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Is it NP-hard to fill up bins with minimum moves?

There are $n$ bins and $m$ type of balls. The $i$th bin has labels $a_{i,j}$ for $1\leq j\leq m$, it is the expected number of balls of type $j$. You start with $b_j$ balls of type $j$. Each ball of ...
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Subset sum problem with many divisibility conditions

Let $S$ be a set of natural numbers. We consider $S$ under the divisibility partial order, i.e. $s_1 \leq s_2 \iff s_1 \mid s_2$. Let $\qquad \displaystyle \alpha(S) = \max \{|V| \mid V\subseteq S, ...
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Approximate minimum-weighted tree decomposition on complete graphs

Say I have a weighted undirected complete graph $G = (V, E)$. Each edge $e = (u, v, w)$ is assigned with a positive weight $w$. I want to calculate the minimum-weighted $(d, h)$-tree-decomposition. By ...
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Graph problem known to be $NP$-complete only under Cook reduction

The theory of NP-completeness was initially built on Cook (polynomial-time Turing) reductions. Later, Karp introduced polynomial-time many-to-one reductions. A Cook reduction is more powerful than a ...
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Complexity of deciding whether there is a winning strategy in the following game

The sum divider game for $n$ starts with the set $M_0 = \{1,\dots,n\}$. Player A chooses a number $m_1$ from $M_0 \setminus \{1\}$ and B has to choose a divider $m_2$ of $m_1$ from $M_1 = M_0 ...
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Choosing a subset of binary variables to maximize the sum of the highest $K$

Given $N$ probabilities $P_1,\dots,P_N$ and rewards $R_1,\dots,R_N$ and the integers $M,K$ $(N>M>K)$ as input, define the random variables $X_1,\dots,X_N$ as $$X_i=\begin{cases} R_i & ...
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Would $\sf RP = NP$ imply $\sf NP = coNP$?

If $\sf RP = NP$ then the hierarchy collapses to its second level (by the Karp-Lipton theorem). But what about $\sf NP$ and $\sf coNP$? I tried to prove that $\sf BPP$ is contained in $\sf NP$ (the ...
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“Essential” problem for MA

I am trying to understand different interactive proof systems. Is there a typical problem for the complexity class MA (like graph-nonisomorphism is for AM)? Is there a problem in MA but not known to ...
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Exponential analogue of NC?

Nick's Class (NC) is the class of problems that can be decided in poly-log time using a polynomial number of processors. I want to know about the exponential analogue, which would cover problems that ...
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Longest Repeated (Scattered) Subsequence in a String

Informal Problem Statement: Given a string, e.g. $ACCABBAB$, we want to colour some letters red and some letters blue (and some not at all), such that reading only the red letters from left to right ...
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$NEXP = \Sigma_2 \implies NEXP = MA$?

Is it known whether the implication $\mathsf{NEXP} = \Sigma_2 \implies \mathsf{NEXP} = \mathsf{MA}$ holds? (The question is inspired by well-known $\mathsf{NEXP} \subseteq \mathsf{P/poly} ...
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Universal Turing Machine simulation with bounded time overhead

Is it possible to design a Universal Turing Machine in which the simulation time of a given Turing Machine $M$ is bounded by a factor of $\mathcal{O}(\log|\Gamma|+\log|Q|)$ of the original ...
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Is finding a weight-balanced tree NP-hard?

In the following, we are considering binary trees where only the leaves have weights. Let $T$ be a binary tree and $W(T)$ be the sum of its weighted leaves. Let $T.l$ and $T.r$ be the left child and ...
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Problems with Θ(n³) complexity on TMs with lower bounds by communication complexity arguments

One of the most used simple examples of application of Communication Complexity is the $\Omega(n^2)$ lower bound for recognizing palindromes of length $2n$ on a single tape Turing machine. Is ...
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Complexity class for probabilistic approximation algorithms with bounded error

What's the name of a complexity class of optimization problems that have "bounded error probabilistic approximation algorithms"? Bounded error probabilistic version of APX (as BPP is bounded error ...
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Interval density of time bounded Kolmogorov complexity

The Kolmogorov complexity of a string $x$ is the size of the smallest Turing machine $M$ that started on empty tape produces $x$. To make it computable, we can add a bound on the time used by $M$ to ...
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NP-hardness of a special traveling salesman problem

Consider we have $n$ vertices, $v_1,\ldots,v_n$. We have two positive values $(a_i,b_i)$ associated with each $v_i$. The edge weight $w(v_iv_j)=a_ia_j+b_ib_j$. Is it NP-hard to solve the traveling ...
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Does $\#W$[1]-hardness imply approximation hardness?

