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$P$ with $SAT[k]$ and $NP[k]$ oracles?

We know $coNP$ is in $P^{NP}$ and so does $coNP$ in $P^{NP[1]}$ and $P^{SAT[1]}$ hold? Is there a difference between $P^{SAT[k]}$ and $P^{NP[k]}$ at any $k\geq0$?
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Intersection of decision problems?

Say we have two problems $\Pi_1\in NP$ and $\Pi_2\in coNP$. Where does $\Pi_1\cap\Pi_2$ live?
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prove that there is a complete language in $L \cup \{A_{TM}\}$

$A_{TM} = \{\langle M,w\rangle\mid w\in L(M)\}$ $L$ = complexity class containing decision problems that can be solved by a deterministic Turing machine using logarithmic space Given the language $L ...
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Is PSPACE vs NEXPTIME known?

I know that P = PSPACE is a famous open problem, and that EXPTIME = NEXPTIME is also unknown. By the time heirarchy theorem we know that NP is a strict subset of NEXPTIME. Is anything known about ...
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Problem class of assigning N persons to N tasks, zero costs with prefs

I am looking for the general problem class / computational complexity / algorithms for the following problem: N tasks must be accomplished by N persons. 1 task to be done by exactly 1 person and vice ...
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Why do we use worse-case when categorising problems?

Maybe I am wrong, but I read that when we categorise problems in their respective complexity classes, we use worse-case analysis. Why don't we use the average case? I imagine we could have a problem ...
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DSPACE(f(n)) closed under complement

I think you can create the complementary language that is an element of DSPACE($f(n)$), where $f(n) \geq \log(n)$ by adding a step to the algorithm that reverses the answer. By that the function $f(n)$...
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Proving NP completeness of maximal length path

I have this question to answer: For each node i in an undirected network $G = (N,E)$, let $N(i) = \{j \in N : \{i, j\} \in E\}$ denote the set of neighbors of node $i$ and let $c_e\geq0$ denote the ...
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NL-Hardness of Target

When revising for an upcoming exam in complexity theory, I came across this problem on the final part of a question, which I was unable to solve: $ TARGET = \{<G, t> : t\ is\ reachable\ from\ ...
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A simple clarification on polynomial hierarchy

$P^{NP}\subseteq BPP^{NP}$ holds. According to current knowledge $BPP$ is in $\Sigma_2^P\cap\Pi_2^P$ holds. So according to current knowledge is following true? $P^{\Sigma_2^P\cup\Pi_2^P}\subseteq ...
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Why is $BPP^{NP}$ in the polynomial hierarchy?

Why is $BPP^{NP}$ in the polynomial hierarchy? I know that $BPP$ is contained in $NP^{NP}$, so $BPP$ is inside $PH$. Should I just simply reuse the proof of $BPP\subset NP^{NP}$, feed in each machine ...
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is this given language in class P? [duplicate]

i was wondering: is this language in class P? $NONDISJOINT_{DFA}\:=\:\left\{<A,B> |\:A\:and\:B\:are\:DFAS\:and\:L\left(A\right)\:\cap L\left(b\right)\:\ne \varnothing \right\}$ explanation: a ...
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Can CNF with an input string be evaluated in logarithmic space?

I have been trying to solve satisfiability of {$<c, w>$ | $c$ is a CNF and $w$ is a binary string which satifies the $c$}. As first looks to me, it is satisiable in linear time ($O(n)$) since ...
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On the robustness of BQP class

Typically the notion of quantum Turing machine is introduced with its transition function. $$ \delta:Q\times \Gamma\rightarrow \mathbb{C'}^{Q\times \Gamma\times\{L,R,0\}} $$ Where $\mathbb{C}'\...
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Changing probabilities to 0/1 in definition of class IP

A language $L$ belongs to $\mathbf{IP}$ if there exists $V,P$ such that for all $Q$, $w$, $$w\in L\Rightarrow Pr[V\leftrightarrow P\text{ accepts }w]\geq2/3$$ $$w\notin L\Rightarrow Pr[V\...
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If $NP\subseteq DTIME[n^{O(\log n)}]$ then what happens?

