Questions tagged [time-complexity]

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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TIME(n) versus TIME(nlogn)

The time hierarchy theorem implies TIME($n$) is strictly contained in TIME($n\log^{1+ε}n$) for all ε>0. Is the relationship between TIME($n$) and TIME($nlogn$) known?
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Does a non-constructive proof of bounds of a computable asymptotic complexity, with impossible fix, exist?

Does there exist an algorithm, about which a non-constructive $\omega$-consistent theory $A$ can prove that it has time complexity $O(f(n))$ where $n$ is some univariate function of the input, but ...
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Complexity of solving a polynomial equation

Given a polynomial equation of degree n with m variables, that is guaranteed to have at least one solution, what is would be the ...
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Lower bound for enumerating k closest pair of points

Consider 1 dimensional points $x_1, \dots x_n, x_i \in \mathbb{R}$ where the distance between any two points is defined as $d(x_i, x_j) = \vert x_i - x_j \vert$. The goal is to enumerate all $n^2$ ...
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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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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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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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Data structure to determine if sets are disjoint in o(n) time

My initial question was exactly the title of this post, but after feedback from commenters I have formulated a more precise version of the question that attempts to capture its essence. Does there ...
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Can we replace deterministic part of alternative turing machine with some other equivalent machines?

I'm sorry if it is a low level question but I am so confusing. If $DTime(n)\subseteq \Sigma_2Time(n^{0.2})$ then $DTime(n) \subseteq \Sigma_2DTime(n^{0.2})$ Is this true that $\Sigma_2DTime(n^{0.2})...
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What do you think of Bokov's "CNF-SAT is in P" proof? [closed]

There are now several versions of G. V. Bokov's paper "Complexity of the CNF-satisfiability problem", cf. https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.02478 In the most recent version of his paper, the proof is only ...
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How "hard" is it to maximize a polynomial function subject to linear constraints?

General Problem Suppose we have a multivariate polynomial function $f(\mathbf{x})$, and several linear functions $\ell_i(\mathbf{x})$. What is known about the complexity of solving the following ...
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Bit complexity of factoring univariate polynomial over $\mathbb{Q}$ (rationals)

What is the bit complexity of finding all the irreducible factors $f_1, ..., f_r$ of a degree-$d$ polynomial $f(x) = \sum_{i=0}^d a_i\cdot x^i \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ whose all coefficients are $B$-bit ...
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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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Finding upper and lower bounds of a problem [closed]

We have n balls where 1 is a little heavier than the others and we want to find that heavier ball. We can only put some balls on one side of the scale and some on the other side and see if it leans ...
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Formalization of proofs and computational complexity paradox?

While reading some articles on formal proofs (see also my previous question on cstheory about the length of ZFC proofs versus human written proofs), I came up with this apparent paradox. Let $M_{...
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Fast Finding Main Diagonal of Matrix Multiplication

Suppose we have two matrices $A_{m\times n}$ and $B_{m\times m}$. Such that $B$ is a symmetric positive definite matrix. Is it possible to compute main diganoal of $A^TBA$ in $O(n\times m)$?
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Is $SUBLOG\subset DTIME(n)$?

In the course of trying to give a more natural answer to a previous question of mine involving the complexity classes $$SUBLOG=\{L\mid L \text{ is recognizable by a sublogarithmic-space TM} \}$$ and $...
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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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Reduction from SAT to binary matrix subset problem

I'm trying to understand the answer by @Denis on this question, where he showed a way to reduce from SAT to the binary matrix column subset selection problem. The reason I'm having to post a new ...
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Are space and time hierarchies even comparable?

I am wondering if there are any results to what extent the space and time hierarchies "disagree" on which problem is harder. For example, is it known whether there are languages $L_1$ and $L_2$ such ...
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Reference Request: complexity results on finding $(1+\epsilon) \log n$ size clique in $G(n,1/2)$

I am trying to find results on the best known time complexity for finding $(1+\epsilon) \log n$ sized cliques in $G(n,1/2)$. More general results would be great, i.e. if $C_p$ is the constant such ...
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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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Most general setting for fine-grained exponential-time complexity classes?

Consider the class of functions computable in time $(b+o(1))^n = 2^{\log_2{(b)} \times n + o(n)}$ on a $2$-tape Turing machine. By the Hennie-Stearns theorem, the same functions are computable in ...
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Examples of quasilinear vs. essentially linear time translatable models

The Hennie-Stearns theorem says that $k$-tape Turing machines with $k \ge 2$ are intertranslatable with loglinear blowup ($O(t \times \log{(t)}$). This would define an equivalence class of models, ...
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What is the time complexity of base conversion on a multi-tape Turing machine?

Base conversion is the problem of converting an integer between representations in two fixed bases. Without loss of generality consider the case of relatively prime bases. I think it's easier to ...
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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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What is the time complexity of increasing the precision of finding matrix eigenvalues?

