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Asymptotic analyses of the space needed to run algorithms.

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Understanding an example of an EXP-SPACE Problem

I am trying to understand the example given here of an EXP-SPACE time decision problem. They write : An example of an EXPSPACE-complete problem is the problem of recognizing whether two regular ...
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Space complexity of statistic functions

When computing statistics on a list of data it occurred to me that most of the standard statistic functions, such as mean, min, max can be computed in O(N) time with O(1) space. They can also be ...
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Merge sort in place

I don't quite understand why in-place sort merge sort isn't preferred over not-in place? Is it because theoretically in place merge sort is better because of its memory complexity tradeoff, but in ...
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Enumerating points on the integer lattice, within a sphere, sorted by angle, in O(1) space

Inspired by this StackOverflow question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/63346135 (it was not clearly presented, and got closed) Let's say I wanted to enumerate all the 3D points on the integer ...
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Algorithmic problem with many different time/space complexity solutions

I am preparing a lesson about algorithmic thinking for beginner programmers. I would like to show them an easy to understand problem which has as many solutions as possible with different time or ...
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Proving inexistence of a PCOMPLETE language in log logarithmic space cannot exist

Hello and thank you for helping me understand the following: I am trying to understand why the following cannot exist: A P-Complete language in regards to a log-logarithmic space. context: Defining ...
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Existence of a P-Complete language with space($\log\log n$) reduction

I have been reading and searching and I still cannot understand if there exists a language as following: Can a language be P-complete with respect to $\mathsf{Space}(\log \log n)$ reductions? ...
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Is PSPACE vs NEXPTIME known?

I know that P = PSPACE is a famous open problem, and that EXPTIME = NEXPTIME is also unknown. By the time heirarchy theorem we know that NP is a strict subset of NEXPTIME. Is anything known about ...
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What is the computational complexity of the first-order theory of real arithmetic?

Tarski proved that the first-order theory of real-closed fields is decidable. Is the exact computational complexity known? The best upper bound I could find is EXPSPACE [1], where it is also ...
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Why is a pointer constant space?

If a pointer specifies a point in memory, would the amount of space a pointer takes not be dependent on how much memory it could possibly range over? So for example, if we have 4 locations of memory ...
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Proving that the sum of DTIME and DSPACE are not equal

I have an example question from a textbook where it asks to prove that $\Sigma_k DTIME(2^{n^k}) \neq DSPACE(2^n)$. There isn't a solution provided in the textbook. I've been working with a solution ...
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Natural logspace complete problems

After Omer Reingold's famous proof (from 2005?) that SL = L, the distinction between natural L complete problems and natural SL complete problems has been mostly dropped, so that it became difficult ...
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Hamming numbers for $O(N)$ speed and $O(1)$ memory

Disclaimer: there are many questions about it, but I didn't find any with requirement of constant memory. Hamming numbers is a numbers $2^i 3^j 5^k$, where $i$, $j$, $k$ are natural numbers. Is ...
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Ordered set transformation data structure

Assume an ordered set $M = \{\tau_1, \tau_2, ..., \tau_n\}$ and a subset $S = \{\tau_k,\tau_l,...,\tau_m\}\subset M$ where $1\leq k,l,m \leq n$. All the items of $S$ are randomly ordered. The task is ...
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Sorting array with constant memory

Given an array of length $n$ we need at least $O(\log n)$ memory to store its length. And we need the same $O(\log n)$ memory to store index. With large $n$, index may not fit in one extra cell. So ...
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Logarithmic space difference between deterministic and non-deterministic algorithms

I had an interview today, and the interviewer has told me about a theorem (of someone called Hill- or Hell-something) which states that for a non-deterministic algorithm there exists a deterministic ...
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A genral turing model with one tape to define sublinear space (L,NL,..)

A genral turing model with one tape to define sublinear space (L,NL,..) Normally to define sub-linear space complexity we need special Turing models with many tapes, at least two: a read-only tape and ...
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Complexity of find histogram bins vs convex hull

For a list of n 2d points, finding the convex hull vertex takes O(n log(n)) time. And O(n) time if it’s sorted lexicon order. Meanwhile What’s the complexity of finding the histogram bin edges of k ...
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Configurations and CNF formula for neighboring configuration

A configuration of a Turing machine $M$ which runs in space $S(n)$ contains the state, the head positions, and the content of non-blank cells of all the tapes. For $M$ and an input $x$, we define its ...
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Storing a configuration of nondeterministec machines in log space

In Sipser's book page 351: Recall that Savitch's theorem shows that we can convert nondeterministic TMs to deterministic TMs and increase the space complexity $f(n)$ by only a squaring, provided ...
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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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What is the complexity of finding e^(A) for a Hermitian matrix A?

If A is a hermitian matrix of size NxN .What is the order of no. of steps required to compute e^(A).How to prove it?
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Is there any general, theoretical limit to time - space tradeoff?

In many algorithms, one can spot that improvements in time often are occupied by more memory requirements. For example usage of cache allows to speed up calculations by saving results in memory. Is ...
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Maximum space consumption of stack and queue for DFS and BFS

I'm trying to determine the maximum memory consumption of the "pending nodes" data structure (stack/queue) for both travelings: BFS and (preorder) DFS. Since BFS and DFS while traveling graphs have ...
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Space(n) and Space(n^2) implications

I've a problem where I have to prove the following statements: (i) if $SPACE(n) \subseteq P \implies SPACE(n^2) \subseteq P$ (ii) if $P = SPACE(n) \implies SPACE(n) = SPACE(n^2)$ For the Space ...
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Time and space complexity of a recursive problem (code included)

I am having trouble finding out the time and space complexity for this recursive solution. I have to create a list of words in order of word length. Each word, must be one character insertion off from ...
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Is there a difference in space complexity between inner product of matrices to multiple of inner products where each containing one matrix at a time?

