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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.
On the strength of Ramsey’s Theorem for pairs
 Journal of Symbolic Logic
, 2001
"... Abstract. We study the proof–theoretic strength and effective content denote Ramof the infinite form of Ramsey’s theorem for pairs. Let RT n k sey’s theorem for k–colorings of n–element sets, and let RT n < ∞ denote (∀k)RTn k. Our main result on computability is: For any n ≥ 2 and any computable (r ..."
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Abstract. We study the proof–theoretic strength and effective content denote Ramof the infinite form of Ramsey’s theorem for pairs. Let RT n k sey’s theorem for k–colorings of n–element sets, and let RT n < ∞ denote (∀k)RTn k. Our main result on computability is: For any n ≥ 2 and any computable (recursive) k–coloring of the n–element sets of natural numbers, there is an infinite homogeneous set X with X ′ ′ ≤T 0 (n). Let I�n and B�n denote the �n induction and bounding schemes, respectively. Adapting the case n = 2 of the above result (where X is low2) to models is conservative of arithmetic enables us to show that RCA0 + I �2 + RT2 2 over RCA0 + I �2 for �1 1 statements and that RCA0 + I �3 + RT2 < ∞ is �1 1conservative over RCA0 + I �3. It follows that RCA0 + RT2 2 does not imply B �3. In contrast, J. Hirst showed that RCA0 + RT2 < ∞ does imply B �3, and we include a proof of a slightly strengthened version of this result. It follows that RT2 < ∞ is strictly stronger than RT2 2 over RC A0. 1.
Computing Solutions Uniquely Collapses the Polynomial Hierarchy
 SIAM Journal on Computing
, 1993
"... Is there a singlevalued NP function that, when given a satisfiable formula as input, outputs a satisfying assignment? That is, can a nondeterministic function cull just one satisfying assignment from a possibly exponentially large collection of assignments? We show that if there is such a nondeterm ..."
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Is there a singlevalued NP function that, when given a satisfiable formula as input, outputs a satisfying assignment? That is, can a nondeterministic function cull just one satisfying assignment from a possibly exponentially large collection of assignments? We show that if there is such a nondeterministic function, then the polynomial hierarchy collapses to its second level. As the existence of such a function is known to be equivalent to the statement "every multivalued NP function has a singlevalued NP refinement," our result provides the strongest evidence yet that multivalued NP functions cannot be refined. We prove our result via theorems of independent interest. We say that a set A is NPSVselective (NPMVselective) if there is a 2ary partial function in NPSV (NPMV, respectively) that decides which of its inputs (if any) is "more likely" to belong to A; this is a nondeterministic analog of the recursiontheoretic notion of the semirecursive sets and the extant complexitythe...
PSelective Sets, and Reducing Search to Decision vs. SelfReducibility
, 1993
"... We obtain several results that distinguish selfreducibility of a language L with the question of whether search reduces to decision for L. These include: (i) If NE 6= E, then there exists a set L in NP \Gamma P such that search reduces to decision for L, search does not nonadaptively reduces to de ..."
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We obtain several results that distinguish selfreducibility of a language L with the question of whether search reduces to decision for L. These include: (i) If NE 6= E, then there exists a set L in NP \Gamma P such that search reduces to decision for L, search does not nonadaptively reduces to decision for L, and L is not selfreducible. Funding for this research was provided by the National Science Foundation under grant CCR9002292. y Department of Computer Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 226 Bell Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260 z Department of Computer Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 226 Bell Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260 x Research performed while visiting the Department of Computer Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, Jan. 1992Dec. 1992. Current address: Department of Computer Science, University of ElectroCommunications, Chofushi, Tokyo 182, Japan.  Department of Computer Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 226...
PolynomialTime Membership Comparable Sets
, 1994
"... This paper studies a notion called polynomialtime membership comparable sets. For a function g, a set A is polynomialtime gmembership comparable if there is a polynomialtime computable function f such that for any x 1 ; \Delta \Delta \Delta ; xm with m g(maxfjx 1 j; \Delta \Delta \Delta ; jx m j ..."
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This paper studies a notion called polynomialtime membership comparable sets. For a function g, a set A is polynomialtime gmembership comparable if there is a polynomialtime computable function f such that for any x 1 ; \Delta \Delta \Delta ; xm with m g(maxfjx 1 j; \Delta \Delta \Delta ; jx m jg), outputs b 2 f0; 1g m such that (A(x 1 ); \Delta \Delta \Delta ; A(xm )) 6= b. The following is a list of major results proven in the paper. 1. Polynomialtime membership comparable sets construct a proper hierarchy according to the bound on the number of arguments. 2. Polynomialtime membership comparable sets have polynomialsize circuits. 3. For any function f and for any constant c ? 0, if a set is p f(n)tt reducible to a Pselective set, then the set is polynomialtime (1 + c) log f(n)membership comparable. 4. For any C chosen from fPSPACE;UP;FewP;NP;C=P;PP;MOD 2 P; MOD 3 P; \Delta \Delta \Deltag, if C ` Pmc(c log n) for some c ! 1, then C = P. As a corollary of the last tw...
Terse, Superterse, and Verbose Sets
"... Let A be a subset of the natural numbers, and let F A n (x 1 ; : : : ; xn ) = hØA (x 1 ); : : : ; ØA (xn )i; where ØA is the characteristic function of A. An oracle Turing machine with oracle A could certainly compute F A n with n queries to A. There are some sets A (e.g., the halting set) for w ..."
