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### Is it easy to produce hard-to-color graphs?

This question arises from my recent visit to my daughter's second-grade class, where I led some discussion and activities on graph coloring (see Math for seven-year-olds). In one such activity, each ...

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779 views

### Who first dubbed them “expander graphs”?

Expander graphs
("sparse graphs that have strong connectivity properties")
burst onto the mathematical scene around the millennium, but I have not
been successful in tracing the origin of
(a) the ...

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1k views

### How to determine if there exists a non-zero vector in the kernel

If you are given a $0$-$1$ circulant matrix with $n$ rows and $n$ columns, is there an efficient way of determining if there exists a non-zero $\{-1,0,1\}$-vector in its kernel?
Could this problem ...

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### An established proof in Wang Tile which I doubt

When I was reading the paper:
Wang, Hao. "Notes on a class of tiling problems." Fundamenta Mathematicae 82.4 (1975): 295-305.
from http://matwbn.icm.edu.pl/ksiazki/fm/fm82/fm82119.pdf
I could not ...

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### What is the generic complexity of First Order Predicate Calculus?

I suspect that it should be the same as that of the Turing machine halting problem, which wikipedia gives as GenP and attributes this result to Hamkins and Miasnikov, but I am not sure. Is the generic ...

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1k views

### Can the Legendre symbol be calculated in polynomial time?

Is there an algorithm which on input "$(a,p)$" (where $0\leq a<p$ are integers) takes time polynomial in $\log p$ and outputs "NOT PRIME" if $p$ is not prime and otherwise outputs the Legendre ...

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157 views

### QBF of exponential length?

We consider a slightly extended version of a nondeterministic finite automaton, call it a "propositional nondeterministic finite automaton". It is defined as follows. Consider a fixed propositional ...

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61 views

### How to select a subset of points from a universal to minimize the distance from outside to inside?

Here is the detailed problem.
I have a set of N points in K-dimension space, called U, and I want select M points of them, called S. For each point p in U, we define the distance from p to S as
$$ ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### How strong is this conjecture? $(Z/nZ)^*$ is generated by “small” elements

Conjecture: There are constants $c,k$ such that every $(Z/nZ)^*$ is generated by its elements smaller than $k (\log n)^c$.
Where $(Z/nZ)^*$ is the multiplicative group of integers mod $n$. My ...

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### characterization of all periodic tiling of a simple set of Wang Tile

Consider a set of Wang Tile such that all the edges are either 1 or 0.... there are 16 elements in such a set.
Now, I wish to characterize all the periodic tilings of this set (better if they are ...

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### simple cycle analog in 2D (with application in tiling)

We know that any closed cycle of a graph could be decomposed into sum of simple cycles. To translate this theorem into tiling of 1D (Wang tile). We know that any 1D periodic tiling could be ...

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338 views

### Computational complexity of solution of Pell equation and more

What is computational complexity for computing integral solution of Pell equation .It seems to be in P ,and could any one give an algorithm and reference for proof of it's complexity?
And more,could ...

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272 views

### relationship between corner tile and edge tile of wang tile

It is clear that any corner type of Wang Tile could be converted to edge type of Wang Tile by defining the edge color according to the corner color.
However, could we convert edge type of Wang Tile ...

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126 views

### Graph theoretical representation of Wang Tile

We note that for one dimensional tiling problem of Wang Tile could be represented by a graph. Each cycle on the graph represents a periodic solution.
However, is there a well established counter-part ...

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129 views

### Why can't there be a problem both in P and NPC [closed]

In this illustration, P and NPC are two disjoint set.
We know that NPC is non-empty. If P $\cap$ NPC $=\varnothing$, then there are elements in NP which are not in P. Doesn't this imply that P ...

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61 views

### 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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**1**answer

185 views

### 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 ...

**1**

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**1**answer

126 views

### 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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158 views

### 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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427 views

### 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 ...

**3**

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**0**answers

192 views

### 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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858 views

### 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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145 views

### 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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893 views

### 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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votes

**1**answer

2k views

### What is the time complexity of approximated SVD

Full SVD, on an m*n matrix $A$, $[U,S,V] = svd(A)$, would cost $O(m^2n + mn^2 + n^3)$ time.
But what is the time complexity if we only need the $k$ largest singular values, say, $[U_k,S_k,V_k] = ...

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### Analogues of P vs. NP in the history of mathematics

Recently I wrote a blog post entitled "The Scientific Case for P≠NP". The argument I tried to articulate there is that there seems to be an "invisible electric fence" separating the problems in P ...

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### Examples of languages that are in P and are not in CFL [closed]

Any examples of languages that are in P(polynomial time to recognize it) and are not in CFL(context-free language)?The more the better.

