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P versus NP and other resource-bounded computation.

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A $TM$ definition on approximation solutions to optimization problems

It looks like we are defining approximation solutions as a witness specifying program. We want to find a witness which agrees within some approximation of optimal. Is it possible to specify as '...
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On $\mu_p(BPP)$($p$-measure of $BPP$)

I was looking for a condition that would collapse all the way without $P=BPP$ if $RP$ is powerful. It was not clear $P=BPP$ could be proven in any formal ways as we know now if $NP=RP$ holds. To say ...
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Is Descriptive Complexity dead?

I recently started reading about Descriptive Complexity, the branch of Complexity Theory studying the logic languages needed to express complexity classes. The main milestone in the area seems to be ...
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Balanced and general $MAXkSAT$ known approximation results and bounds from $UGC$

$MAX2SAT$ has a $0.9401$ to $0.9402$ approximation algorithm which is conjectured to be optimal by $UGC$ while there is a balanced $MAX2SAT$ bound of $0.943$ approximation which is conjectured to be ...
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Verifier definition of NP/poly

I would like to know whether there is a definition of the class NP/poly in terms of (deterministic) polynomial time verifiers. The following is the definition of NP/poly I see everywhere (other than ...
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Relationship between language and circuit upper bounds [closed]

I have been trying to understand the use of circuit models for boolean functions, and came across this question, that I am trying to struggle to understand: Show that if a function $f: \{0,1\}^n \...
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Are all computational models of quantum computing equivalent?

So the question was inspired by a seminar which presented the following models of quantum computing: Quantum Computing with Photons Quantum Computing with Rydberg atoms Quantum Computing with trapped ...
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Is the traveling salesman problem still NP-hard if all edges need to be covered as well?

If we formulate the travelling salesman problem with an added edge-covering constraint as follows, is it still NP-hard? Given a graph G with non-negative edge weights, is there a circular walk in G ...
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How hard is deciding the existence of a polygonization with prescribed perimeter?

Polygonization problem of a set of points in the Euclidean plane (2D lattice) is to find a simple polygon that passes through all points. Deciding the existence of a polygonization with minimum (or ...
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On $\text{ETH}$ with $m$ as parameter: consequences of algorithm running in time $2^{\delta m}$ where $\delta \to 0$ as $k \to \infty$

It has been shown in [1] that $k\text{-SAT}$ has a $2^{o(n)}$ algorithm if and only if it has a $2^{o(m)}$ algorithm, $n$ being the number of variables and $m$ being the number of clauses. Being $s_k=\...
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Why does Dinur's proof of the PCP theorem fail to work for unique games?

What is the critical step where things go wrong if one attempts to use Dinur's proof the PCP theorem to prove the unique games conjecture by starting from a unique label cover instance and doing gap ...
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How and How fast can we infer a logical formula that expresses a given graph in C$^2$( logic with 2 vars and counting quantifiers)?

In the following paper the author's claim that almost all graphs can be expressed in first order logic with counting quantifiers and two variables. I would like to know, is there any algorithm that ...
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generalizations of hidden subgroup problem

Quantum Fourier Sampling tries to solve hidden subgroup problem which is defined via a map $f$ from group $\mathrm{G}$ to some set $X$ that separates cosets of sum unknown subgroup $\mathrm{H}$. $f(...
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Are there languages decidable in linear time by RAM machines that have superlinear time complexity lower bounds for Multitape Turing machines?

Question: Are there languages decidable in linear time by RAM machines that have superlinear time complexity lower bounds for Multitape Turing machines? Background: I recently stumbled upon the ...
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Is there any online lecture series that covers “Computational Complexity: A Modern Approach”?

I am trying to cover the Computational Complexity :A Modern approach by Boaz Borak and Sanjeev Arora. Are there any nice lecture series that cover this material ?
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On an unsubstantiated number in a proof of a weaker PCP theorem

I am a mathematician studying Arora and Barak's textbook Computational Complexity, and I am having trouble following one detail in their proof of this weaker PCP theorem: Theorem 11.19. We have NP $\...
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What does it mean by the statement: “a problem is hard to approximate ”?

