# Questions tagged [approximation-algorithms]

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### About a pre-processing step for primal–dual weighted set cover problem

I was reading the paper titled "Primal-dual RNC approximation algorithms.." by Rajagopalan and Vazirani. I have a problem of understanding the Lemma 4.1.1. They present a dual fitting based algorithm ...
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### Finding a set which dominates the Minimum Dominating Set

Given an unweighted, undirected graph, a dominating set $S$ is a set of nodes such that every node is in $S$ or adjacent to a node in $S$. The dominating set problem is NP-hard, but I am considering ...
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### Approximate answer to Max-SMT (bitvector) query

I have a problem that could be completely solved as Max-SMT instances in the theory of quantifier-free bit-vectors, but it apparently is too complex to be tractable with current Max-SMT technology. ...
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### Max cut problem between two connected subgraphs

Let $G$ be a connected graph. Consider the problem of finding a partition $G = A \cup B$ into connected subgraphs, so that the cut between $A$ and $B$ is maximized. Is there anything which is known ...
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### What is the best approximation and exact algorithm for vertex cover on cubic graphs?

"Best" = best performing in terms of run-time for exact algorithm and approximation ratio for an approximation algorithm.
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### k-center 2.0: A stronger k-center condition

Given an unweighted, undirected graph, we can use the classical 2-appx for $k$-center to select a set $S$ of centers such that every vertex is within a distance of 2 of some center in $S$. Note that ...
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### Complexity of distributively verifying that the diameter is small

Consider a graph $G=(V,E)$ and an integer parameter $k$. I'm interested in the round complexity, in the CONGEST model, of checking if the diameter of the graph is "much larger" or "much smaller" than ...
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### Smoothed analysis to compare algorithms

Has there been any research using smoothed analysis to compare approximation algorithms that have the same approximation ratio? Any research that compares algorithms using smoothed analysis would be ...
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### How can algorithms with nested combinatorial searches be quasi-linear?

I've come across algorithms similar to the one below, where a demanding step is performed, which should have at least polynomial complexity, yet the whole algorithm is deemed quasi-linear without ...
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### W[1]-hard problems with FPT time approximation algorithms

I'm looking for problems that are hard to solve in FPT time but has an approximation algorithm. That is, problems that are: R1. W[1]-hard. R2. Admit a (preferably constant) approximation algorithm ...
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### Is there any online problem that the best known competitive ratio is better than the hardness of approximation (or the best known approximation)?

In online-setting, we usually allow exponential time to think and come up with a strategy. On the other hand, in offline-setting, we might care about solving a particular problem optimally, or as good ...
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### Does the following 2-rounds distributed algorithm approximates a maximal matching well?

Let $G$ be an undirected graph. I'm looking for a two-rounds distributed algorithm that matches as many vertex pairs as possible. Consider the following protocol for vertex $v$. Use a fair coin to ...
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### Can we find a generic tight example for the greedy algorithm of the unweighted generalized assignment problem?

In the unweighted generalized assignment problem (UGAP) we have $n$ items and $k$ knapsacks. For each item $i$ and knapsack $j$, there is a weight $w_{ij}$. Also, every knapsack has a capacity $W$. ...
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### Is there any better than (2/k)-approximation algorithm for Independent Set in Coloring graph?

I would like to know any results in terms of approximation algorithm about Maximum weight Independent Set problem in coloring graph. Input: Given a graph G with non-negative vertex weights and valid ...
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### Minimizing SubModular Function: Cardinality

Given a submodular function f: 2^V to reals (not necessarily monotone), and an integer k, find a set S such that |S| <= k and such that f(S) is minimized. When the size constraint is |S| >=k, the ...
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### About using smoothness of the Hessian for getting to approximate criticality of a non-convex objective

Is there any algorithm which shows that under the assumption of Lipschitz smoothness of the Hessian of a non-convex function one can get to its critical point faster?
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### What is the fastest gradient based algorithm to get to criticality of a "nice" non-convex function?

I am allowing for the following properties for a once differentiable non-convex $f : \mathbb{R}^d \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, (a) Let there be a $\sigma >0$ s.t the norm of the gradient of the ...
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### Hardness of Approximation for minimum path cover in an undirected graph?

