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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 there a ...
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An adversary gives you a set of items whose total size is $x$ (he gets to choose how $x$ is distributed. e.g. there may be $k-1$ items of size $\frac{x}{k}$ and 2 items of size $\frac{x}{2k}$). The ...
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### Trying to understand the Gilmore-Lawler lower bound

For a class project we're developing a software that solves a common optimisation problem. After some research we've found out that our problem is called QAP (Quadratic Asssignment Problem) and the ...
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### Is there a super-linear lower bound on the time complexity of all solutions of NP complete problems?

$P \ne NP$ would imply that any polynomial is a lower bound on the time complexity of any NP complete problem. Is some non-trivial lower bound known at all?
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### Decision Tree for searching an element in an n*n matrix

I just learnt decision tree concept in class. I have a question for homework. It says to prove that for searching an element in n*n matrix the lower bound is logn and prove it using decision tree. My ...
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### Useful conditions for proving super polynomial lower bound for some kind of recurrences

Given a recurrence of the form $\forall n,m.\ \ T(n,m)=\begin{cases}1,&,m=1\\\sum_i{T(n_i,m_i)}&,\text{else}\end{cases}$ Note: both $n_i$ and $m_i$ are dependent on $n,m$ so they should have ...
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### Query complexity of exact learning and combinatorial parameter

When defining the query complexity of exact learning for a concept $c$ (considered as a function from $\{0,1\}^n \mapsto \{0,1\}$) in a concept class $\mathcal{C}$, we often come across the following ...
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### Highest lower bound on an NP complete problem

What is the highest time complexity lower bound that has been proven on any (non-contrived) NP complete problem?
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### From SETH to circuit lowerbounds

Are there reductions from SETH (Strong Exponential Time Hypothesis) to lowerbounds against threshold circuits? (maybe for computing Boolean functions of the form OR-of-AND-of-OR) In threshold ...
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### Finding post-order traversal of a binary tree from its in-order and pre-order traversals lower bound

I know that we can construct a BST by just having its pre-order traversal in $O(n)$ time (this link). But what if the tree is just a binary tree and we have its in-order and pre-order traversals? I ...
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### CLRS Question 8-6 Lower bound on merging sorted lists

I'm doing the CLRS Problems and there's a part I'm having trouble following. The question is: Part a) Given 2n numbers, compute the number of possible ways to divide them into two sorted lists, each ...
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### Lower bound on algorithm solving certain recurrence

I have to find the lower bound of the following recursion: $A_1 = C_1 = p_1$, $B_1 = D_1 = 1-p_1$, $F_k = A_k + B_k$. Evaluate $F_n$. \begin{align} A_{k+1} &= (A_k + 2C_k) p_{k+1} + (1-p_k) p_{k+1}...
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### Lower bounds for orthogonal matrix multiplication

Is it possible, according to the current state of knowledge, that orthogonal matrices can be multiplied faster than arbitrary matrices? More precisely, let $T(N)$ denote the worst-case time of the ...
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### Reductions: Lower Bound and Upper Bound

The question is from my complexity-theory course. Explain the concept of polynomial reduction between problems and explain how, and under what circumstances, lower bound and upper bound problems can ...
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### Minimum exchanges for heap sort

I'm studying heap sort and was presented with the following question. What is the minimum number of items that must be exchanged during a remove the maximum operation in a heap of size N? Give a ...
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### How many strings for CLOSEST STRING lower bound to apply

In the CLOSEST STRING problem, one is given (bit-)strings $s_1, \dots, s_t$, each of length $L$ and an integer $d$. The question to be answered is whether there exists a string $s$ that has hamming ...
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### Decision tree and information-theoretic lower bound

Consider the following problem : ...
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### Finding the lower bound through decision trees

One way to find the lower bound of a comparison based algorithm is to use the decision tree. U have two questions regarding this method : 1) We know that the height of the tree is path that connects ...
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### Minimum amount of rectangles to create a 2-dimensional matrix

From this codegolf question. Consider an $r$ by $c$ matrix of nonnegative integers, called $M$. You also have a zero matrix of the same dimensions, called $N$. A "move" consists of replacing a ...
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### Postive interval problem lower bound

I was trying to solve the question given below. Algorithm : Using divide and conquer technique, divide the input till we get a very small size array's ( let us say of size 2 ). Solve these small ...
### Circuit Lower bound for $EXP^{NP}$
By Burhman, Fortnow and Thierauf result Paper Link, we know that $MA_{EXP} \not\subset P/poly$. Also, we know that $MA \subseteq P^{NP}$ (or $\Delta_{2}^{P}$ in some literatures). By using the ...