There are various algorithms that output the eigenvalues of an $n \times n$ matrix in time $O(n^3)$. However, I can't find anywhere that tells me about the precision of the output of the algorithm. ...
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Complexity of finding semi-ordered Eulerian tours in a 4-regular graph

I'm trying to figure out the time-complexity of the problem I describe below, which I call the semi-ordered Eulerian tour problem or the SOET problem. Either finding an efficient algorithm for this ...
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When studying the computational complexity of functions $\{0, 1\}^\ast \to \{0, 1\}^\ast$, is it enough to restrict to $\{0, 1\}^\ast \to \{0, 1\}$?

I started reading Avi Wigderson's paper $\mathcal{P}$, $\mathcal{NP}$ and Mathematics – a Computational Complexity Perspective (link). (Notation: $\{0, 1\}^\ast$ is the set of all finite binary ...
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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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Quantum polynomial hierarchy vs counting hierarchy

First of all, I'm kinda surprised that I couldn't find any paper/article defining such hierarchy. It can be defined as follows: $\Delta_0^{\mathsf{BQP}}=\Sigma_0^{\mathsf{BQP}}=\Pi_0^{\mathsf{BQP}}=\...
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polylogarithmic space [closed]

I apologize if this is a silly question, but could someone tell me whether the class polyL (polylogarithmic space) is equal to the class ATIME(polylog)? If so, where can I find a reference to this or ...
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Does $∩_{ε>0} \mathrm{DTIME}(O(n^{2+ε})) = \mathrm{DTIME}(n^{2+o(1)})$?

I expect the answer is no, but I could not actually construct a counterexample. The difference is that in $∩_{ε>0} \mathrm{DTIME}(O(n^{2+ε}))$, we might not be able to pick an $O(n^{2+ε})$ ...
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Time complexity of polynomial regression with random coefficients

Suppose that I have $$\lim_{k,l,m \rightarrow \infty}(f(x,l) ~~=~~ \sum_{n=1}^{m} g(a_{n,k})h(x,n)$$ where the $a_{n,k}$ are pseudo-random real numbers with $k$ digits generated in an arbitrary way, ...
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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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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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${\bf NP} \not = {\bf E}$ and ${\bf PSPACE} \not = {\bf E}$

We know that ${\bf NP} \subseteq {\bf PH} \subseteq {\bf PSPACE}$. We also know that ${\bf E} \subset {\bf EXP}$, where ${\bf E} = \cup_c DTIME[2^{cn}]$ and ${\bf EXP} = \cup_c DTIME[2^{n^c}]$. It ...
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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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Complexity status of restricted k-clique [closed]

Restricted $k$-clique: Input: $(G,v,k)$ where $v$ is vertex in $V$ Output: k-clique containing vertex $v$. What is the space and time complexity status of this Restricted $k$-clique problem? Is ...
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Comparing two products of lists of integers?

Suppose I have two lists of positive integers of bounded manitude, and I take the product of all elements of each list. What's the best way to determine which product is larger? Of course I can ...
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Maximal non-reducible vertex cover of a graph

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph (i.e. an undirected simple finite graph). We say that a vertex cover $V'$ of $G$ is non-reducible if any $V''$ with $V''\subsetneq V'$ is not a vertex cover of $G$. We say ...
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"Almost sorting" integers in linear time

I am interested in sorting an array of positive integer values $L = v_1, \ldots, v_n$ in linear time (in the RAM model with uniform cost measure, i.e., integers can have up to logarithmic size but ...
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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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What is the time complexity of computing a Fibonacci number of at least n?

This is not the same as that classic time complexity problem about Fibonacci numbers your professor taught you in school. (That one asked for the time complexity of the nth Fibonacci number; I'd like ...
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questions on implications Babais quasi P time graph isomorphism result

Babai has reputedly repaired his proof of graph isomorphism in quasipolynomial time.[1] the proof hinges crucially on Johnson graphs. based on the proof, does this mean now that if Johnson graphs can ...
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2-NEXPTIME-complete problems

We have a problem and we found an algorithm that appear to be 2-nexptime. I would like to find known 2-nexptime-complete problems in order to find a lower bound. I found in literature mainly two ...
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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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What is the background in algebraic geometry and representation theory needed for geometric complexity theory? [duplicate]

I'm a mathematics student in my junior year and I'm interested in computational complexity and specially geometric complexity theory. I'm going to learn algebraic geometry and representation theory ...
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Succinct complete problems in DTIME(EXP(EXP(...)))

I understand complete problems for $EXPTIME$ or $NEXPTIME$ formulated as succinct instances of e.g. $NP$-complete problems such as $3-SAT$. On input $x$, one efficiently computes a circuit $R(x)$ such ...
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Fastest Algorithm for the Minimum Edge Covering Problem

Given an undirected weighted graph, G, where all the weights are non-zero positive numbers, my algorithm must produce a sub-graph G' that satisfies the following constraints: G' must include all the ...
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