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Algorithmic Lower Bounds: Fun with Hardness Proofs


Provider
MIT OpenCourseware

Price
Free

School
MIT

Type
University

Instructor
Prof. Erik Demaine

Category
Computer Science

Format
Mixed

Language
English

Description
6.890 Algorithmic Lower Bounds: Fun with Hardness Proofs is a class taking a practical approach to proving problems can't be solved efficiently (in polynomial time and assuming standard complexity-theoretic assumptions like P ≠ NP). The class focuses on reductions and techniques for proving problems are computationally hard for a variety of complexity classes. Along the way, the class will create many interesting gadgets, learn many hardness proof styles, explore the connection between games and computation, survey several important problems and complexity classes, and crush hopes and dreams (for fast optimal solutions).

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