Questions tagged [reductions]

In computability and complexity, finding mappings between problems that allow solving one problem using a solution of another one. For reduction in programming language theory (e.g. beta-reduction), see [lambda-calculus] or [term-rewriting].

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What is the result of a reduction operation called?

Is there a commonly used term for the result of a reduction operation? "reductant" does not quite sound right...
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Is the Clique Problem polynomial time reducible to the graph-Homomorphism Problem and if so what does the reduction look like?

Is the k-Clique Problem (given a Graph G and a natural number k does G kontain a Clique of size k) polynomial time reduzible to the graph-Homomorphism Problem (given two graphs, G and H, is there a ...
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Undecidability of two Turing machines acting the same way on an input

So I need to find a reduction to the (undecidable) problem of deciding if two Turing machines $M_1$ and $M_2$ behave the same way on an input $x$. "Behaving the same way" is defined like this: $M_1$ ...
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Reduce Vertex Cover with size k to Vertex Cover with size n/2

Disclaimer: This is a homework question. I would like to reduce vertex cover problem to the following problem: $$L = \{G \mid G\text{ has a vertex cover of size } |V(G)|/2\}\,.$$ I have divided the ...
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How are all NP Complete problems similar?

I'm reading few proofs which prove a given problem is NP complete. The proof technique has following steps. Prove that current problem is NP, i.e., given a certificate, prove that it can be verified ...
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From 2IN3SAT to NAE3SAT ( not all equal )

We know that 1IN3SAT is np-complete , I will define an ne form of the SAT problem 2IN3SAT (exactly two true variables ). 2IN3SAT is np-complete because (x,y,z) is in 1IN3SAT iff (!x,!y,!z) is in ...
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Proof by reduction that the Universal Language is not recursive using the complement of the Diagonalization language

I have the following proof which I don't fully understand. L D/ is the complement of the Diagonalizaton Language. L U is the Universal language. Assume U* is a TM for Lu which always halts. ...
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Is Finding A Hitting Set of Size n/2 NP-Hard?

In Hitting Set problem we are given a collection E of subsets of V and we want to find smallest subset H of V which intersects (hits) every set in E. In decision version of the problem, we are asked ...
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Condensed Nearest Neighbor Explanation

I have a question regarding the Condensed Nearest Neighbor algorithm from ...
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In the reduction from HALT to ALLHALT, why does the constructed Turing machine loop indefinitely when the inputted Turing machine rejects?

Let HALT be the language $\{\langle M, w\rangle : M\text{ is a TM that halts on }w \}$. Let ALLHALT be the language $\{\langle M\rangle : M\text{ is a TM that halts on all inputs}\}$. Use a reduction ...
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reduction: L1’s decidability is unknown and L2 is undecidable

About this question: Reductions can be tricky to get the hang of, and you want to avoid “going the wrong way” with them. In which of these scenarios does L1 ≤m L2 provide useful information (and ...
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Proving Problems are Undecidable/ Semi decidable? E.g. Halting Problem, Membership Problem? [duplicate]

I am having issues finding similarities in different cases where a problem such as the Halting Problem or the Accept-Λ problem is reduced to the Membership problem to prove that it is semi-decidable ...
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Polynomial reduction proprietries: reflexive, transitive, but not symmetric

From theory I know the polynomial reduction is: reflexive $A ≤ A$ (A Language) transitive $A ≤ B$ and $ B ≤ C$, then $A ≤ C$ (A, B, and C Languages). What about symmetric? There is an example with ...
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Invertability of Karp reductions

Karp reducibility between NP-complete problems $A$ and $B$ is defined as a polynomial-time computable function $f$ such that $a \in A$ if and only if $f(a) \in B$. I am interested in polynomial-time ...
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On FPTAS and many one parsimonious reductions

We have two $NP$ complete problems $\Pi_1$ and $\Pi_2$. Suppose $\Pi_1\rightarrow\Pi_2$ be a many one parsimonious reduction. If $\Pi_1$ has an FPTAS then does $\Pi_2$ also have? If $\Pi_2$ has an ...
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Are there any problems that reduce to the halting problem?

