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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 ...
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Estimating Graph/ Network Accuracy

If I'm creating a (social) network using some automatic system, which I know is not 100% accurate but for which I can estimate the rate of error, what, if anything, can I say about the accuracy of the ...
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inapproximability of logarithic factor of indepence set [closed]

The hardness result derived using PCP theorem for Independent set suggests that there exists some absolute constant $\epsilon_0$ such that for $0< \epsilon < \epsilon_0$, it is hard to ...
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Approximation of covering number in metric space

Consider the following setting: Let $(X,d)$ be a metric space and let $S$ be a finite subset of $X$. An $\epsilon$-cover of $S$ is any subset $C\subset S$ such that $$ \max_{x\in S} d(x,C)\leq ...
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Why is complementary slackness important?

Complementary slackness (CS) is commonly taught when talking about duality. It establishes a nice relation between the primal and the dual constraint/variables from a mathematical viewpoint. The two ...
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A quantum algorithm for GCD

Does anyone know of a direct quantum algorithm for computing GCD, - There could be quantum gates for addition subtraction constructed explicitly, using CNOT, etc. - the construction can be done in ...
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How can I show that zero-one programming is not in APX?

How can I show that zero-one programming is not in APX? Vertex Cover Problem is in the APX class. So can I try a PTAS-reduction from the zero-one programming problem to Vertex Cover and show that ...
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Additive error in counting the number of 1's in a sliding window?

The setting is as follows: We're given a stream of bits. At time $t$ you get to see bit $b_t$, and required to output $\widehat{s_t} \approx \Sigma_{i=0}^{N}b_{t-i}$ (i.e. approximately how many 1's ...
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Maximum item in data stream

I have N elements and need to find the maximum of these elements. At each time tick, exactly one of the N elements is updated and I need to determine the new max element (more specifically, the index ...
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Estimate the maximum by randomized approximation algorithms

Given a set $A$ of $2^n$ elements such that each $a\in A$ is a rational in $[0,1]$. The question is to estimate $\max(A)$, i.e., the maximal element of $A$. Is there a polynomial algorithm to ...
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Bisecting a set of points into two optimal subsets

I want to divide a set of points into two equally-sized subsets such that the within-cluster sum of squares is minimized. We can assume that the points are in two-dimensional Euclidian space. I'm ...
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Approximating #P-hard problems

Consider the classical #P-complete problem #3SAT, i.e., to count the number of valuations to make a 3CNF with $n$ variables satisfiable. I am interested in the additive approximability. Clearly, there ...
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The number of integral points in a polytope

Suppose we define a polytope with $$ \mathbf{Ax} \leq \mathbf{b} $$ What is the best way to find/approximate the number of the integral points in the polytope? Update: how hard is the complexity ...
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Calculating exact/approximate solution to a formula

Suppose we have a set of variable $\mathbf{y} = \left(y_1, ..., y_n \right)$. Also consider the set of functions $g_i(y_i), 1 \leq i \leq n$. Note that $g_i()$ is dependent only on $y_i$. Consider ...
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Hardness of approximating chromatic number of triangle-free graphs

The chromatic number of graph, $\chi( G)$ is hard to approximate for general graphs. Are there results of hardness of approximating $\chi(G)$ for triangle-free graphs?
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Approximate c-chromatic number, each color class is P4-free (cograph)

The classic chromatic number of graph, $\chi(G)$, describes the minimum number of colors needed so that each color class is an independent set. There are many other graph coloring definitions. One of ...
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Tight examples for approximating the feedback vertex set problem

There are several 2-approximation algorithms for the UNWEIGHTED feedback vertex set problem (FVS), which are summarized in [4]. Note that the reduction from vertex cover to FVS is ...
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Approximation algorithm to a minimization problem with optimization function going to zero

I have a simple function to minimize, but it is not discrete: $f(x) = 2x - \alpha x - c(x)$, where $x$ is a natural number, $\alpha$ is a rational number, $0 \leq \alpha \leq 1$, and $0 \leq c(x) \leq ...
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Minimize makespan on identical machines when jobs are vectors

Given are $n$ $d$-dimensional vectors and $m$ machines where $d$ need not be fixed. The objective is to minimize the makespan i.e., assign the vectors to machines such that the maximum of the ...
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Does PSPACE-completeness imply approximation hardness?

It is mentioned in a comment in another cstheorySE post that PSPACE-completeness imply APX-hardness. Can anyone please explain/share a reference for it? Is this "tight"? (i.e., are there ...
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Planted Clique in G(n,p), varying p

In the planted clique problem, one must recover a $k$-clique planted in an Erdos-Renyi random graph $G(n,p)$. This has mostly been looked at for $p=\frac{1}{2}$, in which case it is known to be ...
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State of the art on approximating quadratic assignment problem

I was wondering what is the state of the art on approximating the quadratic assignment problem (QAP). In particular, I am interested in the following instance. Suppose the $A = (a_{ij}) \in \{0,1\}^{n ...
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Polynomial-time distinguishability threshold of planted clique

I have a basic question regarding the best known polynomial-time "distinguishing advantage" for the planted clique problem. By this, I'm referring to the problem of distinguishing the distribution ...
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Gradient descent-like optimization on a convex landscape with noisy sampling

We have a strictly convex function $f(x,y)$ with a global minimum at $p_{min}$. The goal is to approximate the minimum. E.g. $$f: [0,\pi]^2 \to \mathbb{R}$$ $$f(\theta,\phi) = t_1 \sin \theta + t_2 ...
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Greedy MAX SAT approximation ratio

Consider a naive MAX SAT approximation algorithm: pick a literal $l$ which appears in maximum number of clauses set the corresponding variable of $l$, such that all clauses containing $l$ are ...
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Set packing with maximum coverage objective

We are given a universe $\mathcal{U}=\{e_1,..,e_n\}$ and a set of subsets $\mathcal{S}=\{s_1,s_2,...,s_m\}\subseteq 2^\mathcal{U}$. Set-Packing asks how many disjoint sets we can pack, and is defined ...
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Covering by disjoint sets

We are given a universe $\mathcal{U}=\{e_1,..,e_n\}$ and a set of subsets $\mathcal{S}=\{s_1,s_2,...,s_m\}\subseteq 2^\mathcal{U}$. I'm interested in the approximability of two problems, or in ...
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Bellman principle and approximability

Does anybody know if a combinatorial optimzation problem that enjoys the Bellman's optimality principle can in automatic way be approximated?
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Proof for ACYCLIC PARTITION being NP-complete

I'm new to this site, so please pardon me for any mistakes and please feel free to edit the question to help get better answers. I'm interested in reading any proof of ACYCLIC PARTITION (Garey and ...