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Proof verification and hardness of approximation problems
 In Proc. 33rd Ann. IEEE Symp. on Found. of Comp. Sci
, 1992
"... We show that every language in NP has a probablistic verifier that checks membership proofs for it using logarithmic number of random bits and by examining a constant number of bits in the proof. If a string is in the language, then there exists a proof such that the verifier accepts with probabilit ..."
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We show that every language in NP has a probablistic verifier that checks membership proofs for it using logarithmic number of random bits and by examining a constant number of bits in the proof. If a string is in the language, then there exists a proof such that the verifier accepts with probability 1 (i.e., for every choice of its random string). For strings not in the language, the verifier rejects every provided “proof " with probability at least 1/2. Our result builds upon and improves a recent result of Arora and Safra [6] whose verifiers examine a nonconstant number of bits in the proof (though this number is a very slowly growing function of the input length). As a consequence we prove that no MAX SNPhard problem has a polynomial time approximation scheme, unless NP=P. The class MAX SNP was defined by Papadimitriou and Yannakakis [82] and hard problems for this class include vertex cover, maximum satisfiability, maximum cut, metric TSP, Steiner trees and shortest superstring. We also improve upon the clique hardness results of Feige, Goldwasser, Lovász, Safra and Szegedy [42], and Arora and Safra [6] and shows that there exists a positive ɛ such that approximating the maximum clique size in an Nvertex graph to within a factor of N ɛ is NPhard. 1
Probabilistic checking of proofs: a new characterization of NP
 Journal of the ACM
, 1998
"... Abstract. We give a new characterization of NP: the class NP contains exactly those languages L for which membership proofs (a proof that an input x is in L) can be verified probabilistically in polynomial time using logarithmic number of random bits and by reading sublogarithmic number of bits from ..."
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Abstract. We give a new characterization of NP: the class NP contains exactly those languages L for which membership proofs (a proof that an input x is in L) can be verified probabilistically in polynomial time using logarithmic number of random bits and by reading sublogarithmic number of bits from the proof. We discuss implications of this characterization; specifically, we show that approximating Clique and Independent Set, even in a very weak sense, is NPhard.
Complexity and Expressive Power of Logic Programming
, 1997
"... This paper surveys various complexity results on different forms of logic programming. The main focus is on decidable forms of logic programming, in particular, propositional logic programming and datalog, but we also mention general logic programming with function symbols. Next to classical results ..."
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This paper surveys various complexity results on different forms of logic programming. The main focus is on decidable forms of logic programming, in particular, propositional logic programming and datalog, but we also mention general logic programming with function symbols. Next to classical results on plain logic programming (pure Horn clause programs), more recent results on various important extensions of logic programming are surveyed. These include logic programming with different forms of negation, disjunctive logic programming, logic programming with equality, and constraint logic programming. The complexity of the unification problem is also addressed.
Relational Queries Computable in Polynomial Time
 Information and Control
, 1986
"... We characterize the polynomial time computable queries as those expressible in relational calculus plus a least fixed point operator and a total ordering on the universe. We also show that even without the ordering one application of fixed point suffices to express any query expressible with several ..."
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We characterize the polynomial time computable queries as those expressible in relational calculus plus a least fixed point operator and a total ordering on the universe. We also show that even without the ordering one application of fixed point suffices to express any query expressible with several alternations of fixed point and negation. This proves that the fixed point query hierarchy suggested by Chandra and Harel collapses at the first fixed point level. It is also a general result showing that in finite model theory one application of fixed point suffices. Introduction and Summary Query languages for relational databases have received considerable attention. In 1972 Codd showed that two natural languages for queries  one algebraic and the other a version of first order predicate calculus  have identical powers of expressibility, [Cod72]. Query languages which are as expressive as Codd's Relational Calculus are sometimes called complete. This term is misleading however becau...
The computational structure of monotone monadic SNP and constraint satisfaction: A study through Datalog and group theory
 SIAM J. Comput
, 1998
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Structure and Complexity of Relational Queries
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
, 1982
"... This paper is an attempt at laying the foundations for the classification of queries on relational data bases according to their structure and their computational complexity. Using the operations of composition and fixpoints, a Z// hierarchy of height w 2, called the fixpoint query hierarchy, i ..."
