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The NPcompleteness column: an ongoing guide
 Journal of Algorithms
, 1985
"... This is the nineteenth edition of a (usually) quarterly column that covers new developments in the theory of NPcompleteness. The presentation is modeled on that used by M. R. Garey and myself in our book ‘‘Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NPCompleteness,’ ’ W. H. Freeman & Co ..."
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This is the nineteenth edition of a (usually) quarterly column that covers new developments in the theory of NPcompleteness. The presentation is modeled on that used by M. R. Garey and myself in our book ‘‘Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NPCompleteness,’ ’ W. H. Freeman & Co., New York, 1979 (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘[G&J]’’; previous columns will be referred to by their dates). A background equivalent to that provided by [G&J] is assumed, and, when appropriate, crossreferences will be given to that book and the list of problems (NPcomplete and harder) presented there. Readers who have results they would like mentioned (NPhardness, PSPACEhardness, polynomialtimesolvability, etc.) or open problems they would like publicized, should
Some Connections between Bounded Query Classes and NonUniform Complexity
 In Proceedings of the 5th Structure in Complexity Theory Conference
, 1990
"... This paper is dedicated to the memory of Ronald V. Book, 19371997. ..."
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This paper is dedicated to the memory of Ronald V. Book, 19371997.
The Approximability of Constraint Satisfaction Problems
 SIAM J. Comput
, 2001
"... We study optimization problems that may be expressed as "Boolean constraint satisfaction problems." An instance of a Boolean constraint satisfaction problem is given by m constraints applied to n Boolean variables. Di#erent computational problems arise from constraint satisfaction problems depending ..."
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We study optimization problems that may be expressed as "Boolean constraint satisfaction problems." An instance of a Boolean constraint satisfaction problem is given by m constraints applied to n Boolean variables. Di#erent computational problems arise from constraint satisfaction problems depending on the nature of the "underlying" constraints as well as on the goal of the optimization task. Here we consider four possible goals: Max CSP (Min CSP) is the class of problems where the goal is to find an assignment maximizing the number of satisfied constraints (minimizing the number of unsatisfied constraints). Max Ones (Min Ones) is the class of optimization problems where the goal is to find an assignment satisfying all constraints with maximum (minimum) number of variables set to 1. Each class consists of infinitely many problems and a problem within a class is specified by a finite collection of finite Boolean functions that describe the possible constraints that may be used.
FirstOrder Query Rewriting for Inconsistent Databases
, 2007
"... We consider the problem of retrieving consistent answers over databases that might be inconsistent with respect to a set of integrity constraints. In particular, we concentrate on sets of constraints that consist of key dependencies, and we give an algorithm that computes the consistent answers fo ..."
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We consider the problem of retrieving consistent answers over databases that might be inconsistent with respect to a set of integrity constraints. In particular, we concentrate on sets of constraints that consist of key dependencies, and we give an algorithm that computes the consistent answers for a large and practical class of conjunctive queries. Given a query q, the algorithm returns a firstorder query Q (called a query rewriting) such that for every (potentially inconsistent) database I, the consistent answers for q can be obtained by evaluating Q directly on I.
Parameterized Computational Feasibility
 Feasible Mathematics II
, 1994
"... Many natural computational problems have input consisting of two or more parts. For example, the input might consist of a graph and a positive integer. For many natural problems we may view one of the inputs as a parameter and study how the complexity of the problem varies if the parameter is he ..."
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Many natural computational problems have input consisting of two or more parts. For example, the input might consist of a graph and a positive integer. For many natural problems we may view one of the inputs as a parameter and study how the complexity of the problem varies if the parameter is held fixed. For many applications of computational problems involving such a parameter, only a small range of parameter values is of practical significance, so that fixedparameter complexity is a natural concern. In studying the complexity of such problems, it is therefore important to have a framework in which we can make qualitative distinctions about the contribution of the parameter to the complexity of the problem. In this paper we survey one such framework for investigating parameterized computational complexity and present a number of new results for this theory.
