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### Optimization problems with same optimal value, but different approximation behavior

Context: related to this answer. I would like to see an example to emphasize that approximation behavior depends not only on the optimal value but also the set of solutions. This makes sense ...
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### Is an algorithm with an approximation factor of 4000 useful?

A paper published in SODA this year (2019) proposed a constant approximation algorithm for the lower bounded facility location problem with general lower bounds. To my surprise, when reading the ...
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### If NP in BPP then NP equals RP

I am looking for a reference to the fact that if NP is included in BPP then NP is equal to RP. See for instance these links: https://cs.stackexchange.com/q/80509 http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/teaching/...
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### Martingale exit arguments for gradient Langevin dynamics

I am concerned about the proof of Lemma 6.3 (page 18) of this paper, https://arxiv.org/pdf/1902.08179.pdf which shows that for smooth convex functions the gradient Langevin dynamics has a high ...
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### Does the NP-hardness of finding any valid solution imply NPO-hardness?

Suppose we have an NP optimization problem $A$ such that the problem of finding any valid solution, regardless of whether it is good or bad, is NP-hard (as it happens in NPO-complete problems such as ...
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### Universal approximation theorem of second order

The universal approximation theorem (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_approximation_theorem) informally states that up to several conditions, any function can be approximated by a shallow ...
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### Why isn't the Charikar algorithm for finding the densest subgraph optimal?

I read about the algorithm in Greedy Approximation Algorithms for Finding Dense Components in a Graph by Moses Charikar, and I tried to find an instance/graph where the algorithm returns a different ...
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### Is there any known Poly-APX-complete minimimization problem?

All Poly-APX-complete problems I know are maximization problems, e.g. Max Clique, Max Independent Set, Max One for some set of contraints, and even choosing the attributes of a product to maximize (...
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### Approximation class of finding decision trees with minimal depth

We are given some sets $S_1, \cdots , S_n$ and two disjoint sets $A$ and $B$. A decision tree is a binary tree where each node asks "$x \in S_i?$" for some $i$, taking the left branch means "yes", ...
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### Proof of a (simple) lemma by Aaronson

I am reading this article, and I need help with an apparently obvious proof. The lemma (on page 5), that I want to know the proof of, is this: Let $p : \{0,1\}^N \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a real ...
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### Computing log of sum of positive integers

As input, we are give $k$-bit approximation (after the decimal point) of $\log(a)$ and $\log(b)$ for positive integers $a$ and $b$, i.e, we are given $\alpha$ and $\beta$ (as binary strings) as input ...
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### Finding all-pairs anti-distance

Thanks for a great forum. This is my first post here. I am working on a signal processing application and the core of one the main algorithms reduces to a graph theoretical problem. Let $G=(V,E)$ ...