Results 1  10
of
650
A New Kind of Science
, 2002
"... “Somebody says, ‘You know, you people always say that space is continuous. How do you know when you get to a small enough dimension that there really are enough points in between, that it isn’t just a lot of dots separated by little distances? ’ Or they say, ‘You know those quantum mechanical amplit ..."
Abstract

Cited by 850 (0 self)
 Add to MetaCart
(Show Context)
“Somebody says, ‘You know, you people always say that space is continuous. How do you know when you get to a small enough dimension that there really are enough points in between, that it isn’t just a lot of dots separated by little distances? ’ Or they say, ‘You know those quantum mechanical amplitudes you told me about, they’re so complicated and absurd, what makes you think those are right? Maybe they aren’t right. ’ Such remarks are obvious and are perfectly clear to anybody who is working on this problem. It does not do any good to point this out.” —Richard Feynman [1, p.161]
A PolynomialTime Approximation Algorithm for the Permanent of a Matrix with NonNegative Entries
 JOURNAL OF THE ACM
, 2004
"... We present a polynomialtime randomized algorithm for estimating the permanent of an arbitrary n ×n matrix with nonnegative entries. This algorithm—technically a “fullypolynomial randomized approximation scheme”—computes an approximation that is, with high probability, within arbitrarily small spec ..."
Abstract

Cited by 436 (25 self)
 Add to MetaCart
We present a polynomialtime randomized algorithm for estimating the permanent of an arbitrary n ×n matrix with nonnegative entries. This algorithm—technically a “fullypolynomial randomized approximation scheme”—computes an approximation that is, with high probability, within arbitrarily small specified relative error of the true value of the permanent.
Algebraic Methods for Interactive Proof Systems
, 1990
"... We present a new algebraic technique for the construction of interactive proof systems. We use our technique to prove that every language in the polynomialtime hierarchy has an interactive proof system. This technique played a pivotal role in the recent proofs that IP=PSPACE (Shamir) and that MIP ..."
Abstract

Cited by 349 (28 self)
 Add to MetaCart
We present a new algebraic technique for the construction of interactive proof systems. We use our technique to prove that every language in the polynomialtime hierarchy has an interactive proof system. This technique played a pivotal role in the recent proofs that IP=PSPACE (Shamir) and that MIP=NEXP (Babai, Fortnow and Lund).
Approximating probabilistic inference in Bayesian belief networks is NPhard
, 1991
"... Abstract A belief network comprises a graphical representation of dependencies between variables of a domain and a set of conditional probabilities associated with each dependency. Unless P=NP, an efficient, exact algorithm does not exist to compute probabilistic inference in belief networks. Stoch ..."
Abstract

Cited by 297 (3 self)
 Add to MetaCart
Abstract A belief network comprises a graphical representation of dependencies between variables of a domain and a set of conditional probabilities associated with each dependency. Unless P=NP, an efficient, exact algorithm does not exist to compute probabilistic inference in belief networks. Stochastic simulation methods, which often improve run times, provide an alternative to exact inference algorithms. We present such a stochastic simulation algorithm 2)BNRAS that is a randomized approximation scheme. To analyze the run time, we parameterize belief networks by the dependence value PE, which is a measure of the cumulative strengths of the belief network dependencies given background evidence E. This parameterization defines the class of fdependence networks. The run time of 2)BNRAS is polynomial when f is a polynomial function. Thus, the results of this paper prove the existence of a class of belief networks for which inference approximation is polynomial and, hence, provably faster than any exact algorithm. I.
On the Hardness of Approximate Reasoning
, 1996
"... Many AI problems, when formalized, reduce to evaluating the probability that a propositional expression is true. In this paper we show that this problem is computationally intractable even in surprisingly restricted cases and even if we settle for an approximation to this probability. We consider va ..."
Abstract

Cited by 289 (13 self)
 Add to MetaCart
Many AI problems, when formalized, reduce to evaluating the probability that a propositional expression is true. In this paper we show that this problem is computationally intractable even in surprisingly restricted cases and even if we settle for an approximation to this probability. We consider various methods used in approximate reasoning such as computing degree of belief and Bayesian belief networks, as well as reasoning techniques such as constraint satisfaction and knowledge compilation, that use approximation to avoid computational difficulties, and reduce them to modelcounting problems over a propositional domain. We prove that counting satisfying assignments of propositional languages is intractable even for Horn and monotone formulae, and even when the size of clauses and number of occurrences of the variables are extremely limited. This should be contrasted with the case of deductive reasoning, where Horn theories and theories with binary clauses are distinguished by the e...
The Markov Chain Monte Carlo method: an approach to approximate counting and integration
, 1996
"... In the area of statistical physics, Monte Carlo algorithms based on Markov chain simulation have been in use for many years. The validity of these algorithms depends crucially on the rate of convergence to equilibrium of the Markov chain being simulated. Unfortunately, the classical theory of stocha ..."
Abstract

