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### “Separated” version of Sauer's lemma on VC classes

Sauer's lemma, a well-known result in computational complexity theory, learning theory, and combinatorics, states the following:
Let $\Phi$ be a collection of subsets of a set $U$, and assume that ...

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### How can I prove that these two graph coloring problems are polynomial time equivalent?

Given a graph $G(V,E)$. The standard $k$-coloring problem consists in finding a feasible coloring (no two adjacent nodes share the same color) of the nodes with $k$ colors. Let this problem be $P_1$.
...

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### How hard is recognizing a permutation that is a square for the shift product?

This is a continuation of my attempts to generate simple combinatorial computational problems that turn out to be computationally hard (NP-complete). In this pursuit, I came up with a permutation ...

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### Fold-and-cut problem in three dimensions

The fold-and-cut theory states that "Any shape with straight sides can be cut from a single (idealized) sheet of paper by folding it flat and making a single straight complete cut. Such shapes include ...

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### Construction of planar embedding

I'm reading the following paper on universality considerations in VLSI circuits
http://www.computer.org/csdl/trans/tc/1981/02/06312176.pdf
In Theorem 2 On the second page it states there exists ...

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### A factorial related statement

Is statement $\mathsf{S}$ below in $\mathsf{NP}$ or in $\mathsf{coNP}$?
$$\mathsf{S}:\mathsf{Given}\mbox{ }p,a,s,c\in\Bbb N,\mbox{ }\mathsf{with}\mbox{ }p\mbox{ }\mathsf{a}\mbox{ }\mathsf{prime}\mbox{ ...

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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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### Worst case performance of a simple averaging algorithm

Let $u_1,\ldots,u_n$ be a sequence of rationals with finite binary expansion.
Consider the following simple averaging algorithm:
while the sequence is not monotone increasing, pick $i$ with ...

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### If BQP is contained in any level of the Polynomial Hierarchy, does it then follow that $NP \subseteq BQP$ implies $PH \subseteq BQP$? [migrated]

I think this is implied in this paper by Aaronson (http://www.scottaaronson.com/papers/bqpph.pdf) but I am not sure.

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### Shortest vector problem over polynomials

In shortest vector problem, given a lattice in $\Bbb Z^n$, we seek the shortest non-zero vector in the lattice. This problem is computationally difficult.
Is there a polynomial analog of this problem ...

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### Existence of universal witness set and efficient sampling of coNP sets

Inspired by this answer given by Noam, which (I think) implies that a set $A \in NP$ if and only if there is polynomial-time computable function $f$ from random string to an element in $A$ such that ...

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

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

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### Complexity of a very simple graph partitioning problem

The following problem seems like a very simple and natural one, but I am not familiar with any existing work on it; in particular I am hoping to prove it is NP hard:
Let $G$ be a complete weighted ...

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### testing singularity of integer matrices

I am looking for the best upper bounds on the bit complexity for testing the singularity of an integer $n\times n$ matrix, where each integer is represented with $k$ bits.
I know the fast method for ...

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### 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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### Most computationally efficient Littlewood-Richardson rule

There are many, many different versions of the Littlewood-Richardson rule: the original characterization via Yamanouchi words, Remmel's version, a description via the Poirier-Reutenauer bialgebra, the ...

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### Optimizing the condition number

Suppose I have a set $S$ of $N$ vectors in $W=\mathbb{R}^m,$ with $N \gg m.$ I want to choose a subset $\{v_1, \dots, v_m\}$ of $S$ in such a way that the condition number of the matrix with columns ...

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### Complexity of a problem remotely related to the discrete logarithm $A=x g^x$

Let $x,g \in \mathbb{F}_p^\ast$.
Given $g$ and either
$$ A = x g^ x$$
or
$$ A = x g^{x^2-1}$$
find $x$.
What is the complexity of solving this?
Is there a reduction to the discrete ...

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### Computation Time of Smith Normal Form in Maple

I am using maple to compute the Smith Normal Form of a matrix of size 120*120 and it seems that I will never get an answer back. I have checked my code for small cases and I believe that it is ...

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### Probability two random intervals overlap

I'm working on an algorithm for orthogonal line intersection detection and am trying to analyze some things about it. For simplicity, we can consider the problem as follows:
Given N randomly ...

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### Understanding Corollary 3, Sec. 5.6, of Papadimitriou's Computational Complexity

I am struggling to understand Corollary 3 from Section 5.6 of Papadimitriou's Complexity Theory book (Addison-Wesley, 1993). It got me completely confused... If anyone out there has read it and ...

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votes

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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's conjecture, I am interested in decomposing a connected bridgeless cubic graph into edge-disjoint paths of length ...

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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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### Efficient recognition of sequences sortable by transpositions?

While reading the post, Probability of generating a desired permutation by random swaps, by Aaronson, I got interested in this sorting problem:
Input: a sequence $A$ of $2N$ positive integers.
...

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### Reference request: Parallel processor theorem of William Thurston

Sometime in the 1980's or 1990's, Bill Thurston proved a theorem regarding the existence of a universal parallel processing machine, using a certain class for such machines having finite deterministic ...

