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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Implicit complexity and interpretation of total languages

In implicit complexity theory we construct languages that characterize what can be computed in various complexity classes. One major result is Bellantoni and Cook where they show that $FP$ can be ...
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On certificates in BPP (avoiding majority vote)

Assume that we have a $BPP$ algorithm $A$ for a problem $\Pi$. Given input $x$ we run $A$ on $\Pi$ polynomially many times and take majority output. However if the problem $\Pi$ is also in $NP$ ...
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Relation of deterministic push down automata and lower elementary recursion

Deterministic context free languages are the context free languages that can be accepted by a deterministic push down automata. Deterministic context free languages can be recognized by a ...
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On graph isomorphism over exponential word sizes

Is it known Graph isomorphism can be done in poly time if we allow exponential word sizes? (Shamir's poly time Integer Factoring algorithm is over exponential word sizes).
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Polynomial hierarchy: inclusion between spaces

Using the definition for the polynomial hierarchy: $$ \Sigma_{i+1}^P = NP^{\Sigma_i^P} $$ $$ \Pi_{i+1}^P = coNP^{\Sigma_i^P} $$ I have been asked to to show that: $$ P^{\Pi_k^P } \subseteq \Pi_{k+1}...
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If a CSP (over a finite domain) has only linear inequalities as constraints, is it solvable in linear time?

I have an optimization problem in fuzzy logic that I want to model and solve as a CSP. If I could use only linear inequalities in my encoding, is the resulting CSP solvable in linear time? Problem ...
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A program for polytime languages

Does their exist a program P[m,s] which always halts and for any polytime language exists an m; possibly incomputable; such that P[m,s] accepts only those strings s which are in the language.
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Can we use reductions to design approximation algorithms for NP-hard problems?

Let us say that I have a problem $P(n)$ that I need to solve (where $n$ is the size of the input of problem $P$). I used a polynomial-time reduction from a known NP-hard problem $Q(m)$ (where $m$ is ...
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Why are most (or all?) polynomial time algorithms practical?

I read an interesting comment in a paper recently about how weirdly useful maths turns out to be. It mentions how polynomial time doesn't have to mean efficient in reality (e.g., $O(n^{...
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Isn't polynomial identity testing over arithmetic *expressions* trivial?

Polynomial identity testing is the standard example of a problem known to be in co-RP but not known to be in P. Over arithmetic circuits, it does indeed seem hard, since the degree of the polynomial ...
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P is closed under power of integer

I'm new in this area of complexity and I'm trying to get into it by understanding basic proofs. I want to prove that if $L\in P$, so $L^k\in P$, where $k$ is non-negative integer. How to prove it in ...
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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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Can the isomorphic graph problem be solved in deterministic polynomial time?

Here is a recent homework problem of mine: Call graphs G and H isomorphic if the nodes of G may be reordered so that it is identical to H. Let ISO = {⟨G,H⟩| G and H are isomorphic graphs}. Show ...
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Can we show that non-determinism adds no power, for some specific running time?

$NP = \cup_{k \in \mathbb{N}} NTIME(n^k)$ $P = \cup_{k \in \mathbb{N}} TIME(n^k)$ Can we show that $NTIME(n^k) = TIME(n^k)$ for a specific $k$? For how large of a $k$ can we show the above ...
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Besides practical computing applications, is there a reason polynomial is “good” and exponential is “bad”? [duplicate]

The overarching theme of computer science seems to be that polynomial time or space or what-have-you for an algorithm is a success, and exponential is a failure. The definitions of P and NP revolve ...
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If $n^{\log n}$ is not polynomial or exponential, then what this function is called?

I just found this sentence on page 6 of Garey and Johnson's "Computers and Intractability". Any algorithm whose time complexity function cannot be so bounded is called an exponential time algorithm ...
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Machine with an oracle for a language that cannot decide another language in polynomial time

We usually see examples of languages contained in $P^A$ for some language $A$, or cases where $P^A=P^B$ (or $P^A\subseteq P^B$) for two languages $P^A$ and $P^B$. However, there is any explicit ...
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Do poly-time algorithms exist whose time complexity is unprovable?

If not, is there a decision procedure that successfully classifies any polynomial time algorithm as poly-time within a time polynomially bounded by the length of the input algorithm?
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Can one find the minima of a convex function efficiently?

Say I have a real valued convex function $f$ on the hypercube $[-1,1]^n$ and let $f'$ be its restriction on the discrete hypercube $\{-1,1\}^n$. Is there any $poly(n)$ algorithm that for any class of ...
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Why do we say that polynomial time is easy? [duplicate]

For years, I've been told (and I've been advocating) that problems which could be solved in polynomial time are "easy". But now I realize that I don't know the exact reason why this is so. ...
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The running time of the knapsack problem is $O(n\cdot \min(B,V))$ and is not polynomial, why?

My question is why the dynamic programming of the knapsack problem does run in polynomial time? The question is answered here Why is the O(nW) algorithm for the Knapsack problem not a polynomial one? ...
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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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Suppose P = NC - what then? [duplicate]

Suppose tomorrow someone discovered a proof that P = NC. What would the consequences for computer science research and practical applications be in this case?
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When did polynomial-time algorithm become of interest?

I would like to understand why and when polynomial algorithms became of interest. When did people realize the role and importance of efficient versus non-efficient algorithms? Did that happen when ...
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P vs NP: Assuming P = NP

Lets assume $P = NP$. Can we say if every language $L \in P$, then $L \in NPC$? I read $P \subseteq NP$, which means that $L\in NP$. So I know for example, that a language can be $NP \text{ hard}$, ...
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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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What is the decidable language in $P/poly$ but not in $P$?

