strings?

It is well known that testing whether a grammar is ambiguous is undecidable. It is however trivially decidable for any $G$ whether $L_n(G) := \{ w | w \in L(G) \wedge |w| \leq n \}$ for any $n \in \...
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For median is it optimal to compare in pairs first?

Median can be done in linear time and is now down to (I think) $2.97n$. The lower bounds is (I think) $(2+\epsilon)n$ where $\epsilon$ is very small. The following theorem, if true, may help improve ...
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Complexity of solving vs verifying in P

Thinking of (seemingly) very different complexity of finding a solution to a NP problem and verifying it as the basis of practical cryptography, I am wondering if such separation is possible among ...
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How quickly can we find an arbitrary digit in multiplication?

In considering an answer to this question, I once again wondered how quickly we could find a digit in multiplication. We may first consider previous results. Finding the least significant digits is ...
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Complexity of reachability in Markov Chains

Is anything known about the complexity of the following problem beyond membership in PTIME: Given a finite Markov chain $M$, an initial state $q_0$ and a set $F$ of (absorbing) states, is the ...
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Computing the $n$-th bit of the binary representation of $\pi$

I (only) learned today about the following fact: The $n$-th binary digit of $\pi$ is computable without calculating all the previous digits. This apparently has been discovered in 1995, and follows ...
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Nondeterminstic Linear Time vs Other Complexity Classes

Is it known whether or not nondeterministic linear time contains $P$ and/or smaller classes such as Uniform-$NC^1$?
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Evaluating addition chains

I hope this is a suitable place to ask this question. An addition chain of size $n$ is a sequence $x_1, \dots, x_n$, where $x_1$ is fixed to 1 and $x_i = x_j + x_k$ for some $j,k < i$. I am ...
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Small universal monotone Turing machines

This paper surveys small universal Turing machines. What are some examples of small universal monotone Turing machines, as described by Schmidhuber? Which of these are efficient (polynomial time) ...
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Looking for an easy/pedantic exposition of Renegar's famous result on polynomial optimization

In September $1989$, Renegar had this famous sequence of 3 papers titled, "On the Computational Complexity and Geometry of the First-order Theory of the Reals, Part I/II/III". I was wondering if ...
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Is this permutation-sum problem NP-complete?

A new, tighter tardiness bound has been found for global Earliest-Deadline-First scheduling of jobs on symmetric multiprocessors. But this bound seems to be particularly hard to compute. In particular,...
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Does L=P imply any new complexity class separations?

If L=P then P is not equal to PSPACE. This follows from PSPACE properly containing L. I am wondering if L=P implies any stronger separation between complexity classes? Does it imply P is properly ...
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Restricted Reachability Problem

Let $G$ be a directed acyclic graph with $V$ vertices and $E$ edges. Choose some subset of $n\leq V$ "special" vertices $\{v_i\}_{i=1}^n$. How efficiently can we preprocess $(G, \{v_i\})$ so that we ...
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Are all problems in the same time hierarchy related to each other?

In this problem, "runtimes" refer to worst-case complexity compared up to constant factor. Say you have two problems, A and B, in the same time hierarchy, and it is clear that algorithm P ...
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Program size versus program running time

Short "naive" question: Is it true that faster algorithms require longer programs ? Given a decision problem $A$ and a reasonable model of computation, there can be many ways (algorithms) ...
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Complexity of extracting a coefficient of a polynomial in multiple variables

I'm looking for efficient algorithms for problems of the following type: Let's say we have the variables $x_1,...,x_n$. Over these variables, we are given a function $p_1\cdot ... \cdot p_m$, ...
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Does Depth-First-Search admit a quasilinear time algorithm in mutitape Turing Machine model?

Depth-First-Search (DFS) has a quasilinear (i.e.,$\widetilde{O}(m+n)$) time algorithm in random access model (RAM). I am curious about whether DFS still admits a $\widetilde{O}(m+n)$ time algorithm in ...
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What happens when PSPACE contains NEXP?

The complexity class NEXP is defined as the set of all languages that an arbitrary nondeterministic exponential time Turing Machine accepts (i.e. NTIME($2^{p(n)}$) for $p()$ a polynomial). In the ...
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Do we know some quasi-polynomial problem that is known to not be in NP?

