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### What is known about the complexity of this covering problem?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph. A vertex set $X\subseteq V$ is called critical if $X\neq\emptyset$ and no vertex in $V\setminus X$ is adjacent to exactly one vertex in $X$. The problem is to find a vertex ...

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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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### Constructing hard inputs for the complement of bounded halting

If there is always a hard input for the complement of bounded halting, can that input be constructed?
More precisely, suppose that
for any deterministic TM $M$ accepting
$$
...

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### FPTAS for approximating the permanent of a matrix

My question concerns approximating permanent of an $n$-by-$n$ matrix.
Several approximation algorithms have been proposed in the literature for this purpose, whose time complexity depend on $n$ and ...

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814 views

### Which recursively-defined predicates can be expressed in Presburger Arithmetic?

In Presburger Arithmetic there is no predicate that can express divisibility, else Presburger Arithmetic would be as expressive as Peano Arithmetic. Divisibility can be defined recursively, for ...

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### A generalization of the triangle counting problem for simple weighted graphs

One nice identity is $$tr(A^3)/6$$ which counts the number of triangles of a graph represented with adjacency matrix $A.$ It also implies that triangle counting can be performed in subcubic time.
...

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### Algorithm for fast factorization of polynomial over $\mathbb Z$ or over $\mathbb F_p$

I want to fast decompose polynomial over ring of integers (original polynomial has integer coefficients and all of factors have integer coefficients) and also over ring of integers modulo prime ...

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### What's the complexity of the one sink directed subgraph isomorphism problem?

I am considering trying a new approach for the subgraph isomorphism problem in my PhD, but it just seems to work well for digraphs of one sink. By working well I mean some promise of not having to ...

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### What is the easiest randomized algorithm to motivate to the layperson?

When trying to explain complexity theory to laypeople, I often mention randomized algorithms but seemingly lack good examples to motivate their usage. I often want to mention primality testing but ...

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**1**answer

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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 $m$? ...

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### About expectation norms on graphs

Let $S \subseteq V$ of a $d-$regular graph $G$ such that $\mu = \frac{\vert S \vert }{\vert V \vert } $. Let $A$ be the adjacency matrix of the graph. Then define the quantity $\phi(S)= ...

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### An algorithm to find non-trivial linear dependencies

This question is inspired by another MO question about special stratifications of equivariant Grassmannians, that turned out to be a problem of computing non-trivial circuits in a vector matroid. To ...

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### What is wrong with the argument that zero permanent is polynomial?

This Lecture summarizes some well known facts about $\#P$ completeness of permanent.
Given a CNF formula $\phi$ on $n$ variables, they construct
matrix $A$ such that:
$$perm(A)=4^{3m} \#SAT(\phi)$$
...

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### What is the Complexity Class of the “Function Variant” of the Integer Factorization Problem?

I've been reading up a lot Prime Factorization and it's complexity, including a fair number of questions on this very site. However, I still feel there is a question still left unanswered.
So, ...

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### Polynomial degree comparison of Nullstellensatz and Positivstellensatz over real algebraic sets

Suppose we have a (finite) system of polynomials $P = \{ p_i \} \subseteq \mathbb{R}[x_1, \ldots, x_n]$. Then it is well known by the Nullstellensatz that either $P$ has a simultaneous zero over ...

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### Connection between Barnette conjecture and hardness of cubic graph decomposition

Motivated by this post on cubic graphs decompositions and the connection to Barnette conjecture, I am interested in decomposing a connected bridgeless cubic graph into edge-disjoint paths of length 3 ...

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### About the small set expansion conjecture

Given a graph $G=(V,E)$ and a $\delta > 0$ one wants to calculate $h(G,\delta)=min_{\vert S\vert \leq \delta \vert V \vert } \phi(S)$. ($\phi(S) = \frac{ E(S,\bar{S}) }{d min \{\vert S \vert , n - ...

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### A particular argument in the review on expanders by Hoory-Linial-Wigderson

I am thinking about the third bullet point on page 455 here, http://www.ams.org/journals/bull/2006-43-04/S0273-0979-06-01126-8/
Can someone explain what is the argument there which seems to conclude ...

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285 views

### When are (Abelian) Cayley graphs also expanders?

I want to ask the question in two parts,
(1)
Is there some fundamental distinguishing property between Abelian and non-Abelian Cayley graphs? (say some specific proof technique which distinguishes ...

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### Is there a ``Ladner's Theorem" for the PH-vs-PSPACE scenario?

Like a statement of the kind, ``If the Polynomial Hierarchy (PH) $\neq$ PSPACE then there exists $L \in PSPACE \backslash PH$ which is not PSPACE-complete"?
Or is there something else that states ...

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### Is factorial definable using a $\Delta_0$ formula?

The factorial function is primitive recursive, and therefore definable by a $\Sigma_1$ formula.
Is it also definable by a $\Delta_0$ formula (i.e. bounded quantifiers)?
If not, why?

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### Survey on Structural Complexity

Alot of the proofs I've been recently reading:
IP / PSpace / MIP / NEXP / randomized reductions
have a certain flavour involving proofs showing equivalence/relation between various complexity ...

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### Why a tensor product of $2\times 2$ unitaries cannot implement a $3\times 3$ unitary?

Let $\{v_1, \dotsc, v_m\} \in \mathbb{C}^{2^n}$ be a set of orthonormal vectors. Define a map $R_m$ from $2^n \times 2^n$ to $m \times m$ matrices as follows:
$$R_m(M) := \sum_{i,j=1}^m (v_i^*M v_j) ...

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### Explicit bounds for transfer results in algebraic geometry

Assume you have an ideal $I\subseteq\mathbb{Z}[X_1,\ldots,X_n]$ of the polynomial ring in $n$ variables over the integers. For any field $\Bbbk$, I can consider the ideal ...

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### Ricocheting pinball-like shot: Complexity?

Suppose one has $n$ perfect two-sided mirror segments in the plane $\mathbb{R}^2$.
The segments are open, excluding their endpoints.
They are disjoint as closed segments, i.e., no pair shares an ...

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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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### A natural problem on “cartesian union” of set families (hypergraphs). Does anybody know NP-complete problems related to the notion of cartesian product?

I'm curious whether the problem below is NP-complete.
I provide two simple definitions and one example at first.
Definition 1.
Let $\langle {\cal{S}}_i\rangle\substack{i\in I}$ and $\langle ...

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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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### Are all $k$th-longest-tour problems equally hard?

It is well known, that determining the shortest and, the longest Hamilton Cycle of a complete graph with real edge weights are algorithmically two sides of the same medal: one transforms to the other ...

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### Confusion about reduction counting vertex covers to counting cycle covers

Cross-posted from cstheory
This confuses me.
One easy case of counting is when the
decision problem is in $P$ and there are no solutions.
A lecture show that the problem of counting the number of ...

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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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### Walsh Fourier Transform of the Möbius function

This question is related to this previous question where I asked about ordinary Fourier coefficients.
Special case: is Möbius nearly Orthogonal to Morse
!
Harold Calvin Marston Morse (24 March ...

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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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### 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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### Complexity of high-order differentiation

Let $g(x) = \exp(f(x))$. Assuming numerical (or symbolic) values of $f(x), f'(x), f''(x), \ldots, f^{(n)}(x)$ are known, is there a way to compute $g'(x), g''(x), \ldots g^{(n)}(x)$ (or even the ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Why relativization can't solve NP !=P?

If this problem is really stupid, please close it. But I really wanna get some answer for it. And I learnt computational complexity by reading books only.
When I learnt to the topic of relativization ...