# Questions tagged [approximation-algorithms]

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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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### Compression algorithms for low-complexity strings?

Let $s$ denote a string over a finite alphabet, $n_s = |s|$ be the length of $s$, and $n_s^{*}$ denote the minimum description size of $s$ under a given computational model (TM, CFG, etc.). Are there ...
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### Approaches for Theoretical Analysis of Estimates of Probability Distributions

Consider that you have a probability distribution p of some quantity X and you have obtained (via some algorithm) an estimate q of p according to some definition of closeness. Are there methods/papers ...
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### Maximize the weight of MST + sum of vertex weights

I am considering a problem where the goal is to choose a subset of size $k$ of the vertices in a graph, such that the weight of their minimum spanning tree + the sum of their vertex weights is ...
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### Given a matrix $A$ maximize the number of positive elements in $Ax$ under specific constraints for $x$

Let $A = [a_{ij}]$ be a symmetric matrix with nonnegative values and $k << n/2$ a given constant. We want to rearrange the columns of the matrix such that the number of rows with the following ...
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### Positive cut algorithm on bipartite graphs with negative weights

Let $G=(V,E,w)$ be a bipartite graph with weight function $w:E→\{-1,1\}$. Is there an efficient (polynomial) algorithm for finding some positive (not necessarily maximum) cut of $G$, if one exists? If ...
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### Truthful posted-price mechanism with optimal efficiency (social welfare)

I am interested in mechanism design. In the paper On Profit-Maximizing Envy-free Pricing, SODA, 2005, the authors provided a truthful competitive posted-price mechanism with $4\log h$ guarantee of ...
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### Maximize number of edges covered by an independent set of vertices

Smallest vertex cover which is also an independent set asks about finding an independent set that covers all edges. This problem is known as the independent vertex cover problem and is equivalent to ...
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### Algorithms to approximate a Riemann integrable function by a piecewise constant function

We know that any general function that is Riemann integrable can be approximated to arbitrary precision by piecewise constant functions. So in this regard, I was looking for references on algorithms (...
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### Finding smallest context free grammar that generates a set of sets

Are there any results known about the size of smallest context free grammar that generates a set of sets? That is, I am given an alphabet $\Sigma$ as well as a set $S \subseteq \mathbb{P}(\Sigma)$ ...
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### Approximating the VM packing problem

In the wikipedia article on bin-packing it is stated that A variant of bin packing that occurs in practice is when items can share space when packed into a bin. Specifically, a set of items could ...
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### Density of multiples

I have an infinite collection of positive integers $n_1,n_2,n_3,\ldots$ and I would like to find the density of the numbers divisible by one or more of these.* If the density does not exist, the ...
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### Brute force search algorithm for semidefinite programming (representation of spectrahedron)

I was wondering if there exists a brute force search algorithm for semidefinite programming problems. Specifically, can we find finite number of points in the positive semidefinite cone such that for ...
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### Given oracle for Max-3SAT compute clauses that cannot be satisfied

We know that Max-3SAT is NP-hard to compute exactly (and also hard to approximate to a particular constant multiplicative factor). However, suppose you are given an oracle for Max-3SAT that tells you ...
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### The complexity of decomposing a bi-stochastic matrix

A bistochastic matrix $A$ is a matrix with positive entries in which each row/column sums to $1$. By the Birkhoff von-Neumann theorem $A$ is a convex combination of permutation matrices. Further, by ...
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### On approx-preserving P- and A-reducibilities

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two NPO problems. Let $(f,g)$ be a reduction between $X$ and $Y$, in particular, assume that $(f,g)$ is both P-reduction and A-reduction, i.e., there exist two poly-time ...
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### Maximize number of bins and minimize cost of elements chosen from a set

I am considering the following problem: there is a set of elements $S$ where each element is assigned to a bin $B$. The bins are disjoint and their union is $S$. There is also a cost function ...
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### Approximations for the Stable Fixtures Problem

I have a set of N items, each with a subset of those items they can be paired with; each pair has a weight. I'd like to choose pairs to maximize the total weight, subject to each item being in at ...
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### Trying to understand a paper on ksvd algorithm (dictionary learning) by Elad, et al

Trying to understand a paper titled KSVD: An Algorithm for Designing Overcomplete Dictionaries for Sparse Representation by M.Elad, et al; my take of section IV.C. detailed description of KSVD, is ...
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### The complexity of finding a Borsuk-Ulam point

The Borsuk-Ulam theorem says that for every continuous odd function $g$ from an n-sphere into Euclidean n-space, there is a point $x_0$ such that $g(x_0)=0$. Simmons and Su (2002) describe a method ...
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### Constrained version of vertex cover in a bipartite graph

Let $G(V_1, V_2, E)$ be a bipartite graph such that degree of all the vertices in $V_1$ is bounded by some constant (say) $d$. Now, for given two positive integer $l$ and $k$, we wish to decide if ...
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### Which matrix of Q values is being used here?

This question refers to this paper: Using Free Energies to Represent Q-values in a Multiagent Reinforcement Learning Task In section 2.1, equations (5) and (6), I am wondering which Q values are ...
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### Approximate matching in table of integer vectors

Disclaimer: This is my first question on cstheory.stackexchange.com so please be forgiving. I have a list of M (M is big, more than 1 million elements) vectors of integers. Each vector can contain 0-...
I have been interested in this kind of "sorting with constraint" problem: Given $n$ items $\{S_1 ,S_2 ,...S_n\}$ with corresponding weight $w_i ,i=1,2,...,n$, we want to sort these $n$ items (i.e. ...
We are given a lattice graph $L$, embedded on the plane, and a certain "shape" (a connected, acyclic subgraph $S$ of $L$). The task is to approximately cover $L$ with translated, rotated and flipped ...