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An Optimal Lower Bound on the Number of Variables for Graph Identification
 Combinatorica
, 1992
"... In this paper we show that Ω(n) variables are needed for firstorder logic with counting to identify graphs on n vertices. The kvariable language with counting is equivalent to the (k − 1)dimensional WeisfeilerLehman method. We thus settle a longstanding open problem. Previously it was an open q ..."
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In this paper we show that Ω(n) variables are needed for firstorder logic with counting to identify graphs on n vertices. The kvariable language with counting is equivalent to the (k − 1)dimensional WeisfeilerLehman method. We thus settle a longstanding open problem. Previously it was an open question whether or not 4 variables suffice. Our lower bound remains true over a set of graphs of color class size 4. This contrasts sharply with the fact that 3 variables suffice to identify all graphs of color class size 3, and 2 variables suffice to identify almost all graphs. Our lower bound is optimal up to multiplication by a constant because n variables obviously suffice to identify graphs on n vertices. 1
Counting Quantifiers, Successor Relations, and Logarithmic Space
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
"... Given a successor relation S (i.e., a directed line graph), and given two distinguished points s and t, the problem ORD is to determine whether s precedes t in the unique ordering defined by S. We show that ORD is Lcomplete (via quantifierfree projections). We then show that firstorder logic with ..."
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Given a successor relation S (i.e., a directed line graph), and given two distinguished points s and t, the problem ORD is to determine whether s precedes t in the unique ordering defined by S. We show that ORD is Lcomplete (via quantifierfree projections). We then show that firstorder logic with counting quantifiers, a logic that captures TC 0 ([BIS90]) over structures with a builtin totalordering, can not express ORD. Our original proof of this in the conference version of this paper ([Ete95]) employed an EhrenfeuchtFraiss'e Game for firstorder logic with counting ([IL90]). Here we show how the result follows from a more general one obtained independently by Nurmonen, [Nur96]. We then show that an appropriately modified version of the EF game is "complete" for the logic with counting in the sense that it provides a necessary and sufficient condition for expressibility in the logic. We observe that the Lcomplete problem ORD is essentially sparse if we ignore reorderings of v...
An Optimal Parallel Algorithm for Formula Evaluation
, 1992
"... A new approach to Buss’s NC¹ algorithm [Proc. 19thACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, 1987, pp. 123131] for evaluation of Boolean formulas is presented. This problem is shown to be complete for NC¹ over AC¬ reductions. This approach is then used to s ..."
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A new approach to Buss’s NC¹ algorithm [Proc. 19thACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, 1987, pp. 123131] for evaluation of Boolean formulas is presented. This problem is shown to be complete for NC¹ over AC¬ reductions. This approach is then used to solve the more general problem of evaluating arithmetic formulas by using arithmetic circuits.
The Complexity of XPath Query Evaluation and XML Typing
 Journal of the ACM
, 2005
"... We study the complexity of two central XML processing problems. The first is XPath 1.0 query processing, which has been shown to be in PTime in previous work. We prove that both the data complexity and the query complexity of XPath 1.0 fall into lower (highly parallelizable) complexity classes, whil ..."
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We study the complexity of two central XML processing problems. The first is XPath 1.0 query processing, which has been shown to be in PTime in previous work. We prove that both the data complexity and the query complexity of XPath 1.0 fall into lower (highly parallelizable) complexity classes, while the combined complexity is PTimehard. Subsequently, we study the sources of this hardness and identify a large and practically important fragment of XPath 1.0 for which the combined complexity is LogCFLcomplete and, therefore, in the highly parallelizable complexity class NC 2. The second problem is the complexity of validating XML documents against various typing schemes like Document Type Definitions (DTDs), XML Schema Definitions (XSDs), and tree automata, both with respect to data and to combined complexity. For data complexity, we prove that validation is in LogSpace and depends crucially on how XML data is represented. For the combined complexity, we show that the complexity ranges from LogSpace to LogCFL, depending on the typing scheme.
Uniform ConstantDepth Threshold Circuits for Division and Iterated Multiplication
, 2002
"... this paper. 2.1. Circuit Classes We begin by formally defining the three circuit complexity classes that will concern us here. These are given by combinatorial restrictions on the circuits of the family. We will then define the uniformity restrictions we will use. Finally, we will give the equival ..."
