# Questions tagged [approximation-algorithms]

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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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### 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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### Approximation algorithm for Minimum Fill-In and/or minimum elimination ordering (for directed graphs)

Recently while working on a problem, I had to go through some of the literature on nested dissection. I happen to have one (maybe two?) questions related to the same. First, I will define a few ...
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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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### Martingale exit arguments for gradient Langevin dynamics

I am concerned about the proof of Lemma 6.3 (page 18) of this paper, https://arxiv.org/pdf/1902.08179.pdf which shows that for smooth convex functions the gradient Langevin dynamics has a high ...
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### Classification of randomized approximation algorithms

Is there a known classification of randomized approximation algorithms, in the same vein as the distinction between Monte Carlo and Las Vegas algorithms for decision problems? (Or equivalently ...
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### Why is HyperLogLog (near-)optimal?

The original HyperLogLog paper claims that this probabilistic counting algorithm is "near-optimal". The relevant section of the paper reads: Clearly, maintaining $\epsilon$-approximate counts till ...
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### On permanent of $\{\pm1,0\}$ matrices

Consider the problem of computing the permanent $Per(M)$ of a matrix $M\in\{0,-1,1\}^{n\times n}$ such that the result is bounded in absolute value, $|Per(M)|<B$ where $B$ is part of input. Is ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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 $1-\sqrt{\epsilon}$...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Approximation for accumulative set cover

Let $S_1,\ldots,S_m\subseteq U$ be subsets of a set $U$ of size $\lvert U\rvert=n$. Over all permutations $\pi$ of the set $\\{1,\ldots,m\\}$, I want to maximize the quantity \sum_{k=...
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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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