The title pretty much says it all, but to explain how I got there: I think, that one of the reasons we are unable to prove or disprove , but mainly disprove $P=NP$ (and yes, I was provoked by the ...
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Real-time countable vs fully time-constructible

Real-time countable functions were used in time hierarchy theorem in the papers of Hartmanis and Stearns (Theorem 9, 9.1 ...) and also of Hennie and Stearns (Theorems 3, 5, 7 ...). Now it is a "...
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Optimality of Greedy algorithm for minimization Knapsack Problem

Given items with weight $w_i$ and profits $p_i$, minimization Knapsack problem is to pick a subset of items $I$, s.t. $\sum_{i\in{I}}{w_i} \geq W$ and $\sum_{i\in{I}}{p_i}$ is minimized. The greedy ...
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Simulating a $k$ tape Turing machine with a 2 tape Turing machine

Let $k$ be an (fixed, $3$ for instance) integer, what is the fastest simulation of a $k$ tape Turing machine by a two tape Turing machine? That is we're looking for the best 2 tape TM $U$, such that ...
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Finding a largest symmetrical subset of a k-CNF propositional formula

I have a k-CNF propositional formula $F$ which do not admit any global symmetry i.e. there is no permutation $\sigma$ of its variables such that $\sigma(F) = F$ . I'm interested in finding the largest ...
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Is $L\subset NC^1$

Arora and Barak's online book claims in exercise 6.11 that $NC^1=L$. While the $NC^1\subset L$ direction is relatively straightforward and explained in many other texts, I couldn't prove or find the $...
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The problem of whether or not every function computable in time $T(n)$ is computable in time $T(n)^{O(1)}$ and space $T(n)^{o(1)}$ simultaneously

If a function is computable in time $T(n)$, is it computable in time $T(n)^{O(1)}$ and space $T(n)^{o(1)}$ simultaneously? We won't be able to prove it, because it implies the open problems $\text{P} ...
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Complexity of a naive algorithm for finding the longest Fibonacci substring

I already posted this question here but I didn't receive an answer, so I'm posting it here as well :) Given two symbols $\text{a}$ and $\text{b}$, let's define the $k$-th Fibonacci string as follows: ...
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Nondeterministic linear time vs. the deterministic time hierarchy

How much is known about nondeterministic linear time? I'm aware that $$ \mathrm{NTIME}(n) \neq \mathrm{DTIME}(n).$$ Is there an $m > 1$ so that $\mathrm{NTIME}(n) \not\subset \mathrm{DTIME}(n^m)$? ...
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Complexity of computing logarithm of a prime power

Suppose $n = p^k$ for some prime number $p$ and some non-negative integer $k$. What is (the best-known upper bound on) the complexity of computing $k$ on input $n$ (given in binary)? It is important ...
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Time complexity for solving linear congruences?

What is the best known algorithm to solve linear congruences of the form below? $$a x + b \equiv 0 \space (n)$$ And what is the time complexity of it?
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Graph problems in P with unknown lower bounds

I am looking for references to interesting graph problems, which are known to be in P, but their precise big-O lower bounds are elusive. I would split this into 2 classes: problems, where we know of ...
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Fastest known algorithm to enumerate k-cliques in a graph for fixed k

Is the best known algorithm for finding all $k$-cliques in a graph with $n$ nodes, for a fixed $k$, given by https://theory.stanford.edu/~virgi/combclique-ipl-g.pdf ? The time-complexity of the ...
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Time complexity of finding a point of infinite order on a rank 1 elliptic curve over Q

As an outsider, it sounds like a lot of progress has been made on understanding rank 1 elliptic curves over Q. Much of the BSD conjecture is known for rank 1, and Heegner points provide a way in ...
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Lower bound for reversing a list using queues

How do you prove (or disprove) that a list of length $n$ cannot be reversed in time $o(n \log n)$ using $O(1)$ queues? Each queue is FIFO. Time refers to the number of operations on the queues. ...
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Complexity of the mandelbrot set on rationals

(Also posted on mathoverflow) Given two rationals $a,b \in \mathbb{Q}$, call $c = a + ib$, i.e., the complex number represented by these two rationals. A point $c$ is contained within the Mandelbrot ...
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How does communication complexity relate to time complexity in distributed algorithms?

Some distributed algorithms (e.g. Bracha broadcast) runs in a constant number of rounds. I'm interested on how you'd analyse the time complexity of such algorithm, especially when the message size ...
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Implications of an $\tilde{O}(n^{1.5})$ 3XORSUM algorithm

Assume one had a (randomised or deterministic) algorithm with asymptotic complexity $\tilde{O}(n^{1.5})$ for the problem of finding $x,y,z\in L$ where $L$ is a list with $n$ binary vectors of ...
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Testing for satisfiability of a system of linear equations over GF(2)

Consider a system linear equations in $x$, $Ax =b$, where A is an $n\times n$ matrix, and $b$ is a column vector, and all operations are over $GF(2)$. Is it easier to check satisfiability of the ...
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First-order methods for solving SDP with geometric convergence or better

Is there any first-order method that can solve general SDP in a geometric (linear) rate? or super-geometric (super-linear) rate?
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Complexity of eigenvalue problem

Many matrix diagonalization algorithms have time complexity $\mathcal{O}(n^3)$ where $n$ is the number of columns/raws (consider only square matrices). What is the best time lower bound it is known? ...
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