Choiceless Polynomial Time

Computer Science/Discrete Mathematics Seminar I
Topic:Choiceless Polynomial Time
Speaker:Ben Rossman
Affiliation:University of Toronto
Date:Monday, October 14
Time/Room:11:00am - 12:00pm/Simonyi Hall 101
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The choiceless computation model of Blass, Gurevich and Shelah (1999, 2002) is an algorithmic framework for computing isomorphism-invariant properties of unordered structures.  Machines in this model have the power of parallel execution, but lack the ability to make arbitrary choices.  For example, a choiceless algorithm cannot freely select an arbitrary neighbor of a vertex in an unordered graph, but may execute a subroutine in parallel over all neighbors.  In this talk, I will give an overview of results in the choiceless model and discuss the intriguing open question:  Does every graph property that is decidable by a poly-time Turing machine admit a choiceless poly-time algorithm?