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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How many steps does this recurrence take to get to 2 (or 1)?

$T(2) = T(1) = 1$ $T(n) = T(\frac{n}{\log n}) + \Theta(1)$ Basically, I wanted to know how many steps before the recursion stops? I tried various approaches, but am not getting anywhere. I know for ...
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Are there decidable problems for which for no algorithm we can give time bounds?

Are there decidable problems such that for no algorithm which solves the problem we can give a time bound as a function of the length n of the input instance? I arrived at this question because I was ...
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Different definitions of complexity

I'm a math student and have encountered the concept of (mainly time) complexity of algorithms in several courses so far (Analysis of Algorithms, Cryptography, Numerical Analysis). However what strikes ...
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Solving multiple instances of 3SUM generated from the same set

(this is a follow-up of my previous question, which uses the 3SUM' problem instead of 3SUM) Suppose we have a list $S$ of $n$ integers. Usually, for 3SUM, we only determine if there exist $a$,$b$,$c$ ...
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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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Fastest known algorithm for finding simple paths through given set of vertices

For an undirected graph $G$ and a given set $S$ of vertices, what is the asymptotically fastest known algorithm for finding a simple path containing all elements of $S$. What if we require the path to ...
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Complexity of Membership-Testing for finite abelian groups

Consider the following abelian-subgroup membership-testing problem. Inputs: A finite abelian group $G=\mathbb{Z}_{d_1}\times\mathbb{Z}_{d_1}\ldots\times\mathbb{Z}_{d_m}$ with arbitrary-...
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What is the problem in "closest pair problem" if all points share the same x-coordinate

The closest pair of points problem deals with the task to find a pair of points with the global minimum distance. There is a problem, when all points share the same x-coordinate, or at least a large ...
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Is Quasi-polynomial time in PSPACE?

I had done some search on this but I was not able to find an answer either way. Huck answered it fully. Thanks :)
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Trade off between time and query complexity for total functions

This is a continuation of an earlier question on the trade off between time and query complexity. By a trade off we consider the following two types of algorithms: The best query algorithm: this ...
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Consequences of a $O^*(2^{n / \log(n \log n)} )$ algorithm for a #P-complete problem

Question Suppose that there exist a deterministic algorithm for solving a #P-complete problem in time $O^*(2^{n / \log(n \log n)})$. What would be the theoretical consequences of such a fact? ...
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Examples for $\Theta(n^n)$ problems

I was just wondering if there is a problem whose best solution (under common assumptions) has time complexity $\Theta(n^n)$. And what complexity class would that belong to?
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Complexity of computing the discrete Fourier transform?

What is the complexity (on the standard integer RAM) of computing the standard discrete Fourier transform of a vector of $n$ integers? The classical algorithm for fast Fourier transforms, ...
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Complexity lower bound for regular languages

Suppose I have a regular language $L$, and I would like to lower-bound the complexity of deciding membership in $L$. Suppose I know that the minimal DFA for $L$ has $N$ states. I would like to claim ...
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Arthur-Merlin protocol with BQP power

Context: Aaronson raised the following question: Let f be a black-box function, which is promised either to satisfy the Simon promise or to be one-to-one. Can a prover with the power of BQP ...
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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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Adding integers represented by their factorization is as hard as factoring? Reference request

I'm looking for a reference for the following result: Adding two integers in the factored representation is as hard as factoring two integers in the usual binary representation. (I'm pretty sure ...
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Can you decide equivalence for monotone Boolean expressions that do not contain negation in PTIME?

Is the following problem in PTIME, or coNP-hard: Given two Boolean expressions $e_1$ and $e_2$ in variables $x_1,\dots,x_n$, without negation (ie, the expressions are entirely built up via $\wedge$ ...
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Trade off between time and query complexity

Working directly with time complexity or circuit lower bounds is scary. Hence, we develop tools like query complexity (or decision-tree complexity) to get a handle on lower bounds. Since each query ...
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Examples of uncommon problems with different asymptotic costs?

