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Is P^SAT with only one query equal to the union of NP and coNP?

I have a following problem: Let $P^{SAT[1]}$ be a class of problems decidable by a deterministic polynomial Turing Machines with SAT oracle. (only one question to oracle). Assume that: $\mathrm{co}...
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Polynomial hierarchy intersection

While familiarizing myself with polynomial hierarchy, I have come across a problem of showing $NP^{\Sigma_{k}^{p} \cap \Pi_{k}^{p}} \subseteq \Sigma_{k}^{p}$. By looking at the proof for $NP^{SAT} \...
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Prove that if a problem L can be decided in polynomial time, then L ≤p L' for any other problem L'

So we know that there exists a Turing Machine $M$ and a polynomial $T$ such that: $M$ halts on all inputs within at most $T(|x|)$ steps If $x$ is in $L$ then $M$ accepts $x$ If $x$ is not in $L$ then ...
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Is there a difference between extremely slow growing functions and constants with respect to computable functions?

So let's say we have the function $f(n)$ that gives $k$ such that $k$ is the smallest number that gives a busy beaver function $B$ value from input $k$ that is greater than $n$. Or more succinctly the ...
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Is there an FPTAS for 3-way number partitioning?

The maximization problem of the 3-way number partitioning reads as follows: given $n$ positive integers, partition them into 3 subsets such that the smallest sum is as large as possible. It is known ...
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Tight approximation for the chromatic number of an arbitrary graph in polynomial space and time

I am looking for an algorithm for approximating the chromatic number of an undirected simple graph with $n$ vertices in $O(n^{c_1})$ time and $O(n^{c_2})$ space, for some constants $c_1$ and $c_2$. ...
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Is a DTM with k-tapes not the same thing as a NDTM with k-branches?

In the definition of a complexity class like P, where they reference Deterministic Turing machines (DTMs), I don't see any restriction on # of tapes these DTMs are allowed to use. If a language L is ...
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Are chaotic systems computable in polynomial time

Suppose the parameters/inputs of the computation include the time at which the configuration of a particular deterministic chaotic system needs to be computed. Say, for instance, as input we have a ...
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Relation beetween log-space reduction and polynomial time reduction

I read somewhere that given two languages A and B, if A <=(log) B, then A <=(P) B (with <=(log) the log-space reduction and <=(P) the polynomial time reduction), but I'm not sure about the ...
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NP Class Definition of a Certificate

Given the definition for all x ∈ Σ∗ x ∈ L ⇔ ∃ u ∈ Σ∗ with |u| ≤ p(|x|) and M(x, u) = 1 Lets say the input x = ababab Then the certificate u shouldn't be longer than p(|x|). But what would be p(|...
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Time complexity of sum of $2^n$ values of polynomials

First a simpler question: let $q_{1}(k),\dots,q_{n}(k)$ be $n$ polynomials of degree smaller or equal to $n$. Let $f(n): \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ defined by $f(n) = \sum_{i=1}^{n}q_{i}(n)$. ...
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Defining polynomial hierarchy with oracle machines and quantifiers

While trying to understand the concept of polynomial hierarchy, I noticed that there are several ways to define it. And the most confusing thing about the situation is to see the equivalence between ...
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On lowness of $\oplus P$

$\oplus P$ is low for itself ($\oplus P^{\oplus P}=\oplus P$). Are there other complexity classes $\mathcal D$ that satisfy $\mathcal D^{\oplus P}=\oplus P$? Are there complexity classes $\mathcal C$ ...
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$UP^{\ O}\neq P^{\ O}$ for some oracle $O$

The definition of the class $UP$ is here. It is of course easy to see that $P\subseteq UP$. I have a problem of proving that there is an oracle $O$ and a language $L$ such that $L\in UP^{\ O}$ but $...
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Reduce $SAT$ to $3SAT$

I was reading this that details a polynomial reduction from $SAT$ to $3SAT$. In case $k = 1$ or $k = 2$, why don't we just replace those clauses with $C_i' = \{{z_1, y_{i, 1}, y_{i, 2}}\}$ and $C_i' =...
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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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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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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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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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Are there FPTASs for the min cost flow problem?

