# Tagged Questions

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### Geometric dominating set: NP-complete?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a geometric graph, a graph embedded in the plane whose edge lengths are
the Euclidean distance between its endpoint vertices.
Say that a set of vertices $D \subseteq V$ is a geometric ...

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### Primes and Parity

This problem is motivated by the polymath4 project. There, the aim was to find an efficient deterministic algorithm for finding a prime larger than $N$. The hope was to find a polynomial algorithm in ...

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### BPP with expected polynomial time [on hold]

Suppose we change the definition of BPP to require the TM to run in expected polynomial time (such as in ZPP).
Will the resulting class be equal to BPP, or larger?
Thanks.

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### Tiling with restricted overlap

Non-overlapping tilings of regions is a well-studied topic.
I wonder if the following variant has been considered:
A tile can be partitioned into several regions, where such regions from different ...

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### Recent trends in effective analysis

The references listed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computable_analysis have all been published 30-15 years ago. Are the approaches which these references expose still up-to-date and relevant to the ...

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### Bounds for constructing $n!$ with additions, subtractions, and multiplications starting from $1$

Found this on Complexity Zoo warning expired certificate
check NP Over The Complex Numbers.
[BCS+97] show the following striking result. For a positive integer $n$, let $t(n)$ denote the minimum ...

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### Graph classes where finding explicit coloring have certificate that it is minumum

Graph coloring doesn't have certificate that smaller coloring doesn't exist in general.
I am looking for graph classes where finding explicit coloring is not polynomial and have polynomially ...

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### NP-hardness of finding maximum of minimum element in diagonal of a matrix

For $A = \{a_{ij}\} \in R^{n\times n}$, is finding
$$
\max_{\sigma \in S_n}\min_{1 \le i \le n} a_{i,\ \sigma_i}
$$
NP-hard?

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### Surd Partition Problem

Could the following "Surd Partition" problem be NP complete? Note that if the square roots are omitted in the following then the problem is well known to have a polynomial solution.
Surd Partition
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### Determining strong base-orderability of a matroid

A matroid is said to be strongly base-orderable when for any two bases $B_1,B_2$ there exists a bijection $f:B_1 \mapsto B_2$ such that for any $X\subseteq B_1$ set $B_1 - X+ f(X)$ is also a base.
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### Number of degree $k$ functions [closed]

Given a Boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow\{0,1\}$, there is a real multivariate multilinear polynomial that is associated with in through interpolation.
Example: ...

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### Complexity of finding the maximum sum divided by product

What is the complexity of the following optimization problem?
Problem.
Given $n$ pairs of positive reals $(a_i,b_i)_{i=1}^n$, choose a subset $S \subseteq [n]$ to maximize
$$
\frac{\sum_{i\in S} ...

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### What is Known about Preprocessing for Stabbing Queries?

In a concrete setting, I have the following problem:
given a fixed set of simple objects (e.g. disks or, convex polygons with few vertices), I need to quickly report the objects that are hit (i.e. ...

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### Is there an infinite increasing sequence of naturals for which Landau's function can be efficiently computed?

Landau's function
$g(n)$ is the largest order of an element of the symmetric group $S_n$.
Equivalently, $g(n)$ is the largest least common multiple (lcm) of any partition of $n$.
In general $g(n)$ is ...

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### Given a set of 2D vertices, how to create a minimum-area polygon which contains all the given vertices?

Not sure whether this question belongs here or math.stackexchange.
You can assume that all the vertices are unique. The given vertices can be the vertices of the polygon, thus they do NOT have to be ...

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### Evidence that Graph Isomorphism problem is not $NP$-complete

Graph isomorphism problem is one of the longest standing problems that resisted classification into $P$ or $NP$-complete problems. We have evidences that it can not be $NP$-complete. Firstly, Graph ...

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### On the computational complexity of the Hilbert polynomial of numerical semigroup rings

Let $(R, \mathfrak{m}) = k[[X^a, X^b, X^c]]$, $a<b<c$, $gcd(a, b, c) = 1$, be a semigroup ring. We have $R$ is a Cohen-Macaulay local ring of dimension one. It is well known that ...

