Trichotomy for the reconfiguration problem of integer linear systems

Kei Kimura, Akira Suzuki

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In this paper, we consider the reconfiguration problem of integer linear systems. In this problem, we are given an integer linear system I and two feasible solutions s and t of I, and then asked to transform s to t by changing a value of only one variable at a time, while maintaining a feasible solution of I throughout. Z(I) for I is the complexity index introduced by Kimura and Makino (Discrete Applied Mathematics 200:67–78, 2016), which is defined by the sign pattern of the input matrix. We analyze the complexity of the reconfiguration problem of integer linear systems based on the complexity index Z(I) of given I. We then show that the problem is (i) solvable in constant time if Z(I) is less than one, (ii) weakly coNP-complete and pseudo-polynomially solvable if Z(I) is exactly one, and (iii) PSPACE-complete if Z(I) is greater than one. Since the complexity indices of Horn and two-variable-par-inequality integer linear systems are at most one, our results imply that the reconfiguration of these systems are in coNP and pseudo-polynomially solvable. Moreover, this is the first result that reveals coNP-completeness for a reconfiguration problem, to the best of our knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-109
Number of pages22
JournalTheoretical Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 8


  • Complexity trichotomy
  • Integer linear system
  • Reconfiguration


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