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# Questions tagged [polynomial-time]

Use for algorithms, algorithm-analysis and complexity-theory questions that aim for polynomial running time resp. time complexity. Such questions often are are reference-requests or about runtime-analysis or time-complexity.

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### Are there problems that are known to be in ZPP but not in p

Are there any problems that are known to be in ZPP but not in p?
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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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### Modular reduction in a finite field

Let $\mathbb{F}_p$ be a finite field of prime order $p$. Define $r_q : \mathbb{F}_p \to \mathbb{F}_p$ as $r_q (x) = x \bmod q$ with $q<p$. A tad more formally, treat $x$ as an integer in $[0, p)$ ...
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### Theoretical performance measures other than worst case

Suppose that $P \neq NP$, and $P = BPP$. Assume one is given a decision language $L \in NPC$, and she has only polynomial time turing machines. Additionally, she can't use randomness (not sure that's ...
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### polynomial time reducibility, if $A \in \mathbf P$ and $B \in \mathbf N$ $\mathbf P \setminus \{\emptyset,\Sigma^*\}$ and vice versa

$f: \Sigma^* \to \Sigma^*$ is a polynomial time computable function if some poly-time Turing Machine M, on every input w, halts with just $f(w)$ on its tape. Language $A$ is polynomial time reducible ...
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### Building a poly-time verifier given a poly-time decider

Can I build a polynomial time verifier for problem, given a non-deterministic polynomial time decider for that problem? I assume I should modify the decider such that it will verify the certificate. ...
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### Longest cycle, existance of approximate algorithm implies existence of better one

This is an exercise from an old exam that I don't know how to solve. For any undirected graph $G$, let $c(G)$ be the length of the longest (simple) cycle in $G$. Show that if there exists a ...
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### Cobham's characterization of FP

Does anyone know of an accessible introduction to Cobham's model independent characterization of FP and it's equivalence to the standard definition using Turing machines? The best source I could find ...
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### What computational hardness concept corresponds to strongly-polynomial time algorithms?

Consider the computational problems in which the input is a set of $n$ integers with maximum magnitude $M$. According to Erik Demaine's lecture notes, assuming $P\neq NP$, the following are true: If ...
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### Constant-time adding an element?

Is a computer with infinite memory and infinite word size a Truing machine equivalent (in the sense that polynomial time remains polynomial time and exponential time remains exponential time) if we ...
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### Optimize binary multivariate polynomial multiplication

You have a few variables that can only assume the values 0 or 1 and you use those to form two polynomials. Is there a way to multiply the two polynomials that is faster than O(n²) where n is the ...
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### Can we decide if a number is a power of any given $K$ in polynomial-time?

It is simple to decide powers of 2 in $O(n)$ time because it's just "0-bit Unary" after bit-1. (eg. $1000$ is a power of 2 in binary). I haven't found many other trivial powers of $K$ that ...
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### Seeking guidance on what to read for Feasibility Binary IP with ''almost total unimodular'' (-1, 0, 1)-Coefficient Matrix and No Obj Function

I am working on an algorithm in graph theory which I wish to prove it's polynomiality/NP-hardness. I am investigating a binary variable (0, 1) integer program which has the coefficient matrix ...
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### Looking for some references on voting theory

After reading through this paper on optimizing the sum of sigmoid functions, http://www.web.stanford.edu/~boyd/papers/pdf/max_sum_sigmoids.pdf, I am interested in the problem addressed in section 7.3 ...
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### Min-Ones-2-SAT getting to vertex cover

In the Min-Ones-2-SAT problem, we are given a 2-CNF formula φ and an integer k, and the objective is to decide whether there exists a satisfying assignment for φ with at most k variables set to true....
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### Smallest string containing sets of letters

I am looking for a solution to this problem: Given multiple sets of letters (Set0={a,b,c,d}, Set1={d,e,f,g}, Set2={a,b,e,g}, ...), what is the minimal length of the string containing all the sets. The ...
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### CRC computation speed vs polynomials features

I tried to find information about how features of a CRC polynomials influence computation speed of implementations. It is obvious that (depending from the CPU architecture the algorithm runs on) ...
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### Finding simple min-weight path between two vertices in graph with negative edge weights

Given a weighted graph (negative weights are allowed) and two vertices $u$ and $v$, can we find the simple min-weight path between $u$ and $v$? There can be a negative cycle on the path from $u$ to $v$...
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### Sparse feasible solution $|x|_0\le k$ for system of linear inequalities $A x \le b$

Suppose the set of linear inequalities $Ax\le b$, in which $A\in\mathbb{R}^{m\times n},x,b\in\mathbb{R}^n$ is given. Is it possible to determine in polynomial time with regard to $m$ and $n$ if there ...
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### What are widely-used, practical applications to come from the study #P problems?

