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Confusion about P versus NP [duplicate]

I'm sure that in my following question my reasoning is extremely simplistic and flawed, but I think if someone answered this it would help me understand what the P vs NP conundrum is. So here is my ...
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P/NP - Polynomial Reduction vs Certificate

I am learning about the P/NP problem right now, and I don't understand when to use polynomial reduction and when to use a certificate. How I understand polynomial reduction is that you can use it to ...
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Decidability of decision problems

Can somebody give intuition how to answer those questions? From one side I can say that most of them are undecidable because we can reduce the halting problem to them (or halting problem can appear ...
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BosonSampling: $\# P \subseteq FBPP^{{NP}^{\mathcal{O}}}$ implies $P^{\#P}\subseteq BPP^{{NP}^{\mathcal{O}}}$

I am a complexity beginner, actually a quantum physicist. In their famous BosonSampling paper, Aaronson and Arkhipov show amongst other things a polynomial time machine solving the problem of ...
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What Makes A TM undecidable (using Recursion Theorem)

PROOF :We assume that Turing machine H decides ATM for the purpose of obtaining a contradiction. We construct the following machine B. B =“On input w: Obtain, via the recursion theorem, ...
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undecidable problems solvable for humans? [duplicate]

are undecidable problems also unsolvable for humans? I mean I would think I could tell by reading the code of a program if it will halt for a certain input (which would solve the haltingproblem). ...
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Complement of languages and coNP

By definition, any language (decision problem) $L$ is defined as a subset of $\{0,1\}^*$, where $\{0,1\}$ is the alphabet. $L^c$ is said to be the complement of the language, and it seems to be ...
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is FIND WORDS in P?

FIND WORDS is the following decision problem: Given a list of words L and a Matrix M, are all words in L also in M? The words in M can be written up to down, down to up, left to right, right to left,...
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Descriptive complexity of 3SAT

lately I'm reading about descriptive complexity, which I find is a fascinating branch of computational complexity. I found many formulas in $\exists$$SO$ that describe problems with graphs but none ...
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Which languages, decided by a turing machine are decidable?

How do I decide if a language is decidable and/or semi-decidable? I have theses languages: a) { < M > | L(M) ⊆ 0*} b) { < M > | L(M) contains at least one word of even length} c) {...
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Verifying Hamiltonian Cycle solution in O(n^2), n is the length of the encoding of G

In the textbook of CLRS, 'ch. 34.2 Polynomial-time verification' it says the following: Suppose that a friend tells you that a given graph G is hamiltonian, and then offers to prove it by giving ...
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Show that there are infinitely more problems than we will ever be able to compute

I was looking at this reading of MIT on computational complexity and on minute 15:00 Erik Demaine embarks on a demonstration to show what is stated in the title of this question. However I cannot ...
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How to determine if this problem is decidable?

I am currently stuck on the following problem: Given a WHILE-program P and the knowledge that all input variales are set to 0, is it decidable if a specific instruction is reached 1000 times? My ...
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Subset with modified condition, is it still NP-complete? [closed]

So I know the conditions required for a problem to be NP-Complete is that it has to lie within NP and has to be NP-hard. The given problem I have is subset sum. However, the conditions have been ...
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How To Show That B is Semi-Decidable Given A

I am preparing for my Computational Theory final and ran into this exact problem : B={ x | there exists a prefix of x that is in A}. Show that B is semi-decidable. In other words, you need to ...
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NP hardness of unique Puzzle Generation

Introduction For those who did not read my prior question, I have created an algorithm that generates n^2 x n^2 Sudoku Grids. Out of those grids I remove elements to give only one solution. The ...
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A question about decidable and undecidable problems

Maybe this question is not very smart but I really wanna learn this thing. also, I need someone who is familiar with printing 42 problem and zero program problem. This is the context: Consider the ...
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3-DNF proves the algorithm is in P class

To understand fully, please read link After, reading the link we will take a look at how we recover our solutions to a constrained Sudoku Puzzle. If we assume that a sudoku puzzle was generated with ...
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Assume we have an algorithm HC for HAMILTONIAN CIRCUIT. How is it possible to convert the HC algorithm to an algorithm HP for HAMILTONIAN PATH?

