On eliminating nondeterminism from Turing machines which use less than logarithm worktape space

  • Burkhard Monien
  • Ivan Hal Sudborough
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 71)


A family of problems {GAP(2dS(n))}d>0 is described that is log space complete for NSPACE(S(n)), for functions S(n) which grow less rapidly than the logarithm function. An algorithm is described to recognize GAP(2dS(n)) deterministically in space S(n) × log n. Thus, we show for constructible functions S(n), with log log n ≤ S(n) ≤ log n, that:
$$\begin{gathered}(1) NSPACE(S(n)) \subseteq DSPACE(S(n) x log n), and \hfill \\(2) NSPACE(S(n)) \subseteq DSPACE( log n) iff \hfill \\\left\{ {GAP(2^{dS(n)} )} \right\}_{d > 0} \subseteq DSPACE(log n) \hfill \\\end{gathered}$$
In particular, when S(n)=log log n, we have: (1) NSPACE(log log n) ... DSPACE(log n × log log n), and (2) NSPACE(log log n) ... DSPACE(log n) iff {GAP(log n)d)}d>0 ... DSPACE(log n). In addition it is shown that the question of whether NSPACE(S(n)) is identical to DSPACE(S(n)), for sublogarithmic functions S(n), is closely related to the space complexity of the graph accessibility problem for graphs with bounded bandwidth.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Burkhard Monien
    • 1
  • Ivan Hal Sudborough
    • 2
  1. 1.Gesamthochschule PaderbornPaderbornWest Germany
  2. 2.E.E./C.S. Dept.Northwestern UniversityEvanstonU. S. A.

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