Henning Fernau

We derive the first lower bound results on kernel sizes of parameterized problems. The same idea also allows us to sometimes "de-parameterize"

parameterized algorithms.

Lance Fortnow, Rahul Santhanam

We study the notion of "instance compressibility" of NP problems [Harnik-Naor06], closely related to the notion of kernelization in parameterized complexity theory [Downey-Fellows99, Flum-Grohe06, Niedermeier06]. A language $L$ in NP is instance compressible if there

is a polynomial-time computable function $f$ and a set $A$ such that

for each instance ...
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Yijia Chen, Jörg Flum, Moritz Müller

Among others, refining the methods of [Fortnow and Santhanam, ECCC Report TR07-096] we improve a result of this paper and show for any parameterized problem with a ``linear weak OR'' and with NP-hard underlying classical problem that there is no polynomial reduction from the problem to itself that assigns to ... more >>>

Dieter van Melkebeek, Holger Dell

Consider the following two-player communication process to decide a language $L$: The first player holds the entire input $x$ but is polynomially bounded; the second player is computationally unbounded but does not know any part of $x$; their goal is to cooperatively decide whether $x$ belongs to $L$ at small ... more >>>

Andrew Drucker

Given an instance of a hard decision problem, a limited goal is to $compress$ that instance into a smaller, equivalent instance of a second problem. As one example, consider the problem where, given Boolean formulas $\psi^1, \ldots, \psi^t$, we must determine if at least one $\psi^j$ is satisfiable. An $OR-compression ... more >>>

Holger Dell

Drucker (2012) proved the following result: Unless the unlikely complexity-theoretic collapse coNP is in NP/poly occurs, there is no AND-compression for SAT. The result has implications for the compressibility and kernelizability of a whole range of NP-complete parameterized problems. We present a simple proof of this result.

An AND-compression is ... more >>>

Max Bannach, Zacharias Heinrich, Rüdiger Reischuk, Till Tantau

Computing kernels for the hitting set problem (the problem of

finding a size-$k$ set that intersects each hyperedge of a

hypergraph) is a well-studied computational problem. For hypergraphs

with $m$ hyperedges, each of size at most~$d$, the best algorithms

can compute kernels of size $O(k^d)$ in ...
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