Let $\Pi$ be a parametrized counting problem, where the parameter is the solution cost, e.g. counting the number of $k$-sized vertex cover in a graph, parametrized by $k$. Assume that $\Pi$ is ...
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Reduction from clique to bag automata

I am trying to figure out a reduction to prove $W[1]$-hardness for this, but I am having significant trouble. Here is the problem: Bag Automaton: A non deterministic finite state automaton ...
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On the Turing Completeness of First Order Logic

It is well known that in Descriptive Complexity Theory FO is equivalent to AC0. However, this accepts a couple of a theory and a string <T,s> iff the ...
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'Stones' game complexity

I'm trying to find complexity class of finding winning strategy for first player in following game: Intance of 'Stones' game is: finite set $X$ relation $R \subseteq X^3$ set $Y \subseteq X$ and ...
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Decomposition of graphs that uses centers

Do you know of any kind of decomposition of graphs that involves centers, especially in the context of parametrized complexity? If so, please provide some reference. If not, do you see any reason ...
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Find a permutation that maximize the minimum of $\frac{a_n}{a_{n-1}} + \frac{a_n}{a_{n+1}}$

Consider a sequence of $n$ positive real numbers $a_0,\ldots,a_{n-1}$. Let $S_n$ be the set of permutations on $\{0,\ldots,n-1\}$. We are interested to find $$ \max_{\pi\in S_n}\left( ...
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Fastest known complexity for combinatorial ILP algorithm?

I'm wondering, what is the best known algorithm, in terms of Big-$O$ notation, to solve Integer Linear Programming? I know that the problem is $NP$-complete, so I'm not expecting anything polynomial. ...
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If one shows s that UNIQUE k-SAT is in P, does it imply P=NP?

Valiant & Vazirani proved SAT transforms UNIQUE SAT under randomized probabilistic reductions in polynomial time. Calabro et al. showed that UNIQUE k-SAT is as hard as k-SAT. Now the question is, ...
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What are appropriate isomorphisms between formal languages?

A formal language $L$ over an alphabet $\Sigma$ is a subset of $\Sigma^*$, that is, a set of words over that alphabet. Two formal languages $L$ and $L'$ are equal, if the corresponding sets are ...
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PTAS vs. exact-time sub-exponential algorithms

I have recently summarized several algorithms for the maximum disjoint set problem. This problem is NP-hard, but it has both PTAS and sub-exponential algorithms. These algorithms seem to me closely ...
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Existence of Hamiltonian cycle in a 3-regular $C_n$-free graph

I know that Hamiltonian cycle problem in 3-regular triangle-free graphs is NP-complete. I would like to know how far we can stretch this result. Observing that a triangle is just $C_3$ cycle, What is ...
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Complexity of Set Optimization with Sum of Rational Functions Objective

I encountered the following optimization problem. Let $ S = \lbrace 1, 2, \ldots, n \rbrace $ be a set of items. Each item $ i \in S $ has a non-negative benefit $ b_i \in \mathbb R^+ $, non-negative ...
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Proof of SAT is randomly reducible to UNIQUE-SAT

I am asking for help to explain some crucial points of the central lemma and it's proof of famous paper NP is as easy as detecting unique solutions by L.Valiant and V.Vazirani. The proof can be found ...
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Relativization of NP-completeness

This is actually exercise 3.7 from "Computational Complexity: A Modern Approach". I need to prove that the NP-Completeness of 3-sat does not relativize, i.e. I need to show that that exists some ...
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Are there any algorithms where the recovery of a witness changes the time complexity?

In many algorithms, such as the solution to the longest-subsequence problem using dynamic programming, finding the length of an answer (or signaling the nonexistence of an answer) is easy, but ...
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Graph canonization is not a decision problem. But what type of problem is it?

