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A New RecursionTheoretic Characterization Of The Polytime Functions
 COMPUTATIONAL COMPLEXITY
, 1992
"... We give a recursiontheoretic characterization of FP which describes polynomial time computation independently of any externally imposed resource bounds. In particular, this syntactic characterization avoids the explicit size bounds on recursion (and the initial function 2 xy ) of Cobham. ..."
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We give a recursiontheoretic characterization of FP which describes polynomial time computation independently of any externally imposed resource bounds. In particular, this syntactic characterization avoids the explicit size bounds on recursion (and the initial function 2 xy ) of Cobham.
Predicative Recursion and Computational Complexity
, 1992
"... The purpose of this thesis is to give a "foundational" characterization of some common complexity classes. Such a characterization is distinguished by the fact that no explicit resource bounds are used. For example, we characterize the polynomial time computable functions without making an ..."
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The purpose of this thesis is to give a "foundational" characterization of some common complexity classes. Such a characterization is distinguished by the fact that no explicit resource bounds are used. For example, we characterize the polynomial time computable functions without making any direct reference to polynomials, time, or even computation. Complexity classes characterized in this way include polynomial time, the functional polytime hierarchy, the logspace decidable problems, and NC. After developing these "resource free" definitions, we apply them to redeveloping the feasible logical system of Cook and Urquhart, and show how this firstorder system relates to the secondorder system of Leivant. The connection is an interesting one since the systems were defined independently and have what appear to be very different rules for the principle of induction. Furthermore it is interesting to see, albeit in a very specific context, how to retract a second order statement, ("inducti...
Fixpoint Logics, Relational Machines, and Computational Complexity
 In Structure and Complexity
, 1993
"... We establish a general connection between fixpoint logic and complexity. On one side, we have fixpoint logic, parameterized by the choices of 1storder operators (inflationary or noninflationary) and iteration constructs (deterministic, nondeterministic, or alternating). On the other side, we have t ..."
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We establish a general connection between fixpoint logic and complexity. On one side, we have fixpoint logic, parameterized by the choices of 1storder operators (inflationary or noninflationary) and iteration constructs (deterministic, nondeterministic, or alternating). On the other side, we have the complexity classes between P and EXPTIME. Our parameterized fixpoint logics capture the complexity classes P, NP, PSPACE, and EXPTIME, but equality is achieved only over ordered structures. There is, however, an inherent mismatch between complexity and logic  while computational devices work on encodings of problems, logic is applied directly to the underlying mathematical structures. To overcome this mismatch, we develop a theory of relational complexity, which bridges tha gap between standard complexity and fixpoint logic. On one hand, we show that questions about containments among standard complexity classes can be translated to questions about containments among relational complex...
Efficient First Order Functional Program Interpreter With Time Bound Certifications
, 2000
"... We demonstrate that the class of rst order functional programs over lists which terminate by multiset path ordering and admit a polynomial quasiinterpretation, is exactly the class of function computable in polynomial time. The interest of this result lies (i) on the simplicity of the conditions on ..."
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We demonstrate that the class of rst order functional programs over lists which terminate by multiset path ordering and admit a polynomial quasiinterpretation, is exactly the class of function computable in polynomial time. The interest of this result lies (i) on the simplicity of the conditions on programs to certify their complexity, (ii) on the fact that an important class of natural programs is captured, (iii) and on potential applications on program optimizations. 1 Introduction This paper is part of a general investigation on the implicit complexity of a specication. To illustrate what we mean, we write below the recursive rules that computes the longest common subsequences of two words. More precisely, given two strings u = u1 um and v = v1 vn of f0; 1g , a common subsequence of length k is dened by two sequences of indices i 1 < < i k and j1 < < jk satisfying u i q = v j q . lcs(; y) ! 0 lcs(x; ) ! 0 lcs(i(x); i(y)) ! lcs(x; y) + 1 lcs(i(...
Higher Order Logic
 In Handbook of Logic in Artificial Intelligence and Logic Programming
, 1994
"... Contents 1 Introduction : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 2 2 The expressive power of second order Logic : : : : : : : : : : : 3 2.1 The language of second order logic : : : : : : : : : : : : : 3 2.2 Expressing size : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 4 2.3 Definin ..."
