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### TSP: Approximation Ratio of the Double Tree Heuristic after Diagonals have been Removed

In their article "Double-Tree Approximations for the Metric TSP: Is the Best One Good Enough?", Vladimir Deineko and Alexander Tiskin derive a lower bound for the approximation ratio of the ...
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### What is the Essential Reason that allows a PTAS for the EUCLIDEAN TSP?

Questions: Is there some understanding of the reason, why the euclidean TSP allows a PTAS, whereas the metric TSP in general does not and, is the PTAS stable under sufficiently small perturbation ...
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### infinitary logic and partial fixed point logic

Is there a property definable in finite-variable infinitary logic $L^{\omega}_{\omega\infty}$ but not definable in partial fixed point logic FO(PFP) ?
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### Fast checking that overdetermined polynomial system does not have a solution

As a result of some inductive procedure for each $n$ I have a system of about $n^2$ polynomial equations with $n$ variables with integer coefficients, which can be precisely computed. As the system is ...
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### Approximate the square root of (1-X) efficiently through (nested) products

Currently, I encountered a problem of approximating the following series: $$(I-X)^{-\frac{1}{2}}=I+\frac{1}{2}X+\frac{1\cdot3}{2\cdot4}X^{2}+\frac{1\cdot3\cdot5}{2\cdot4\cdot6}X^{3}+\ldots$$ where ...
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### Application of Combinatorics, Logic and computability theory in physical science: Tiling of Wang Tile with proportionality

The original problem of Domino Tiling and Wang Tile has great theoretical interest on computability theory... However, the great emerging problem on application of Wang Tile in material science and ...
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### Conjecture of a subset of Wang tile which might be decidable

From the two papers proving the undecidability of Wang tile in 1966 by Berger and in 1971 by RM Robinson, the tiles used in proving undecidability has a general common feature: The left color and ...
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### Complexity of counting words of given length in regular or context-free language

Let $L$ be a regular or context-free language over alphabet $\{0,1\}$. What is the complexity of counting words of length $n$ in $L$? Is it possible to efficiently find if for given $n$ all words ...
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### NP-hard problems in linear algebra and real analysis [closed]

I am curious about NP-hard problems in linear algebra and real analysis. An example in linear algebra would be the calculation of the permanent. I would thus like to collect in this thread a list of ...
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### Is undirected short-simple-path-through-3-vertices decidable in polynomial time?

Consider the following language: $L=\{\langle G=(V,E),s,v,t,l\rangle\;|\;s,v,t\in V, l\in \mathbb{N} \wedge$ There exists a simple path from $s$ to $t$, going through $v$ of length $\leq l\}$. ($G$ ...
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### practical algorithms for np complete problems

Inspired by: Conjecture on NP-completeness of tesselation of Wang Tile up to finite size And the practicality of this topic (solving tessellation on a lattice): coloring in lattice Computational ...
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### Best ranking in tournament: polynomial time algorithm?

This question was posed by my colleague Torbjörn Lundh in his paper Which Ball is the Roundest? A Suggested Tournament Stability Index, Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports 2(3), 2006. We have ...
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### What are natural examples of non-relativizable proofs? [duplicate]

As I understand it, a proof that P=NP or P≠NP would need to be non-relativizable (as in recursion theory oracles). Virtually all proofs seem to be relativizable, though. What are good examples of ...
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### Faster multiplication with a restricted set of multiplicands?

Let $A$ be a set of $k>1$ distinct elements from a semigroup. We wish to compute the product $$p=b_1 b_2 \cdots b_n$$ where each $b_i\in A$. Clearly $n-1$ multiplications suffice to compute $p$; ...
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### Harvey Friedman's strict reverse mathematics vs. Cook-Nguyen's V$^0$

Harvey Friedman posted several manuscripts [1] proposing a program for "strict" reverse mathematics, in the sense that the base theory should be mathematically natural and coding-free. In them he ...
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### Subsets of all Diophantine's sets

I have asked this question on math.stackexchange already: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/627461/subsets-of-all-diophantines-sets Function $\mathbb{N}^k \to \mathbb{N}^m$ is computable ...
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### Computation complexity of calculating the cdf of an n-th dimensional gaussian random vector

Suppose you have a general $n$-th dimensional random Gaussian vector with probability distribution function $\mathcal{N}\left(\mathbf{x}|\boldsymbol{\mu},\boldsymbol{\Sigma}\right)$. What is the ...
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### Can you efficiently solve a system of quadratic multivariate polynomials?

Given a system of 2nd-degree polynomials, $P=\{p_1,\dots,p_m\}$ where $p_i: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, can you efficiently find $x_1,\dots,x_n\in\mathbb{R}$? I know that in the general ...
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### Reference Request: Properties of the Integer Factorization Polytope

The complexity of Integer Factorization is to my knowledge still an open problem, whereas deciding, whether a given integer is a prime number is known to be in $P$ and a proof is available online ...
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### Examples of ubiquitous objects that are hard to find?

I've been wrestling with a certain research problem for a few years now, and I wonder if it's an instance of a more general problem with other important instances. I'll first describe a general ...
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### Can We Decide Whether Small Computer Programs Halt?

The undecidability of the halting problem states that there is no general procedure for deciding whether an arbitrary sufficiently complex computer program will halt or not. Are there some large $n$ ...
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### cyclotomic polynomials of given degree

Is there a fast algorithm to generate all cyclotomic polynomials $\Phi_n$ for which the degree of $\Phi_n$ is a fixed constant $d?$ This is obviously related to the "inverse totient" function: compute ...
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### An explicit IP algorithm for chess?

If I have 2 large graphs to be tested for isomorphism, and can communicate with some (powerfull but untrusted) machine, I can choose graph at random, permute vertices, ask machine to guess which one ...
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### Graph classes where Hamiltonian Cycle and Hamiltonian Path problems have different complexity

While searching The information System on Graph Classes and their Inclusions, I stumbled on several graph classes for which the Hamiltonian Cycle problem is $NP$-complete while the complexity of ...
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### When is a power of an indeterminate in an ideal with 2 generators?

If I have an ideal ${\frak a} \colon= (f(X,S), g(X,S))$ of height $2$ in ${\Bbb C}[X, S]$, is it easy to know what power of $S$ is contained in $\frak a$? For example, what is the minimal number $m$? ...