Exact analysis of Dodgson elections: Lewis Carroll’s 1876 voting system is complete for parallel access to NP
 Journal of the ACM
, 1997
"... Abstract. In 1876, Lewis Carroll proposed a voting system in which the winner is the candidate who with the fewest changes in voters ’ preferences becomes a Condorcet winner—a candidate who beats all other candidates in pairwise majorityrule elections. Bartholdi, Tovey, and Trick provided a lower b ..."
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Abstract. In 1876, Lewis Carroll proposed a voting system in which the winner is the candidate who with the fewest changes in voters ’ preferences becomes a Condorcet winner—a candidate who beats all other candidates in pairwise majorityrule elections. Bartholdi, Tovey, and Trick provided a lower bound—NPhardness—on the computational complexity of determining the election winner in Carroll’s system. We provide a stronger lower bound and an upper bound that matches our lower bound. In particular, determining the winner in Carroll’s system is complete for parallel access to NP, that is, it is complete for � 2 p, for which it becomes the most natural complete problem known. It
Duality and polynomial testing of tree homomorphisms
 Trans. Amer. Math. Soc
, 1996
"... Abstract. Let H be a fixed digraph. We consider the Hcolouring problem, i.e., the problem of deciding which digraphs G admit a homomorphism to H. We are interested in a characterization in terms of the absence in G of certain treelike obstructions. Specifically, we say that H has tree duality if, ..."
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Abstract. Let H be a fixed digraph. We consider the Hcolouring problem, i.e., the problem of deciding which digraphs G admit a homomorphism to H. We are interested in a characterization in terms of the absence in G of certain treelike obstructions. Specifically, we say that H has tree duality if, for all digraphs G, G is not homomorphic to H if and only if there is an oriented tree which is homomorphic to G but not to H. Weprovethatif Hhas tree duality then the Hcolouring problem is polynomial. We also generalize tree duality to bounded treewidth duality and prove a similar result. We relate these duality concepts to the notion of the Xproperty studied by Gutjahr, Welzl, and Woeginger. We then focus on the case when H itself is an oriented tree. In fact, we are particularly interested in those trees that have exactly one vertex of degree three and all other vertices of degree one or two. Such trees are called triads. We have shown in a companion paper that there exist oriented triads H for which the Hcolouring problem is NPcomplete. We contrast these with several families of oriented triads H which have tree duality, or bounded treewidth duality, and hence polynomial Hcolouring problems. If P � = NP, then no oriented triad H with an NPcomplete Hcolouring problem can have bounded treewidth duality; however no proof of this is known, for any oriented triad H. We prove that none of the oriented triads H with NPcomplete Hcolouring problems given in the companion paper has tree duality. 1.
On TruthTable Reducibility to SAT
, 2002
"... We show that polynomial time truthtable reducibility via Boolean circuits to SAT is the same as logspace truthtable reducibility via Boolean formulas to SAT and the same as logspace Turing reducibility to SAT . In addition, we prove that a constant number of rounds of parallel queries to SAT i ..."
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We show that polynomial time truthtable reducibility via Boolean circuits to SAT is the same as logspace truthtable reducibility via Boolean formulas to SAT and the same as logspace Turing reducibility to SAT . In addition, we prove that a constant number of rounds of parallel queries to SAT is equivalent to one round of parallel queries.
A Complexity Theory for Feasible Closure Properties
, 1991
"... The study of the complexity of sets encompasses two complementary aims: (1) establishing  usually via explicit construction of algorithms  that sets are feasible, and (2) studying the relative complexity of sets that plausibly might be feasible but are not currently known to be feasible (such as ..."
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The study of the complexity of sets encompasses two complementary aims: (1) establishing  usually via explicit construction of algorithms  that sets are feasible, and (2) studying the relative complexity of sets that plausibly might be feasible but are not currently known to be feasible (such as the NPcomplete sets and the PSPACEcomplete sets). For the study of the complexity of closure properties, a recent urry of results [21, 33, 49, 6, 7, 16] has established an analog of (1); these papers explicitly demonstrate many closure properties possessed by PP and C=P (and the proofs implicitly give closure properties of the function class #P). The present paper presents and develops, for function classes such as #P, SpanP, OptP, and MidP, an analog of (2): a general theory of the complexity of closure properties. In particular, we show that subtraction is hard for the closure properties of each of these classes: each is closed under subtraction if and only if it is closed under every polynom...