Given an undirected graph $G = (V,E)$, a path cover is a set of disjoint paths such that every vertex $v\in V$ belongs to exactly one path. The minimum path cover problem consists of finding a path ...
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### Getting to local/global minima with (stochastic) gradient descent on non-convex objectives

Is there any class of non-convex objective functions for which (stochastic) gradient descent can provably get to a local or a global minima? (..maybe in the approximate sense like a point such that ...
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### Approximating a monotone submodular function using a concrete coverage function

Is it possible to approximate a monotone submodular function using a concrete coverage function, i.e. Given a ground set $U$ and a monotone submodular function, $f:2^U\to \mathbb{R}$, the goal is to ...
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### Monotone supermodular function minimization under partition matroid constraints

Is there a known approximation algorithm for the problem of minimizing a monotone (non increasing) supermodular function under partition matroid constraints ?
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### Learning hidden variable distribution

Consider a set of $k$ continuous variables. Each variable $x_k$ is associated with a hidden distribution from which its value is sampled independently of other variables. I am given a set of ...
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### Stacks serving interval storage requests

An interval storage request is represented by a tuple $(s,t,v)$ satisfying $s<t$, meaning that the value $v$ needs to be stored from time $s$ to time $t$. A stack serves the request $(s,t,v)$ in ...
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### Unbalanced connected partition

Let $G = (V, E)$ be a connected graph with (possibly negative) vertex weights $w(v)\in\mathbb{Z}$. We want to partition the vertices into two parts such that the induced graphs $G'$ and $G''$ are ...
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### Common terminology used for lower/upper bounds

Suppose you have developed an upper bound on the number of vertices of a particular graph. This bound is the best possible bound that can be found for any given instance. What do you call such a bound?...
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### Approximating max degree $3$ perfect matching count?

We do not have a deterministic constant factor approximation scheme for general $n\times n$ $0/1$ permanent. What is the best factor in deterministic approximation schemes if we only care counting ...
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### Is it possible to approximate Maximum Independent Set in $O(2^k\text{poly}(n))$ time?

We know that MIS is hard to approximate within a $n^{1-\epsilon}$ factor in polynomial time and that it is $W[1]$-hard and thus unlikely to admit a $f(k)\text{poly}(n)$ time exact algorithm. (here, $k$...
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### hardness of constant approximation of largest matching set

We say that $H$ is a matching graph if it contains $2n$ vertices and only $n$ vertex-disjoint edges, i.e. $H$ only contains those $n$ edges and no more. Given a graph $G=(V,E)$ a subset $U\subseteq V$...
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### Approximating the Radius of a (Dense) Graph

For a (dense) graph, computing its radius is as hard as computer "All Pairs Shortest Paths" (APSP) [1]. So we can focus on approximating the radius. A $(1+\epsilon)$-approximating of APSP for a ...
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### Proof assistant usage in complexity theory research?

Considering the topics covered at a conference like STOC, are any algorithm or complexity researchers actively using COQ or Isabelle? If so, how are they using it in their research? I assume most ...
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### Sparse-cut approximation for well connected graphs

Theorem: For any graph $G=(V,E)$, there is a polynomial time algorithm that finds a cut $S \subseteq V$ with conductance at most $\sqrt{2\big(1 − \lambda(G)\big)}$. If I understand UGC correctly, ...
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### Studying the hardness of polynomial-time approximability using the concept of stability of approximation

In the Conclusion section, the author of this paper "Stability of Approximation Algorithms for Hard Optimization Problems" by Juraj Hromkovič, 1999 claims that Using the notion of stability one can ...
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### Alternative Set Cover Algorithm With Doubling

I remember that I saw once an alternative to the greedy set cover algorithm that works as follows: Assign weight 1 to every element in the universe. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the universe is covered:...
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### Deterministic approximation algorithms for treewidth

As far as I understand, the factor $O(\sqrt{\log OPT})$ approximation algorithm for treewidth of Feige, Hajiaghayi, and Lee is randomized, and no deterministic approximation algorithm with this factor ...
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### Sparse coding and matching pursuit algorithms

Is it true that all known sparse coding algorithms which work efficiently in practice don't have convergence proofs and always use an intermediate step of a matching/subspace pursuit algorithm on the ...
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