# 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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### Is the following problem in P or in NP?

Given an integer $K$, a set of tasks $T=\{a_1,b_1,\dots,a_n,b_n\}$ with sequence dependent execution times $E:T \times T \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ and precedence constraints on $T$ of the following ...
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### Quanitifier Free Presburger Arithmetic: Upper bound on solution size?

DISCLAIMER: I had originally posted this to CS.SE, but I've deleted it and moved it here, since it received little attention, and I think it is a research level question. According to this paper, if ...
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### Computational complexity of Initial Value Problems of ODEs

Are there known results on computational complexity of initial value problems of ODEs? As my question may be somewhat vague, I want to mention that I'm mainly interested for results on the ...
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### Is the problem “Binary Sorted Min Sum” already known under an other name?

A computer scientist oriented toward applications gave me the following problem: Given a positive integer $n>0$, an increasing function function $f$ and a decreasing function $g$, both defined ...
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### DFA intersection algorithm for special cases

I'm interested in efficient algorithms for DFA intersection for special cases. Namely, when the DFAs to intersect obey a certain structure and/or operates on limited alphabet. Is there any source ...
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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 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,...