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This paper is an attempt at laying the foundations for the classification of queries on relational data bases according to their structure and their computational complexity. Using the operations of composition and fixpoints, a Z// hierarchy of height w 2, called the fixpoint query hierarchy, is defined, and its properties investigated. The hierarchy includes most of the queries considered in the literathre including those of Codd and Aho and Ullman
Languages That Capture Complexity Classes
 SIAM Journal of Computing
, 1987
"... this paper a series of languages adequate for expressing exactly those properties checkable in a series of computational complexity classes. For example, we show that a property of graphs (respectively groups, binary strings, etc.) is in polynomial time if and only if it is expressible in the first ..."
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this paper a series of languages adequate for expressing exactly those properties checkable in a series of computational complexity classes. For example, we show that a property of graphs (respectively groups, binary strings, etc.) is in polynomial time if and only if it is expressible in the first order language of graphs (respectively groups, binary strings, etc.) together with a least fixed point operator. As another example, a property is in logspace if and only if it is expressible in first order logic together with a deterministic transitive closure operator. The roots of our approach to complexity theory go back to 1974 when Fagin showed that the NP properties are exactly those expressible in second order existential sentences. It follows that second order logic expresses exactly those properties which are in the polynomial time hierarchy. We show that adding suitable transitive closure operators to second order logic results in languages capturing polynomial space and exponential time, respectively. The existence of such natural languages for each important complexity class sheds a new light on complexity theory. These languages reaffirm the importance of the complexity classes as much more than machine dependent issues. Furthermore a whole new approach is suggested. Upper bounds (algorithms) can be produced by expressing the property of interest in one of our languages. Lower bounds may be demonstrated by showing that such expression is impossible.
Composing Schema Mappings: SecondOrder Dependencies to the Rescue
 In PODS
, 2004
"... A schema mapping is a specification that describes how data structured under one schema (the source schema) is to be transformed into data structured under a di#erent schema (the target schema). Schema mappings play a key role in numerous areas of database systems, including database design, informa ..."
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A schema mapping is a specification that describes how data structured under one schema (the source schema) is to be transformed into data structured under a di#erent schema (the target schema). Schema mappings play a key role in numerous areas of database systems, including database design, information integration, and model management. A fundamental problem in this context is composing schema mappings: given two successive schema mappings, derive a schema mapping between the source schema of the first and the target schema of the second that has the same e#ect as applying successively the two schema mappings.
On syntactic versus computational views of approximability
 SIAM JOURNAL ON COMPUTING
, 1999
"... We attempt to reconcile the two distinct views of approximation classes: syntactic and computational. Syntactic classes such as MAX SNP permit structural results and have natural complete problems, while computational classes such as APX allow us to work with classes of problems whose approximabilit ..."
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We attempt to reconcile the two distinct views of approximation classes: syntactic and computational. Syntactic classes such as MAX SNP permit structural results and have natural complete problems, while computational classes such as APX allow us to work with classes of problems whose approximability is wellunderstood. Our results provide a syntactic characterization of computational classes, and give a computational framework for syntactic classes. We compare the syntactically defined class MAX SNP with the computationally defined class APX, and show that every problem in APX can be “placed ” (i.e. has approximation preserving reduction to a problem) in MAX SNP. Our methods introduce a general technique for creating approximationpreserving reductions which show that any “well ” approximable problem can be reduced in an approximationpreserving manner to a problem which is hard to approximate to corresponding factors. We demonstrate this technique by applying it to the classes RMAX(2) and MIN F+Π2(1)which have the clique problem and the set cover problem, respectively, as complete problems. We use the syntactic nature of MAX SNP to define a general paradigm, nonoblivious local search, useful for developing simple yet efficient approximation algorithms. We show that such algorithms can find good approximations for all MAX SNP problems, yielding approximation ratios comparable to the bestknown for a variety of specific MAX SNPhard problems. Nonoblivious local search provably outperforms standard local search in both the degree of approximation achieved and the efficiency of the resulting algorithms.