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Contents 1 Introduction : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 2 2 The expressive power of second order Logic : : : : : : : : : : : 3 2.1 The language of second order logic : : : : : : : : : : : : : 3 2.2 Expressing size : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 4 2.3 Defining data types : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 6 2.4 Describing processes : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 8 2.5 Expressing convergence using second order validity : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 9 2.6 Truth definitions: the analytical hierarchy : : : : : : : : 10 2.7 Inductive definitions : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 13 3 Canonical semantics of higher order logic : : : : : : : : : : : : 15 3.1 Tarskian semantics of second order logic : : : : : : : : : 15 3.2 Function and re
A PolyTime Functional Language from Light Linear Logic
 in "ESOP 2010", LNCS
"... We introduce a typed functional programming language LPL(acronym for Light linear Programming Language) in which all valid programs run in polynomial time, and which is complete for polynomial time functions. LPL is based on lambdacalculus, with constructors for algebraic datatypes, pattern matchi ..."
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We introduce a typed functional programming language LPL(acronym for Light linear Programming Language) in which all valid programs run in polynomial time, and which is complete for polynomial time functions. LPL is based on lambdacalculus, with constructors for algebraic datatypes, pattern matching and recursive definitions, and thus allows for a natural programming style. The validity of LPL programs is checked through typing and a syntactic criterion on recursive definitions. The higher order type system is designed from the ideas of Light linear logic: stratification, to control recursive calls, and weak exponential connectives §,!, to control duplication of arguments. 1
Relativizing versus nonrelativizing techniques: The role of local checkability
 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
, 1992
"... Contradictory oracle results have traditionally been interpreted as giving some evidence that resolving a complexity issue is difficult. However, for quite a while, there have been a few known complexity results that do not hold for every oracle, at least in the most obvious way of relativizing the ..."
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Contradictory oracle results have traditionally been interpreted as giving some evidence that resolving a complexity issue is difficult. However, for quite a while, there have been a few known complexity results that do not hold for every oracle, at least in the most obvious way of relativizing the results. In the early 1990’s, a sequence of important nonrelativizing results concerning “noncontroversially relativizable ” complexity classes has been proved, mainly using algebraic techniques. Although the techniques used to obtain these results seem similar in flavor, it is not clear what common features of complexity they are exploiting. It is also not clear to what extent oracle results should be trusted as a guide to estimating the difficulty of proving complexity statements, in light of these nonrelativizing techniques. The results in this paper are intended to shed some light on these issues. First, we give a list of simple axioms based on Cobham’s machineless characterization of P [Cob64]. We show that a complexity statement (provably) holds relative to all oracles if and only if it is a consequence of these axioms. Thus, these axioms in some sense capture the set of techniques that relativize. Oracle results, while not necessarily showing that resolving a complexity conjecture is “beyond current technology” at least show that the result is
Bounded Linear Logic, Revisited
, 2009
"... We present QBAL, an extension of Girard, Scedrov and Scott’s bounded linear logic. The main novelty of the system is the possibility of quantifying over resource variables. This generalization makes bounded linear logic considerably more flexible, while preserving soundness and completeness for poly ..."
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We present QBAL, an extension of Girard, Scedrov and Scott’s bounded linear logic. The main novelty of the system is the possibility of quantifying over resource variables. This generalization makes bounded linear logic considerably more flexible, while preserving soundness and completeness for polynomial time. In particular, we provide compositional embeddings of Leivant’s RRW and Hofmann’s LFPL into QBAL.
Sharply Bounded Alternation within P
, 1996
"... We define the sharply bounded hierarchy, SBH (QL), a hierarchy of classes within P , using quasilineartime computation and quantification over values of length log n. It generalizes the limited nondeterminism hierarchy introduced by Buss and Goldsmith, while retaining the invariance properties. T ..."
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We define the sharply bounded hierarchy, SBH (QL), a hierarchy of classes within P , using quasilineartime computation and quantification over values of length log n. It generalizes the limited nondeterminism hierarchy introduced by Buss and Goldsmith, while retaining the invariance properties. The new hierarchy has several alternative characterizations. We define both SBH (QL) and its corresponding hierarchy of function classes, FSBH(QL),and present a variety of problems in these classes, including ql m complete problems for each class in SBH (QL). We discuss the structure of the hierarchy, and show that certain simple structural conditions on it would imply P 6= PSPACE. We present characterizations of SBH (QL) relations based on alternating Turing machines and on firstorder definability, as well as recursiontheoretic characterizations of function classes corresponding to SBH (QL).