Eric Allender, Peter Bürgisser, Johan Kjeldgaard-Pedersen, Peter Bro Miltersen

We study two quite different approaches to understanding the complexity

of fundamental problems in numerical analysis. We show that both hinge

on the question of understanding the complexity of the following problem,

which we call PosSLP:

Given a division-free straight-line program

producing an integer N, decide whether N>0.

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Nikhil Balaji, Samir Datta

The Sum of Square Roots (SSR) problem is the following computational problem: Given positive integers $a_1, \dots, a_k$, and signs $\delta_1, \dots, \delta_k \in \{-1, 1\}$, check if $\sum_{i=1}^k \delta_i \sqrt{a_i} > 0$. The problem is known to have a polynomial time algorithm on the real RAM model of computation, ... more >>>