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Hardness of approximation, aka inapproximability.

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Are runtime bounds in P decidable? (answer: no)

The question asked is whether the following question is decidable: Problem  Given an integer $k$ and Turing machine $M$ promised to be in P, is the runtime of $M$ ${O}(n^k)$ with respect ...
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Hardness of approximation - additive error

There is a rich literature and at least one very good book setting out the known hardness of approximation results for NP-hard problems in the context of multiplicative error (e.g. 2-approximation for ...
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Smoothed analysis of approximation algorithms

Smoothed analysis has been applied many times to understand the runtime of exact algorithms for many problems like linear programming and k-means. There are fairly general results in this realm, for ...
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Is Gap-3SAT NP-complete even for 3CNF formulas where no pair of variables appears in significantly more clauses than the average?

In this question, a 3CNF formula means a CNF formula where each clause involves exactly three distinct variables. For a constant 0<s<1, Gap-3SATs is the following promise problem: Gap-3SATs ...
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Compendium of the Best Approximation and Hardness Results for NP optimization problems

Do you know any up-to-date wiki dedicated to NP optimization problems with their best approximation and hardness result? Based on the feedback, it seems that it is safe to assume there is not such a ...
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Hardness of approximation assuming NP != coNP

Two of the common assumptions for proving hardness of approximation results are $P \neq NP$ and Unique Games Conjecture. Are there any hardness of approximation results assuming $NP \neq coNP$ ? I am ...
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Polynomial time approximation algorithms for machine scheduling: how many open problems are left?

In 1999, Petra Schuurman and Gerhard J. Woeginger published the paper "Polynomial time approximation algorithms for machine scheduling: Ten open problems". Since then, to the best of my knowledge, ...
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Hardness of approximation without the PCP theorem

An important application of the PCP theorem is that it yields "hardness of approximation" type results. In some relatively simpler cases one can prove such hardness without PCP. Is there, however, any ...
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Gap hardness of Multi-Dimensional Cover

Given a finite set $X$ and a collection $F$ of subsets of $X$, we define a cover of $X$ in $F$ as a subset of $F$ whose union is equal to $X$. A cover $C$ of $X$ in $F$ is said to be exact if the ...
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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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Is the following graph optimization problem approximable within a constant factor?

Let $G=(V,E)$ be an undirected graph, and let $\pi$ be a permutation of the vertices in $V$. For a node $v\in V$, we denote by $\text{pred}_{\pi}(v)$ (respectively $\text{succ}_{\pi}(v)$) the set of ...
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Is MAX CUT approximation resistant?

CSP optimization problem is approximation resistant if it is $NP$-hard to beat the approximation factor of a random assignment. For instance, MAX 3-LIN is approximation resistant since a random ...
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smallest circuit size using XOR gates

Suppose we are given a set of n boolean variables x_1,...,x_n and a set of m functions y_1...y_m where each y_i is the XOR of a (given) subset of these variables. The goal is to compute the minimum ...
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Maximizing sum edge weights

I am wondering if the following problem has a name, or any results related to it. Let $G = (V,w)$ be a weighted graph where $w(u,v)$ denotes the weight of the edge between $u$ and $v$, and for all $u,...
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Inapproximability of set cover: can I assume m=poly(n)?

I am trying to show that a certain problem is inapproximable by a reduction from set cover. My reduction transforms an instance with ground set of size $n$ and $m$ sets into an instance of my problem ...
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Is the current best approximation ratio for Vertex Cover problem also a lower bound?

In textbook "Introduction to Algorithms" by Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest and Stein. in pp.1110-1111, they argue that the vertex-cover problem is a 2-approximation algorithm and it is lower bound so we ...
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Is graph coloring complete for poly-APX?

Is the graph coloring problem complete for poly-APX under C-reductions (alternatively, under AP-reductions)? For the graph coloring problem, speaking of a feasible solution means a proper coloring for ...
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What is a “level-r pseudo expectation functional”?

In the context of the SOS hierarchy papers, it seems that a "level-r psuedo expectation functional" is the same as an operator taking expectations of functions just that this one has the restriction ...
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Minimum relevant variables in linear system - additive approximation

In the problem Minimum Relevant Variables in Linear System (Min-RVLS), the input is a linear system, e.g.: $$ A x = b $$ and the goal is to find a solution $x$ with as few nonzero variables as ...
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Hardness of approximating acyclic chromatic number

I have some doubts on the inapproximability result for acyclic coloring presented in the paper New acyclic and star coloring algorithms with application to computing Hessians. They claim that there ...
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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, $\langle x,L x\rangle$, ...