My understanding is that I have to use the algorithm for Hamiltonian Circuit to help solve the Hamiltonian Path problem. My understanding is that we have to perform a reduction from Hamiltonian Path-...
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Proving $L = \{\langle M, w, n \rangle$ : $M$ accepts $w$ within $n$ steps $\}$ is decidable

Show the following problem is decidable: Given $w\in \Sigma^{*}$, $n\in \mathbb{N}$, and a Turing machine $M$, does $M$ on $w$ halt within $n$ steps. My Thoughts: I am new to proving results like ...
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Is the language {<p,n> | p and n are natural numbers and there's no prime number in [p,p+n]} belongs to NP class?

I was wondering if the following language belongs to NP class and if its complimentary belongs to NP class: \begin{align} C=\left\{\langle p,n\rangle\mid\right.&\ \left. p \text{ and $n$ are ...
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A tricky P=NP problem

Define an operator $\pi(\cdot)$: for a language $L$, $\pi (L)$ is the set of all prefixes of strings in $L$ with length at least half of the original string. Prove that if $\mathsf{P}$ is closed under ...
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P Langauage to NP Reduction in Polynomial Time [duplicate]

Let L be a language in P. Prove it is polynomial time reducible to any language in NP, including any language in P, which contains at least one string but doesn’t contain all the strings. I tried ...
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Decidable problems for which no concrete decision procedure is known

I am looking for an example of decidable problems the decision procedures of which are unknown. I believe someone mentioned one to me once, and I also have read somewhere, but my memory is corrupted. ...
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Decision problems with complex input validation

In an answer to a question regarding input validation in decision problems, @Apass Jack wrote It is easy to check whether a problem instance is a valid instance or not for almost all decision ...
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Decision Tables Column Colouring

I am learning about decision tables and am confused by the colouring in the text book's mark scheme for a question I'm working on. I can not see why some of the columns have been coloured grey. Rather ...
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Can someone explain why the MAX-CUT problem is in NP?

Given an undirected graph $G = (V, E)$ and an integer $k$, is there a partition of the vertices into two (nonempty, nonoverlapping) subsets so that $k$ or more edges have one end in each subset? I'm ...
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A special case of the SUBSET SUM problem

Consider the following special case of SUBSET SUM Inputs: Positive integers $a$ and $b$ with $a \ne b$, and positive integers $k$ and $t$, with $k$ specified in unary. Encoding: These inputs (...
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Fine-grained complexity of 3-CNF formula evaluation

It's well known that 3-SAT is in NP, which means that one can evaluate a 3-CNF formula in polynomial time. However, I was wondering what the tightest upper bound is for formula verification, expressed ...
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Is the set of language decidable by some Turing machine computing in some given computable time bound decidable

Let $T : \mathbb N \to \mathbb N$ be some computable function. Then by $\mathcal C_T$ we denote the class of languages decidable by a deterministic Turing machine in at most $T(|w|)$ steps for an ...
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Reducing 3SAT to a Set Splitting Problem

I want to be able to reduce the 3SAT problem to a flavor of set-splitting problem. Basically, given $n$ items and $m$ subsets $S_1, S_2,...,S_m$ of these items I want a yes or no answer based upon the ...
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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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What's after EXPSPACE?

As far as I'm aware, EXPSPACE is the most inclusive computational complexity class. I was wondering if/how people conceptualize supersets of EXPSPACE. Thinking about this question, I came up with a ...
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Interesting logic problems

I've just began a course on logic and learned the following : De Morgan's laws Normal forms How to represent a logical formula (using or, and, not operators) using binary trees How to ...
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Why is EXACT-CLIQUE not in co-NP?