Except for the undecidable unaries I have no idea if there is anything in the gap between $P/poly$ and $P$
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Is there a known way to convert any $QBF_2$-formula into an equisatisfiable $QBF_2$-formula in CNF in polynomial time?

It is easy to turn any boolean formula and any quantified boolean formula into an equisatisfiable formula in CNF using Tseitin transformation: $$ Q_1 z_1 Q_2 z_2 \ldots Q_n z_n \Phi \Rightarrow Q_1 ...
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Why is it important to solve a problem in Polynomial time, In cryptography?

I have just started to learn Cryptography. I am trying to learn "Merkle-Hellman Knapsack Cryptosystem". So, right at the beginning of the discussion, a question came in my mind: Why is it important ...
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Polynomial time algorithm for finding two or more vertex-disjoint cycles

The cycle detection problem for a directed graph has well-known polynomial time solutions, graph traversal algorithms such as Dijkstra algorithm can be used to find whether or not a cycle exists in a ...
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Time Complexity of k-clique problem with fixed k [closed]

My question expands on a related question on the link, Why is the clique problem NP-complete? In that post the author argued that while the $k$-clique problem is NP-complete; for a fixed $k$ the $k$-...
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Complexity of Linear Diophantine equations

My question is simply, can linear Diophantine equations be solved in polynomial time? Specifically, I am looking at equations of the form $a_1 x_1+a_2 x_2 + ... + a_n x_n = k$, where $a_i,x_i,k$ are ...
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Heuristic for Tournament Scheduling

I am holding a bi-yearly tournament in my city, for which I want to write a program that gives me (nearly-)optimal pairings, and waiting time. The setup is as follows: ...
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P-Completeness and Reducibility

I am taking an algorithm analysis class and am stuck on one of my homework problems and would appreciate it if I could receive some guidance. The problem I'm stuck on is proving that the empty ...
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Graph cycles on 40 vertices

I'm trying to create an algorithm in polynomial time, that detects wether or not a graph is in a language. The language specifies that a graph is only part of this language if it has a cycle on 40 ...
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Algorithm for a special case of SAT/#SAT

Does anyone know of an algorithm that can solve the following special case of SAT in polynomial time? Are there any algorithms that can solve the counting (#SAT) version of it in polynomial time? ...
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NXOR for 2 inputs on a turing machine, in P?

Question: L is the language of $\langle M,x,y\rangle$ s.t TM $M$ accepts both inputs $x$ and $y$ or doesn't accept either. Prove that given some $M$, finding 2 inputs $x$ and $y$ s.t. $\langle M,x,y\...
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Methods of turning a decision problem into finding the certificate?

I usually find this in the context of asking about NP-complete problems, but any decision problem works. We start by assuming there's a polynomial time algorithm that gives the yes or no answer. If it'...
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Is it Polynomial to decide whether any product of input numbers satisfies a boolean expression?

I have an input number c of n bits and its prime factorization. I want to find a divisor of c with certain fixed bits "f". For example: ...
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Polynomial Identity Testing Evaluating a polynomial on a circuit

Say I have a polynomial over $Q$. Let it be given in the form of arithmetic circuit family ${C_n}$. The randomised poly time algorithm evaluates the polynomial at a random point. What if the number of ...
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General methods for polynomial reductions? [duplicate]

Let's say you want to show $A \leq_{p} B$ (this is usually in the context of showing $B$ is NP-complete, but I'm just asking about the reductions. We are specifically looking at polynomial (Karp) ...
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How does this proof show that sequences of $O(1)$ polynomially bounded Kolmogorov complexity are NOT the polynomial computable ones?

I'm trying to understand a proof from the paper: Balcázar, José L.; Gavaldà, Ricard; Hermo, Montserrat: Compressiblity of infinite binary sequences, Published in: Complexity, Logic, and Recursion ...
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Common method for solving satisfiability problems which lie in P

I know from Schaefer's Dichotomy Theorem that only a few types of satisfiability problems are in P and any other problem is NP-complete. However, all of the algorithms I know for them use specific ...
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task scheduling optimization problem

I'm interested in such problem. I have a set of $n$ tasks ${T_i}$ and directed acyclic graph, which nodes correspond to tasks and edges correspond to order of execution two tasks. In other words if I ...
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Finding shortest and longest paths between two vertices in a DAG

Given an unweighted DAG (directed acyclic graph) $D = (V,A)$ and two vertices $s$ and $t$, is it possible to find the shortest and longest path from $s$ to $t$ in polynomial time? Path lengths are ...
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Finding a perfect matching using an LP

I have a basic question about the power of Linear Programming that has been bothering me for some time. I believe there is something simple I am missing. Linear Programming is $\mathsf{P}$-complete, ...
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Why do most scientists believe that P≠NP?

I read that most scientists don't believe that P=NP. It might be subjective but can you simplify why not? I'm not informed enough to have an opinion but I'd like to know the definitions and some "...
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Characterizing the range of a polytime function

Is it true that an infinite language is in P iff it is the range of a length increasing polytime function? I ask because I know that it is a basic result in computability theory that a set is ...
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If A is polynomial time reducible to B such that B <= A, does it mean B must be a polynomial time algorithm?

I don't understand what it means for A to be polynomial time reducible to B. I'm guessing is that we can revised the algorithm some how such that it becomes B, where B is a polynomial time algorithm. ...
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Find a subgraph whose edge weights sum to at least the number of nodes

Given a graph G = (V,E) every edge is assigned a real number Xe $\in$ [0,1] The sum of x variables for all edges is equal to the number of edges -1 : $\sum x_V = |V|-1$ For a subset S $\...

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