In literature, one can find many approximation algorithms for the multicommodity min cost flow problem or other variants of the standard single-commodity min cost flow problem. But are there FPTASs ...
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how to solve NFA acceptance problem in polynomial time

I need to show that the language Anfa = {(A,w)| A is an nondeterministic finite automata that accepts w} can be decided in polynomial time. My problem is every solution that I think of requires ...
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Showing filling a container with rectangles is hard by reducing from SUBSET-SUM

Given a set of rectangles, $D = \{ (a_1, b_1), (a_2, b_2) \dots , (a_n, b_n) \}$, where in each pair $(a_i, b_i)$, $a_i$ represents the height of the rectangle and $b_i$ the width, and given another ...
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Strong polynomial time algorithm for deciding LP feasibility

Let $$A \cdot X + B \preceq 0$$ be a system of linear inequalities with $X \in \mathbb{R}^n$ $A\in \mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$ and $B \in \mathbb{R}^m$ where $m \geq n$. According to Farkas lemma, exactly ...
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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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Shorten Length Reduction

I've stumbled upon this Question: We say that a reduction $f$ of a language $A$ to a language $B$ is a Shorten length reduction, if there exists a number $ n\in N $ s.t for every $ w\in A $, s.t ...
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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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How to optimally seperate a student body?

Students will identify certain students they want to work with. I have therefore decided to split them into two groups where I want to minimize the number of people in Group 1 who want to work with ...
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Problem with the definition of P

In "Introduction to Algorithms: 3rd Edition" there is Theorem 34.2, which states $P = \{ L \mid L \text{ is accepted by a polynomial-time algorithm} \}$ "Accepted in polynomial-time" is defined by:...
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Is this clique algorithm in polynomial time correct or might it have another time complexity?

I came up with the idea finding a k-clique through starting at a small s-clique (like 1-,2- or 3-clique) and use it to find every s+1 Clique iterative. I had some trouble finding the Time Complexity ...
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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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Time complexity for this simple loop

This is the code: j=2 while j<(n*n) j=j*j At first my approach was to treat this like this loop ...
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What is the name for polynomially solvable optimisation problems?

An optimisation problem that allows to solve a NPC decision problem through a polynomial reduction is called NP-hard. For these optimisation problems no polynomial algorithm is known. Symmetrically, ...
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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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Need the type of time complexity and its formula

If the complexity of my problem is $O(f_n(n))$ begins at $n =4$ and increases in this sequence: At $n = 4$ the number of operations = $(n - 2)$, $n = 5$ the number of operations = $((n - 2) (n-2)(n-...
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Is co-P recursively enumerable?

P is RE, but is the complement of the class of languages decidable in polynomial time also recursively enumerable? If both are RE then this makes P recursive?
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Reduce 4-SAT to 5-SAT

given is a reduction from 4-SAT to 5-SAT. How is it possible to describe such a function? I found some informations about reduction 3-SAT to 4-SAT here, but it can't help me so much.
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Complexity of general polynomial map evaluation is polynomial?

A polynomial map is equal to another polynomial map iff they take on the same values at each point. So this is different from formal polynomials. So since in $\Bbb{Z}_p$, $x^{p-1} = 1$ for all $x \...
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“Polynomial Counter” Turing Machine

I need some help with this question: Definition: A Turing-machine that is a counter for the language $L$ is called 'polynomial counter' if there exists a polynomial $p$ s.t. every word $w\in L$ ...
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NP problem: certificate concept clarification

When proving a problem in NP, e.g. k-clique problem defined as k-clique:= {<G,k>| G has a clique of size at least k }, from what I understand is that all we assume for the certificate "c&...
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Is it possible fo find a vertex-cover of size $\lceil \log |V| \rceil$ in polynomial time?

If we have a graph $G=(V,E)$, can we find a vertex cover with size $\lceil \log |V| \rceil$ in polynomial time?
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Why every finite language is polynomial?

I understand that it's possible to build TM that check all the finite number of cases, so it's definitely in $R$, but I'm not sure why it's in $P$
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Polynomial-Time reduction from Partition to MakeSpan

Partition Problem: Input: $A:=$ {$a_{1}, ..., a_{n} $}. $a_{i} \in \mathbb{N}$ $\forall i \in$ $\{1, \ldots, n\}$. Question: Exists a subset $A_{1} \subset A$ with: $\sum_{a_{i} \in A_{1}} a_{i} = \...
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Is longest-path with a specific source and destination impossible in polynomial time?

The problem of finding the longest path in a graph is known to be not be possible in polynomial time, that I am aware of. I am also aware that using DFS or BFS can give the shortest distance between a ...
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Is there an efficient algorithm for determining the probability a large randomly chosen integer is not divisible by any integer of some set?

Given a set of 10 integers $A = a_1, a_2, \cdots a_{10}$, is there an efficient algorithm which can tell me what's the probability a randomly chosen integer between $1$ and $10^{10}$ is NOT divisible ...

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