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Does an upper bound on the integrality gap imply an approximation algorithm with the same ratio?

Often, we can model combinatorial optimization problems with an Integer Program. Then there is an associated Linear Relaxation which drops the integrality constraints on the variables. Let's say we ...
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Examples of SDP constant approximation algorithms on minimisation problems

I was recently going through a survey on semidefinite programming and its use in approximation algorithms. Here are some problems I am familiar with that have SDP approximations: Max Cut ($\approx 0....
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Modifying sets to minimize the distance among each pair of the mean value of sets

Given $n$ points, each point $x_i$ has a value $v_i \in \mathbb{R}^{d}$, and there are $m$ point sets $\{S_1,\dots, S_m\}$ that each point set consists of some points. The size of point sets can be ...
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Hardness of maximizing $x^TAy$ with $\{-1,1\}$ entries

My question concerns the NP-hardness of the following discrete optimization problem: Given a matrix $A \in \{ \pm 1 \}^{m\times n}$, $$\begin{array}{ll} \underset{x \in \{ \pm 1 \}^m ,\, y \in \{ \pm ...
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Find research partner (profession and beginner)

I've 10 years of industrial work, but in my free time, I do research, write papers to conferences, help to teach to my old friend at the university and I even did a Ph.D. full-time program. Now, I've ...
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Finding the point that maximizes a linear function

Consider $N$ two-dimensional points of the form $(x_i, y_i)$ where all $x_i, y_i > 0$ are positive integers. We will be given a workload of queries $Q = \{c_1, \dots, c_k\}$ where for each $c_j \in ...
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TSP with “enemy” nodes

I am curious if the following variation of the traveling salesman problem (TSP) (or a vehicle routing problem (VRP) version) occurs in the literature and has a name I could search for. The story/idea ...
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Characterization of integral polyhedra

A rational polyhedron $P \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ is an integral polyhedron if it is the convex hull of its integer points. That is, if $P = conv(P \cap \mathbb{Z}^n)$. Equivalently, $P$ is integral if ...
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program search with optimization methods for (resource bounded) Kolmogorov complexity

Are there fields of research that look at finding short programs for generating strings (therefore trying to find the (resource bounded) Kolmogorov complexity of the string), but using optimization ...
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Is there a “common” name for this type of combinatorial optimization problem?

I'm trying to find papers that discuss approaches (in particular, any Deep Learning or Deep Reinforcement Learning techniques) that could be used used to solve the problem described in the next ...
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Prove that this linear relaxation has half-integral extreme points

Given a graph $G=(V,E)$, here is a Linear Relaxation of the edge cover polytope: (1) For each $v \in V, \sum_{e \in \delta(v)} x_e \geq 1.$ (2) For each $e \in E$, $0 \leq x_e \leq 1.$ Here $\delta(S)$...
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Minimal partition covering?

I am working on a problem that arises in the design of experiments. I wonder if it is part of a well-studied class of problems. The problem is: Start with a set of points $S$ and a target partition of ...
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Convergence of first order subgradient methods for non-convex functions

This lecture note gives the proof for how deterministic subgradient method converges on non-smooth convex and strongly convex Lipschitz functions. Is there a non-convex version of this proof? Like ...
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Minimum spanning tree, but with an unusual objective function

This is a problem that came up in my study of rumour networks. I was wondering if anyone had thoughts or references on this problem. If we have a rooted tree $T = (V,E)$ with root $r$, I first label ...
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Maximum weight matching with classes of edges in a multi-edge bipartite graph

Posted a similar question in mathoverflow, have tried to reduce this to Ford Fulkerson, but been stuck. Thought I'd ask TCS community to see if there are any ideas from individuals, here. Consider a ...
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Is that edge orientation optimization problem NP-hard?

Is the following optimization problem NP-hard? Problem. For a given undirected graph $G=(V,E)$, find an orientation of the edges that minimizes the objective value $\sum_\limits{u\in V} ~\left( d_{...
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Is this edge orientation optimization problem NP-hard?

Is the following optimization problem NP-hard? Problem. For a given undirected graph $G=(V,E)$, find an orientation of the edges that minimizes the objective value $\sum_\limits{v\in V} ~d_{out}(v)\...
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Is this node permutation optimization NP-Hard?

