Nonuniform Reductions and NP-Completeness

John Hitchcock, Hadi Shafei

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Abstract

Nonuniformity is a central concept in computational complexity with powerful connections to circuit complexity and randomness. Nonuniform reductions have been used to study the isomorphism conjecture for NP and completeness for larger complexity classes. We study the power of nonuniform reductions for NP-completeness, obtaining both separations and upper bounds for nonuniform completeness vs uniform complessness in NP. Under various hypotheses, we obtain the following separations:

1. There is a set complete for NP under nonuniform many-one reductions, but not under uniform many-one reductions. This is true even with a single bit of nonuniform advice.
2. There is a set complete for NP under nonuniform many-one reductions with polynomial-size advice, but not under uniform Turing reductions. That is, polynomial nonuniformity cannot be replaced by a polynomial number of queries.
3. For any fixed polynomial p(n), there is a set complete for NP under uniform 2-truth-table reductions, but not under nonuniform many-one reductions that use p(n) advice. That is, giving a uniform reduction a second query makes it impossible to simulate by a nonuniform reduction with fixed polynomial advice.
4. There is a set complete for NP under nonuniform many-one reductions with polynomial advice, but not under nonuniform many-one reductions with logarithmic advice. This hierarchy theorem also holds for other reducibilities, such as truth-table and Turing.

We also consider uniform upper bounds on nonuniform completeness. Hirahara (2015) showed that unconditionally every set that is complete for NP under nonuniform truth-table reductions that use logarithmic advice is also uniformly Turing-complete. We show that under a derandomization hypothesis, every set that is complete for NP under nonuniform truth-table reductions is also uniformly truth-table complete.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)743-757
Number of pages15
JournalTheory of Computing Systems
Volume66
Issue number4
Early online date1 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes

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