The book I am reading is suggesting the following: Suppose I have two vectors $v, w$ and $P(n)$ matrices $U_1, U_2, \ldots, U_{P(n)}$. Then performing an inner product of $v$ with $U_1U_2\ldots U_{P(...
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Without using the Space Hierarchy Theorm is there any other way to prove that NL is not equal to PSPACE

From what I know there is no alternate way that NL is not equal to PSPACE. If possible can you link a paper or some book recommendations to show that this is the case. Thank You Akash
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If problem A is logspace reducible to 2-SAT, is A in NL?

I'm trying to prove that some problem, A, is in NL. I have found a logspace reduction from A to 2-SAT - am right in thinking that this is not sufficient to prove that A is in NL? If so, how does one ...
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How to check a graph diameter in LOGSPACE?

Given a graph G, how can I check that its diameter doesn't exceed log(n) (n is the number of vertices)- by using only O(log(n)) space? (adjacency matrix doesn't seems to help...)
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What is the Space Complexity of Tail Recursive Quicksort?

Looking at the following tail recursive quicksort pseudocode ...
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What does actually happens on tile hashing

I am going through Richard Sutton book about Reinforcement Learning and I just encountered the tile coding method. I understood pretty well the principles, however, at the very end of the section, ...
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EXPTIME $\neq$ EXPSPACE consequences?

We know that $EXPTIME ⊆ NEXPTIME ⊆ EXPSPACE$, where $EXPSPACE = DSPACE(2^{poly(n)})$. Question: Is known any consequences of $EXPTIME \neq EXPSPACE$? (nothing in complexity zoo or wikipedia)
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United space-time complexity of finite strings

Let's consider bit string as a program for some computational model. If after $k$ steps program represented by number $n$ halts and outputs bit string $s$, then complexity of s is (n+1)*k. For example ...
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Complexity of emptiness checking for visibly pushdown automata?

Visibly pushdown automata [1] are pushdown automata in which input symbol determines whether push or pop operation happens in the stack. Does anyone aware of tight lower bound for their emptiness ...
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Is PSPACE closed under the following forall-there-exists construction?

Suppose I have a language $L$ (over alphabet $\Sigma$), such that $$ w \in L \iff (\forall x \in \Sigma^*) (\exists y \in \Sigma^*) P(x,y,w). $$ and I can give a turing machine that decides $P(x,y,w)$ ...
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Misunderstanding the Baker-Gill-Solovay oracle and obtaining $LOGSPACE^A=PSPACE^A$

Baker, Gill and Solovay [1] gave an oracle $A$ relative to which $P^A=PSPACE^A$. The oracle is the very simple $PSPACE^A$-Complete language $$A = \{\langle M, x, 1^n \rangle | M^A \text{ accepts } x \...
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Naming for (memory near optimal) datastructres

Assume that we wish to solve some problem that has a information theoretic memory lower bound of $\mathcal B$ bits. In computer science, there are a few classes for data structures which are close to ...
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Space Complexity

This particular code is written in C. ...
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Parallel time is sequential space

Studying for my qualifying exam, have a past exam here, which has the following question, verbatim: Give a proof of the Folklore statement: "sequential space is parallel time." In other words, the ...
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Examples of real world graphs that are too big for a single commodity-type machine

I've been reading on distributed systems for processing on large graphs. The most prominent examples include Pregel (developed by Google) and Apache Giraph. Most of these systems argue their existence ...
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General object recognition versus specific object recognition

I have a question about the difference between general object detectors and specific object detectors. By specific object detectors, I'm referring to classifiers/object recognizers that are built to ...
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Show that problem is PSPACE-complete - path in directed graph

I have a following problem: Given $n$ and graph of size $2^n$, and circuit with $2n$ input gates. Directed edge between $k$ and $l$ exists iff only and only we encode $k$ and $l$ as bits and launch ...
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Is $DSPACE(n^8) \subset NSPACE(n^5)$?

I encountered this problem which asks whether $DSPACE(n^8) \subset NSPACE(n^5)$ is sure to hold. I know from Savitch's Theorem that: $$ NSPACE(n^5) \subseteq DSPACE((n^5)^2) = DSPACE(n^{10})$$ If the ...
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proof that $NSPACE(S(n)) \subseteq DTIME(c^{S(n)})$

I came across this problem which asks to prove: $$NSPACE(S(n)) \subseteq DTIME(c^{S(n)})$$ for $S(n) \geq \log{(n)}$, with $S(n)$ being fully time-constructible... As an attempt, isn't the proof ...
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Does this algorithm traverse trees in logspace?

Does this algorithm traverse trees (correctly) in logspace? Background: Assume each vertex is expressed as an integer. A vertex is larger than another if the corresponding integer is larger. A tree ...
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Prove that all regular language is in L

im looking for a formal proof to demonstrate that all regular language is in L (logarithmic space). I deduced that all regular languages has a DFA that accept them, so if i find a way to transform all ...
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Does this imply Hamiltonian path cannot be decided in nondeterministic logspace?

Suppose I nondeterministically walk around in a graph with n vertices. When looking for a Hamiltonian path, at some point I’ve walked n/2 vertices. There are (n choose n/2) different combinations of ...
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Does this imply checking a candidate Hamiltonian Path solution can be done in logspace?

Assume vertices are integers base 2. Smallest vertex is 1. There are n vertices. Our input is: the number of vertices (n expressed in log(n) bits - ...