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# Lecture7 - Notes on Complexity Theory Last updated September 2011 Lecture 7 Jonathan Katz 1 Configuration Graphs and the Reachability Method 1.1 NL

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Unformatted text preview: Notes on Complexity Theory Last updated: September, 2011 Lecture 7 Jonathan Katz 1 Configuration Graphs and the Reachability Method 1.1 NL and NL-Completeness Coming back to problems on graphs, consider the problem of directed connectivity (denoted conn ). Here we are given a directed graph on n-vertices (say, specified by an adjacency matrix) and two vertices s and t , and want to determine whether there is a directed path from s to t . Theorem 1 conn is NL-complete. Proof To see that it is in NL , we need to show a non-deterministic algorithm using log-space that never accepts if there is no path from s to t , and that sometimes accepts if there is a path from s to t . The following simple algorithm achieves this: if s = t accept set v current := s for i = 1 to n : guess a vertex v next if there is no edge from v current to v next , reject if v next = t , accept v current := v next if i = n and no decision has yet been made, reject The above algorithm needs to store i (using log n bits), and at most the labels of two vertices v current and v next (using O (log n ) bits). To see that conn is NL-complete, assume L ∈ NL and let M L be a non-deterministic log-space machine deciding L . Our log-space reduction from L to conn takes input x ∈ { , 1 } n and outputs a graph (represented as an adjacency matrix) in which the vertices represent configurations of M L ( x ) and edges represent allowed transitions. (It also outputs s = start and t = accept , where these are the starting and accepting configurations of M ( x ), respectively.) Each configuration can be represented using O (log n ) bits, and the adjacency matrix (which has size O ( n 2 )) can be generated in log-space as follows: For each configuration i : for each configuration j : Output 1 if there is a legal transition from i to j , and 0 otherwise (if i or j is not a legal state, simply output 0) Output start , accept The algorithm requires O (log n ) space for i and j , and to check for a legal transition. 7-1 We can now easily prove the following: Theorem 2 For s ( n ) ≥ log n a space-constructible function, nspace ( s ( n )) ⊆ time (2 O ( s ( n )) ) . Proof We can solve conn in linear time (in the number of vertices) using breadth-first search, and so conn ∈ P . By the previous theorem, this means NL ⊆ P (a special case of the theorem)....
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Lecture7 - Notes on Complexity Theory Last updated September 2011 Lecture 7 Jonathan Katz 1 Configuration Graphs and the Reachability Method 1.1 NL

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