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The Isomorphism Conjecture Fails Relative to a Random Oracle
 J. ACM
, 1996
"... Berman and Hartmanis [BH77] conjectured that there is a polynomialtime computable isomorphism between any two languages complete for NP with respect to polynomialtime computable manyone (Karp) reductions. Joseph and Young [JY85] gave a structural definition of a class of NPcomplete setsthe kc ..."
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Berman and Hartmanis [BH77] conjectured that there is a polynomialtime computable isomorphism between any two languages complete for NP with respect to polynomialtime computable manyone (Karp) reductions. Joseph and Young [JY85] gave a structural definition of a class of NPcomplete setsthe kcreative setsand defined a class of sets (the K k f 's) that are necessarily kcreative. They went on to conjecture that certain of these K k f 's are not isomorphic to the standard NPcomplete sets. Clearly, the BermanHartmanis and JosephYoung conjectures cannot both be correct. We introduce a family of strong oneway functions, the scrambling functions. If f is a scrambling function, then K k f is not isomorphic to the standard NPcomplete sets, as Joseph and Young conjectured, and the BermanHartmanis conjecture fails. Indeed, if scrambling functions exist, then the isomorphism also fails at higher complexity classes such as EXP and NEXP. As evidence for the existence of scramb...
The Structure of Complete Degrees
, 1990
"... This paper surveys investigations into how strong these commonalities are. More concretely, we are concerned with: What do NPcomplete sets look like? To what extent are the properties of particular NPcomplete sets, e.g., SAT, shared by all NPcomplete sets? If there are are structural differences ..."
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This paper surveys investigations into how strong these commonalities are. More concretely, we are concerned with: What do NPcomplete sets look like? To what extent are the properties of particular NPcomplete sets, e.g., SAT, shared by all NPcomplete sets? If there are are structural differences between NPcomplete sets, what are they and what explains the differences? We make these questions, and the analogous questions for other complexity classes, more precise below. We need first to formalize NPcompleteness. There are a number of competing definitions of NPcompleteness. (See [Har78a, p. 7] for a discussion.) The most common, and the one we use, is based on the notion of mreduction, also known as polynomialtime manyone reduction and Karp reduction. A set A is mreducible to B if and only if there is a (total) polynomialtime computable function f such that for all x, x 2 A () f(x) 2 B: (1) 1
Easy sets and hard certificate schemes
 Acta Informatica
, 1997
"... Can easy sets only have easy certificate schemes? In this paper, we study the class of sets that, for all NP certificate schemes (i.e., NP machines), always have easy acceptance certificates (i.e., accepting paths) that can be computed in polynomial time. We also study the class of sets that, for al ..."
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Can easy sets only have easy certificate schemes? In this paper, we study the class of sets that, for all NP certificate schemes (i.e., NP machines), always have easy acceptance certificates (i.e., accepting paths) that can be computed in polynomial time. We also study the class of sets that, for all NP certificate schemes, infinitely often have easy acceptance certificates. In particular, we provide equivalent characterizations of these classes in terms of relative generalized Kolmogorov complexity, showing that they are robust. We also provide structural conditions—regarding immunity and class collapses—that put upper and lower bounds on the sizes of these two classes. Finally, we provide negative results showing that some of our positive claims are optimal with regard to being relativizable. Our negative results are proven using a novel observation: we show that the classical “wide spacing ” oracle construction technique yields instant nonbiimmunity results. Furthermore, we establish a result that improves upon Baker, Gill, and Solovay’s classical result that NP = P = NP ∩ coNP holds in some relativized world.
The Isomorphism Conjecture Holds and Oneway Functions Exist Relative to an Oracle
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
, 1994
"... In this paper we demonstrate an oracle relative to which there are oneway functions but every paddable 1lidegree collapses to an isomorphism type, thus yielding a relativized failure of the JosephYoung Conjecture (JYC) [JY85]. We then use this result to construct an oracle relative to which t ..."
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In this paper we demonstrate an oracle relative to which there are oneway functions but every paddable 1lidegree collapses to an isomorphism type, thus yielding a relativized failure of the JosephYoung Conjecture (JYC) [JY85]. We then use this result to construct an oracle relative to which the Isomorphism Conjecture (IC) is true but oneway functions exist, which answers an open question of Fenner, Fortnow, and Kurtz [FFK92]. Thus, there are now relativizations realizing every one of the four possible states of affairs between the IC and the existence of oneway functions. 1 Introduction Berman and Hartmanis [BH76, BH77] showed that if two languages A and B are equivalent to one another under polynomialtime manytoone reductions and if they are both paddable then they are polynomialtime isomorphic. After surveying all of the thenknown NPcomplete languages and discovering that each was indeed paddable, they posed: The Isomorphism Conjecture (IC) Every NPcomplete lan...
PSelectivity: Intersections and Indices (Extended Abstract)
, 1994
"... ) Lane A. Hemaspaandra and Zhigen Jiang y Department of Computer Science University of Rochester Rochester, NY 14627 Abstract The Pselective sets [Sel79] are those sets for which there is a polynomialtime algorithm that, given any two strings, determines which is "more likely" to belong to the s ..."
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) Lane A. Hemaspaandra and Zhigen Jiang y Department of Computer Science University of Rochester Rochester, NY 14627 Abstract The Pselective sets [Sel79] are those sets for which there is a polynomialtime algorithm that, given any two strings, determines which is "more likely" to belong to the set: if either of the strings is in the set, the algorithm chooses one that is in the set. We prove that, for each k, the kary Boolean connectives under which the Pselective sets are closed are exactly those that are either completely degenerate or almostcompletely degenerate. We determine the complexity of the index set of the r.e. Pselective sets\Sigma 0 3 complete. Keywords: Computational Complexity Theory, Theory of Computation Supported in part by grants CCR8957604 and NSFINT9116781/JSPSENGR207, and a postdoctoral fellowship from the government of the People's Republic of China. y Permanent address: Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 8718, Be...
A note on the Isomorphism Conjecture and oneway functions
"... omputable and the subscript m stands for manyone. There is also an mreduction from TSP to SAT so TSP p m SAT. So, in some sense, these two problems are very similar: If we can solve one efficiently, we can solve the other efficiently as well. But we are interested in a more stringent kind of s ..."
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omputable and the subscript m stands for manyone. There is also an mreduction from TSP to SAT so TSP p m SAT. So, in some sense, these two problems are very similar: If we can solve one efficiently, we can solve the other efficiently as well. But we are interested in a more stringent kind of similarity: What if the NPcomplete languages are isomorphic? An isomorphism between languages is a polynomialtime computable reduction that is onetoone and polynomialtime invertible. A reduction f is polynomialtime invertible if there is a polynomialtime computable function g such that g(f(x)) = x. Berman and Hartmanis [BH77] were the first to consider whether the NPcomplete languages are isomorphic to one another. They proved the following
The Isomorphism Conjecture for NP
, 2009
"... In this article, we survey the arguments and known results for and against the Isomorphism Conjecture. 1 ..."
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In this article, we survey the arguments and known results for and against the Isomorphism Conjecture. 1