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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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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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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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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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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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Proof of PCP theorem

I am reading the proof of PCP theorem in Proof Verication and Hardness of Approximation Problems. The following paragraph appears in section 3 (page 4), "Outline of the Proof of the Main Theorem". ...
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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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Sokoban with only $k$ boxes

Note: I have posted a hugely expanded version of this question on cstheory. Since a Sokoban instance with only $k$ boxes has at most $n^{O(k)}$ possible states, the problem lies in ...
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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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P vs NP and the Time Hierarchy

Assuming P $\neq$ NP, is it possible that there exists a $k$ such that for all $j$, $\textsf{DTIME}(t^j) \subseteq \textsf{NTIME}(t^k)$? There reason I ask is that I assume P = NP implies that for ...
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Time Complexity of a Knapsack-derived problem

Consider the following problem: Let there be a set A of $n$ items $A=\{z_1, ..., z_n\}$, and let $W$ be a strictly positive integer. Each item $z_i$ has a value $v_i$ and a weight $w_i$. Finding a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Adleman's theorem to $\mathsf{P=BPP}$

Adleman's theorem gives $$\mathsf{BPP\subseteq P/Poly}.$$ Why is this theorem considered progenitor to derandomization conjecture that $\mathsf{P=BPP}$? Does it mean Adleman's result could be ...
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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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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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Why are decision problems easier than the equivallent optimization problems?

Suppose that we have an optimization problem defined as follows: $OPT$ = Given an input string defining a set of feasible solutions $F$ and an objective function $f$, find $x\in F$ maximizing $f(x)$ ...
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Is integer sorting possible in O(n)?

To my knowledge there doesn't exist a $O(n)$ worst-case algorithm that solves the following problem: Given a sequence of length $n$ consisting of finite integers, find the permutation where every ...
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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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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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“Balancing” positive and negative literals in 2-sat

I saw in an answer to this post that it is possible to construct 3-sat clauses with extra variables such that the number of positive and negative literals for each variable are equal. Does anyone ...
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Complexity of cubic graph decomposition

I am aware that deciding the existence of decomposition of a cubic graph into edge disjoint claws is polynomial time solvable. What is the complexity of deciding the existence of decomposition of ...
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Cobham's characterization of FP

Does anyone know of an accessible introduction to Cobham's model independent characterization of FP and it's equivalence to the standard definition using Turing machines? The best source I could find ...
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Why would $NP^ {SAT} \subseteq P^{SAT[O(\text{log }n)]}$ imply that $PH \subseteq P^{SAT[O(\text{log }n)]} $

I was reading the following paper by Jim Kadin, "$P^{NP[O(\text{log } n)]}$ and sparse Turing complete sets for NP" The main result is that if there is a sparse set $S \in NP$ such that $coNP ...
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Disco Zoo Complexity

A popular mobile game, DiscoZoo, is about "rescuing" animals from a 5x5 grid of cells. Each animal represents a unique pattern (some have 3 cells, some have 4). The object is that, given this 5x5 ...