I noticed that the most convenient way to deal with quotient structures (like the rational numbers or other equivalence classes) within ZFC is to select a unique representant from each equivalence ...
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Is finding all valid nets of a polyhedron NP-hard?

Suppose I wanted to find all valid nets of a polyhedron. Is this kind of problem NP-Hard? My guess is that it is. If you were to increase the "complexity" of the polyhedron (maybe this is the number ...
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What is an upper bound on formula size when converting 3-SAT to UNIQUE 3-SAT?

What is an upper bound on formula size when converting 3-SAT to UNIQUE 3-SAT? We can use the Valiant Vazirani Therom, also found here (in more detail). Essentially, it is a randomized algorithm that ...
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Packing rectangles to generate a sprite sheet

I am writing a sprite sheet generator tool in adobe AIR, and I have to force with the question: How to pack a collection of 2D rectangles to smallest possible 2D rectangle with power of two. (like ...
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How to eliminate for/if/while from algorithms when it's possible

Is there any way to find out how to replace for/if for elementary recursive algorithms? I know that primitive recursive functions cannot basically eliminate "for", but for elementary recursive ...
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PARITY using depth one TC0 circuit

I need to disprove that a PARITY gate can be simulated using a single MAJORITY gate, or even a ...
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Polynomial Hierarchy and its Relation to Multi-Phase/States Physical Systems

We know that at the end computation should be done by physical systems which follow laws of physics. I know there are some researches that study the phase transition phenomenon in physics and try to ...
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Not self-reducible NP problem

I am interesting in proving that there is no search problem that is polynomial bounded and self-reducible, as long as ${\sf P} \neq {\sf NP} \cap {\sf coNP}$. The problem is I don't know how to ...
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Reduction from knapsack problem to Integer relation that equals one

My question is related to the Integer Relation Detection Problem which can be formulated as: $\qquad a_1x_1 + a_2x_2 + \cdots + a_nx_n = 0$ Where $\forall i. a_i\in\mathbb{Z} \land a_i<c \land ...
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Hardness of counting solutions to NP-Complete problems, assuming a type of reduction

The $\text{NP-Complete}$ class of problems is defined w.r.t Karp Reductions, which are polytime many-one reductions. However, they need not necessarily preserve the number of solutions. A more ...
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What is the trick of “adding a huge number” for in the reduction from $\textsf{3-Partition}$?

Problem: To prove the $\textsf{NP-Completeness}$ of the problem of "Packing Squares (with different side length) into A Rectangle", $\textsf{3-Partition}$ is reduced to it, as shown in the following ...
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Weakest reduction for P-completeness

It is common to define $P$-completeness with respect to logspace many-one reductions. I am looking for a complexity class $C$ such that if $C=P$ then all problems in $P$ are $P$-complete under ...
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How to convert a rank constraint into integer programming?

Consider the low-rank matrix completion problem: given an integer $k$ and a subset of entries of some matrix, can you fill in the rest of the entries so that the resulting matrix has rank at most $k$? ...
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Is this modification of the subset-sum problem NP-complete?

Suppose we have input $s_1,\dots,s_n \in \mathbb Z$ and $t \in \mathbb Z$. We want to know if there exist variables $x_1,\dots,x_n$ in which each $x_i=1/2^k$, where $k \in \{0,1,2,3,4,\dots,\infty\}$, ...
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Showing that the language of graphs and nodes on an odd cycle is in NL

Let L be the language containing all the pairs (G,v) where G is a directed graph and v is a vertex in G such that G contains a cycle that contains v and the number of different vertices that appear ...
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Are there online available solved homeworks on complexity theory?

I have never seen this subject before but certain things I read got me curious. I found various online lecture notes on complexity theory and theoretical CS but almost no where do I see solved ...
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AC0 and first order logic equivalence

The page on descriptive complexity theory in Wikipedia states the following: "First-order logic defines the class FO, corresponding to AC0, the languages recognized by polynomial-size circuits of ...
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What is hiding behind amortized constant delay enumeration?

The following may contain errors. It is precisely because I am not sure I understand the topic that I am asking questions. I do not have books about it and could not find an adequate reference on the ...