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339 views

### powers in strings

I have a feeling that the following question might have been studied: Suppose I have a finite alphabet $A,$ with $|A| = n,$ and a string $S$ of length $N.$ A string can be said to contain a $k$-th ...

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597 views

### Minimum number of variables on which a multivariate polynomial depends?

Let $p:F_2^n\rightarrow F_2$ be a multivariate polynomial, let's say of degree 3. (Both the degree and the order of the field could probably be replaced by other constants without affecting this ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

297 views

### Is the Kolmogorov complexity of at least one string of a given length equal to its length? [closed]

Is it true that for all strings of a given length (for any alphabet with more than one symbol), at least one has a Kolmogorov complexity equal to its length?
If the answer is Yes, is there a proof of ...

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**1**answer

337 views

### Given an arbitrary composite odd integer $N$, find two integers $P$ and $Q$ such that $P-Q \neq 1$ and $N=P^2-Q^2$ [closed]

Given an arbitrary composite odd integer $N$, find two integers $P$ and $Q$ such that:
$P-Q \neq 1$ and $N=P^2-Q^2$
I am assuming that the best known solution to this problem runs at $O(2^{|N|})$.
...

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votes

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### How many Complexity Classes do you know?

We can read about the main complexity classes in textbooks and online in Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computational_complexity_theory
However, in papers, there are a lot of important new ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

154 views

### Is the domination number NP for non-bipartite graphs?

Calculating the domination number is an NP-Hard problem. Does it remain NP-Hard if we restrict it to non-bipartite graphs?

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votes

**1**answer

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### Complete classification of complexity classes / infinite approaching sequences

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_complexity#Table_of_common_time_complexities
For complexity as seen in the above link, complexity classes can be log, polynomial, exp, or composition of any of these ...

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424 views

### Seeming contradiction about P vs NP between graphclasses.org and at least two papers about clique in even-hole-free graphs

I believe correctness about clique in even-hole-free graphs
of graphclasses.org
and the paper Vertex elimination orderings for hereditary graph classes, Pierre Aboulker, Pierre Charbit, Nicolas ...

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161 views

### Cycles of Permutation Related to Rectangular Matrix Transposition

let the entries of a rectangular matrix $A\in\mathbb{C}^{m\times n}; m,n\in\mathbb{N}$ be stored in row-order in a linear vector $v$, i.e. $A_{i,j}=v_{i*m+j}$
Question:
How can the first element ...

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**0**answers

199 views

### When is a reduction not a reduction?

Every mathematician understands the concept of reducing a complicated problem to a simpler problem. "Without loss of generality, we may assume…" However, I've noticed that some kinds of ...

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**1**answer

358 views

### A combinatorial problem concerned with logic circuits

Consider a logic circuit with two-bit gates only. The length of each gate is the number of bit lines that the gate crosses. How hard is to compute the maximum length for a given circuit? Notice that ...

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votes

**2**answers

249 views

### Making a graph claw-free by adding as few edges as possible

Independent set is polynomial in claw-free graphs,
so I am wondering if this can approximate independent set.
By adding enough edges to $G$ and gets claw-free $G'$.
IS in $G'$ is IS in $G$, so this ...

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votes

**2**answers

329 views

### Cubic graphs decompositions

There are many interesting computational problems related to connected cubic graph decomposition. For instance, decomposition of cubic graph into a perfect matching and a connected 2-factor ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

196 views

### Partitioning a cubic graph into two induced cycles of equal order

I am aware that deciding the existence of a partition of the vertices of a connected graph $G(V, E)$ into two induced cycles is $NP$-complete(Theorem 2). Induced cycle is a cycle without any chord ...

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votes

**1**answer

256 views

### Comparing two numbers given their factorization

I'm not an expert, but given the integer factorization of two numbers $a,b$:
$$a = p_{i_1}^{a_1}...p_{i_n}^{a_n}, \quad b = p_{j_1}^{b_1}...p_{j_m}^{b_m}$$
What is the time and space compexity of ...

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### Complexity of Nested Linear Optimization

My question is motivated by the fact, that among other ways, it is possible to restrict a variable to two discrete values, e.g. the prototypical $0$ and $1$, via an optimization constraint:
...

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vote

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122 views

### Constructing Useful SAT Instances

Given a set of binary strings, all of length $s$, is it possible to construct a SAT instance with s literals that is satisfied only by those binary strings as assignments?
For example, consider the ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Efficient algorithms to determine the roots of: $p(x) = r^x $ in the finite field $GF(q)$, where $r$ a primitive root of the field

I need to make sure that no efficient (i.e., polynomial time) algorithm exists for the following problem:
Exponentiating Polynomial Root Problem (EPRP)
Let $p(x)$ be a polynomial with $\deg(p) \geq ...

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votes

**1**answer

740 views

### 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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votes

**0**answers

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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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535 views

### 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 $p$; ...