We study two optimization problems on simplicial complexes with homology over $\mathbb{Z}_2$, the minimum bounded chain problem: given a $d$-dimensional complex $\mathcal{K}$ embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{d+1}$ and a null-homologous $(d-1)$-cycle $C$ in $\mathcal{K}$, find the minimum $d$-chain with boundary $C$, and the minimum homologous chain problem: given a $(d+1)$-manifold $\mathcal{M}$ and a $d$-chain $D$ in $\mathcal{M}$, find the minimum $d$-chain homologous to $D$. We show strong hardness results for both problems even for small values of $d$; $d = 2$ for the former problem, and $d=1$ for the latter problem... (read more)

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