Cited by 286 (12 self)
 Add to MetaCart
(Show Context)
In the area of statistical physics, Monte Carlo algorithms based on Markov chain simulation have been in use for many years. The validity of these algorithms depends crucially on the rate of convergence to equilibrium of the Markov chain being simulated. Unfortunately, the classical theory of stochastic processes hardly touches on the sort of nonasymptotic analysis required in this application. As a consequence, it had previously not been possible to make useful, mathematically rigorous statements about the quality of the estimates obtained. Within the last ten years, analytical tools have been devised with the aim of correcting this deficiency. As well as permitting the analysis of Monte Carlo algorithms for classical problems in statistical physics, the introduction of these tools has spurred the development of new approximation algorithms for a wider class of problems in combinatorial enumeration and optimization. The “Markov chain Monte Carlo ” method has been applied to a variety of such problems, and often provides the only known efficient (i.e., polynomial time) solution technique.
Derandomizing Polynomial Identity Tests Means Proving Circuit Lower Bounds (Extended Abstract)
, 2003
"... Since Polynomial Identity Testing is a coRP problem, we obtain the following corollary: If RP = P (or, even, coRP ` "ffl?0NTIME(2nffl), infinitely often), then NEXP is not computable by polynomialsize arithmetic circuits. Thus, establishing that RP = coRP or BPP = P would require proving s ..."
Abstract

Cited by 187 (4 self)
 Add to MetaCart
Since Polynomial Identity Testing is a coRP problem, we obtain the following corollary: If RP = P (or, even, coRP ` &quot;ffl?0NTIME(2nffl), infinitely often), then NEXP is not computable by polynomialsize arithmetic circuits. Thus, establishing that RP = coRP or BPP = P would require proving superpolynomial lower bounds for Boolean or arithmetic circuits. We also show that any derandomization of RNC would yield new circuit lower bounds for a language in NEXP.
Identifying the minimal transversals of a hypergraph and related problems
 SIAM Journal on Computing
, 1995
"... The paper considers two decision problems on hypergraphs, hypergraph saturation and recognition of the transversal hypergraph, and discusses their significance for several search problems in applied computer science. Hypergraph saturation, i.e., given a hypergraph H, decide if every subset of vertic ..."
Abstract

Cited by 152 (8 self)
 Add to MetaCart
The paper considers two decision problems on hypergraphs, hypergraph saturation and recognition of the transversal hypergraph, and discusses their significance for several search problems in applied computer science. Hypergraph saturation, i.e., given a hypergraph H, decide if every subset of vertices is contained in or contains some edge of H, is shown to be coNPcomplete. A certain subproblem of hypergraph saturation, the saturation of simple hypergraphs, is shown to be computationally equivalent to transversal hypergraph recognition, i.e., given two hypergraphs H 1; H 2, decide if the sets in H 2 are all the minimal transversals of H 1. The complexity of the search problem related to the recognition of the transversal hypergraph, the computation of the transversal hypergraph, is an open problem. This task needs time exponential in the input size, but it is unknown whether an outputpolynomial algorithm exists for this problem. For several important subcases, for instance if an upper or lower bound is imposed on the edge size or for acyclic hypergraphs, we present outputpolynomial algorithms. Computing or recognizing the minimal transversals of a hypergraph is a frequent problem in practice, which is pointed out by identifying important applications in database theory, Boolean switching theory, logic, and AI, particularly in modelbased diagnosis.
Markov Chain Monte Carlo Data Association for MultiTarget Tracking Univ
, 2008
"... data association (MCMCDA) for solving data association problems arising in multitarget tracking in a cluttered environment. When the number of targets is fixed, the singlescan version of MCMCDA approximates joint probabilistic data association (JPDA). Although the exact computation of association ..."
Abstract

Cited by 144 (25 self)
 Add to MetaCart
(Show Context)
data association (MCMCDA) for solving data association problems arising in multitarget tracking in a cluttered environment. When the number of targets is fixed, the singlescan version of MCMCDA approximates joint probabilistic data association (JPDA). Although the exact computation of association probabilities in JPDA is NPhard, we prove that the singlescan MCMCDA algorithm provides a fully polynomial randomized approximation scheme for JPDA. For general multitarget tracking problems, in which unknown numbers of targets appear and disappear at random times, we present a multiscan MCMCDA algorithm that approximates the optimal Bayesian filter. We also present extensive simulation studies supporting theoretical results in this paper. Our simulation results also show that MCMCDA outperforms multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT) by a significant margin in terms of accuracy and efficiency under extreme conditions, such as a large number of targets in a dense environment, low detection probabilities, and high false alarm rates. Index Terms—Joint probabilistic data association (JPDA), Markov chain Monte Carlo data association (MCMCDA), multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT). I.