# Questions tagged [np]

Questions about decision problems that can be solved on nondeterministic Turing machines in time polynomial in the length of the input.

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### An NP-hard problem reduces to its complement?

I found this statement in a true/false test section: Could someone explain in laymans why this is a true statement? My understanding is that if $X$ is $\mathcal{NP}$-hard, then its complement must ...
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### What is wrong with the following $P$ problem?

Our teacher gave us the following statement and we were wondering what is wrong with it. Consider an array $A$ of $n$ distinct numbers. Since there are $n!$ permutations of $A$, we cannot check ...
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### How to prove graph isomorphism is NP?

I know that Graph Isomorphism should be able to be verified in polynomial time but I don't really know how to approach the problem. Any help would be appreciated.
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### Decide whether an $n$-bit positive integer is composite

Question: Given an $n$-bit positive integer. A decision problem is to decide whether it is composite. Is this problem in NP? I know that for every composite number, a factor of the number is a ...
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### Is there any importance in problems whose witness for membership in a set, cannot be bounded by a polynomial?

The class NP can be defined as a polynomially bounded relation $R$. Where $x \in R$ if there exists some $y$ that has length bounded by $p(|x|)$, where $p$ is some polynomial. Why do we not study the ...
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### Which is the most similar NP classic problem, if any exists, to this one?

Consider a given set $W = \{w_1, w_2,...,w_N\}$ of weights, such that $\sum_{i=1}^N w_i = 0$. Consider the given set of mutually different elements $A=\{a_1,a_2,...,a_M\}$ with $M\leq N$. Consider the ...
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### NP problem solving

Prove that every NP problem is solvable in $O(2^{n^{k}})$ where $k$ is constant. My approach was that, let's look at the 3-SAT problem. We can solve it by bruteforce in $O(2^n)$, where $n$ is ...
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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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### Why haven't I solved the Travelling Salesman problem with the following argument using djikstras algorithm?

I claim to have solved the travelling salesman problem as follows. (You will have to be familiar with djikstra's algorithm for this.) 1) I am about to start using djikstra's algorithm on any given ...
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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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### An example of a computable problem that is not in P

I am trying to find a simple example of a problem that is computable but not in P, I know very well that it would be enough to get one in NEXTIME-complete however the problems that I find in this set ...
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### if $L \in NP$ then its mapping reducible to HALT?

This is true because every language in $NP$ is decidable and therefore HALTS but how do I formally show this?
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### How can i prove that MAX-CUT is in NP?

How can i show/explain/prove that Max-Cut is in NP? "For a graph, a maximum cut is a cut whose size is at least the size of any other cut. The problem of finding a maximum cut in a graph is known as ...
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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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### If X (an NP-hard problem) is polynomial-time many-one reducible to problem Y, then Y is NP-hard. Why is it the case?

According to this source, If A is reduced to B and A ∈ class X, then B cannot be easier than X. This reduction is used to show if a problem belongs to NPH – just reduce some known NPH problem to ...
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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 ...
Say we have two problems $\Pi_1\in NP$ and $\Pi_2\in coNP$. Where does $\Pi_1\cap\Pi_2$ live?