If $NP\subseteq DTIME[n^{O(\log n)}]$ then what happens? Does it imply $NP\neq EXP$? Is there any other consequences such as $BPP\neq EXP$? Does it also give $PSPACE\subseteq DTIME[n^{O(\log n)}]$?
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Reduction of complement from complexity class co-np and p

Let P $ \neq $ NP. D is in the complexity class co-NP. B is in the complexity class P. Let $ \bar{D} $ be the complement of D, then $\bar{D} $ $\leq _ {p} $ B. Is this statement true or false? My ...
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Show: “Checking no solution for system of linear equations with integer variables and coefficients” $\in \mathbf{NP}$

I've been struggling for a while trying to solve this problem: Show that the following problem is in $\mathbf{NP}$: Check that a system of linear equations with $m$ integer variables and integer ...
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Proof of proposition between Precise Turing Machine and Proper Complexity function

In "Computational Complexity" textbook by C. H. Papadimitriou, p. 141, he proved the following claim. Proposition 7.1: Let there be a DTM/NDTM M that decides a language L within time/space $f(n)$, ...
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NP-hardness does not imply lower bound, strictly speaking?

A problem is NP-hard iff every NP problem can be polynomially-time reduced to it. Hardness is often intuitively explained as a lower bound. But it isn't, strictly ...
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$NC$ and $FNC$ oracles low for functional and Stockemeyer classes respectively?

We know $P^{NC}=P$ and $FP^{FNC}=FP$ hold. Do $FP^{NC}=FP$ and $P^{FNC}=P$ hold?
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Alternative formulation of complexity class $BPP$

In Aurora and Barak, they give the following alternative definition of $BPP$: What is the meaning of the subscript to $Pr$? Is that $Pr_{r \in_R \{0,1\}^{p(|x|)}}$? My guess is this is supposed to ...
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Other problems in UP and co-UP

Are there any known problems in $UP \cap co-UP$ other than integer factorization and parity games (or a problem that can be reduced in polynomial time to either problem), that aren't known to be in $P$...
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Why all problems are not in P complexity?

İf Somebody wants to play perfect chess.I consider for finding solution to this problem,possible minimum data compression method which describes with 10 bit maximum possible data is in the range of 2^...
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Complexity class without fixed-poly size circuit

$PP$ is shown to have no fixed-poly size circuit by Vinodchandran. Bounded inside the polynomial hierarchy, $\Sigma^2_p$ is also shown to possess no fixed-poly size circuit by Kannan. In notation, ...
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$\mathbb{NEXP\subseteq(NEXP\cap coNEXP)/poly}\implies \mathbb{NEXP=NEXP\cap coNEXP}$

We already know that $NEXP\subseteq EXP/poly\implies NEXP=EXP$. What if we change $EXP$ to $NEXP\cap coNEXP$. As the title states, prove the statement in the title. The original proof use the self-...
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What if an $L$-complete problem has $NC^1$ circuits? More generally, what evidence is there against $NC^1=L$?

What if an $L$-complete problem has $NC^1$ circuits? More generally, what evidence is there against $NC^1=L$?
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Relationship between complexity classes XP and W[1]?

I am reading the introductory chapter in Parameterized Algorithms by Cygan et al. and I am having some problems with the distinction between complexity classes $\mathsf{W[1]}$ and $\mathsf{XP}$. ...
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Is exponentiation in P?

I think the following problem belong to class P, but I don't know how I can prove it, could somebody help me? Inputs: two numbers $(a,b) \in \mathbb{N}$ Output: $a^b$
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Will such an algorithm be feasible, will it be considered a poly time algorithm?

Given a p-digit number n, where p is atleast 500, if we have an algorithm whose computational complexity is in the worst case, $O(p\mathrm{log}(p))$, will it be counted as a poly time algorithm ? Or ...
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Modular exponentiation running time

I read on Wikipedia that modular exponentiation can be done in polynomial time. I've a few questions regarding it (sorry if they seem a bit easy – I'm not a comp sci student). Is it poly ...
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If a language is contained in other langauge, is it of the same complexity?

