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Looking for a quotation by Edsger Dijkstra

In one of his papers Edgser Dijkstra makes a statement like: "What we consider to be the standard case is one case among many exceptional cases only it occurs more often " or something along such ...
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Minimal rare subgraphs

I am looking for any related work to the following problem. Say you have a large directed graph $G$ and you want to find rare (or unique) subgraphs of minimal size that are not isomorphic to any other ...
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Known upper bounds on the communication complexity of Karchmer-Wigderson games

In 1988 Karchmer and Wigderson established a nice characterization of the circuit depth $d$ (DeMorgan circuits) of a Boolean function $f \colon \{0,1\}^n\rightarrow\{0,1\}$: $d$ is exactly the number ...
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Survey on infinite alphabet automata?

The paper "Symbolic Finite State Transducers, Algorithms and Applications" by Bjorner et al (to appear at POPL 2012) describes one type of finite-state, infinite-alphabet automata/transducers by using ...
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Directed Sparsest Cut on Planar Graphs?

The (uniform) directed sparsest cut problem asks for a cut $(S,\bar{S})$ in a directed graph $G=(V,E)$ which minimize the ratio $\frac{\delta_{out}(S) }{|S||\bar{S}|}$, where $\delta_{out}$ is the ...
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Combinator logic and unification

Summary: if we are trying to use combinator logic to solve first-order logic type problems, is the best method to feed in free variables and use the standard first-order unification algorithm? In ...
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Conditional density of primes

We have some theorems about the density of prime numbers, the most famous one is probably the prime number theorem. My question is about the density of primes when we choose random numbers from a ...
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Enumerating topological sorts of a vertex-labeled DAG

Let $G = (V, E)$ be a directed acyclic graph, and let $\lambda$ be a labeling function mapping each vertex $v \in V$ to a label $\lambda(v)$ in some finite alphabet $L$. Writing $n := |V|$, a ...
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Is unary $\Pi_2$-SUBSETSUM coNP-complete?

Consider the following problem: for given integers $a_1, \ldots, a_{2n}$ and $A$ that are given in unary representation define is it true that for every $S \subseteq \{1, ..., 2n \}$ such that $|...
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A dynamic data structure to list triangles

Consider an undirected graph with $n$ nodes. Is there an efficient data structure that supports the following operations? Insert an edge into the graph Delete an edge from the graph Given a query ...
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$\exists \mathbb R$ and IP

We know NP$\subseteq$ $\exists \mathbb R$$\subseteq$ PSPACE=IP, but is there some more direct proof for $\exists \mathbb R\subseteq$ IP? What about the other direction, are there some Arthur-Merlin ...
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Computational Complexity of the Frobenius Problem

The Frobenius problem takes as input $n$ positive integers $a_1,\ldots,a_n$ with $\gcd(a_1,\ldots,a_n)=1$ and asks for the largest integer $F$ that cannot be written in the form $F=a_1x_1+a_2x_2+\...
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Are there cascade decompositions of machines that are more general than finite automata?

The idea of decomposing automata and their associated semi-groups into irreducible sub-components is due to Krohn & Rhodes and has been explored relatively thoroughly. Krohn & Rhodes gave an ...
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Can two-tape read-only Turing machines recognize any recursive language?

Suppose that a $k$-tape read-only Turing machine receives its input on each $k$ tapes. It cannot write on the tapes, but it can move on them in both ways, even move off from the input. So for example, ...
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Error in paper “Some NP-complete geometric problems”?