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### Oracle queries asked in parallel

Definition: Assume that $\phi(q)$ is of the form $\exists y \leq 2^{p(n)} \varphi(q,y)$, where $p$ is a polynomial and $n = |q|$ (i.e. $n$ is the length of the binary representation of $q$). Then a ...

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### Possible $\mathsf{NP}$ complete problem from number theory

A candidate $\mathsf{NP}$ complete variant of factoring was posted in http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/4769/an-np-complete-variant-of-factoring, where decision problem ...

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### $n!$ computation in $\mathsf{BSS}$ model

It is well known that if $n!$ cannot be computed in $\mathsf{polylog}(n)$ ring ($\Bbb Z$) operations, then $\mathsf P\neq\mathsf{NP}$ in $\mathsf{BSS}$ model.
Suppose if we assume $\mathsf ...

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vote

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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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### Complexity of sparse matrix-vector multiplication?

I have a vector $\mathbf{x}$ of size $m\cdot n$ of zeros and ones, i.e., $\mathbf{x}\in\{0,1\}^{m\cdot n}$ and a matrix $\mathbf{A}$ of size $\left(m\cdot n+m+n+1\right)\times\left(m\cdot n\right)$ of ...

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### Relation Between Indexed Languages(OI-macro or context-free tree) and scattered context languages

I'm not sure about the relation between indexed languages(generated by indexed grammars--Aho)
and scattered context languages(generated by scattered context grammars--J Hopcroft).
I think that ...

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### Which model of computation is “the best”?

In 1937 Turing described a Turing machine. Since then many models of computation have been decribed in attempt to find a model which is like a real computer but still simple enough to design and ...

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### Canonical representation of binary decision trees in Ptime?

I am wondering about the possibility of efficiently (here: in Ptime) representing binary decision trees (BDT) by some other data structure in a way that characterizes their equivalence.
More ...

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### 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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### 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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### 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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### The problem of finding the first digit in Graham's number

Motivation
In this BBC video about infinity they mention Graham's number. In the second part, Graham mentions that "maybe no one will ever know what [the first] digit is". This made me think: Could ...

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### Complexity of edge coloring graphs of sufficiently large maximum degree

I am interested in the complexity of edge coloring
graphs with $\Delta(G) > |V(G)|/3$.
This is closely related to the Overfull conjecture (OC).
Conjecture/Question: If a simple graph G with n ...

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### Digraph weak connectivity in $O(V)$ space and $O(V+E)$ time

A digraph is called weakly connected if its underlying undirected graph is connected.
You are given a digraph $G$ with $V$ vertices and $E$ edges as a read-only data structure consisting of lists of ...

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### Is there a polynomial time algorithm for Poly-trees (Oriented trees) isomorphism?

In terms of graph isomorphism complexity classes Trees have a polynomial time algorithm and Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAG's) do not (so far).
What about Poly-trees (oriented trees)? These are DAG's ...

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### Analogue break down between complexity theory and computability theory

Motivated by my post, Is there a program for theory of incompleteness in NP, much of NP-completeness theory has been heavily influenced by computability theory for which we were successful in proving ...

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### Is there a program for theory of incompleteness in NP?

Motivated by Suresh's post, Techniques for showing that problem is in hardness limbo, it seems that there might be an underlying theory that explains why some of these problems can not be complete for ...

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votes

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### Polynomial-time algorithm solving approximately a generalization of the travelling salesman problem

Take a graph $G$ and a number of sets of nodes of $G$. The problem is to find the shortest path passing through at least one node in each node set. If each node set consists of only one node, the ...

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### Computing a transversal of a subgroup $H$ of $G$ in expected $O(|G : H|^2 \log |G : H| + |H|)$ time

I have the book "Handbook of Computational Group Theory", by Derek Holt, and in it is a section on finding the transversal of a subgroup. Recall a transversal of a subgroup $H$ of $G$ is a single ...

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### Isomorphism problem on the class of induced subgraphs of a hypercube

A problem that I am currently studying translates to the problem of deciding whether two induced subgraphs of the hypercube $Q_k$ are isomorphic.
Now it feels to me that this class of graphs is "too ...

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### Relation between P and FP

For a decision problem that belongs to P can we assume that the equivalent function problem belongs to FP? For example: Is 8 a primal number? Belongs to P means that Find a primal number belongs to ...

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### The “sensitivity” of 2-colorings of the d-dimensional integer lattice

Consider the $d$-dimensional integer lattice, $Z^d$. Call two points in $Z^d$ "neighbors" if their Euclidean distance is 1 (i.e., if they differ by 1 on exactly one coordinate).
Let $C$ be a ...

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### What is the complexity of intersecting two matrix algebras over a finite field?

The following question arose in a joint project with Arkadius Kalka and Adi Ben-Zvi.
Let $\mathbb{F}$ be a finite field, and $M_n(\mathbb{F})$ be the $n\times n$ matrices over $\mathbb{F}$.
For a ...

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### What is the complexity of determining Ramsey Number?

In the notation of Garey and Johnson [1], two problems related to Ramsey Problem were defined:
$\textbf{ARROWING}$
Instance: (Finite) graphs $F$, $G$ and $H$.
Question: Does $F\rightarrow (G, H)$?
...

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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)= ...