Questions about approximation algorithms.

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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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Can anyone explain this intelligent computer flash card spacing algorithm? [closed]

Apparently this is "off-topic" at the math section, so I'm trying here according to the help center. Algo is located at http://www.supermemo.com/english/algsm8.htm I(1)=OF[1,L+1] I(n)=I(n-1)*OF[n,AF] ...
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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 ...
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How bad can the greedy coloring (list color) for the c-chromatic number of graph be?

c-chromatic number is defined in the paper Partitions of graphs into cographs. It asks for the minimum number of colors used to color vertices such that each color class is a cograph. Cograph is a ...
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Is DAG subset sum approximable?

We are given a directed acyclic graph $G=(V,E)$ with a number associated with each vertex ($g:V\to \mathbb{N}$), and a target number $T\in \mathbb{N}$. The DAG subset sum problem (might exist under a ...
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Comparing graphs

I am looking for a kick in the right direction. What i am trying to do is to compute "similarity" between two graphs, where I define "similarity" as the number of shared paths. example: ...
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Why doesn't the standard analysis of set cover $H_n$ greedy extend to partial cover?

Several authors, starting with Slavik, have noted that the classical analysis of the set cover $H_n$ greedy algorithm does not readily extend to the set partial cover problem, where the goal is to ...
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FPRAS for Perfect Matching

If you have FPRASes for counting number of matchings of size $\leq n$ and size $\leq n-1$, can you get an FPRAS for counting number of matchings of size $n$ (i.e perfect matchings)?
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Bound the number of rounds in the sampling

Suppose we have a sequence $a_1,a_2,\ldots, a_n$, each $a_i$ is sampled uniformly and independently from $[0,1]$. Define $$ J_1=1,\\ \text{for}~i>1, ~J_i = 1 \iff a_i < \min ...
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Worst case ratio between minimum clique cover and maximum independent set

The maximum independent set problem gives a lower bound for the minimum clique cover problem. This is easy to see because given any clique cover together with an independent set, any two vertices ...
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Sync time between two points

Suppose we have two points, A and B, each point has its own clock. We are able to send messages between ...
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Practical Implications of Kolmogorov's Result on the Universal Approximation Theorem with Neural Networks

After having read matus's beautiful answer in this thread explaining (among other things) Kolmogorov's result regarding the Universal Approximation Theorem with Neural Networks, I wonder: if just ...
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Generalization Issues with Practical Suggestions from Universal Approximation Theorem with Neural Networks

After having read matus's beautiful answer in this thread explaining (among other things) Cybenko's proof of the Universal Approximation Theorem for Neural Networks, I wonder: if we use a piecewise ...
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Sub optimal regex equivalence

Regex Equivalence is a hard problem which in general takes exponential space and exponential time. Are there any approximation/sub-optimal algorithms with some theoretical guarantees over equivalence ...
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Edge and vertex fault tolerance in graphs

Suppose we are given two graphs $G$ and $H$, where $H$ is a subgraph of $G$. What is the maximum number $k$ such that if any $k$ edges are removed from $G$, $H$ still remains a subgraph of $G$? What ...
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Variants of Densest Subgraph Problems

Given a graph $G$, and a vertex-induced subgraph $H$ of $G$, there are two superficially-similar definitions ways to define the density of $H$: (1) Average degree of vertices in $H$ (2) What I will ...
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Adaptive vs Bernoulli sampling

Flajolet analyzed Wegman's Adaptive Sampling for estimating distinct values (species) in a stream (population), giving an unbiased estimator for mean and specified the standard error to be ...
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Multi-Terminal Cuts - Applications and Verifying validity of an approximation algorithm

First thing first - I am not a CS guy. I am EE student (Systems and Signals). So it would help if you didn't use any big words :) The Multi-terminal cut the input is a graph G and a subset T of its ...
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Approximating a convex polyhedron, with fewer inequalities

I have a convex polyhedron $\mathcal{P}$, given by $n$ linear inequalities $a_i \cdot x \le c_i$ where $x$ is a $d$-dimensional vector over the non-negative real numbers. In other words, ...