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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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### 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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### What would be some major consequences of the inconsistency of ZFC?

I was happily surfing the arXiv, when I was jolted by the following paper:
Inconsistency of the Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory with the axiom of choice and its effects on the computational complexity by ...

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671 views

### Building a Physical Model to Solve Sudoku

Before asking my questions, allow me to begin with a separate example to help clarify what I'm driving at. For terms that are not defined formally, please interpret them as you feel would be most ...

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### Conic hulls and cones

Suppose I have a number of vectors in $\mathbb{R}^n.$ The first question is: what is the most efficient algorithm to compute their "conic hull" (the minimal convex cone which contains them)? The next ...

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### 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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### Example of a good Zero Knowledge Proof.

I am working on my zero knowledge proofs and I am looking for a good example of a real world proof of this type. An even better answer would be a Zero Knowledge Proof that shows the statement isn't ...

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### Discrete Fourier Transform of the Möbius Function

Consider the Möbius function $\mu (m)$. (Thus $\mu(m)=0$ unless all prime factors of $m$ appear once and $\mu (m)=(-1)^r$ if $m$ has $r$ distinct prime factors.) Next consider for some natural number ...

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### How hard is reconstructing a permutation from its differences sequence?

My interest in combinatorially motivated computational problems led me to search for simple problems that turn out to be computationally hard. In this pursuit, I came up with a problem which I hope is ...

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### SAT and Arithmetic Geometry

This is an agglomeration of several questions, linked by a single observation: SAT is equivalent to determining the existence of roots for a system of polynomial equations over $\mathbb{F}_2$ (note ...

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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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### Given a polynomial-time algorithm, can we compute an explicit polynomial time bound just from the program?

Question. Given a Turing-machine program $e$, which
is guaranteed to run in polynomial time, can we computably
find such a polynomial?
In other words, is there a
computable function $e\mapsto p_e$, ...

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### Deep theorems and long proofs

I ran across this discussion by Daniel Shanks,
"Is the quadratic reciprocity law a deep theorem?."
Solved and Unsolved Problems in Number Theory. Vol. 297. AMS, 2001. p.64ff.
which made me ...

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### Complexity of testing integer square-freeness

How fast can an algorithm tell if an integer is square-free?
I am interested in both deterministic and randomized algorithms. I also care about both unconditional results and ones conditional on GRH ...

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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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### Möbius Randomness of the Rudin-Shapiro Sequence

The Rudin-Shapiro sequence (also known as the Golay-Rudin-Shapiro sequence) is defined as follows.
Let $a_n = \sum \epsilon_i\epsilon_{i+1}$ where $\epsilon_1,\epsilon_2,\dots$ are the digits in the ...

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### Grover's Quantum Search Algorithm

I am confused about an extremely basic point concerning Grover's quantum search algorithm; my confusion suggests to me that maybe I've missed the entire point.
My understanding of the algorithm is ...

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### Computational complexity of calculating the nth root of a real number

Several sources state that the computational or time complexity of square rooting is the same as that of multiplication (or division). See for example:
Jean-Michel Muller, "Elementary Functions: ...

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### Computational complexity of the word problem for semi-Thue systems with certain restrictions

The word problem (from wikipedia).
Given a semi-Thue system T: = (Σ,R)
and two words , can u be transformed
into v by applying rules from R?
This problem is undecidable, but with a certain ...

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668 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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### Can a number be factored quickly, given the sum of its prime factors?

This is perhaps most naturally phrased as a promise problem. Given numbers $n$ and $s$, where $s$ is the sum of the prime factors of $n$ (distinct or with multiplicity; I imagine both variants will ...

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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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votes

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270 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 ...

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votes

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### the complexity of Lanczos method

Hi, all
I am working on an algorithm which uses Lanczos method to compute K smallest eigenvalue(and their eigenvectos) of a sparse matrix, just want some information or links about the complexity of ...

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### Combinatorial optimization problem involving infinite spin system

In material science research, I am developing an algorithm to solve an infinite combinatorial optimization problem which I believe is the most natural problem when the system size goes to infinity.
...

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### Polynomial-time algorithm to compare numbers in Conway chained arrow notation

I am looking for a polynomial-time algorithm which, given a character string containing two numbers in Conway's chained arrow notation for large numbers, indicates whether the first number is less ...

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395 views

### Vertex transitive graphs

Does having vertex transitivity make the problem of calculating independence and chromatic numbers easier?

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### Aperiodic set of corner Wang Tile [closed]

There is quite some reference on aperiodicity of the edge-type of Wang Tile. But I could not yet find aperiodic corner type of Wang Tiles... Could someone provide me some instances (better with ...

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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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votes

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### Do you believe P=NP? [closed]

Do you believe P=NP?
I've seen some mathematicians say that if P=NP their work would be worthless and restricted to enunciating theorems. They seem to believe that there exist an almost philosophical ...

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votes

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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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### Optimizing the condition number

Suppose I have a set $S$ of $N$ vectors in $W=\mathbb{R}^m,$ with $N \gg n.$ 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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### 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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### What Turing-Complete models of computation carry a notion of time complexity that “agrees” with that of Turing Machines?

Certain models of computation are technically Turing-Complete, but cannot feasibly simulate a Turing Machine within the usual time constraints we hope for. One example of this is Godel's recursive ...

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### Stochastic Matrix: Second largest eigenvalue and second largest absolute value of eigen value

Setup
Let $A$ be a stochastic matrix.
Let the eigenvalues of $A$ be $1 = \lambda_1 \geq \lambda_2 \geq \lambda_3 ... \geq -1$.
Let $\lambda = \max_{x: x \perp 1} \frac{||Ax||}{|| x ||}$
Question:
...

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votes

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### 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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### Simplified knapsack problem

There is a problem that I can not solve.
Given a set of items (each item has some integer weight) we have to fill bag with some number of copies of these items, with the only restriction that the ...

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votes

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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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votes

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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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### 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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### Indecomposability of image transformations (pure algebra). Open questions

W-transformations -- definitions
We will consider a class called finite window transformations $\ T:C^\mathbb Z\rightarrow C^\mathbb Z\ $ defined a paragraph below; $\ \mathbb Z\ $ is the ring of ...