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Approximation for distance problems

Some problems in genome rearrangements ask for finding a number $c$ which is a similarity measure between two given genomes. Distance between these two genomes is given by another number, typically $n ...
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Constrained version of vertex cover in a bipartite graph

Let $G(V_1, V_2, E)$ be a bipartite graph such that degree of all the vertices in $V_1$ is bounded by some constant (say) $d$. Now, for given two positive integer $l$ and $k$, we wish to decide if ...
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Which matrix of Q values is being used here?

This question refers to this paper: Using Free Energies to Represent Q-values in a Multiagent Reinforcement Learning Task In section 2.1, equations (5) and (6), I am wondering which Q values are ...
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Approximate matching in table of integer vectors

Disclaimer: This is my first question on cstheory.stackexchange.com so please be forgiving. I have a list of M (M is big, more than 1 million elements) vectors of integers. Each vector can contain ...
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Is there any exsiting research on this kind of “sorting with constraint” problem?

I have been interested in this kind of "sorting with constraint" problem: Given $n$ items $\{S_1 ,S_2 ,...S_n\}$ with corresponding weight $w_i ,i=1,2,...,n$, we want to sort these $n$ items (i.e. ...
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“conservative approximate Set Cover”?

We are given a lattice graph $L$, embedded on the plane, and a certain "shape" (a connected, acyclic subgraph $S$ of $L$). The task is to approximately cover $L$ with translated, rotated and flipped ...
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What are some of the most ingenious linear programs developed for tackling hard combinatorial problems?

What are some known ingenious linear programs that have been developed for tackling hard combinatorial optimization problems, especially any linear programs which had helped in getting good ...
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How dependent is complexity of trigonometric functions on the size of inputs, not just precision?

In https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computational_complexity_of_mathematical_operations#Elementary_functions, computational complexity of computing trigonometric functions of type $\sin x$ to $n$-digit ...
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An algorithm to compute sine and cosine within $n$-digit precision

I know CORDIC, but is there a better algorithm to compute $\sin x$ and $\cos x$ within specified $n$-digit accuracy?
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Statistical Algorithms vs Convex Relaxations - Planted Clique

I am trying to understand exactly what the lower bounds for the query complexity of statistical algorithms imply for convex relaxations for the planted clique problem ? A recent paper by Feldman, ...
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Difficult On Average Cases for 3MaxSAT and 3SAT Approximation Algorithm

1.Its known that a polynomial time approximation algorithm that satisfies 3MaxSAT in 7/8+e clauses implies P=NP. 2.Its also experimentally known that 3SAT has the most difficult known cases when the ...
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Coreset and VC dimension

I am trying to understand the notion of $\epsilon$-coreset and its relation with sampling bounds of a range space having a finite VC-dimension. Although both of them give an $\epsilon$-approximation ...
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How good is greedy in average?

Given a family ${\cal F}\subset 2^E$ of (feasible solutions), the maximization problem on ${\cal F}$ is, for every weighting $x:E\to \{0,1,\ldots\}$ of ground elements, to compute the maximum weight ...
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What is known about this TSP variant?

This question was previously posted to Computer Science Stack Exchange here. Imagine you're a very successful travelling salesman with clients all over the country. To speed up shipping, you've ...
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Are there any learning algorithms with any provable guarantees for manifold learning or manifold regularization?

First of all, I want to make clear that my question is about algorithms. I'd like to know if there are any algorithms with provable guarantees in the context of manifold learning (or manifold ...
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Approximating the clique size of the graph

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph. For a given $\rho \leq |V|$ and $\epsilon$ with $(0<\epsilon<1)$, is there any sublinear query algorithm known/possible to decide if the graph has a clique of size ...
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3D Bin Packing with one bin with infinite/unknown size

Hi I'm looking for a variation of the Orthogonal 3D-BinPacking algorithm with only one bin of unknown size. I have a set $S$ of $n$ cuboids items $i_j$ with $j=1...n$. The dimensions of the items are ...
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What is the intuition behind “hardness of approximation”? [closed]

I am reading a paper about graph matching problem. Which is, to some extent, an optimization version of the graph isomorphism problem. To my surprise, some closely related NP-hard problems are quite ...
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Exactly solvable but non-trivial integrality gap

Are there interesting polynomial time solvable problems that we know of for which the natural convex relaxation has a non-trivial integrality gap? Note: Maximum matching doesn't qualify because I ...
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What are multiple rounds of SOS/Lasserre hierarchy?

