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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...
Computing Functions with Parallel Queries to NP
, 1993
"... The class \Theta p 2 of languages polynomialtime truthtable reducible to sets in NP has a wide range of different characterizations. We consider several functional versions of \Theta p 2 based on these characterizations. We show that in this way the three function classes FL NP log , FP NP l ..."
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The class \Theta p 2 of languages polynomialtime truthtable reducible to sets in NP has a wide range of different characterizations. We consider several functional versions of \Theta p 2 based on these characterizations. We show that in this way the three function classes FL NP log , FP NP log , and FP NP k are obtained. In contrast to the language case the function classes seem to all be different. We give evidence in support of this fact by showing that FL NP log coincides with any of the other classes then L = P, and that the equality of the classes FP NP log and FP NP k would imply that the number of nondeterministic bits needed for the computation of any problem in NP can be reduced by a polylogarithmic factor, and that the problem can be computed deterministically with a subexponential time bound of order 2 n O(1= log log n) . 1 Introduction The study of nondeterministic computation is a central topic in structural complexity theory. The acceptance mechanism of...
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...
Inverting Onto Functions
, 1996
"... We look at the hypothesis that all honest onto polynomialtime computable functions have a polynomialtime computable inverse. We show this hypothesis equivalent to several other complexity conjectures including ffl In polynomial time, one can find accepting paths of nondeterministic polynomialtim ..."
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We look at the hypothesis that all honest onto polynomialtime computable functions have a polynomialtime computable inverse. We show this hypothesis equivalent to several other complexity conjectures including ffl In polynomial time, one can find accepting paths of nondeterministic polynomialtime Turing machines that accept \Sigma . ffl Every total multivalued nondeterministic function has a polynomialtime computable refinement. ffl In polynomial time, one can compute satisfying assignments for any polynomialtime computable set of satisfiable formulae. ffl In polynomial time, one can convert the accepting computations of any nondeterministic Turing machine that accepts SAT to satisfying assignments. We compare these hypotheses with several other important complexity statements. We also examine the complexity of these statements where we only require a single bit instead of the entire inverse. 1 Introduction Understanding the power of nondeterminism has been one of the pri...
Probabilistic Logic under Coherence: Complexity and Algorithms
 In Proceedings ISIPTA01
, 2001
"... We study probabilistic logic under the viewpoint of the coherence principle of de Finetti. In detail, we explore the relationship between coherencebased and classical modeltheoretic probabilistic logic. Interestingly, we show that the notions of gcoherence and of gcoherent entailment can be expre ..."
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We study probabilistic logic under the viewpoint of the coherence principle of de Finetti. In detail, we explore the relationship between coherencebased and classical modeltheoretic probabilistic logic. Interestingly, we show that the notions of gcoherence and of gcoherent entailment can be expressed by combining notions in modeltheoretic probabilistic logic with concepts from default reasoning. Using these results, we analyze the computational complexity of probabilistic reasoning under coherence. Moreover, we present new algorithms for deciding gcoherence and for computing tight gcoherent intervals, which reduce these tasks to standard reasoning tasks in modeltheoretic probabilistic logic. Thus, efficient techniques for modeltheoretic probabilistic reasoning can immediately be applied for probabilistic reasoning under coherence, for example, column generation techniques. We then describe two other interesting techniques for efficient modeltheoretic probabilistic reasoning in the conjunctive case.
Default Reasoning from Conditional Knowledge Bases: Complexity and Tractable Cases
 Artif. Intell
, 2000
"... Conditional knowledge bases have been proposed as belief bases that include defeasible rules (also called defaults) of the form " ! ", which informally read as "generally, if then ." Such rules may have exceptions, which can be handled in different ways. A number of entailment semantics for condi ..."