In my lecture I saw the problem of $\text{EXACT-CLIQUE} = \{\langle G,k\rangle : \text{the largest clique in $G$ is of order $k$}\}$ I understand this problem is obviously not in NP as we would need ...
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Is summing a function over all subsets in PP?

Consider the following decision problem: Input: a set $X = \{x_1, \ldots, x_n\}$, a mapping $f \colon 2^X \mapsto \mathbb{N}$ such that for $f(Y)$ is computed in polynomial time for any $Y \subseteq ...
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What is wrong with this reduction from vertex cover to binary programming?

I am trying to polynomial-time reduce the decision version of vertex cover to the decision version of binary programming. Here are the problem statements. Vertex Cover Decision Problem Instance: A ...
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Intuitively, my problem is a mix of perfect hashing, tree spanning, combinatorial stuff - Ordered Decision Tree?

The problem I'm trying to solve is difficult to to give a single name, but I'll call it the ordered decision tree problem. Imagine a row of commands: ...
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Why finding out an independent set of size k is in NP-C and not in P? [duplicate]

I came across a statement in my book which claims that the problem P1 in NP-C and P2 is P. P1: Given graph G(V, E), find out whether there exists an independent set of size k in the graph, where k is ...
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Does $FL = FP$ if and only if $L = P$?

I believe the answer is yes. However, I fear I might be overlooking something. In general, what can one say about the equivalence of two complexity classes for decisions problems and the equivalence ...
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Can You List the Names of Some Algorithms For Determining the Intersection of Two Context Free Grammars?

Suppose we have two sets of strings XS and YS such that set XS is described by grammar GX and YS is described by grammar GY. We want an algorithm which accepts GX and Gy as inputs. The algorithm will ...
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So if a problem is more difficult the language it represents is smaller?

I'm reading the definition of polynomial time reducible: Let $L_1, L_2$ be two language. If $L_1$ is polynomial time reducible to $L_2$ then exists $f:\{0,1\}^*$ s.t. $\forall x\in\{0,1\}^*$ $$x\in ...
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Why are not all recursive languages undecidable?

I learned that recursive language are decidable; correct me if I am wrong. However, I have found some arguments that seem to contradict this. These may or may not be correct; please let me know. If ...
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How to know if a lanugae is undecidable or semi-decidable

I recently learnt about undecidable languages and semi-decidable languages. But I am still quite confused on how I can determine if a language is semi-decidable. Is there any standard theorem or axiom ...
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Efficient algorithm to determine if a lambda calculus term is equivalent to one without a given free variable

Consider the following problem: given a lambda calculus term $t$ and free variable $v$ determine whether $\phi(t,v)$, where $\phi(t,v) := \exists t'. t' \equiv t \land v \notin FV(t')$. This problem ...
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Is the set $\{<M> | L(M) \text{is a finite set}\}$ RE, co-RE or neither? [duplicate]

$<M>$ is the encoding of a TM and L(M) is the language accepted.
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What is an example of a decidable language?

I know that if a language is regular or context free, the language is decidable. However, if a language is decidable does that imply that it is also regular or context free?
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Decision problems involving finite automata

A finite automaton (FA), A, may accept or reject its own encoding, {A}. A machine, M, can be written that accepts {A} iff A rejects {A}. Turing gave a famous proof that M is not an FA. The proof ...
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Given a CFL L and a regular language R, is $\overline{L} \cap R = \emptyset$ decidable or undecidable? [duplicate]

I think it is undecidable since context free languages are not closed under complementation. But I'm stuck because if $\overline{L}$ is regular than $R \cap R = \emptyset$ is decidable since every ...
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Is it decidable that a context free language contains a given regular language?

I've been asked to solve this problem, but I'm completely stuck now. Is the set $\{G \in\text{CFG} \mid L(G)\supseteq L(A) \}$ where A is DFA fixed beforehand decidable? I know I've to find a ...