Is that the same as saying the one will try to generate a higher-degree "pseudo expectation functional" by solving a SOS-program ? Or is there a difference between the two things? Or to take a ...
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The Goemans-Williamson algorithm in the $SOS$ framework

If there is a variable $x_i$ for every vertex $i$ of a $d$-regular graph $G$ then assigning $x_i = \pm 1$ gives a cut, say $(S,\bar{S})$, of the graph. We can then see that, $\langle x,L x\rangle$, ...
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Evaluating the expected value of negatively correlated random variables

A polynomial random process satisfying the following properties converts a fractional point $(x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n) \in \mathcal{P}$, $(x_i \in [0,1])$ to a random integer point $(X_1, X_2, \ldots, ...
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Is MAX-SAT SETH (like) hard?

If we make a random assignment to the variables in $k$-sat ($m$ clauses), we are going to satisfy $(1-2^{-k})m$ clauses in expectation. In general satisfying fewer clauses is considered easy. There ...
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Are there any interesting open questions having to do with submodularity, specially in the intersection of theoretical machine learning?

I was interested in knowing about open research topics related with sub modularity, specially within its intersection with theoretical machine learning (and related topics). I am particularly ...
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Set cover in which some pairs of sets are forbidden

I'm trying to find an approximation algorithm for a variant of the weighted set cover problem. However, this variation doesn't seem to let me apply the traditional set cover arguments for an ...
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Multiple knapsack fpt?

It was an open question whether multiple knapsack is fpt wrt standard parameter. Since at SODA 2009 Jansen has presented an EPTAS for multiple knapsack and an EPTAS implies the existense of an fpt ...
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Algorithms for computing the minimal vertex separator of a graph

Background: Let $u,v$ be two vertices of an undirected graph $G=(V,E)$. A vertex set $S\subseteq V$ is a $u,v$-separator if $u$ and $v$ belong to different connected components of $G−S$. If no proper ...
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NP-complete problems with optimal approximation in poly-time

I'm looking for examples of hard optimization problems, for which we have an optimal approximation (not that this is not the same as $PTAS$, as we require a completely tight approximation, and not ...
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Understanding Frieze's log(n) approximation algorithm for ATSP

In the Frieze's log$_{2}$(n) approximation algorithm for ATSP, let's consider any $G_{o}$ $\subset$ G, where G is the underlying complete digraph with n vertices, CYC(G$_{o}$) be the cost of optimal ...
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$\mathsf{APX}-\mathsf{Hard}$ and $\mathsf{MaxSNP}-\mathsf{Hard}$ problems

All the problems which are either $\mathsf{APX}-\mathsf{Hard}$ and $\mathsf{MaxSNP}-\mathsf{Hard}$ cannot admit a $\mathsf{PTAS}$, unless $P=NP$. I would like to know whether $\mathsf{MaxSNP}$ ...
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Steiner Tree and minimum spanning tree

If I must connect: $$2^k$$ terminals in a Steiner Tree choosen randomly and connect them with the cheapest component; "loss - contracting algorithm" is a good way? Or is an "Iterative Randomized ...
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Approximation Algorithm for TSP-like problem

Suppose we are given a graph with distances for each of the edges and merit for each of the nodes. What are the best (approximation) algorithms for computing the the most meritorious simple path with ...
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Recent insights on algorithms for 1D bin packing

This is just a general question on recent algorithms for the 1D bin packing problem. I just want to collect some information on this issue, so I’m grateful for any information. Especially heuristics ...
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Modifying Hopcroft-Karp algorithm to get approximate bipartite matching

I am trying to find an algorithm to find an $\epsilon$-approximate maximum matching $M_{\epsilon}$ in a bipartite graph in $O(m/\epsilon)$. The partite groups are of equal size, they are $A$ and $B$. ...
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The distribution on the solution space induced by randomized rounding