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Let A be a subset of the natural numbers, and let F A n (x 1 ; : : : ; xn ) = hØA (x 1 ); : : : ; ØA (xn )i; where ØA is the characteristic function of A. An oracle Turing machine with oracle A could certainly compute F A n with n queries to A. There are some sets A (e.g., the halting set) for which F A n can be computed with substantially fewer than n queries. One key reason for this is that the questions asked to the oracle can depend on previous answers, i.e., the questions are adaptive. We examine when it is possible to save queries. A set A is terse if the computation of F A n from A requires n queries. A set A is superterse if the computation of F A n from any set requires n queries. A set A is verbose if F A 2 n \Gamma1 can be computed with n queries to A. The range of possible query savings is limited by the following theorem: F A n cannot be computed with only blog nc queries to a set X unless A is recursive. In addition we produce the following: (1) a verbose ...
Pselective Selfreducible sets: A New Characterization of P
 In Proceedings of the 8th Structure in Complexity Theory Conference
, 1996
"... We show that any pselective and selfreducible set is in P . As the converse is also true, we obtain a new characterization of the class P . A generalization and several consequences of this theorem are discussed. Among other consequences, we show that under reasonable assumptions autoreducibi ..."
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We show that any pselective and selfreducible set is in P . As the converse is also true, we obtain a new characterization of the class P . A generalization and several consequences of this theorem are discussed. Among other consequences, we show that under reasonable assumptions autoreducibility and selfreducibility differ on NP , and that there are nonpT mitotic sets in NP . 1 Introduction Separating complexity classes is a very popular, but rarely won game in complexity theory. Frustrated by misfortune, computer scientists have often turned to attempts of characterizing complexity classes in a different way. The hopes are, that the new characterization of the complexity class may provide new insights and a `handle' to force the separation where earlier attempts have failed. Wellknown examples of this are the many ways to define the class of sets for which there exist small circuits [Pip79], and the identification of various forms of interactive proof systems with stan...
NPhard Sets are PSuperterse Unless R = NP
, 1992
"... A set A is pterse (psuperterse) if, for all q, it is not possible to answer q queries to A by making only q \Gamma 1 queries to A (any set X). Formally, let PF A qtt be the class of functions reducible to A via a polynomialtime truthtable reduction of norm q, and let PF A qT be the class of ..."
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A set A is pterse (psuperterse) if, for all q, it is not possible to answer q queries to A by making only q \Gamma 1 queries to A (any set X). Formally, let PF A qtt be the class of functions reducible to A via a polynomialtime truthtable reduction of norm q, and let PF A qT be the class of functions reducible to A via a polynomialtime Turing reduction that makes at most q queries. A set A is pterse if PF A qtt 6` PF A (q\Gamma1)T for all constants q. A is psuperterse if PF A qtt 6` PF X qT for all constants q and sets X . We show that all NPhard sets (under p tt reductions) are psuperterse, unless it is possible to distinguish uniquely satisfiable formulas from satisfiable formulas in polynomial time. Consequently, all NPcomplete sets are psuperterse unless P = UP (oneway functions fail to exist), R = NP (there exist randomized polynomialtime algorithms for all problems in NP), and the polynomialtime hierarchy collapses. This mostly solves the main open...
Recursion Theoretic Properties of Frequency Computation and Bounded Queries
 Information and Computation
, 1995
"... The notion of frequency computation captures the class\Omega of all sets A such that for some n, the nfold characteristic function of A can be computed with fewer than n errors. We consider the recursion theoretic properties of\Omega with special emphasis on recursively enumerable sets. 1 Introduct ..."
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The notion of frequency computation captures the class\Omega of all sets A such that for some n, the nfold characteristic function of A can be computed with fewer than n errors. We consider the recursion theoretic properties of\Omega with special emphasis on recursively enumerable sets. 1 Introduction In this paper we study properties of sets that possess an "effective structure" such that their characteristic function can be recursively approximated in a certain sense. We consider approximations given by frequency computation and bounded queries as explained below. The notion of frequency computation was introduced by Rose [31] in the early sixties. For natural numbers m;n 1, m n, a set A is called (m; n)recursive (in short A 2 \Omega\Gamma m;n)) iff there is a recursive function f : ! n ! f0; 1g n , mapping ntuples of numbers to ntuples of bits, such that for any n pairwise distinct numbers x 1 ; : : : ; x n : f(x 1 ; : : : ; x n ) = (b 1 ; : : : ; b n ) ) jfi : ØA (x ...
Quantifying the Amount of Verboseness
, 1995
"... We study the fine structure of the classification of sets of natural numbers A according to the number of queries which are needed to compute the nfold characteristic function of A. A complete characterization is obtained, relating the question to finite combinatorics. In order to obtain an explic ..."
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We study the fine structure of the classification of sets of natural numbers A according to the number of queries which are needed to compute the nfold characteristic function of A. A complete characterization is obtained, relating the question to finite combinatorics. In order to obtain an explicit description we consider several interesting combinatorial problems. 1 Introduction In the theory of bounded queries, we measure the complexity of a function by the number of queries to an oracle which are needed to compute it. The field has developed in various directions, both in complexity theory and in recursion theory; see Gasarch [21] for a recent survey. One of the original concerns is the classification of sets A of natural numbers by their "query complexity," i.e., according to the number of oracle queries that are needed to compute the nfold characteristic function F A n = x 1 ; : : : ; x n : (ØA (x 1 ); : : : ; ØA (x n )). In [3, 8] a set A is called verbose iff F A n is com...