# Questions tagged [approximation-hardness]

Hardness of approximation, aka inapproximability.

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### From Lasserre maps to pseudo-distributions

Let me define a Lasserre map of degree $d$" as a linear map $L : \mathbb{R}_n[x] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ i.e a real valued linear map on polynomials over $n$ variables with real coeffients. This is ...
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### What are the hardness results known for CSP over $\mathbb{F}_q$?

I found two related papers, There is a UGC hardness result here, https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~venkatg/pubs/papers/qaryCSP.pdf A kind of a stronger result might be found in these two other papers, http://...
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### When is the duality gap of semidefinite programming (SDP) zero?

I haven't been able to find in the literature a precise characterization of the vanishing of the SDP duality gap. Or, when does "strong duality" hold? For example, when one goes back and forth ...
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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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### Proving hardness of approximation with reduction in terms of 1/$\epsilon$

I have a reduction that proves that a problem is NP-hard to approximate to a factor $1 + \epsilon$ for any $0 < \epsilon < 1$. The reduction is polynomial in $n$ (the size of the instance of the ...
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### About increasing the objective values of certificates for Max-Clique SDP

Say you write a round-k Lasserre (or any other hierarchy!) SDP relaxation of the Max-Clique problem. Lets say one now finds (or knows how to sample with high probability) a graph $G_1$ of size $n$ and ...
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### Petrank's proof for the APX-hardness of MAX k-VERTEX COVER on subcubic graphs

My question is about the following maximization problem, which is the "fixed cardinality" version of MIN VERTEX COVER. I am interested in the restriction to subcubic graphs (i.e. of maximum degree 3). ...
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### NP-hardness of approximation for unconstrained submodular maximization

The problem of unconstrained submodular maximization can be phrased as follows: Given a non-negative submodular function $f$ on a domain $D$ find a set $S \subseteq D$ maximizing $f(S)$. Here a ...
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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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### About complexity of recovering or learning Bayesian networks

Are there complexity theoretic results about recoverability or learnability of the marginals (of the source vertices) and the conditionals (along each of the edges) of a Bayesian network from having ...
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### Finding a minimal context free grammar that recognizes a finite set of strings of bounded length

Problem: Given a finite set of strings $\{x_1, x_2, ..., x_n\}$ of length $\ell$ or less from some finite alphabet $\Sigma=\{a_1, a_2, ..., a_k\}$, find the minimal context free grammar that ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Graph coloring/partitioning problem

I'm interested in the complexity of the following problem: Problem $P$: Given an undirected planar graph $G=(V,E)$ and a weight function $w: E \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}$ (so weights can be negative, ...
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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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### hardness of approximating clique: how using FGLSS reduction with PCP verifier of hastad

I try to understand the $n^{1-\epsilon}$ hardness of approximating clique for any $\epsilon$ provided in : www.nada.kth.se/~johanh/cliqueinap.ps In fact, I only want to understand the proof of ...
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### Set cover approximation ratio as a function of m (number of sets)

Feige's well known result (and more recent results) show that set cover cannot be approximated within a factor of $(1 - o(1)) \ln n$, where $n$ is the number of variables. What if we want an ...
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### Is there any research on approximation of reals with computable numbers

I was wondering if there is any research in the field of Diophantine Approximation using the computable numbers. It seems to be a good fit, a dense countable set with a variety of different potential ...
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### Hardness of approximately counting independent sets with a PRAS, rather than FPRAS

It is known that approximately counting the independent sets of a graph is hard, even if randomness can be used, and even if we restrict ourselves to bounded degree graphs with degree bound at least 6....
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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 ...
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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, $\langle x,L x\rangle$, ...
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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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### 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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### Set cover in which some pairs of sets are forbidden

I'm trying to find an approximation algorithm for a variant of the weighted set cover problem. However, this variation doesn't seem to let me apply the traditional set cover arguments for an ...
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### $\mathsf{APX}-\mathsf{Hard}$ and $\mathsf{MaxSNP}-\mathsf{Hard}$ problems

All the problems which are either $\mathsf{APX}-\mathsf{Hard}$ and $\mathsf{MaxSNP}-\mathsf{Hard}$ cannot admit a $\mathsf{PTAS}$, unless $P=NP$. I would like to know whether $\mathsf{MaxSNP}$ ...
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### What is the relationship between $\mathsf{APX}$ and $\mathsf{MaxSNP}$ classes?

My understanding of these classes is a really fuzzy. The more I am trying to read the more I am getting confused. Can anyone help me understand the relationship between these classes. More precisely, ...
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### Does $NP$-hardness of $c$-approximation (for some $c>1$) imply $APX$-hardness?

Assume that for a given minimization problem with only integer solutions, it is $NP$-hard to decide if the optimal solution is 5 or 6. I.e., a polynomial-time algorithm with an approximation ratio ...
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### APx hardness of Multiterminal Cut Problem

In a Multiterminal Cut problem input is a graph G=(V,E) and a set of k terminals T which is a subset of vertex set V. There is a weight w(e) associated with each edge in the graph. The question is to ...
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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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### Confusion in 2012 paper by Austrin and Håstad regarding hardness of approximating GLST

The paper in question is "On the Usefulness of Predicates", Per Austrin, Johan Håstad (arXiv:1204.5662 [cs.CC]). On page 13, Example 8.2 they define a predicate $P$ which is $GLST$ with an ...
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### Definition of Projection Measure in the characterization of strong approximation Resistance in a paper by Khot et al

I'm reading a paper about Constraint Satisfaction Problems, specifically "A Characterization of Strong Approximation Resistance", Subhash Khot, Madhur Tulsiani, Pratik Worah (ECCC TR13-075). The ...
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### A purely graph-theoretic explanation of the reduction from Unique Label Cover to Max-Cut

I am studying the Unique Games Conjecture and the famous reduction to Max-Cut of Khot et al. From their paper and elsewhere on the internet, most authors use (what to me is) an implicit equivalence ...
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### Inapproximability of $(\alpha, \beta)$ bi-criteria approximation

An $(\alpha, \beta)$ bi-criteria approximation algorithm for $k$-center is defined as an algorithm that returns a solution whose value is $\beta \cdot OPT$ ($OPT$ being the optimal solution for the $k$...
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### inapproximability of logarithic factor of indepence set [closed]

The hardness result derived using PCP theorem for Independent set suggests that there exists some absolute constant $\epsilon_0$ such that for $0< \epsilon < \epsilon_0$, it is hard to ...
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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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### How can I show that zero-one programming is not in APX?

How can I show that zero-one programming is not in APX? Vertex Cover Problem is in the APX class. So can I try a PTAS-reduction from the zero-one programming problem to Vertex Cover and show that ...
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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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### Complexity of linear programming

It is known that Linear Programming (LP) is P-complete. I am interested in approximation algorithms for LP. There are numerous inapproximability results for NP optimization problems, e.g. it is NP-...
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### Calculating exact/approximate solution to a formula

Suppose we have a set of variable $\mathbf{y} = \left(y_1, ..., y_n \right)$. Also consider the set of functions $g_i(y_i), 1 \leq i \leq n$. Note that $g_i()$ is dependent only on $y_i$. Consider ...
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### Hardness of approximating chromatic number of triangle-free graphs

The chromatic number of graph, $\chi( G)$ is hard to approximate for general graphs. Are there results of hardness of approximating $\chi(G)$ for triangle-free graphs?
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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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### Bellman principle and approximability

Does anybody know if a combinatorial optimzation problem that enjoys the Bellman's optimality principle can in automatic way be approximated?