In most of the research papers that I have read so far, I often come across the statement of the following form: "the problem is hard to approximate within any factor smaller than some constant&...
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Unambiguous Problems and Classes over Reals

Are there unambiguous analogues of $NP_{R}$ (using the BSS model, in all discussion)complete problems, and any results known about them? For instance, the canonical $NP_{R}$ complete problem $4FEAS$ (...
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How to calculate complexity in a high dimensional space?

Edit: 'Fitness landscape analysis' was mentioned as a relevant measure. If you're going to downvote the post, at least leave a comment what is wrong. For a specific f(), I'm defining a term '...
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On the usage of Arora and Barak's main lemma in their proof of the PCP theorem

I am a mathematician working toward understanding a proof the the PCP theorem using Arora and Barak's textbook Computational Complexity. I believe I found a few (fixable) errors in Section 22.2, in ...
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Reference for computing the rank of a matrix in polynomial time

In a recent paper, I need to use the fact that computing the rank of a matrix over the integers has polynomial complexity. Given the context, I don't particularly care about the exact asymptotics, as ...
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Has parameterized complexity led to better algorithms?

I know that for the vertex cover problem, if we know that the parameter $k$ (which is the number of vertices in the solution) is small, then we can expect to solve it feasibly in practice. So far, ...
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Complexity Theory Consequences of $\mathsf{NP} = \mathsf{QP}$

I have a certain impossibility result that holds unless $\mathsf{NP} = \mathsf{QP}$. It seems quite likely that one could strengthen this to hold unless $\mathsf{NP} = \mathsf{P}$, which I would not ...
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Open problems/Conjunctures in non-uniform complexity if proved would imply P=NP

As we now, NP ⊈ P/poly would imply P≠NP. Can you mention some conjuncture/open problems in non-uniform complexity, that would imply P=NP,if proved
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Is it possible to reduce an NP language to a NEXP language with exponentially smaller input length?

Suppose we have an NP-complete language $L_1$ and a NEXP-complete language $L_2$. For any deterministic exptime machine $M_1$ with oracle access $M_1^{L_1}$, is it possible to find a deterministic ...
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Complexity of Encoding a Matroid Flow Problem in a Matrix

Context: Take a directed graph $G$ with a specified subset of source vertices $S$ and target vertices $T$. We say a subset $I\subseteq T$ of size $r$ is independent if there exist $r$ distinct ...
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Complexity of Edge Coloring Regular Graphs With Large Degrees

There is an interesting series of papers on edge colorability / $1$-factorization of regular graphs with large degrees, which over the years have shown better and better lower bounds for the degree $\...
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Proof of $LP$ is in $coNP$ without showing it is in $P$?

Is there a proof that linear programming is in $coNP$ without showing it is in $P$? If so what is the strategy?
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Common solutions to 3SAT and 2SAT models comprised of the same variables

I have a problem which is a combination of 3SAT & 2SAT instances. Consider $L$ is a set of variables $(x_1 ... x_n)$. $S_3(L)$ is a 3-SAT instance and $S_2(L)$ is a 2SAT instance, both made of ...
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Isomorphism of ‘ordered’ DAGs / acyclic semiautomata

I am wondering what is known about the isomorphism problem on ordered DAGs, in particular how to find a canonical representative modulo isomorphism. By ordered I mean that each vertex has a list of ...
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Separating QMA and QCMA

A separation between $QMA$ and $QCMA$ remains a notoriously difficult open problem. Even an oracle separation remains elusive. Have there been any recent efforts towards establishing such a separation,...
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Complement of Multi-colored Clique with an extra condition

In the problem Multi-colored clique, we ask for a $k$-clique of the input graph $G$ where $G$ is guaranteed to be $k$-colorable. In the complement problem Independent Set given Clique Partition, we ...
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Complexity of Multi-colored Clique when every color pair induce biclique+isolated vertices

I am interested in the MulitColoredClique problem with an additional restriction. (Def.: A $k$-coloring $V_1,V_2,\dots,V_k$ of a graph $G$ is a partition of the vertex set of $G$ into $k$ independent ...
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Computational complexity of finding paths with specified product in a (group-labeled) directed graph

This question came up in the analysis of the puzzle game Swish. One way of representing the solvability problem is this: given a directed graph $G$ where each edge of the graph is labeled with an ...
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Why is the reduction from 3-SAT to 3-dimensional Matching Parsimonious?

