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  • adj. Describing the hardest problems that are in the class NP, and whose solutions can be verified in polynomial time.


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  • Slime mold is capable of solving NP-complete graph problems (which I cannot do myself).

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  • I think porn was proven to be "NP-complete" a while ago.

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  • Computing the conditions for fine tuning based on landscape arguments is likely an NP-complete problem.

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  • In the meantime, although the game seems quite stark and simple, it's entirely possible that it's NP-complete.

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  • What has happened here is that, as computer science tries to understand ai it has realized that many aspects of ai are NP-complete or NP-hard, and a few aspects are not.

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  • Spooky Computing Quantum computers hold the possibility of solving what computer science calls "NP-complete" problems, the problems that are impossible or nearly impossible to calculate on a classical computer.

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  • Regardless, the properties of quantum tunneling allows Orion to tackle a limited type of NP-complete problems – a particularly tedious type problem first proposed by Stephen Cook in 1971.

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  • May be a bit technical for lay people, what with all the talk about NP-complete problems, but still, it's quite an interesting story.

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  • And, incidentally, looks a lot like the usual situation when heuristics can solve NP-complete problems.

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  • NP-complete problem using a construction of rods and balls (Vergis 1986) that unfortunately ignores the accumulating time-delays in the rigid rods that result in an exponential overall slowdown.

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