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Conditional knowledge bases have been proposed as belief bases that include defeasible rules (also called defaults) of the form " ! ", which informally read as "generally, if then ." Such rules may have exceptions, which can be handled in different ways. A number of entailment semantics for conditional knowledge bases have been proposed in the literature. However, while the semantic properties and interrelationships of these formalisms are quite well understood, about their computational properties only partial results are known so far. In this paper, we fill these gaps and first draw a precise picture of the complexity of default reasoning from conditional knowledge bases: Given a conditional knowledge base KB and a default ! , does KB entail ! ? We classify the complexity of this problem for a number of wellknown approaches (including Goldszmidt et al.'s maximum entropy approach and Geffner's conditional entailment), where we consider the general propositional case as well as natural syntactic restrictions (in particular, to Horn and literalHorn conditional knowledge bases). As we show, the more sophisticated semantics for conditional knowledge bases are plagued with intractability in all these fragments. We thus explore cases in which these semantics are tractable, and find that most of them enjoy this property on feedbackfree Horn conditional knowledge bases, which constitute a new, meaningful class of conditional knowledge bases. Furthermore, we generalize previous tractability results from Horn to qHorn conditional knowledge bases, which allow for a limited use of disjunction. Our results complement and extend previous results, and contribute in refining the tractability/intractability frontier of default reasoning from conditional know...
Predicatecalculus based logics for modeling and solving search problems
 ACM Transactions on Computational Logic
, 2006
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Disjoint NPPairs
, 2003
"... We study the question of whether the class DisNP of disjoint pairs (A, B) of NPsets contains a complete pair. The question relates to the question of whether optimal proof systems exist, and we relate it to the previously studied question of whether there exists a disjoint pair of NPsets that is N ..."
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We study the question of whether the class DisNP of disjoint pairs (A, B) of NPsets contains a complete pair. The question relates to the question of whether optimal proof systems exist, and we relate it to the previously studied question of whether there exists a disjoint pair of NPsets that is NPhard. We show under reasonable hypotheses that nonsymmetric disjoint NPpairs exist, which provides additional evidence for the existence of Pinseparable disjoint NPpairs. We construct
On The Computational Complexity of Inferring Evolutionary Trees
, 1993
"... The process of reconstructing evolutionary trees can be viewed formally as an optimization problem. Recently, decision problems associated with the most commonly used approaches to reconstructing such trees have been shown to be NPcomplete [Day87, DJS86, DS86, DS87, GF82, Kri88, KM86]. In this t ..."
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The process of reconstructing evolutionary trees can be viewed formally as an optimization problem. Recently, decision problems associated with the most commonly used approaches to reconstructing such trees have been shown to be NPcomplete [Day87, DJS86, DS86, DS87, GF82, Kri88, KM86]. In this thesis, a framework is established that incorporates all such problems studied to date. Within this framework, the NPcompleteness results for decision problems are extended by applying theorems from [CT91, Gas86, GKR92, JVV86, KST89, Kre88, Sel91] to derive bounds on the computational complexity of several functions associated with each of these problems, namely ffl evaluation functions, which return the cost of the optimal tree(s), ffl solution functions, which return an optimal tree, ffl spanning functions, which return the number of optimal trees, ffl enumeration functions, which systematically enumerate all optimal trees, and ffl randomselection functions, which return a random...
On Using Oracles That Compute Values
 In Proc. 10th Annual Symp. on Theoret. Aspects of Computer Science, Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 1993
"... This paper focuses on complexity classes of partial functions that are computed in polynomial time with oracles in NPMV, the class of all multivalued partial functions that are computable nondeterministically in polynomial time. Concerning deterministic polynomialtime reducibilities, it is shown th ..."
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This paper focuses on complexity classes of partial functions that are computed in polynomial time with oracles in NPMV, the class of all multivalued partial functions that are computable nondeterministically in polynomial time. Concerning deterministic polynomialtime reducibilities, it is shown that 1. A multivalued partial function is polynomialtime computable with k adaptive queries to NPMV if and only if it is polynomialtime computable via 2 k \Gamma 1 nonadaptive queries to NPMV. 2. A characteristic function is polynomialtime computable with k adaptive queries to NPMV if and only if it is polynomialtime computable with k adaptive queries to NP. 3. Unless the Boolean hierarchy collapses, for every k, k adaptive (nonadaptive) queries to NPMV is different than k + 1 adaptive (nonadaptive) queries to NPMV. Nondeterministic reducibilities, lowness and the difference hierarchy over NPMV are also studied. The difference hierarchy for partial functions does not collapse unless the...