Consider the Goemans-Williamson algorithm for the MAX-CUT problem. It is known, that if $maxcut(G) \geq 1-\epsilon$, then the algorithm returns a cut $S$ of fractional size at least ...
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k closest points that belong to a set

This is a question from theory community, but I came across this issue in a practical problem. So just have this in mind. I have a set of real vectors: $$ S = \lbrace v_1, \dots, v_n \rbrace $$ ...
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Approximating a max-cut's intersection with other cuts

For the purposes of this question, a cut in a graph $G$ is the edge-set $\delta (S)\subseteq E(G)$ between some vertex-set $S$ and its complement. A max cut is one with at least as many edges as any ...
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Advances towards proving the Held-Karp conjecture for TSP

I've only began my research into the Held-Karp conjecture and I was wondering about recent progress in proving the conjecture. The Held-Karp relaxation is conjectured to have an integrality gap of ...
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Approximation algorithms for min vector subset-sum over GF(2)

In this question vzn asked about the following problem, which I'll call Vector-Subset-Sum. Given a set of vectors $v_i$ over GF(2) and a target vector $y$, is there a subset of the $v_i$ summing ...
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Maximizing a submodular function with restricted values

Maximizing a general monotone submodular function $f$ under the constraint that $|S|\leq k$, can be approximated to $(1-1/e)$. I am wondering if a better approximation algorithm exists if the ...
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Practically Good Algorithms of a Very Low Computational Complexity Class

I am looking for one (or more) examples of a parametric class of algorithms $P_t$ for approximately solving a class $\cal A$ of algorithmic questions with the following properties: 1) Solving the ...
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What is this variant of set cover problem known as?

Input is a universe $U$ and a family of subsets of $U$, say, ${\cal F} \subseteq 2^U$. We assume that the subsets in ${\cal F}$ can cover $U$, i.e., $\bigcup_{E\in {\cal F}}E=U$. An incremental ...
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Variation on partial Set Cover with penalties

I'm looking at the following problem, which I'm hoping is perhaps a known variant of the Set Cover problem: Input: We're given a universe $U$ and two disjoint subsets $A$ and $B$ such that $A \cup ...
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Tuning Parameters of Locality Sensitive Hashing

We have given a set of $n$ binary vectors each of dimension $d$, i.e. a binary matrix of $d*n$. Our goal is to group vectors which are almost similar, $\forall v_i, v_j\in\{0,1\}^d$, we say $v_i$ ...
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Minimum vector sets span spaces cover problem

Instance: a set of vectors $V=\{\mathbf{v}_1,\mathbf{v}_2,...,\mathbf{v}_n\}$ and $m$ vector sets $V_1,V_2,...,V_m$, each of which contains multiple vectors ($V_i$ may not be a subset of $V$). In our ...
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Can we approximate the number of words accepted by an NFA?

Let $M$ be an acyclic NFA. Since $M$ is acyclic, $L(M)$ is finite. In a related question, it was suggested that exact counting of the number of words accepted by $M$ is $\#P$-Complete. The second ...
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Approximating the value of k in $k$-mean clustering problem

Consider a set of $n$ points in $R^d$ which are covered by some finitely many (say $k$) unit balls. Can we approximate the value of $k$ by querying only sublinear many points. More precisely, by ...
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Inapproximability of $(\alpha, \beta)$ bi-criteria approximation

An $(\alpha, \beta)$ bi-criteria approximation algorithm for $k$-center is defined as an algorithm that returns a solution whose value is $\beta \cdot OPT$ ($OPT$ being the optimal solution for the ...
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Clustering in sublinear time/query

Given a set of $n$ points in $R^d$, the goal is to cover them with (finitely many) unit balls such that following conditions satisfy: 1) Minimizing the number of balls that are required to cover all ...
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Combinatorial algorithm for load balancing

I have a problem that can be solved with linear programming, but I'm hoping there's a combinatorial algorithm for this (even approximation is fine). This is basically a load balancing problem using ...