The paper in question: M.R. Garey, R.L. Graham and D.S. Johnson. Some NP-complete geometric problems . This paper proofs the NP-completeness of some well-known problems, such as the Steiner Tree ...
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Bloom filter variant for constant-time subset/superset queries

Bloom filters make it easy to determine if an element is in a set, within some acceptable margin of error. I'm looking to solve a related problem for which Bloom filters are inadequate, but for which ...
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Extreme rays of the cone of submodular functions

Consider a ground set $U=\{1,2,...,n\}$ and the set $\mathcal{F}$ of all non-negative submodular functions $f: 2^U \mapsto \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}$. The set $\mathcal{F}$ is closed under taking linear ...
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Chomsky-Schützenberger for Deterministic CFLs

Is there a Chomsky-Schützenberger representation theorem for deterministic CFLs? Knowing precisely the class of morphisms under which DCFL is closed, such a theorem would probably be of the form: $...
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s-t connectivity on infinite planar graphs with finite description

I would like to know if the following problem is known and has been studied: Consider an infinite directed graph that can be built on the infinite lattice "tiling" a finite set of subgraphs, ...
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Efficient recognition of sequences sortable by transpositions?

While reading the post, Probability of generating a desired permutation by random swaps, by Aaronson, I got interested in restricted sorting problem: If we restrict sorting algorithms to use ...
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Are the types that show monads are more powerful than continuations revealing something of fundamental importance?

In 1992 in the paper Imperative Functional Programming, Simon Peyton Jones and Philip Wadler write: So monads are more powerful than continuations, but only because of the types! It is not clear ...
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Is RAMSEY COLORING in $NC$?

Say that a function $f$ is a RAMSEY COLORING if on unary input $n$, it returns a complete graph on $n$ vertices with its edges colored red and blue without a monochromatic clique of size $10\log n$. ...
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Generalizations of the determinant/permanent problem?

A tantalizing open question in computational complexity is to understand the 'behavioral differences' between the determinant and the permanent. While the former is computable in polynomial time with ...
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Are there any implementations of Cook-Levin?

Does anyone know if there is an implementation of Cook-Levin? A program that gets an input like the following: $M$: the code of a machine model/simple program in a programming language like C, $\vec{...
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Has there been any result which does not have any Natural Proofs?

Alexander Razborov and Steven Rudich's Natural Proofs result is one of the major barriers against proving circuit lower bounds. The paper is almost 20 years old (it was published in 1994). Has there ...
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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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Expected length of a self-avoiding random walk

We're given an arbitrary graph $G=(V,E)$. A self-avoiding random walk is a random walk such that in each step, a random neighbour which was not previously visited is chosen, if such one exists. ...
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On preprocessing a convex polyhedron prior to sampling

Most of the algorithms for estimating the volume of a convex polyhedron $K \subset R^d$ assume the existence of an affine transform $T$ with the property that $$ B \subset TK \tilde{\subset}\ \...
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Generating a random graph with constraints on spectrum

Consider two sequences $u_1 \geq u_2 \geq ... \geq u_n$ and $l_1 \geq l_2 \geq ... \geq l_n$ with $u_i \geq l_i$ for every $i$. Let $\mathcal{G}(l_{1:n},u_{1:n})$ be all undirected unweighted simple ...
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Eliminate ambiguity from CFG

CFG here stands for context-free grammar. I understand that: Deciding whether a CFG $G$ is ambiguous is undecidable. Deciding whether a CFL $L$ is inherently ambiguous is undecidable. My question ...
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What are the most recent developments in small-depth quantum circuits?

Back in 2005, Scott Aaronson posted a list of 10 "semi-grand" challenges for quantum computing theory which contained the following challenge: The power of small-depth quantum circuits. Is $BQP = ...
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expansion with respect to p-norms for p other than 2

Suppose I have an $d$-regular expander graph with $n$ vertices, where the stochastic version of its adjacency matrix $A$ (with entries $1/d$ and zero) has second eigenvalue $\lambda$. Let $x \in {\...
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generalizing Ben-Or et al's two-prover bit commitment scheme beyond bits

In "Multi-Prover Interactive Proofs: How to Remove Intractability Assumptions" by Ben-Or, Goldwasser, Kilian, and Wigderson, the authors introduce a bit commitment protocol as a subroutine to their ...
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Cheeger's inequality for directed graphs?