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 $\text{succ}_{\pi}(v)$ the set of neighbors of $v$ that occur after $v$ in ...
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Does a decision oracle imply an algorithm for $\mathbb{NP}$ - hard problems with several parameters?

If we consider the decision version of the classical graph coloring problem, then we have some graph $G$ and some integer $k$ and we want to color $G$ with at most $k$ colors. It is well known that, ...
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Knapsack problem with dependent weight and profits among the items

I'm working on a problem that may be reduced to the following variant of multiple knapsack problem: Each knapsack has its own valuation function; an item brings different profit and weight to a ...
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Optimum partitioning of vertices into mutually disjoint subsets in a weighted graph

tl;dr I'm trying to partition my students into groups with respect to their preferences, i.e. they can declare if they want to be with someone in a group or if they do not want to be with someone in a ...
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A variant of randomized co-ordinate descent

Let us consider the following optimization problem. $\mathcal{P} =\{P_1,\cdots,P_n\}$, where $P_i\subset\mathbb{R}^d$. Let $m = max_i\lvert P_i\rvert$. The goal is to find a point $c$ such that ...
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An optimization problem

I am considering the following optimization problem. Let $P$ be a set of $n$ points in $\mathbb{R}^d$ maximize $\sum_{p\in P}\vert\langle \Vert p\Vert p, \hat{x}\rangle\vert$ subject to $\Vert\hat{x}\...
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Complexity of best folding of a 2D set (or how to optimize a sandwich)

Motivation: I was making lunch for my son, part of which is making a sandwich from two halves of a slice of bread. In order to minimize the parts of bread that have cheese on them, and are not covered ...
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Is this homework problem on T-joins wrong? [closed]

In Question 9.3a, it states that if $T=V$, then the minimum cost perfect matching is the minimum cost T-join. Is this actually true? I think I have a counterexample which I have drawn below.
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Graph-based backjumping vs Conflict-based backjumping comparison in CSP

Graph-based backjumping vs Conflict-based backjumping in CSP I have been studying techniques to find solutions in backtracking to model and solve a problem in c++ with this methods and I have the ...
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How to calculate complexity in a high dimensional space?

Edit: 'Fitness landscape analysis' was mentioned as a relevant measure. If you're going to downvote the post, at least leave a comment what is wrong. For a specific f(), I'm defining a term '...
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Exact algorithms for $k$-means

Lets recall the definition of $k$-means clustering for euclidean spaces. Let $X$ be a set of $n$ points in $R^d$ and $k$ a given natural number. Let $C$ any $k$ clustering of $X$. Define the cost of $...
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Algorithms and approximations for optimal offline binary tree operations

Let's say we are using a binary tree to represent a set of elements, with operations $\mathsf{insert}(x)$ and $\mathsf{delete}(x)$. We will assume that the operations are used such that a deleted ...
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Additive welfare maximization under matroid constraints

In the welfare maximization problem, there is a set $[m]$ of items, and $n$ functions $w_i: 2^{[m]} \to \mathbb{Z}_+$. The goal is to partition the items into $n$ subsets $S_1,\ldots,S_n$ such that ...
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Compiling einstein sums optimally

Einstein summation is a convenient way to express tensor operations which has found its way in tensor libraries like numpy, torch, tensorflow, etc. Its flexibility lets us represent the product of ...
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Minimum graph cycle basis respect to non-empty pairwise intersection of cycles

I'm trying to understand the following problem if anyone can help I'll be very grateful Instance: undirected, unweighted, connected graph graph $G=(V,E)$. Question: find a minimum cycle basis $B = \{...
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Is the matching polytope integral?

In this document https://courses.engr.illinois.edu/cs598csc/sp2010/Lectures/Lecture9.pdf they prove the integrality of the matching polytope using the integrality of the perfect matching polytope. The ...
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Where to find info on (polytime) approximability of various discrete optimization problems?

