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Graphical models, exponential families, and variational inference. Foundations Trends
 Ihler (ihler@ics.uci.edu), University of California, Irvine. Michael
"... The formalism of probabilistic graphical models provides a unifying framework for capturing complex dependencies among random variables, and building largescale multivariate statistical models. Graphical models have become a focus of research in many statistical, computational and mathematical fiel ..."
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The formalism of probabilistic graphical models provides a unifying framework for capturing complex dependencies among random variables, and building largescale multivariate statistical models. Graphical models have become a focus of research in many statistical, computational and mathematical fields, including bioinformatics, communication theory, statistical physics, combinatorial optimization, signal and image processing, information retrieval and statistical machine learning. Many problems that arise in specific instances — including the key problems of computing marginals and modes of probability distributions — are best studied in the general setting. Working with exponential family representations, and exploiting the conjugate duality between the cumulant function and the entropy for exponential families, we develop general variational representations of the problems of computing likelihoods, marginal probabilities and most probable configurations. We describe how a wide varietyof algorithms — among them sumproduct, cluster variational methods, expectationpropagation, mean field methods, maxproduct and linear programming relaxation, as well as conic programming relaxations — can all be understood in terms of exact or approximate forms of these variational representations. The variational approach provides a complementary alternative to Markov chain Monte Carlo as a general source of approximation methods for inference in largescale statistical models. 1
Online Routing in Triangulations
 IN PROC. OF THE 10 TH ANNUAL INT. SYMP. ON ALGORITHMS AND COMPUTATION ISAAC
, 1999
"... We consider online routing strategies for routing between the vertices of embedded planar straight line graphs. Our results include (1) two deterministic memoryless routing strategies, one that works for all Delaunay triangulations and the other that works for all regular triangulations, (2) a ..."
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We consider online routing strategies for routing between the vertices of embedded planar straight line graphs. Our results include (1) two deterministic memoryless routing strategies, one that works for all Delaunay triangulations and the other that works for all regular triangulations, (2) a randomized memoryless strategy that works for all triangulations, (3) an O(1) memory strategy that works for all convex subdivisions, (4) an O(1) memory strategy that approximates the shortest path in Delaunay triangulations, and (5) theoretical and experimental results on the competitiveness of these strategies.
polymake: a Framework for Analyzing Convex Polytopes
, 1999
"... polymake is a software tool designed for the algorithmic treatment of polytopes and polyhedra. We give an overview of the functionality as well as of the structure. This paper can be seen as a first approximation to a polymake handbook. The tutorial starts with the very basics and ends up with a few ..."
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polymake is a software tool designed for the algorithmic treatment of polytopes and polyhedra. We give an overview of the functionality as well as of the structure. This paper can be seen as a first approximation to a polymake handbook. The tutorial starts with the very basics and ends up with a few polymake applications to research problems. Then we present the main features of the system including the interfaces to other software products. polymake is free software; it is available on the Internet at http://www.math.tuberlin.de/diskregeom/polymake/.
Arrangements and Their Applications
 Handbook of Computational Geometry
, 1998
"... The arrangement of a finite collection of geometric objects is the decomposition of the space into connected cells induced by them. We survey combinatorial and algorithmic properties of arrangements of arcs in the plane and of surface patches in higher dimensions. We present many applications of arr ..."
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The arrangement of a finite collection of geometric objects is the decomposition of the space into connected cells induced by them. We survey combinatorial and algorithmic properties of arrangements of arcs in the plane and of surface patches in higher dimensions. We present many applications of arrangements to problems in motion planning, visualization, range searching, molecular modeling, and geometric optimization. Some results involving planar arrangements of arcs have been presented in a companion chapter in this book, and are extended in this chapter to higher dimensions. Work by P.A. was supported by Army Research Office MURI grant DAAH049610013, by a Sloan fellowship, by an NYI award, and by a grant from the U.S.Israeli Binational Science Foundation. Work by M.S. was supported by NSF Grants CCR9122103 and CCR9311127, by a MaxPlanck Research Award, and by grants from the U.S.Israeli Binational Science Foundation, the Israel Science Fund administered by the Israeli Ac...
Separators for spherepackings and nearest neighbor graphs
 J. ACM
, 1997
"... Abstract. A collection of n balls in d dimensions forms a kply system if no point in the space is covered by more than k balls. We show that for every kply system �, there is a sphere S that intersects at most O(k 1/d n 1�1/d) balls of � and divides the remainder of � into two parts: those in the ..."
