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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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### Doubts about Baker-Gill-Solovay

How am I supposed to read the P=?NP relativization proof? I am reading the classical paper Relativization of the P=?NP problem by Baker, Gill and Solovay, in particular the proof that there exist an ...
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### Is the P vs NP problem, an NP or co-NP problem?

A few years ago, a youtube channel named hackerdashery, made an extraordinary youtube video explaining P vs NP, in a semi-vulgarized way : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX40hbAHx3s At 7 minutes ...
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### One-way Trapdoor Function

Do the functions of the collatz conjecture and their inverses model a Trapdoor Function? If given a, b, a^-1, b^-1 and your choice of f(x), is it “hard in the average case” to find some secret x? I ...
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### P vs. NP and Godel's Theorems

This post is based loosely on a previous post, but the presentation is somewhat different and hopefully much more succinct. Basically, I'm wondering if it is plausible for there to be a formal proof ...
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### P vs NP question from GeeksforGeeks

From here: https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/algorithms-np-complete-question-2/ Let S be an NP-complete problem and Q and R be two other problems not known to be in NP. Q is polynomial time reducible to ...
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### What's the flaw in the P != NP proof in the article “The Computational Complexity of the Traveling Salesman Problem”

I am reading through some proof of inequality of P and NP but they are not accompanied by the flaws in the reasoning so I'm trying to find them by myself, just to see if I'm getting the logic right. ...
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### Contradiction proof for inequality of P and NP?

I'm trying to argue that N is not equal NP using hierarchy theorems. This is my argument, but when I showed it to our teacher and after deduction, he said that this is problematic where I can't find a ...
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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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### Reducing SAT to a P problem in polinomial time [duplicate]

Does reducing SAT in polynomial time to a P problem would mean that P = NP?
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### What is Ironic complexity? What are some good resources to learn about it?

The term "Ironic complexity" was coined by Scott Aaronson for the stuff Ryan Williams does in the area of complexity theory. Could anyone tell me what kind of problems and approaches does Ryan ...
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### If graph isomorphism is in P, is then P = NP?

I think that, since graph isomorphism is not known to be $\textbf{NP}$-complete, we can not reduce all problems in $\textbf{NP}$ to it, and therefore the implication does not hold. Additionally, in ...
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### Effective Procedures and P vs NP Problem

If, suppose, P doesn't equal NP. Implication of this statement is that there is no effective procedure to solve a hard problem; however there exists an acceptable solution S. I have following two ...
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### Why any problem can be reduced to SAT is NP-Complete?

I have a book statement says the title, I don't understand it. From my current understanding if a problem A can be reduced to a problem B then it only means B is at least as difficult as A.
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### Given that A reduces to B in $O(n^2)$ and B is solvable in $O(n^3)$, solve A

Suppose a problem A reduce to problem B and reduction is done in $O(n^2)$ time. If problem B is solved in $O(n^3)$ time then what about the time complexity of problem A? Approach: A is reduced ...
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### Can we detect perfect matchings in P? in NP? in coNP?

This question concerns the classes P and N P . If you are familiar with them, you may skip the definitions and go directly to the question. Let L be a set. We say that L is in P if there is some ...
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### Are there problems that are DSPACE(O(1)) complete?

I know there are problems that are NL-complete, NP-Complete, PSPACE-complete, etc. Are there problems that are DSPACE(O(1))-complete I.e. NSPACE(O(1))-Complete I.e. Reg-Complete? Thanks!
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### What can be a Zero Knowledge Proof of a working SAT Algorithm?

Me and my colleague are exploring new ideas to solve SAT efficiently (i.e. in polynomial time) and it's the case that there is a candidate algorithm. Unfortunately, neither of us can write scripts ...
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### Does indirect diagonalization a relativize technique?

My main question is can with R.kanon , Fortnow ,... technique that shows lower bounds for SAT seperate P and NP ? Baker-Gill-Solovay showed that $P?=NP$ could not be solved with relativization. Does ...
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### Chomsky Hierarchy and P vs NP

I have read multiple questions here that involve this kind of subject but I haven't found any definite answer. In what class do regular languages belong? (P or NP or some regular are P and other NP), ...
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### Are there infinite possibilities to the outcome of the P vs. NP question?

The P vs. NP poll provides 3 possibilities: equal, not equal, and independent. This is reasonable, because despite the law of the excluded middle you must supply a proof for your answer, which itself ...
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### What's wrong with the following argument that $NP \subset coNP$? [duplicate]

What's wrong with the following argument that $NP \subset coNP$? let $L \in NP$; then there exists an NTM $N$ that decides $L$ in $f(n)$ time where $f(n) = O(n^k)$ for some natural number $k$. ...
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### Does Provable P equal Provable NP?

My question is a very basic one. It seems feasible to believe that $\mathsf{P = NP}$, because there is some "pathological" good algorithm for SAT, yet it is impossible to prove that the algorithm is ...
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### P vs NP problem (Student example)

Hello dear stackexchangers, I have a simple question, and I would like to say that I am not a scientist. When I read the problem statement on this link: http://www.claymath.org/millennium-problems/p-...
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### Logical characterization of P versus NP problem (and references for least fixed point logic)

Wikipedia says the following (and more) about the logical characterization of the P versus NP problem here: Thus, the question "is P a proper subset of NP" can be reformulated as "is existential ...
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### P vs NP and can an oracle make P=EXPTIME?