In this talk at the Simons Institute, Holger Dell notes that there is a parsimonious reduction from 3-SAT to the 3-dimensional Matching (3-DM) problem. In other words, there is a reduction between ...
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Can the theory of Bidimensionality be applied to weighted instances of a problem?

So my understanding of bidimensionality is you are assured the problem solution is about O(k^2) so you can pay O(k) purely to reduce the instance to one of bounded treewidth. As far as I know, this ...
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Consequences of turning $\oplus \text{SAT}$ into few satisfying assignments

Suppose there is a reduction which, given a $\oplus \text{SAT}$ instance $\phi$, returns another $\oplus \text{SAT}$ instance $\psi$ having all the following properties: The size of $\psi$ is ...
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tables of reductions in literature [closed]

I'm interested in tables of which problems are reducible to which other problems. Particularly for graph problems, but any such tables/graphs would be neat, just so I know how to look for them. ...
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Disproving $\oplus$ETH by reducing $\oplus k$-SAT with $n$ variables and $m$ clauses to planar graph with $o(m^2)$ vertices?

In this question and its answer, they discuss about reducing CNF-SAT with $n$ variables and $m$ clauses to a (problem on) planar graph $G=(V,E)$ with $|V|$ as small as possible. It is said that the ...
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Counting on grid graphs

Are there problems defined on graphs, such as counting 2-factors, Hamiltonian cycles, connected spanning subgraphs etc., that are in $\#P$ and remain hard for grid graphs? Since there seem to be ...
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Implications of proving NP=RP on complexity theory

Edit: As indicated below by Mahdi Cheraghchi and in the comments, the paper has been withdrawn. Thanks for the multiple excellent answers on the implications of this claim. I, and hopefully others, ...
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The Edge Cover Equilibrium Problem

Let the Edge Cover Equilibrium Problem be the following: INPUT: a simple undirected graph $G$. OUTPUT: YES, if the number of edge covers of $G$ having odd cardinality is equal to the number of edge ...
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Complexity of finding the mean of the subset with smallest variance

Let $x_1,\ldots, x_n \in R^d$, and $\alpha \in (0, 1)$. Suppose that $\alpha n$ is an integer. Let's consider the following problem $\min_{\mu \in R^d} \frac{1}{n} \sum_{i=1}^n F\left(\frac{\pi(i)}{n}\...
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Implication of solving 3SUM problem of a certain size on the Exponential Time Hypothesis

In the recent question 3SUM Complexity—A special(?) Case I asked about why the set size $O(n^3)$ was an interesting value for the 3SUM Problem and got a nice answer. My reference was the paper “...
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What evidences are there that $PP$ is in $BQP$ and $PP$ is not in $BQP$?

Unlike hierarchy collapse arguments for classical complexity we have that quantum complexity is different. What evidences are there that $PP$ is in $BQP$? What evidences are there that $PP$ is not ...
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Non-rigid isomorphic structures

In many of the problems trying to solve hidden shift over some objects like graphs mainly the rigid classes are considered. For eg. in this and this isomorphism problem restricted over rigid graphs is ...
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3SUM Complexity—A special(?) Case

In the paper “Consequences of Faster Alignment of Sequences” by Amir Abboud, Virginia Vassilevska Williams, and Oren Weimann which appeared in ICALP 2014 and is available here the following version of ...
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Why is it difficult for $GCT$ to prove super quadratic lower bound?

We have a quadratic lower bound for the Permanent versus Determinant problem. Why is it difficult for $GCT$ to improve it?
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Is mathematical proof itself NP-hard?

At the 8:00 mark of this video, he claims that proving things is itself an NP problem. I'm looking for more insight into this. Could someone help explain this concept to me and also provide a link to ...
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Can you diagnolize without mentioning simulation?

Are there any known diagonalization proofs, of a language not being in some complexity class, which do not explicitly mention simulation? The standard diagnolization argument goes: here is a list of ...

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