When, beyond theoretical exercises, do we care how many solutions we can find for something? I had an analogous question for TMs before - why is it useful to study machines that can only deliver ...
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### Pedagogic reference on cut generating functions

Can you recommend an introduction to the topic of cut generating functions? I am looking for introductory or review-like material. I did find the following survey paper, but it seems to be addressed ...
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### Mixing time of three particle systems

Is there anything known about mixing time of Markov chains for three particle systems? It is proved here http://www.ams.org/journals/tran/2005-357-08/S0002-9947-05-03610-X/S0002-9947-05-03610-X.pdf ...
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### Is this problem in P: Finding a common key for a collection of systems of equations?

Let $B=\{b_1=g_1,\cdots,b_n=g_n\}$ be a set of binary variables $b_i$ and their corresponding values $g_i \in \{0,1\}$. Let $M=\{\sum_{e \in A}e \;:\; A \subset B\}$, i.e., $M$ is the set of all ...
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### A paper claiming that optimization version of symmetric TSP can be solved in polynomial time

In the following paper : Czopik, J. (2019) An Application of the Hungarian Algorithm to Solve Traveling Salesman Problem. American Journal of Computational Mathematics,9, 61-67. In the Introduction, ...
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### IS SUBSET-SUM in P if b(the sum) is given in unary and a1,…,an is in binary?

The SUBSET SUM decision problem consists of poitive integers a1,...,an; b. We wish to know if for some subset S of the indices, $\sum_{i \in S}a_i = b$ I want to prove that if b is given in unary(...
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### IF satisfiability problem belonged to P, can the certificate be found efficiently?

IF SAT(satisfiability problem) belongs to P, then is it possible for a certificate of an arbitrary instance of SAT to be found efficiently?
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### A set that is not polynomial time enumerable

For a set $I\subseteq \Bbb N$, defined $s_{I}(n)=\min\{i\in I\mid i>n\}$. The set $I$ is called polynomial-time-enumerable if $s_I(n)$ is computable in $\mathsf{poly}(n)$ time. Most of the sets I ...
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### Why does converting a NDTM to a a DTM result in a higher time complexity?

I feel like I am really close to understanding the difference between P vs NP, and I think it comes down to this. The confusion stems from the fact that both P and NP problems are done in polynomial ...
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### Reconstructing an Array via Time-Intensive Subset Queries

I am trying to design an algorithm for a problem, and the following is an auxiliary problem for which a good solution would imply a faster algorithm for the original problem. I am given access to an ...
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### Global-input-local-output p-time algorithms

Are there polynomial-time algorithms whose input is global but output is local in nature? What I have in mind is a problem instead of an algorithm. It’s the satisfiability (SAT) problem. Each clause ...
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### Looking for fast LP solver algorithm for my Special case

I am interested to know what is the fastest algorithm (complexity wise) known to us to solve the following linear program. Due to its simplicity, I hope for a very fast algorithm. Your help is greatly ...
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### Applying Polynomial Time Approximation Scheme (PTAS) on an Algorithm

I am trying to apply PTAS on an algorithm. I think that we apply PTAS on the running time equation of the algorithm. We use the term (1-ϵ) and (1+ ϵ) in the running time of the algorithm but I don’t ...
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### Why is “encoding” important in time complexity?

I read many writing about the time complexity of 0-1 knapsack problem. (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4538581/why-is-the-knapsack-problem-pseudo-polynomial#answer-4538668) In conclusion, the ...
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### Solving NP problems : analogy between the SAT problem and the shortest path problem

in this 2minute-long video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ49N6WvT8M (pulled from a free udacity course on algorithms/theoretical computer sciences), whose purpose is to show how a SAT problem can ...
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### Is retrospective inference NP-hard?

Here is a minimal working example of the question: Consider a network with nodes arranged in a pyramid: $1$ node in the first row, $1+d$ nodes in the second, $1+2d$ nodes in the third, and so on, ...
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### Is the succinct version of P-complete problems out of P?

Consider the succinct versions of the P-complete problems as a Boolean circuit which represents its input in exponential more succinct ways. Could these succinct versions are in P or out of P?
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