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Factoring a multiset into a product of two multisets

Given a multiset $S$ of $mn$ numbers, how hard is to find multisets $A$ and $B$, of $m$ and $n$ numbers respectively, such that $$ S = \{ xy \mid x\in A, y\in B \}~~~~\text{(multiset sense)}, $$ or ...
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Bit complexity versus arithmetic complexity of polynomial multiplication

Given degree $d_1$ and $d_2$ polynomials in $\Bbb Z[x]$ with coefficient sizes of bits $b_1$ and $b_2$ respectively (1) what is the bit complexity of multiplying the two polynomials? (2) What is ...
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Complexity of counting MAXCUT in planar graphs — seemingly contradicting claims

Confusion is likely. Appears to me two papers give contradicting claims about the complexity of counting MAXCUT in planar graphs. Exact Max 2-SAT: Easier and Faster p. 6 However, counting the ...
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Complexity of approximating the size of the range of a matrix

Given an $m$ by $n$ matrix $M$ with $m \leq n$ and elements from $\{-1,1\}$, let us define: $$S_M = |\{Mx : x \in \{-1,1\}^n\}.$$ It is NP-hard to compute $S_M$ exactly I believe by applying the ...
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Approximation preserving reductions

I've seen in the following document https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-00958028/document A definition of the $\leq_{S}$ reduction defined specifically for minimisation problems at the bottom of ...
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Complexity of bipartite graphs and their matchings.

My question concerns a hypothetical family of bipartite graphs, $G_i$. Each graph $G_i$ has $2^i$ red nodes and $2^i$ blue nodes - so nodes get labelled by their color and a binary string of ...
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Variation on the Subset Sum Problem

Given a nonempty set of integers, and given that there exists a subset of this set whose elements sum to zero, is finding the smallest such subset NP-complete? Disclaimer: The above question ...
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Can a problem be simultaneously polynomial time and undecidable?

The Robertson-Seymour theorem on graph minors leads to some interesting conundrums. The theorem states that any minor-closed class of graphs can be described by a finite number of excluded minors. As ...
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Polynomial factoring over finite fields

What is known in general about the complexity of factoring polynomials over finite fields? For instance given $\Bbb F_q$ where $q=p^n$ and total degree $d$ polynomial in $m$ variables what can we say ...
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Some confusion regarding the definition of NPO reduction

I've seen the following definition in a paper on approximation preserving reductions. Definition:Let $\pi_{1}$ and $\pi_{2}$ be two NPO maximization problems. Then we say that $\pi_{1} \leq_{R} ...
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VC dimension and boolean hypercube subgraphs

Are there any well studied graph theoretic properties that are common to all subgraphs of the boolean hypercubes that have a given VC dimension d.
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$0/1$ programming multiple quadratic constraints

If we have an $n$-variable rank $n$-linear system it is clear we can find whether there exists a $0/1$ solution in polynomial time. If we have an $n$-variable degree $2$ system how many constraints ...
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Weak Bounded Arithmetics

Let $\Sigma^b_i$ and $\Pi^b_i$ formulas be bounded formulas defined by Buss in language of $L_b$. $PIND(\phi(x))$ is the formula: $$\phi(0)\land \forall x(\phi(\left \lfloor \frac{x}{2} \right ...
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What are the implications of the new quasi-polynomial time solution for the Graph Isomorphism problem?

This week, news came out that Laszlo Babai has found a quasi-polynomial time algorithm to solve the Graph Isomorphism problem (that is: $O(\exp(polylog(n)))$). He is giving a series of talks this ...
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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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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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Characterize P^NP (a.k.a. Delta_2^p)

What can you say about the complexity class $\text{P}^{\text{NP}}$, i.e. decision problems solvable by a polytime TM with an oracle for SAT? This class is also known as $\Delta_2^p$. Obviously ...
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Complexity of OBDD isomorphism (representing same function after permutation of variables)?

According to wikipedia Ordered Binary Decision Diagarams (OBDD) are a data structure that is used to represent a Boolean function. OBDD is a DAG with two sinks $0,1$. The size of the BDD is number ...
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Claimed Quadrature Results seem Impossible

We've been preparing a preprint that shows that the convergence bounds proved for tanh-sinh quadrature for numerical integration, cannot possibly hold, and an error must exist - since they imply a P ...
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Can we solve Hamiltonian Path problem for biconnected planar graphs in linear time?

Assume that we have a bi-connected planar graph $G$ with $\Delta(G)>3$, and we want to find a Hamiltonian Path in $G$. As we know the st-order of a bi-connected planar graph can be computed in ...
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Algorithmic complexity of formal proof verification?