I've being studying some topics of Discrete Mathematics, and I found only a few examples of problems with uncommon asymptotic costs, like Θ(sqrt(n)) or Θ(log(n)) beyond the obvious ones (binary search,...
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A notion of time for uniform circuits

Let C={Cn} be a family of uniform boolean circuits, whose size and depth are bounded by functions s(n) and d(n). What is the upper bound on the running time of a Turing machine M that evaluates C? ...
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Why do relational databases work at all, given the theoretical exponential complexity of answer finding (in the size of the query)?

It seems to be known that to find an answer to a query $Q$ over a relational database $D$, one needs time $|D|^{|Q|}$, and one cannot get rid of the exponent $|Q|$. As $D$ can be very large, we wonder ...
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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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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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Counting the number of vertex covers: when is it hard?

Consider the #P-complete problem of counting the number of vertex covers of a given graph $G = (V, E)$. I'd like to know if there is any result showing how the hardness of such problem varies with ...
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Complexity of converting a boolean circuit to a boolean formula

Given a boolean circuit $C$ on $n$ variables (which uses just NOT,AND and OR gates), what is the most efficient way to extract the boolean formula represented by the circuit? Is there a polytime ...
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Is qsort linear when sorting only two values?

This CodeGolf answer suggests that quick sorting an array whose elements can take only two values is linear. Can this assumption be proved?
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Do runtimes for P require EXP resources to upper-bound? … are concrete examples known? (answer: yes and yes)

Update #6: Wow, quick service on TCS StackExchange! Emanuele Viola has provided an answer Are runtime bounds in P decidable? Answer: No. Emanuele's answer illuminates (for me) Luca Trevisan's ...
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Complexity of summing up integral powers

Let $x$ be a rational number, and $S_n(x)= \sum_{1\leq i\leq n} i^x$. What is the complexity of computing $S_n(x)$ correct to $d$ decimal places? Is this a Hard problem? It is clear from Faulhaber's ...
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Reversing a list using two queues

This question is inspired by an existing question about whether a stack can be simulated using two queues in amortized $O(1)$ time per stack operation. The answer seems to be unknown. Here is a more ...
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What is the initialization time of a link-cut tree?

Link-cut tree is a data structure invented by Sleator and Tarjan, which supports various operations and queries on a $n$-node forest in time $O(\log n)$. (For example, operation link combines two ...
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Complexity of Finding the Eigendecomposition of a *Symmetric* Matrix

This is a specialized version of a previous question: Complexity of Finding the Eigendecomposition of a Matrix . For NxN symmetric matrices, it is known that O(N^3) time suffices to compute the ...
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Complexity of Finding the Eigendecomposition of a Matrix

My question is simple: What is the worst-case running time of the best known algorithm for computing an eigendecomposition of an $n \times n$ matrix? Does eigendecomposition reduce to matrix ...
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One Stack, Two Queues

background Several years ago, when I was an undergraduate, we were given a homework on amortized analysis. I was unable to solve one of the problems. I had asked it in comp.theory, but no ...
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Quickly finding empty-string producing nonterminals in a CFG

For a given context free language G, we call a nonterminal $A_i$ nullable if $A_i \rightarrow^* \epsilon$, ie we can derive the empty string from $A_i$ after applying a finite number of productions. ...
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What is the running time of taking a limit?

I'm interested in finding the running time(s) for determining mathematical limits. For instance, $\lim_{x \to 2} \frac{1}{x} = \frac{1}{2}$. I'd like to know more about algorithms for determining ...
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Binary multiplication and parity convolution

This question is about the relationship between normal multiplication of binary numbers and polynomial multiplication mod 2. To make the question concrete, I would ideally like to know if there is a ...
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Multiplicative version of 3-SUM

What is known about the time complexity of the following problem, which we call 3-MUL? Given a set $S$ of $n$ integers, are there elements $a,b,c\in S$ such that $ab=c$? This problem is similar to ...
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Analysis of the synergy of two algorithms in comparison to their simulation in parallel

Consider the following two algorithms for searching in a sorted array of $n$ elements: A) interpolation search and binary search simulated in parallel, and B) search through alternating ...