# Questions tagged [np-hard]

decision problems that are at least as hard as NP-complete problems

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### Why hasn't there been an encryption algorithm that is based on the known NP-Hard problems?

Most of today's encryption, such as the RSA, relies on the integer factorization, which is not believed to be a NP-hard problem, but it belongs to BQP, which makes it vulnerable to quantum computers. ...
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### Decision problems vs "real" problems that aren't yes-or-no

I read in many places that some problems are difficult to approximate (it is NP-hard to approximate them). But approximation is not a decision problem: the answer is a real number and not Yes or No. ...
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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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### NP-Hard problems that are not in NP but decidable

I'm wondering if there is a good example for an easy to understand NP-Hard problem that is not NP-Complete and not undecidable? For example, the halting problem is NP-Hard, not NP-Complete, but is ...
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### Selling blocks of time slots

Given $n$ time slots that $k$ people want to buy. Person $i$ has a value $h(i,j)\geq 0$ for each time slot $j$. Each person can only buy one consecutive block of time slots, which could be empty. ...
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### Is Dominosa NP-Hard?

Dominosa is a relatively new puzzle game. It is played on an $(n+1)\times(n+2)$ grid. Before the game begins, the domino bones $\left(0,0\right),\left(0,1\right),\ldots,\left(n,n\right)$ are ...
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### Is every NP-hard problem computable?

Is it required that a NP-hard problem must be computable? I don't think so, but I am not sure.
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### Is finding a weight-balanced tree NP-hard?

In the following, we consider binary trees where only the leaves have weights. Let $T$ be a binary tree and $W(T)$ be the sum of the weights of its leaves. Let $T.l$ and $T.r$ be the left child and ...
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### Is the following problem NP-hard? (or have you seen it before?)

I genuinely don't know if the following problem is NP-hard. I have never seen it mentioned online, but it's hard to even search for exact problems like this. I have been trying to find an efficient ...
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### Is Hidoku NP complete?

A Hidoku is a $n \times n$ grid with some pre-filled integers from 1 to $n^2$. The goal is to find a path of successive integers (from 1 to $n^2$) in the grid. More concrete, each cell of the grid ...
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### Are "Flow Free" puzzles NP-hard?

A "Flow Free" puzzle consists of a positive integer $n$ and a set of (unordered) pairs of distinct vertices in the $n \times n$ grid graph such that each vertex is in at most one pair. A solution to ... 3k views

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### Is "Reachable Object" really an NP-complete problem?

I was reading this paper where the authors explain Theorem 1, which states "Reachable Object" (as defined in the paper) is NP-complete. However, they prove the reduction only in one direction, i.e. ...
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### Traveling Salesman Problem with Neural Network

I was curious if there were any new developments in solving the traveling salesman problem using something like a Hopfield recurrent neural network. I feel like I saw something about recent research ...
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### Is a "local" version of 3-SAT NP-hard?

Below is my simplification of part of a larger research project on spatial Bayesian networks: Say a variable is "$k$-local" in a string $C \in 3\text{-CNF}$ if there are fewer than $k$ clauses ...
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### Typical NP-complete/hard problems in machine learning

I know little about machine Learning, but I work on optimization (solving NP-hard problems with SAT solvers or MIP). Examples of this would be solving TSP, Steiner tree problems, path finding with ...
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### Is $NP$ "minimal", i.e. does $\Pi\notin NP$ imply $\Pi$ is $NP$-hard?

Suppose $\Pi$ is a decidable decision problem. Does $\Pi\not \in NP$ imply $\Pi$ is $NP$-Hard? Edit: if we assume there exists $\Pi\in coNP\setminus NP$ then we are done. Can we refute the claim ...
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### NP-hardness of finding a subset of vertices in a vertex-weighted graph

This is task from the German IT contest ("Bundeswettbewerb Informatik"), but since the deadline is past, asking this question is no cheating. Given a vertex-weighted, directed graph $G=(V, E)$ and ...
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### NP-hardness for one-dimensional facility location problem with entrance fee for each customer

We have $n$ customers, $(x_1, \dots, x_n)$, sorted on the read line. For convenience, we also use $x_i$ to denote its coordinate on the line. We need to locate $m$ facilities on the real line. We note ...
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### Is this possible when it comes to the relations of P, NP, NP-Hard and NP-Complete?

I saw an image that describes the relations of P, NP, NP-Hard and NP-Complete which look like this : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NP-hardness#/media/File:P_np_np-complete_np-hard.svg I wonder if ...