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### Sorting interleaved sorted lists

By interleaving two lists I mean to combine them into a single list in any way that maintains the relative order of the elements coming from each list. For example, interleaving $(x_1,x_2,x_3)$ and ...

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### Finding sparsest solution of a linear system

I want to find the solution with most zero-components for the following problem:
$Ax=b$ for $A\in \mathbb{R}^{k\times n}, b \in \mathbb{R}^{k},k<n$, where $x$ is real and has no additional ...

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### Recognizing sequences sortable by transpositions?

While reading the post, Probability of generating a desired permutation by random swaps, by Aaronson, and to continue my program I started in this post, How hard is reconstructing a permutation from ...

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### Reducing enumeration of reduced words in general Coxeter groups to another #P-complete problem

There is a polynomial time algorithm that takes as inputs a Coxeter system $(W,S)$ with $S$ finite (but with $W$ not necessarily finite), say encoded as a Coxeter matrix, as well as two reduced words ...

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### Time estimate to determine if a number is prime [closed]

How long does it take to verify that a given number is a prime number, as a function of its number of digits, in a personal computer, say? How computationally hard is this?

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### Is there a known primitive recursive upper bound on the nth “Zhang prime”

(This question is pure curiosity. Feel free to close it if you feel it is not appropriate for mathoverflow.)
In 2013 Zhang showed that there are infinitely many pairs of primes which are less that ...

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### What is Known About the Complexity of Calculating Minimal Surface Polyhedra?

I am currently ruminating about ways of generalizing Minimum Spanning Trees to Minimum Spanning "Hypertrees", where the cost is associated with simplex volumes and, where certain topological ...

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### Is there any SMT solver which allows a call to another SMT solver?

I have a problem to solve which is likely to be $\mathbf{NP}^{\mathbf{NP}}$-hard. That is, I could solve it if I could take advantage of an instruction such as "assert UNSAT using ...

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### NP hard problems on geometric graphs

I have posted this question before but i don't feel i expressed my confusion clearly enough. So i would like to try and explain again. This is a proof of the minimum vertex cover for unit disk graphs ...

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### counting irreducible factors

In How hard is it to compute the number of prime factors of a given integer? a question was asked on computing number of prime factors of an integer.
Suppose we have a polynomial $f(X)\in \Bbb Z[X]$ ...

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### Massive cancellations

Let $A=\{a_1,\ldots,a_k\}$ be a fixed, finite set of reals. Let $S_A(n)$ be the set of all reals that are expressible as the sum of at most $2^n$ terms, where each term is a product of at most $n$ ...

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### relationship of max-sat and min-cut in theory and practice

I have been using MAX-SAT solver to obtain the exact ground state of ising spin glass model:
For 1D periodic model, for systems with 50 binary variables and interaction range of 15th nearest ...

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### What is the computational complexity to compute the integral numerically?

Given $$\int_{\Delta}\frac{P_1(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)}{P_2(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)}$$ where $P_i$ is polynomial(that is $P_1(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n), P_2(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)$ are polynomial) whose coefficients are ...

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### how to reduce 3-colorable graph to this? [closed]

suppose we have a finite set X and a set S of subsets of X and we want to determine is there a subset S' of S such that all members of X belong to exactly one set in S' I think the best problem to ...

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### Prove that the subset sum problem with fixed size and number reusability is NP complete

I'm trying to solve the following problem:
There are B lists of unspecified size containing integers. Pick a number from each list so that the sum of all the picks is exactly A. Prove that this ...

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### NP hard problems on UD graphs

I'm reading up on NP hard problems in Unit Disk graphs. I'd like to point out i'm fairly new to this NP hard stuff so i'm trying to get around how to prove something is NP hard.
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### Intersection graphs

Does anybody know of a paper which proves that finding the maximum independent set in geometric intersection graphs is NP hard? Even general intersection graphs?

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### Checking if a multiplication table represents a group [duplicate]

Given an $n \times n$ multiplication table,
can one check if it represents a group in $o(n^3)$ time?
All properties can be checked by mindless try-all possibilities loops:
Whether there is an ...

