# Questions tagged [approximation-algorithms]

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### Weighted $l_1$ distance

So there are many well known algorithms for approximate nearest neighbor on the $\ell_1$ distance. My question is, what about the weighted version of the problem (where the weights are specified along ...
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### Max-sum graph-partition for maximizing intra-edge weights?

I would like to know if the following problem has already been studied, and if so how is it called. In particular I'm interested in approximability results. Input: A graph G with negative or non-...
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### Partial cover approximation

We have a set of elements $E=\{e_1, e_2, \ldots, e_m\}$, and $n$ subsets of $E$: $S_1, S_2, \ldots, S_n$ The union of those subsets is $E$, and each subset $S_i$ has a non-negative weight $w_i$. The ...
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### Fast Approximation Algorithms for Covering Design

The covering design problem is as follows: We are given a universe $\mathcal{U}$ of size $n$. By $C(n,k,l)$ we denote the smallest cardinality of any set system $\mathcal{A} \subset 2^\mathcal{U}$ ...
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### About representability of optimization versions of NP-complete questions as polynomial optimization over the hypercube

Naively, in my very limited awareness, it feels that the Max-CUT is a very "special" NP-Hard problem because for a graph with edge-set $E$, it can be written as the question of trying to maximize a $n$...
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### Does k-PATH admit a constant approximation?

In the $k$-PATH problem, we receive as input a graph $G$ and an integer $k$. The goal is to decide whether there exists a simple path of length $k$ in $G$. A $\alpha$-approximation for $k$-PATH is an ...
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### Stochastic optimization with erroneous oracles

I am interested in a class of optimization problems of which we know that the input variable is first subjected to noise $\xi$ before entering the data-producing process $f$. I write the objective in ...
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### Maximizing a monotone supermodular function s.t. cardinality

I've tried to comb the literature and seen a lot of references to results that almost but don't quite seem to address this. Question: Is it known to be true or is there a hardness result ...
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### Quantum complexity of maximum inner product search

Given two matrices $X \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times k}$, $Y \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times k}$, maximum inner product search (MIPS) asks for the largest $l$ entries of $X Y^T$. Typically $k \ll m, n$ (many ...
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### Maximizing the number of selected edges with opposing requirements

Consider the following problem: Input: a complete bipartite graph $G$ with its edges colored either white or black, a number $k$. Output: a subset of vertices $W$ of size $k$ which maximizes the ...
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### L-reduction From Matrix-Tiling To Minimal Dominating Set in Unit Disk Graph

Recently I read this paper which was published in FOCS2007. In section 4, just before Theorem 4.2, the author mentioned that the gadget construction of Minimum Dominating Set in UDG is similar to ...
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### What is the reverse of greedy algorithm for setcover?

A common approach to approximating SETCOVER is the greedy algorithm (Algorithm 2.2 Vazirani). This algorithm greedily picks the most cost-effective subset at each iteration, removes covered elements, ...
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### Is there an approximation algorithm for MAX k DOUBLE SET COVER?

Given a set system $(X,\mathcal S)$, let us say that a subset $\mathcal C\subseteq \mathcal S$ doubly covers a vertex $x$ in $X$ if $x$ is contained in at least two sets of $\mathcal C$. Let us define ...
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### Complexity of approximating the range of a matrix

Given an $m$ by $n$ matrix $M$ with $m \leq n$ and elements from $\{-1,1\}$, let us define: $$S_M = |\{Mx : x \in \{-1,1\}^n\}|.$$ I believe that it is NP-hard to compute $S_M$ exactly, by applying ...
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### Distributing bags of apples equally

Assume you have $N$ bags of apples that you want to equally distribute to $K$ people. Each bag contains $n_i$ apples and you are not allowed to open and divide the bags; you must distribute the bags ...
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### Approximation algorithms for the maximum $2$-independence set problem

I am interested in approximating the maximum $2$-independent set problem in arbitrary graphs. In a graph $G$ a set $I$ of vertices is called $2$-independent if the distance between any two distinct ...
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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 ...
### 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, $\langle x,L x\rangle$, ...