By Ker-I Ko (auth.)

Starting with Cook's pioneering paintings on NP-completeness in 1970, polynomial complexity conception, the research of polynomial-time com putability, has quick emerged because the new starting place of algorithms. at the one hand, it bridges the distance among the summary process of recursive functionality conception and the concrete technique of research of algorithms. It extends the notions and instruments of the idea of computability to supply a great theoretical origin for the examine of computational complexity of sensible difficulties. furthermore, the theoretical experiences of the proposal of polynomial-time tractability a few instances additionally yield attention-grabbing new useful algorithms. a standard examination ple is the applying of the ellipsoid set of rules to combinatorial op timization difficulties (see, for instance, Lovasz [1986]). nevertheless, it has a robust impact on many alternative branches of mathe matics, together with combinatorial optimization, graph concept, quantity idea and cryptography. for this reason, many researchers have began to reassess a number of branches of classical arithmetic from the complexity standpoint. For a given nonconstructive life theorem in classical arithmetic, one want to discover a construc tive facts which admits a polynomial-time set of rules for the answer. one of many examples is the new paintings on algorithmic thought of in line with mutation teams. within the zone of numerical computation, there also are tradi tionally autonomous methods: recursive research and numerical analysis.

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Using this notation, we can give, based on the Cauchy sequence representation, a more formal definition of computable real numbers. We say a real number z is computable if there is a computable function : N ---+ 0 such that for all n E N, I{n) - zl :::; Tn. It is clear that for each representation system for real numbers, we can define a class of computable real numbers. Do different representation systems give different classes of computable real numbers? If so, which representation system is the best?

39 # NP{A) More discussions about the relation between the question of P =? NP and the question of EXP =? 4. 12, we stated that, for each k, we can find some set A such that ~f{A) # Ilf(A). Therefore the ~f-operators are not the same as Ilf -operators. It is interesting to observe that the construction of such sets A involves with complicated probabilistic counting arguments, and it seems, intuitively, that oracle sets B with simpler structures cannot separate the hierarchy. This intuition is formally justified in the following in terms of sparse oracles.

They also pointed out that from these results any proof techniques which relativize cannot be applied to solve the unrelativized P =? NP question. Since most of the current proof techniques such as simulation and simple diagonalization do relativize, these results demonstrated the difficulty of the unrelativized P =? NP question. 2 More recently, Baker, Gill and Solovay's results have been extended to the polynomial-time hierarchy [Baker and Selman, 1979; Yao, 1985; Hastad, 1986; Ko, 1989a, 1989b].