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Abstract. A collection of n balls in d dimensions forms a kply system if no point in the space is covered by more than k balls. We show that for every kply system �, there is a sphere S that intersects at most O(k 1/d n 1�1/d) balls of � and divides the remainder of � into two parts: those in the interior and those in the exterior of the sphere S, respectively, so that the larger part contains at most (1 � 1/(d � 2))n balls. This bound of O(k 1/d n 1�1/d) is the best possible in both n and k. We also present a simple randomized algorithm to find such a sphere in O(n) time. Our result implies that every knearest neighbor graphs of n points in d dimensions has a separator of size O(k 1/d n 1�1/d). In conjunction with a result of Koebe that every triangulated planar graph is isomorphic to the intersection graph of a diskpacking, our result not only gives a new geometric proof of the planar separator theorem of Lipton and Tarjan, but also generalizes it to higher dimensions. The separator algorithm can be used for point location and geometric divide and conquer in a fixed dimensional space.
lrs: A Revised Implementation of the Reverse Search Vertex Enumeration Algorithm
, 1998
"... This paper describes an improved implementation of the reverse search vertex enumeration/convex hull algorithm for ddimensional convex polyhedra. The implementation uses a lexicographic ratio test to resolve degeneracy, works on bounded or unbounded polyhedra and uses exact arithmetic with all inte ..."
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This paper describes an improved implementation of the reverse search vertex enumeration/convex hull algorithm for ddimensional convex polyhedra. The implementation uses a lexicographic ratio test to resolve degeneracy, works on bounded or unbounded polyhedra and uses exact arithmetic with all integer pivoting. It can also be used to compute the volume of the convex hull of a set of points. For a polyhedron with m inequalities in d variables and known extreme point, it finds all bases in time O(md²) per basis. This implementation can handle problems of quite large size, especially for simple polyhedra (where each basis corresponds to a vertex and the complexity reduces to O(md) per vertex). Computational experience is included in the paper, including a comparison with an earlier implementation.
The Polytope of All Triangulations of a Point Configuration
, 1996
"... We study the convex hull PA of the 01 incidence vectors of all triangulations of a point configuration A. This was called the universal polytope in [4]. The affine span of PA is described in terms of the cocircuits of the oriented matroid of A. Its intersection with the positive orthant is a quasi ..."
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We study the convex hull PA of the 01 incidence vectors of all triangulations of a point configuration A. This was called the universal polytope in [4]. The affine span of PA is described in terms of the cocircuits of the oriented matroid of A. Its intersection with the positive orthant is a quasiintegral polytope QA whose integral hull equals PA . We present the smallest example where QA and PA differ. The duality theory for regular triangulations in [5] is extended to cover all triangulations. We discuss potential applications to enumeration and optimization problems regarding all triangulations.
Bounds On The Complex Zeros Of (Di)Chromatic Polynomials And PottsModel Partition Functions
 Chromatic Roots Are Dense In The Whole Complex Plane, Combinatorics, Probability and Computing
"... I show that there exist universal constants C(r) < ∞ such that, for all loopless graphs G of maximum degree ≤ r, the zeros (real or complex) of the chromatic polynomial PG(q) lie in the disc q  < C(r). Furthermore, C(r) ≤ 7.963907r. This result is a corollary of a more general result on the zeros ..."
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I show that there exist universal constants C(r) < ∞ such that, for all loopless graphs G of maximum degree ≤ r, the zeros (real or complex) of the chromatic polynomial PG(q) lie in the disc q  < C(r). Furthermore, C(r) ≤ 7.963907r. This result is a corollary of a more general result on the zeros of the Pottsmodel partition function ZG(q, {ve}) in the complex antiferromagnetic regime 1 + ve  ≤ 1. The proof is based on a transformation of the Whitney–Tutte–Fortuin–Kasteleyn representation of ZG(q, {ve}) to a polymer gas, followed by verification of the Dobrushin–Koteck´y–Preiss condition for nonvanishing of a polymermodel partition function. I also show that, for all loopless graphs G of secondlargest degree ≤ r, the zeros of PG(q) lie in the disc q  < C(r) + 1. KEY WORDS: Graph, maximum degree, secondlargest degree, chromatic polynomial,
POLYTOPAL REALIZATIONS OF GENERALIZED ASSOCIAHEDRA
, 2002
"... In [5], a complete simplicial fan was associated to an arbitrary finite root system. It was conjectured that this fan is the normal fan of a simple convex polytope (a generalized associahedron of the corresponding type). Here we prove this conjecture by explicitly exhibiting a family of such polytop ..."
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In [5], a complete simplicial fan was associated to an arbitrary finite root system. It was conjectured that this fan is the normal fan of a simple convex polytope (a generalized associahedron of the corresponding type). Here we prove this conjecture by explicitly exhibiting a family of such polytopal realizations (see Theorems 1.4–1.5 and Corollary 1.9 below). The name “generalized associahedron ” was chosen because for the type An the construction in [5] produces the ndimensional associahedron (also known as the Stasheff polytope). Its face complex was introduced by J. Stasheff [13] as a basic tool for the study of homotopy associative Hspaces. The fact that this complex can be realized by a convex polytope was established much later in [8, 6]. Note that the realizations given in Corollary 1.9 are new even in this classical case. The face complex of a generalized associahedron of type Bn (or Cn) is another familiar polytope: the ndimensional “cyclohedron. ” It was first introduced by R. Bott and C. Taubes [1] (and given its name by J. Stasheff [14]) in connection with the study of link invariants; an alternative combinatorial construction was