I'm reading through sipser and there is a lot of computability problems that the halting problem reduces to, i.e. if $A_{TM} = \{\langle M,w\rangle : M$ accepts input $w\}$ then $A_{TM} \leq P$ where ...
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Complexity problem reduction?

Let say A and B are two decesion problems where A $\le$ B polinomial reduction is true. Is this : A̅ $\le$ B̅ also true? If so, can you show an exemple, if not why?
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Given a set, partition it into ordered triples

I have a set $S$ of $3m$ positive numbers $\{a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_{3m}\}$. The question is: can you select $m$ disjoint triples $(a_i,a_j,a_k)$ from $S$ such that $a_i-a_j-a_k\geq1$? I was trying to ...
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Circuit satisfiability problem : SAT-C to SAT-2C

I have the following language : $L=\{\langle C_1,C_2\rangle \text{ | } C_1 \text{ and } C_2 \text{ are two circuits that calculate different function}\}$. We can call this language SAT-2C. Prove that ...
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Can polynomial many-to-one reduction be done to a specific problem instance?

Let's say I reduce the problem $A \in L$ to $B \in K$ , with a function $f: \Sigma^{*} \rightarrow \Gamma^{*}$ such that $w \in L \Leftrightarrow f(w) \in K$ . I know if I want to solve $A$, given ...
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Multivariate polynomials

Given a Diophantine equation $p(x_1,x_2,...,x_n)$, Can I find a reduction from $\text{dioph}(\mathbb{N}) \leq \text{dioph}(\mathbb{N}_e)$? $\mathbb{N}_e$ is the set of even numbers. So I have to ...
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NP-completeness for integer linear program

This is a homework problem, so I don't want the solution. I need a hint which problem to reduce to the following and/or how to start on it. We were thinking of TSP or independent set but couldn't come ...
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PSPACE-hardness of the unbounded puzzle

Given a board of size $n \times 1$ where $n=\infty$ (basically a tape, one way infinite), and a set of colors $C$, some starting color $c_{start} \in C$, a set of templates $T$ in a form $(c_k, i, c_i,...
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Prove the Droid Trader Problem is NP-complete

This question is from chapter 8, exercise 35, of Algorithm Design by Kleinberg and Tardos. A player in the game controls a spaceship and is trying to make money buying and selling droids on ...
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Proving NP-Complete problem by reduction of subset-sum

My assignment question as "given a multiset of symbols (letters) L from an alphabet Σ (thus, the same letter may appear in L multiple times), and a set of words W ⊆ Σ' , UseAllLetters asks if it is ...
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Show that SQUARED-SUM-PARTITION is NP-complete

Consider the following problem SQUARED-SUM-PARTITION. You are given positive integers $x_1, \dots, x_n$, and numbers $k$ and $B$. You want to know whether it is possible to partition the numbers $\{ ...
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How do I reduce subset sum to another problem in NP?

I'm trying to solve the following problem about arranging pens on rows. The problem goes as the following. Given $n$ integers $l_1, \dots l_n$, the lengths of the pens, r rows and a goal G. Is it ...
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Hamiltonian cycle, verifying and finding

If we have an algorithm that in polynomial time says if a graph G has an hamiltonian cycle, can we have an algorithm that in polynomial time find an hamiltonian cycle? My attempt is to delete an edge ...
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Reducing universal language to language of palindromes

I am trying to understand proof for proving language of all palindromes is undecidable from these slides. It tried to reduce universal language to language of all palindromes on alphabet. The two ...
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Decide if Turing machine's language contains either a or b string

during school exercises we worked on decidability problems and there was one I don't really understand. We were provided with solution and explanation regarding this exercise but still I need more ...
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NP-hardness even with perturbations

Consider the following problem, which can be called "2-SET-PARTITION": Given two sets of positive numbers, $a_1,\ldots,a_n$ and $b_1,\ldots,b_n$, where $\sum_{i\in[n]}a_i = \sum_{i\in[n]}b_i = 2 S$,...
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Reduction from Vertex Cover to Dominating Set

I am trying to reduce the vertex cover (decision) problem to the dominating set (decision) problem in order to prove that the latter is NP-hard. After some research online, I found that many articles ...
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How do we construct reductions for NP-Completeness

I'm wondering in what direction we construct reductions to prove that a problem is NP-complete. Say the question is asking to prove that the vertex cover problem is NP-complete given that the ...
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Example of two undecidable languages that cannot be reduced to each other

I want to find two undecidable languages $A$ and $B$ that $A$ cannot reduce to $B$, $B$ cannot reduce to $A$(Many-one reduce). One of my thought is to let $A$ be the halting problem, let $B$ be some ...
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Is finding the minimum feedback arc set on graph with two outgoing arcs for each node np-complete?