If some language $L$ is in P, and some other language $K$ is contained in $L$, does that mean that $K$ is also in P? Thanks :)
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$\mathrm{strict}$-$\mathrm{SUBEXP} \subset \mathrm{P}/\mathrm{poly} \implies \mathrm{strict}$-$\mathrm{SUBEXP} \subset \mathrm{MA}$

Is anyone able to give a concise proof for the implication stated in the title? This is gonna be in stark contrast to this question. For definition of $\mathrm{strict}$-$\mathrm{SUBEXP}$, see here.
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P=NP giving a deterministic algorithm for SAT

I'm trying to prove the following problem: Prove that if $P=NP$ then there is a polynomial time algorithm for the following problem: INPUT: A boolean formula $\phi$. OUTPUT: A satisfying ...
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Hardness of $2$ edge-disjoint spanning trees decomposition

The question is clear from the title. What is the complexity of the following decision problem: Input: An undirected graph $G(V, E)$ Output: $\mathrm{YES}$ if $G$ can be decomposed into two ...
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Show that RP is closed under concatenation

I'm trying to prove the following problem: Show that $RP$ is closed under concatenation Now, let's say that the two languages are $L_{1}$ and $L_{2}$ (both in $RP$). Then I accept a word iff the ...
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Looking for a problem provably not in P

My basic position is that everything is in P. Then comes the time hierachy theorem and EXP. That's easy: simulate and then diagonalize. After that comes EXP-completeness; that's difficult to swallow. ...
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Is there a complexity class “BQP without error”?

I was wondering if there is a complexity class for problems that can be solved efficiently by a quantum computer such that it always gives the right answer? For example the Deutsch-Josza algorithm ...
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What if $PSPACE$ falls to non-uniformity?

We know if every language in $EXP$ has polysize circuits, then $P\neq NP$ and $EXP=PSPACE=\Sigma_2^P\cap\Pi_2^P$. If every language in $PSPACE$ has polysize circuits, then does it give anything (note ...
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Does floor and ceiling in LP implies more than $P=NP$?

We know ability to take floor and ceiling in Linear Programming (LP) implies $P=NP$ (just apply floor and ceiling to variable in $(0,2)$ to get binary variable and from this it follows $0/1$ ...
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Is $\mathsf{DSPACE}(n)=\mathsf{DSPACE}(n/\log\log n)$?

We know that $\mathsf{DSPACE}(\log\log n) = \mathsf{DSPACE}(1)$ according to this proof. Can we claim that $\mathsf{DSPACE}(n)=\mathsf{DSPACE}(n/\log\log n)$ or something like $\mathsf{DSPACE}(n^3)=\...
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Question on time hierarchy [closed]

How can I prove that $\mathsf{DTIME}^{\mathrm{Htm}}(n^2)$ is contained in $\mathsf{DTIME}^{\mathrm{Htm}}(n^3)$? (sorry about how it is written. I mean the set of languages decided by a deterministic ...
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Do undecidable problems have no HO query? If so, could I have an example?

In descriptive complexity, HO corresponds to ELEMENTARY. ELEMENTARY is a subset of R, so therefore all HO queries are decidable. Then undecidable problems have no corresponding HO query. Is my ...
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Defining decision-problem complexity classes by counting branches of a polynomial-time NTM

This answer on another SE community discusses the concept of a "counting complexity class". As far as I can tell, the author is using that term in a slightly nonstandard way: most sources (PS format) ...
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Have any natural complexity classes been proven not to be closed under complement?

Many important (non-deterministic) complexity classes like NP are believed not to be closed under complement. But have any of them been proven not to be? I'm sure one could construct some contrived ...
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Assumption: A PSPACE-hard problem can be solved in polynomial time

Under the assumption that a PSPACE-hard problem A can be solved in polynomial time, is the following argumentation valid? Since every problem in PSPACE can be ...
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Decidability of language that contains all TM encodings that accept at least one word

I have a language that contains all encodings of the Turing machines that accept at least one word. Is this language recursive, recursively enumerable, or neither?
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Is $NP\subseteq DTIME(2^{\theta(\sqrt n)})$ never possible?

$DTIME(2^{\sqrt n})$ is not closed under polynomial changes of $n$ however $DTIME(2^{polylog(n)})$ is. So if $3SAT$ were in $DTIME(2^{polylog(n)})$ then $NP\subseteq DTIME(2^{polylog(n)})$ holds. ...
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From $P=NP$ to $NP=NL$

Does $P=NP$ implies $3SAT$ reduces to $2SAT$? If so then from $2SAT$ is $NL$-complete can we conclude $NP=NL$?
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Is it known that $AC^1 \subseteq L$?

A good exercise is to show $NC^1 \subseteq L$. (According to the complexity zoo page this was first shown by Borodin, 1977.) Although the details must be checked, the proof is simple: take the $NC^1$ ...