Cheeger's inequality can be used to relate the size of the worst cut in the graph to the eigenvalue gap of a simple random walk on that graph. I am wondering if it possible to extend this result to ...
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Inapproximability of multiterminal cut

In the multiterminal cut the input is a graph $G$ and a subset $T$ of its vertices. The task is to remove the minimum number of edges from $G$ such that there is no path connecting any distinct ...
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Complexity of finding the leading eigenvector of a graph Laplacian

Let ${\bf L}$ be the $n\times n$ Laplacian of a graph. What is the worst case complexity for calculating the maximum eigeinvector of ${\bf L}$? Are there any families of Laplacians for which it takes ...
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Is Bayesian updating computationally unfeasible?

Bayesian theory is a very popular theory of probabilities based upon a subjective framework of beliefs. However, subjects and beliefs have to be embodied, meaning to be feasible, it ought to be ...
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Is there a P-complete problem on diophantine equations?

In general deciding whether a diophantine equation has any integer solutions is equivalent to the halting problem. I believe that deciding if a quadratic diophantine equation has any solution is NP-...
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Matrix rigidity and uses of matrices with low rigidity

Roughly a matrix of rank $n$ is said to be rigid, if to bring its rank down to $\frac{n}{2}$, one has to change at least $n^{1+\epsilon}$ of its entries, for some $\epsilon > 0$. If an $n \times n$...
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What is the complexity of counting the number of solutions of a P-Space Complete problem? How about higher complexity classes?

I guess it would be called #P-Space but I have found only one article vaguely mentioning it. How about the counting version of EXP-TIME-Complete, NEXP-Complete as well as EXP-SPACE-Complete problems? ...
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Provable BPP Hierarchy

No Time Hierarchy theorem is known for $\mathsf{BPTIME}$, however, consider the following simple modification of the definition: A language is in $\mathsf{ProvableBPTIME}[f(n)]$ if there is a ...
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Is 4-Coloring restricted to graphs with crossing number 1 NP-complete?

Planar graphs are 4-colorable. Determining if a planar graph is 3-colorable is NP-Complete. A graph with a crossing number 1 (graph such that it can be drawn with $\le 1$ crossing) is 5-colorable. ...
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Does MIP* = RE algebrize?

Does the MIP* = RE result algebrize? (It doesn’t relativize, as noted here.) If it doesn’t algebrize, is there a more complicated similar notion that it does satisfy?
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Alternative proofs of Savitch's theorem?

Question: Are there any known proofs of Savitch's theorem that $NL \subseteq L^2$ besides the usual one? By the usual one I mean the proof based on recursively querying whether there is a midpoint. ...
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Is counting the total number of faces of a polytope $\#P$ hard?

Let $P$ be a polytope defined by $Ax = b, x \geq 0$. Question: What is the complexity of computing the total number of faces of $P$? I know counting vertices is $\# P$-complete, but this problem is ...
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On Courcelle's question about Monadic second-order logic with cardinality predicates

I have found the following question at openproblemgarden.org: The problem concerns the extension of Monadic Second Order Logic (over a binary relation representing the edge relation) with the ...
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Descriptive Complexity characterzation of BPP

We know of descriptive complexity characterizations of classes such as P, and NP, which use First Order logic, and operators. Does BPP have a characterization under descriptive complexity, too(any ...
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Diameter of “almost” always connected Erdős-Renyi graphs

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a random Erdős-Renyi Graph, i.e., $G\in\mathcal{G}(n,p)$. It is well known that if $p=(\log n +c +o(1))/n$ with $c\in\Re$ then $$ P(G \text{ is connected})=e^{-e^{-c}}\ . $$ However, ...
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Complexity of checking $a > br^m + cr^n$, with $r$ rational

I'm wondering if the following problem is decidable in P-time (or even NP): Given $a, b, c \in \mathbb{Z}$ and $m, n, p, q \in \mathbb{N}$ all in binary, decide if $a > br^m + cr^n$, where $r = {p ...
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Relatively low ambitious frontiers

What are some of the current "relatively" low ambitious frontiers for MA/PhD thesis in complexity theory class separations/containment or quantum computing? For example: In the draft version of Arora ...

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