Where to find info on (polytime) approximability of various discrete optimization problems? Sorry if this is stupid,but is there a site or reference that keeps up to date info on approximability of ...
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Parametrized complexity of sparse optimization

Optimization problems of the type: minimize $c^T x$ subject to [maybe some linear constraints and] $||x||_0\le k$ are known to be NP-hard. [Actually, I just realized that I don't have a reference, so ...
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Complexity of finding the mean of the subset with smallest variance

Let $x_1,\ldots, x_n \in R^d$, and $\alpha \in (0, 1)$. Suppose that $\alpha n$ is an integer. Let's consider the following problem $\min_{\mu \in R^d} \frac{1}{n} \sum_{i=1}^n F\left(\frac{\pi(i)}{n}\...
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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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Name of (and solution to) this generalization of linear assignment

I would like to know if the following problem is known and has any efficient solution. Given an $n\times n$ score matrix $S$. Find the best $a$ elements, in terms of their sum of scores, such that no ...
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Is it possible to approximate the solution of NP-Hard problems in polynomial time using linear programming? [closed]

Suppose we have a NP-Hard problem such as the k-col, which is meant to determine if a graph may be colored using at most ...
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Are the intermediary sets in maximum cardinality search optimal in some way?

The maximum cardinality search (MCS) algorithm works as follows. Given a weighted graph $G = (V, E)$ where $w(u, v)$ denotes the weight of the edge $\{u, v\}$, we select a start node $a \in V$ and do ...
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Finding the size $k$ subset in a metric space that maximizes the min distance between elements

I have a metric space $(X,d)$ and I'd like to find a subset of size k of far away elements. We can cast this as the following optimization problem $\max_{S \subseteq X, |S| = k} ( \min_{i \not = j, ...
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Optimal point placement on integer lattice

What is known about the following point placement problem? For positive integers $N$, $n<N^2$, and $N\times N$ grid $\mathcal{G}$, compute \begin{eqnarray*} \mu_1(N,n)\triangleq\min_{\mathcal{P}\...
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Tight estimates on the Lovász and Multilinear extensions of a submodular function

I assume here some familiarity with the jargon used in submodular optimization (please let me know if something is unclear). Let $f:2^V \to \mathbb{R}$ be monotone, normalized and submodular. For ...
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Finding shortest calculation of the sum of a subset of a group, given sums for other previously summed subsets

Say $S=\{g\in G\}$ is a set of elements in an abelian group $G$ whose group operation $(+)$ is expensive to compute. Given a subset $T\subset S$, we want to compute the sum of $T$'s elements, $\...
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NP-Hard Knapsack Instances

Consider the classic Knapsack optimization problem (KP): Given $p_1, \dots, p_n, w_1, \dots, w_n, B\in\mathbb N$, compute a solution $I\subseteq \{1,\dots,n\}$, such that $\sum_{i\in I} w_i \leq B$ ...
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Gradient descent step size for strongly convex functions

Suppose we are optimizing a strongly convex function $f(x)$ via gradient descent $x_{t+1} = x_t - \eta_t \nabla f(x_t)$. By strongly convex I mean that $f(x+h) \ge f(x) + \langle \nabla f(x), h \...
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Complexity of multi-objective optimization problems

How can we define and prove the worst-case complexity of multi-objective optimization problems (MOOP)? It is easy to see that, if one of the objectives is an NP-Hard optimization problem, then the ...
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Optimalization of sum $f(x_i, x_j)$ for all $i < j$ pairs through permutation only?

$\DeclareMathOperator*{\argmin}{arg\,min}$Can something be said about the difficulty of minimizing the quantity $$g(x) = \sum_{i=1}^n\sum_{j=i+1}^n f(x_i, x_j)$$ of some string of symbols $x \in \...
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Dividing a complete graph into two cliques with maximal sum of edge weights

Problem: Considering a complete weighted graph $G$ with $n$ vertices, where $n\in2\mathbb Z$ is an even number, remove edges in such a way that you end up with two cliques of graph $G$, each having $\...
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Formalizing and optimizing constraints involving booleans, pairs of booleans, and integer sums

My scenario has various flavors of SAT, constrained quadratic pseudo-Boolean, and integer programming. My attempts to formalize and solve the problem with Z3's ...

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