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### What is the definition of P, NP, NP-complete and NP-hard?

I'm in a course about computing and complexity, and am unable to understand what these terms mean. All I know is that NP is a subset of NP-complete, which is a subset of NP-hard, but I have no idea ...
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### How not to solve P=NP?

There are lots of attempts at proving either $\mathsf{P} = \mathsf{NP}$ or $\mathsf{P} \neq \mathsf{NP}$, and naturally many people think about the question, having ideas for proving either direction....
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### Flaw in my NP = CoNP Proof?

I have this very simple "proof" for NP = CoNP and I think I did something wrongly somewhere, but I cannot find what is wrong. Can someone help me out? Let A be some problem in NP, and let M be the ...
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### What would be the real-world implications of a constructive $P=NP$ proof?

I have a high-level understanding of the $P=NP$ problem and I understand that if it were absolutely "proven" to be true with a provided solution, it would open the door for solving numerous problems ...
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### Why is Relativization a barrier?

When I was explaining the Baker-Gill-Solovay proof that there exists an oracle with which we can have, $\mathsf{P} = \mathsf{NP}$, and an oracle with which we can have $\mathsf{P} \neq \mathsf{NP}$ to ...
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### Does $\mathsf{P} \ne \mathsf{NP}$ imply that $|\mathsf{NP}| > |\mathsf{P}|$?

Is it possible that $\mathsf{P} \not = \mathsf{NP}$ and the cardinality of $\mathsf{P}$ is the same as the cardinality of $\mathsf{NP}$? Or does $\mathsf{P} \not = \mathsf{NP}$ mean that $\mathsf{P}$ ...
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### Why is this argument for $P\neq NP$ wrong?

I know its silly, but i managed to confuse myself and i need help settling this Suppose $P=NP$, then clearly for every oracle $A$ we have $P^A=NP^A$ which contradicts the fact that there exists some ...
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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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### Is the open question NP=co-NP the same as P=NP?

I'm wondering this based on several places online that call $\sf NP=$ co-$\sf NP$ a major open problem... but I can't find any indication as to whether or not this is the same as $\sf P=NP$ problem...
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### How is it valid to use oracles in mathematical arguments?

Oracles do not exist. If one did exist, then you would replace them with a subroutine with computational requirements and you would no longer need an "Oracle". Thus, Oracles do not exist almost by ...
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### Why does Schaefer's theorem not prove that P=NP?

This is probably a stupid question, but I just don't understand. In another question they came up with Schaefer's dichotomy theorem. To me it looks like it proves that every CSP problem is either in P ...
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### Why do Shaefer's and Mahaney's Theorems not imply P = NP?

I'm sure someone has thought about this before or immediately dismissed it, but why does Schaefer's dichotomy theory along with Mahaney's theorem on sparse sets not imply P = NP ? Here's my ...
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### If P = NP, why does P = NP = NP-Complete? [duplicate]

If P = NP, why does P = NP also then equal NP-Complete? I.e. Why would it then be the case that ...
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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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### Existence of NP problems with complexity intermediate between P and NP-hard

Assuming P!=NP, there is a result that there are decision problems intermediate between P and NP-complete. That is, the class NP cannot be a union of two disjoint subsets: P and NP-complete. I could ...
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### Provability of NP /= P?

I'm a novice to the topic of provability so bear with me... During a discussion with a friend, the question came up whether it could be possible that proving that $NP \neq P$ (or $NP = P$) is an ...
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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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### Are there NP problems, not in P and not NP Complete?

Are there any known problems in $\mathsf{NP}$ (and not in $\mathsf{P}$) that aren't $\mathsf{NP}$ Complete? My understanding is that there are no currently known problems where this is the case, but ...
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### If $\mathbf{P} = \mathbf{NP}$, then is $\mathbf{L} = \mathbf{NL}$?

If $\mathbf{P} = \mathbf{NP}$, then is $\mathbf{L} = \mathbf{NL}$? I am asking this question because, for other non-deterministic classes, it seems $\mathbf{P} = \mathbf{NP}$ always establishes that ...
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### Proving that if $\mathrm{NTime}(n^{100}) \subseteq \mathrm{DTime}(n^{1000})$ then $\mathrm{P}=\mathrm{NP}$

I'd really like your help with proving the following. If $\mathrm{NTime}(n^{100}) \subseteq \mathrm{DTime}(n^{1000})$ then $\mathrm{P}=\mathrm{NP}$. Here, $\mathrm{NTime}(n^{100})$ is the class of ...
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### research on OR and AND compression in SAT formulas [closed]

this is a new/advanced paper on OR and AND compression of SAT formulas, a newer area of research that seems not covered in any textbooks so far. A simple proof that AND-compression of NP-complete ...
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### Homomorphism erasing information

I would be grateful if anyone could help me with the tricky exerciese *7.52 from Sipser's Introduction to the Theory of Computation 3rd ed. I got stuck in proving that, if P is closed under ...
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### If one shows that UNIQUE k-SAT is in P, does it imply P=NP?

Valiant & Vazirani proved SAT is reducible to UNIQUE SAT under randomized probabilistic reductions in polynomial time. Calabro et al. showed that UNIQUE k-SAT is as hard as k-SAT. Now the ...
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### Polytime algorithm for SUBSET-SUM assuming P=NP

In the Wikipedia page on P vs. NP problem there is an algorithm that "solves" SUBSET-SUM in case P=NP in polynomial time. (It's idea is to find a TM that gives a certificate). But it gives "yes" in ...
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### If an NP-complete problem is shown to have a non-polynomial lower bound, would that prove that P != NP?

I understand that the Cook-Levin theorem proved that any NP problem is reducible to an NP-complete problem, which signifies that if a polynomial-time algorithm for an NP-complete problem is found, it ...
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### How to prove polynomial time equivalence?

Define the problem $W$: Input: A multi-set of numbers $S$, and a number $t$. Question: What is the smallest subset $s \subseteq S$ so that $\sum_{k \in s} k = t$, if there is one? (If not, ...