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How is proving a context free language to be ambiguous undecidable?
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We reduce from Post's Correspondence Problem. Suppose we can, in fact, decide the language $\{\langle G\rangle\vert G\textrm{ a CFG and }L(G)\textrm{ ambiguous}\}$. Given $\alpha_1, \ldots, \alpha_m, \...

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Constructions better than a random one.
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Ramanujan graphs have second eigenvalue $\lambda_2\leq \frac{2\sqrt{D-1}}{D}$ (with $D$ the degree of the graph), while random graphs only achieve $\lambda_2\leq \frac{2\sqrt{D-1}}{D} + o(1)$ w.h.p. ...

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Hardness of finding a word of length at most $k$ accepted by a nondeterministic pushdown automaton
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A probably suboptimal method: Run Djikstra's algorithm. Then, for each final state, compare the distances with $k$. If any are $\leq k$, accept. Reject. EDIT: The above only works for NFAs! Sorry ...

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Algorithms from the Book.
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Lenstra-Lenstra-Lovász Lattice Basis Reduction. Maybe not quite from the book (since it's, at least to me, a bit messy), but it definitely is worth a mention here.

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