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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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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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Why differential approximation ratios are not well-studied comparing to standard ones despite of their claimed benefits?

There is a standard approximation theory where the approximation ratio is $\sup\frac{A}{OPT}$ (for problems with $MIN$ objectives), $A$ - the value returned by some algorithm $A$ and $OPT$ - an ...
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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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Which 2P1R Games are Potentially Sharp?

Two-prover one-round (2P1R) games are an essential tool for hardness of approximation. Specifically, the parallel repetition of two-prover one-round games gives a way to increase the size of a gap in ...
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In-approximability results in severely restricted graph classes

Longest path problem is not polynomial-time approximable to any constant factor in cubic Hamiltonian graphs (Longest path $\notin APX$ unless $P=NP$). I don't know if it remains in-approximable in ...
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Is Exact Cover by Equally-Sized Sets reducible to Multi-Dimensional Matching in a certain nice way?

This question is motivated by my other question “Gap hardness of Multi-Dimensional Cover,” which is in turn motivated by the question “Set Cover for Permutation Matrices” by Brayden Ware. Informal ...
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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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Quantum PCP and hardness of simulating of Hamiltonians

I have a few questions about Quantum PCP conjecture: What is the statement of the quantum PCP conjecture? What implications would Quantum PCP theorem have for simulating of Hamiltonians? Is it ...
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Examples of hardness phase transitions

Suppose we have a problem parameterized by a real-valued parameter p which is "easy" to solve when $p=p_0$ and "hard" when $p=p_1$ for some values $p_0$, $p_1$. One example is counting spin ...
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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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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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Permanents - Approximation and connection to integer factorization

Given a non-negative integer matrix of size $n \times n$. If the permanent can be calculated in $n^{2}$ arithmetic operations but each operation is on word size $n^{k}$ bits for some constant $k$, ...
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UGC hardness of the predicate $NAE(x_1, …, x_\ell)$ for $x_i \in GF(k)$?

Background: In Subhash Khot's original UGC paper (PDF), he proves the UG-hardness of deciding whether a given CSP instance with constraints all of the form Not-all-equal(a, b, c) over a ternary ...
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Approximation Algorithms for MAXSAT

Trying to find the optimal solution to WEIGHTED-MAX-3SAT, the weighted version of the 3-SAT optimization problem, is NP-hard. In fact, even approximating the non-weighted version of MAX-SAT ...
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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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Hardness of Vertex Separators

For a given graph $G$, the Separator Problem asks whether a vertex or edge set of small cardinality (or weight) exists whose removal partitions $G$ into two disjoint graphs of approximately equal ...
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When is relaxed counting hard?

Suppose we relax the problem of counting proper colorings by counting weighted colorings as follows: every proper coloring gets weight 1 and every improper coloring gets weight $c^v$ where $c$ is some ...
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Consequences of lower bounds for $\epsilon$-nets on approximation

Many here are probably aware of Alon's recent super-linear lower bounds for $\epsilon$-nets in a natural geometric setting [PDF]. I would like to know what, if anything, such a lower bound implies ...
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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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Optimal greedy algorithms for NP-hard problems

Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. One of the first algorithmic paradigms taught in introductory algorithms course is the greedy approach. Greedy approach results in simple and intuitive ...

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