In this question, suppose $S$ is some popular real-world automated proof system that is stronger than or equivalent to Peano Arithmetic. I would be happy with a positive answer to the following for ...
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Derandomization barriers in complexity theory applicable as barriers to constructive arguments replacing probabilistic method

The probabilistic method as first pioneered by Erdős (although others used this before) shows existence of a certain object while finding that object may take exponential time. (1) Is there any ...
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Reduction from 3-Partition to a cutting problem

My problem is the following: Input: a set of $m$ non-negative integers $\{b_1,...,b_m\}$ and a parameter $n$ with $n<m$. Output: $n$ sets of 3 numbers Task: Cut the $b_i$'s into $3n$ integers ...
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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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Division by $n$ in elliptic curves

Let $E/\mathbb F_{p^m}$ be an arbitrary elliptic curve over the Galois field $\mathbb F_{p^m}$, and let $$[n]^{-1}(P)\cap E(\mathbb F_{p^m})=\{Q\in E(\mathbb F_{p^m})\mid nQ=P\}.$$ Also let ...
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Complexity of recognizing equivalent translation surfaces

"A translation surface is a union of polygons with pairs of parallel edges identified by translation, up to cut and paste equivalence." I take that succinct (and not fully precise) definition ...
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Time Hierarchy Theorem and P vs NP

One obvious strategy for proving P not equal to NP would be to show that there is some problem in NP which is hard for a time class strictly containing P (the origin of this question is the recent ...
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Complexity of this minimization

For integer $N$ consider the mapping $$f : (0,1)^N \to \mathbb{R}, \quad x \mapsto \min_{b \in \{0,1\}^N} \left\{ x^b + x^{1-b} \right\},$$ where $x^b = x_1^{b_1} \cdots x_N^{b_N}$ and $1-b = (1-b_1, ...
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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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Complexity of equitable partitions

We are talking about undirected simple graphs and partitions of their vertex sets into disjoint non-empty cells. Such a partition is equitable if for any two vertices $v,w$ in the same cell, and any ...
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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 strings to elements of $A$ such that ...
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Complexity of linear solvers vs matrix inversion

Solving linear equations can be reduced to a matrix-inversion problem, implying that the time complexity of the former problem is not greater than the time complexity of the latter. Conversely, given ...
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On Knot Equivalence problem statement

How is the knot equivalence problem represented? By this I mean I am looking for an analogy that compares with graph equivalence. For graph equivalence, we have two graphs $G_1$ and $G_2$ with ...
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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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Is it possible to make an algorithm that could predict the likelihood that a program will halt?

Today I began to read about computability theory. I do not even have an elementary understanding of the topic but it certainly got me thinking. I know there is there is no 'one-for-all' algorithm that ...
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Complexity theory and closed form formulas in analysis

My question concerns definitions of "closed form" solutions. In hamiltonian systems this is closely related to complete integrability. In this context closed form can refers to having $(q(t),p(t))$ ...
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Complexity of $\mathsf{gcd}(a,b)\bmod N$

Given $a,b\in\Bbb N$ where each $a,b$ is $n$-bits, we can compute $\mathsf{gcd}(a,b)$ in $cn^{1+\epsilon}$ bit operations for some fixed $c\geq1$. My query is given $N,a,b$ where $a,b$ is $n$-bits ...
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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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Best-case Running-time to solve an NP-Complete problem

What is the fastest algorithm that exists to solve a particular NP-Complete problem? For example, a naive implementation of travelling salesman is $O(n!)$, but with dynamic programming it can be done ...
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Maximum subgraph edge distance greater than given number

I have a weighted graph G with approximately 75000 nodes. I would like to find subgraph G' induced on a subset of nodes, such that all edge weights in G' are greater than a given constant C and the ...
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Effectively non-recursiveness of some sets

A set $A$ is completely productive if there exists a computable function $f$ such that for every $e$, $f(e)\in (A-W_e)\cup (W_e-A)$‎. ‎A set is effectively non-recursive if it is r.e‎. ‎and its ...
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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 ...
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What is the fastest way to sort numbers lexicographically?

I have $N$ sequences of numbers. None of them is longer than $10^6$. I want to sort those sequences lexicographically. For example, given sequences {1, 2, 4}, {1, 2, 3}, {2, 5, 7}, {2}, I want to have ...
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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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On variant of integer factorization

In the post on site cstheory.stackexchange on whether a variant of integer factorization $$\mathsf{}\mbox{ }{\Pi} = \{\langle a, b, n \rangle \;|\; \exists \mbox{ } \mathsf{ an}\mbox{ }\mathsf{ ...
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A reference for “Borel Sets and Circuit Complexity”

Is there any pdf version of M.Sipser's "Borel Sets and Circuit Complexity" or , since I am unable to get this paper, is there other reference closely related to theory in that paper?
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Why is “P vs. NP” necessarily relevant?

I want to start out by giving two examples: 1) Graham's problem is to decide whether a given edge-coloring (with two colors) of the complete graph on vertices $\lbrace-1,+1\rbrace^n$ contains a ...
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Complexity of finding algebraic dependency of polynomials over the rationals or in a finite field?

Let $f_1,\ldots f_m \in K[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$ where $K$ is $\mathbb{Q}$ or a finite field. Q1 What is the complexity of finding all algebraic dependencies between $f_i$? Q2 What is the ...
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Complexity classes for BSS machines

Given a first-order structure $\mathcal{S}$, a Blum-Shub-Smale machine on $\mathcal{S}$ is essentially a Turing machine where Cells on the tape can hold arbitrary elements of $\mathcal{S}$. The ...
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Computational complexity of low rank SDP

Suppose we are given a general SDP of the form with an additinal rank requirement \begin{array}{rl} {\displaystyle\min_{X \in \mathbb{S}^n}} & \langle C, X \rangle_{\mathbb{S}^n} \\ \text{subject ...