As I understand, diagonalization cannot be used to prove or disprove P vs NP, because for some oracle $A$, $P^A = NP^A$, whereas under another oracle $B$, $P^B \neq NP^B$. I don't fully understand ...
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### Independence Implies P $\ne$ NP

Suppose P vs. NP is independent of ZFC. Then there cannot be an efficient SAT solver, otherwise it would constitute a proof for P = NP. Therefore P $\ne$ NP. What we see here is that independence ...
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### Why doesn't Godel's Second Incompleteness Theorem rule out a formalizable proof of P!=NP?

I'm sure there must be something wrong with the following reasoning because otherwise a lot of P vs. NP research would be curtailed but I cannot determine my error: For any fixed integer $k>0$ ...
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### How are boolean circuits used for solving P vs NP?

In the paper https://web.stanford.edu/~gavish/documents/sipser-pvsnp.pdf , it is mentioned under the Status section that boolean circuits have been used to try and solve P vs NP. Can anyone explain to ...
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### Is every problem in NP?

My friend and I were studying NP-hard problems and NP-completeness. I don't think we have understood the concept very well so I thought I would come here to solve our doubt. To show that a given ...
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### Show that P is a subset of NP

Okay, before I start with the question I would like to point out that I am aware that there are many proofs of this question online. However, I am interested in showing this with the definitions of my ...
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### Analysing the algorithm of a language called CONNECTED in Sipser to show that it belongs to class P

The question and its answer is given in the following picture: But I do not understand why stage 2 causes at most $n+1$ repetitions, and why stage 3 uses at most $O(n^2)$ steps, and I understand that ...
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### if traveling salesman problem is decidable in polynomial time, can an actual solution be proposed in polynomial time?

I'm asking because it seems that P problems refer to decision problems rather than actually propose a solution.
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### Are there consequences for P ≠ NP that are unintuitive?

It's often regarded that the most intuitive answer to the question of $P$ vs $NP$ is that $P ≠ NP$. This is often illustrated with some consequences that would follow if $P = NP$ were true. Things ...
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### NP-Hard for resolving P=NP [duplicate]

Im studing complexity theory and im reading this question on Quora. According to what the guy is saying : if we are able to solve a NP-Hard problem in polynomial time we have prooved that P=NP. But, ...
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### Could a scientist make money off of the P vs. NP solution?

If someone solved the P vs. NP problem, would they be able to keep it a secret and make money off of it by, say, starting a software or security company? Or would they only be able to publish it for ...
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### Solving diophantine equations — does having a bound on the size of the solution help?

Let's define the following languages over the alphabet $\Sigma=\{0,1\}$: H10 is the language of all strings that are encoding of diophantine polynomial equation with integer coefficients and $n$ ...
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### P=NP, isn't it?

Cook and Levin showed in 1971 how deterministically in polynomial time from every non deterministic Turing machine M, that halts in polynomial number of moves/steps, and string w to create the boolean ...
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### Naive argument that P ≠ NP

Consider the following naïve argument that any algorithm solving SAT must take $\Omega(2^n)$ time in the worst-case scenario. Let $f(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)$ be a Boolean function in conjunctive normal ...
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### Computational Complexity and P vs. NP, A New Insight [closed]

There is a preprint on arXiv that states (in my own words). If there are three numbers (digits) and task is to add all three numbers. First we well take two number to add, set aside third number. ...
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### Solve Time Complexity problem using Time Hierarchy

I am trying to understand Time Hierarchy. I have an example that is solvable using the rules of Time Hierarchy. I would like an explanation on how to solve so that I may understand better how to use ...
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### Consequences from a lower bound of SAT problem

I'm not sure how lower bounds affect the question to the P=NP problem. I.e. : Let a SAT instance with a size of n be transformed into an instance of a problem X with a size of n3. If you find a ...
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### Why doesn't descriptive complexity theory solve P = NP?

According to the Wikipedia page on Descriptive complexity theory: In the presence of linear order, first-order logic with a least fixed point operator gives P, the problems solvable in ...
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### Could a modification of Krom's proof system be used to solve 3-SAT in polynomial time?

A literal is a nonzero integer, and we define $\sim x = -x$. A clause is a nonempty set of literals. A CNF is a set of clauses. A K-rule is a pair $(F,C)$ where $F$ is a CNF and $C$ is a clause. A ...
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### Given an integer n, print all integers from 1 to 2^n. Why does this not prove that P!=NP? [duplicate]

I only just recently learned about the P=NP problem in introduction to algorithms class, and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. I thought of this situation while cleaning my room today and ...
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### If an NP problem is shown to have an exponential lower bound, would that prove that P != NP? [closed]

The Cook-Levin theorem shows that any NP problem is reducible to an NP-complete problem. Therefore if a polynomial-time algorithm for an NP-complete problem is found, it will mean that all problems ...
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### If everyone believes P ≠ NP, why is everyone sceptical of proof attempts for P ≠ NP?

Many seem to believe that $P\ne NP$, but many also believe it to be very unlikely that this will ever be proven. Is there not some inconsistency to this? If you hold that such a proof is unlikely, ...
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### proving that $P\ne NP$ under an assumption

Suppose that $P^{SAT} \not\subseteq coNP$. Prove that $P\ne NP$. What I did: Suppose that $P=NP$. Then, $P = coP = NP = coNP$. We know that $P^P = P$. Then, by assumption: $P^{NP} = NP = coNP$ ...