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this paper. 2.1. Circuit Classes We begin by formally defining the three circuit complexity classes that will concern us here. These are given by combinatorial restrictions on the circuits of the family. We will then define the uniformity restrictions we will use. Finally, we will give the equivalent formulations of uniform circuit complexity classes in terms of descriptive complexity classes
Relationships Among PL, L, and the Determinant
, 1996
"... Recent results byToda, Vinay, Damm, and Valianthave shown that the complexity of the determinantischaracterized by the complexity of counting the number of accepting computations of a nondeterministic logspacebounded machine. #This class of functions is known as #L.# By using that characterizati ..."
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Recent results byToda, Vinay, Damm, and Valianthave shown that the complexity of the determinantischaracterized by the complexity of counting the number of accepting computations of a nondeterministic logspacebounded machine. #This class of functions is known as #L.# By using that characterization and by establishing a few elementary closure properties, we giveavery simple proof of a theorem of Jung, showing that probabilistic logspacebounded #PL# machines lose none of their computational power if they are restricted to run in polynomial time.
Circuit Complexity before the Dawn of the New Millennium
, 1997
"... The 1980's saw rapid and exciting development of techniques for proving lower bounds in circuit complexity. This pace has slowed recently, and there has even been work indicating that quite different proof techniques must be employed to advance beyond the current frontier of circuit lower bounds. Al ..."
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The 1980's saw rapid and exciting development of techniques for proving lower bounds in circuit complexity. This pace has slowed recently, and there has even been work indicating that quite different proof techniques must be employed to advance beyond the current frontier of circuit lower bounds. Although this has engendered pessimism in some quarters, there have in fact been many positive developments in the past few years showing that significant progress is possible on many fronts. This paper is a (necessarily incomplete) survey of the state of circuit complexity as we await the dawn of the new millennium.
Reductions in Circuit Complexity: An Isomorphism Theorem and a Gap Theorem
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
"... We show that all sets that arecomplete for NP under nonuniform AC are isomorphic under nonuniform AC computable isomorphisms. Furthermore, these sets remain NPcomplete even under nonuniform NC reductions. ..."
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We show that all sets that arecomplete for NP under nonuniform AC are isomorphic under nonuniform AC computable isomorphisms. Furthermore, these sets remain NPcomplete even under nonuniform NC reductions.
The Permanent Requires Large Uniform Threshold Circuits
, 1999
"... We show that the permanent cannot be computed by uniform constantdepth threshold circuits of size T (n) for any function T such that for all k, T (k) (n) = o(2 n ). More generally, we show that any problem that is hard for the complexity class C=P requires circuits of this size (on the unif ..."
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We show that the permanent cannot be computed by uniform constantdepth threshold circuits of size T (n) for any function T such that for all k, T (k) (n) = o(2 n ). More generally, we show that any problem that is hard for the complexity class C=P requires circuits of this size (on the uniform constantdepth threshold circuit model). In particular, this lower bound applies to any problem that is hard for the complexity classes PP or #P.
Reducing the Complexity of Reductions
 Computational Complexity
, 1997
"... We prove that the BermanHartmanis isomorphism conjecture is true under AC 0 reductions. More generally, we show three theorems that hold for any complexity class C closed under (uniform) TC 0 computable manyone reductions. Isomorphism: The sets complete for C under AC 0 reductions are all i ..."
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We prove that the BermanHartmanis isomorphism conjecture is true under AC 0 reductions. More generally, we show three theorems that hold for any complexity class C closed under (uniform) TC 0 computable manyone reductions. Isomorphism: The sets complete for C under AC 0 reductions are all isomorphic under isomorphisms computable and invertible by AC 0 circuits of depth three. Gap: The sets that are complete for C under AC 0 and NC 0 reducibility coincide. Stop Gap: The sets that are complete for C under AC 0 [mod 2] and AC 0 reducibility do not coincide. (These theorems hold both in the nonuniform and Puniform settings.) To prove the second theorem for Puniform settings, we show how to derandomize a version of the switching lemma, which may be of independent interest. (We have recently learned that this result is originally due to Ajtai and Wigderson, but it has not been published.) 1 Introduction The notion of complete sets in complexity classes provides one of ...