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DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2015.341
URN: urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-49252
URL: https://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2015/4925/
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Gärtner, Bernd ; Thomas, Antonis

The Complexity of Recognizing Unique Sink Orientations

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Abstract

Given a Boolean Circuit with n inputs and n outputs, we want to decide if it represents a Unique Sink Orientation (USO). USOs are useful combinatorial objects that serve as abstraction of many relevant optimization problems. We prove that recognizing a USO is coNP-complete. However, the situation appears to be more complicated for recognizing acyclic USOs. Firstly, we give a construction to prove that there exist cyclic USOs where the smallest cycle is of superpolynomial size. This implies that the straightforward representation of a cycle (i.e. by a list of vertices) does not make up for a coNP certificate. Inspired by this fact, we investigate the connection of recognizing an acyclic USO to PSPACE and we prove that the problem is PSPACE-complete.

BibTeX - Entry

@InProceedings{grtner_et_al:LIPIcs:2015:4925,
  author =	{Bernd G{\"a}rtner and Antonis Thomas},
  title =	{{The Complexity of Recognizing Unique Sink Orientations}},
  booktitle =	{32nd International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2015)},
  pages =	{341--353},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-939897-78-1},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2015},
  volume =	{30},
  editor =	{Ernst W. Mayr and Nicolas Ollinger},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2015/4925},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-49252},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2015.341},
  annote =	{Keywords: complexity, recognizing, unique sink orientations, coNP, PSPACE}
}

Keywords: complexity, recognizing, unique sink orientations, coNP, PSPACE
Collection: 32nd International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2015)
Issue Date: 2015
Date of publication: 26.02.2015


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