I have a graph with at most two outgoing arcs for each node and I need to extract a DAG by removing the least number of arcs. I know that the general problem is np-complete but i can't reduce it to ...
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Why does such reductions work [duplicate]

In class we saw examples of reductions like from Independent Set (IS) to Longest common subsequence (arbitrary number of sequences) (LCS) $V = \{v_1,\ldots,v_n\} E =\{ e_1,\ldots, e_m \}$ The ...
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Graph 3-colorability is self-reducible

I am interested in self-reducibility of Graph 3-Coloralibity problem. Definition of Graph 3-Coloralibity problem. Given an undirected graph $G$ does there exists a way to color the nodes red, green, ...
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Solving the min edge cover using the maximum matching algorithm

To solve an instance of an edge cover, we can use the maximum matching algorithm. Edge Cover: an edge cover of a graph is a set of edges such that every vertex of the graph is incident to at least ...
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4-partition elements summation NP completeness

How can we prove that the following problem $A$ is NP complete? Given a set of integers $S={a_1, ..., a_n}$ and a number $D$, is it possible to find disjoint sets $S_1, S_2, S_3, S_4$ such that $S_1 \...
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Reducing 3 SAT to 3 SET PACKING

I'm trying to prove NP-hardness of 3 SET PACKING, which is a following problem: given a family of sets where each set contains 3 elements, decide whether the family contains k sets that are pairwise ...
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Reductions from non decision problems

I want to show a minimization problem $Y$ has no approximation factor of 1.36. To be more specific the problem $Y$ is the exemplar distance problem between two genomes. Could I reduce from the min ...
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Partition into pairs with minimum absolute difference, NP-hard?

I have a set $S$ of an even number of positive elements $2m$ and $m$ values $t_1,t_2,\ldots,t_m$ where each $t_i\leq1$ for all $i$. The question is: can you select $m$ disjoint pairs $(a_i,b_i)$ from ...
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Can current quantum computers decide languages that Turing Machines cannot?

I am currently learning Computing Theory at university, and we were on the topic of Turing-Decidability, Recognizability, etc. Showing that a problem is undecidable with Turing machines due to ...
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Variants of the 3-SUM problem

The 3SUM problem has two variants. In one variant, there is a single array $S$ of integers, and we have to find three different elements $a,b,c \in S$ such that $a+b+c=0$. In another variant, there ...
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pseudo-polynomial reduction from 3-Partition to Partition

A problem $\Pi'$ is pseudo-polynomially reducible to the problem $\Pi$ ($\Pi' \leq_{pp} \Pi$) if, for any instance $I'$ of $\Pi'$, an instance $I$ of $Π$ can be constructed in pseudo-polynomially ...
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How to encode reachability in a graph with walls as a SAT problem

Suppose we have a graph that represents a grid of cells. We are given a cell to start in and a cell that's the destination. There are cells that we cannot enter and they are known as walls. Finally we ...
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Reduce duplicate subset sum problem to distinct subset sum problem?

In duplicate subset sum problem (DuSSP), we are given a multiset $\{a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n\}$ where some of the $a_i$ are duplicates. We can assume that $a_1\leq a_2\leq \cdots\leq a_m.$ We are also given ...
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How do I go about creating a mapping reduction?

So I understand what a mapping reduction is and how to create them for simpler problems such as a reduction from the set of even numbers to set of odd numbers however, seemingly more complicated ...
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Clique-or-almost reduction to clique

I saw the posted question here about a direct reduction from near-clique to clique. Clique-or-almost is like near-clique but with the option for a complete clique of size $k$, I mean that perhaps an ...
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Simple proof for NP-completeness of Edge Dominating Set

In a graph, an edge dominating set is a subset D of the edges such that any edge in the graph is either in D, or shares an endpoint with an edge in D. The Minimum Edge Dominating Set problem is to ...