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### The Universality Theorem by Mnev for uniform oriented matroids of rank 4 and higher

According to the Universality Theorem by Mnev (see below theorem 8.6.6 from [1]), for any open semialgebraic variety V there is a uniform oriented matroid of rank 3 whose realization space is stably ...

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### Polynomial-time algorithm for determining whether a polynomial is positive on $\mathbb{N}$

Does there exist a polynomial-time algorithm to determine whether a given polynomial $p(n)$ with integer coefficients is positive on $\mathbb{N}$, in the sense that $p(n) \geq 0$ for all ...

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### Length preserving rewriting system with NP-complete $u\to v$ problem

My question is related to Computational complexity of the word problem for semi-Thue systems with certain restrictions.
Is there a finite length-preserving string rewriting system $R$ (over say ...

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### Is it known whether Minimum Cost Multicut is APX-hard?

My questions is concerned with the following problem: Given an undirected graph $G = (V, E)$ and (edge costs) $c \in \mathbb{Z}^E$,
$$\min \left\{ \sum_{e \in E} c_e x_e\ \middle|\ x \in \{0,1\}^E \ ...

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### The link and equivalence between variant definition of computation model and computational complexity over reals

To unify the numerical computation and classic computability theory, or to pave a foundation for the numerical computation, mathematicians present variant computation model and computational ...

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### Deciding whether a given graph has an f-factor or not!

Given a graph $G$ with $n$ vertices and a function $f$ from $\{1,2,...,n\}$ to non-negative integers, Does there exist an efficient (for example polynomial time) algorithm, that decides whether $G$ ...

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### Can Schwartz-Zippel be formulated for commutative rings instead of fields?

The polynomials which occur in the Schwartz-Zippel lemma could be defined for any commutative ring, yet the lemma is restricted to fields. This makes it inapplicable for ...

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### “a shape that … lies halfway between a square and a circle”

An article in the
Notices of the AMS, Volume 61, Issue 10, 2014
(PDF download link),
on Khot's Unique Games Conjecture, says this:
Another group ... found a
shape that in a certain sense lies ...

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### The definition of computational complexity or complexity measure of computing reals [closed]

A real $r$ is computable if given any $i\in \mathbb{N}$, the $i$th bit can be outputed by a Turing Machine or an algorithm. So, what is computational complexity or complexity measure of computing the ...

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### Existence of subgraphs when given its degree sequence

For a given simple graph $G$ with $n$ vertices $v_1,v_2,\dots v_n$, the corresponding degree sequence is $d_1,d_2,\cdots,d_n$. My qusetion is:
How to determine whether there exist subgraphs in $G$ ...

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### Recognizing bridgeless cubic graph with special 2-factor

A 2-factor of graph $G(V, E)$ is a set of vertex-disjoint cycles that cover $V$. It is known that every connected bridgeless cubic graph contains a 2-factor (and a perfect matching).
I conjecture ...

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### Does a classification of simultaneous conjugacy classes in a product of symmetric groups exist?

Let the symmetric group $S_n$ on $n$ letters act on $S_n^d=S_n\times\cdots\times S_n$ by simultaneous conjugation, i.e. $\pi\in S_n$ acts on $(\sigma_1,\ldots,\sigma_d)\in S_n^d$ by ...

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### What is the minimal $C_k$, such that every $f\colon \{-1,1\}^n\to \mathbb{R}$ of degree at most $k$ satisfies $\|f\|_2\le C_k\|f\|_1$

Every $f\colon\{-1,1\}^n\to \mathbb{R}$ can be repsenented as a multilinean polynomial of the form $$f(x_1,x_2,\ldots ,x_n)=\sum _{S\subseteq [n]} \hat{f}(S)\prod_{i\in S} x_i $$ The degree of the ...

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### Computing basis of a lower set given basis of complementary upper set

In a poset $P$, $U\subseteq P$ is an upper set when for all $x\in U$, we have $y\ge x$ implies $y\in U$. Any subset of $P$ generates an upper set, and the basis of an upper set $U$ is the smallest ...

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### Combinatorial optimization problem involving infinite spin system

In material science research, I am developing an algorithm to solve an infinite combinatorial optimization problem which I believe is the most natural problem when the system size goes to infinity.
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