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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.
Some optimal inapproximability results
, 2002
"... We prove optimal, up to an arbitrary ffl? 0, inapproximability results for MaxEkSat for k * 3, maximizing the number of satisfied linear equations in an overdetermined system of linear equations modulo a prime p and Set Splitting. As a consequence of these results we get improved lower bounds for ..."
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We prove optimal, up to an arbitrary ffl? 0, inapproximability results for MaxEkSat for k * 3, maximizing the number of satisfied linear equations in an overdetermined system of linear equations modulo a prime p and Set Splitting. As a consequence of these results we get improved lower bounds for the efficient approximability of many optimization problems studied previously. In particular, for MaxE2Sat, MaxCut, MaxdiCut, and Vertex cover. Warning: Essentially this paper has been published in JACM and is subject to copyright restrictions. In particular it is for personal use only.
A Threshold of ln n for Approximating Set Cover
 JOURNAL OF THE ACM
, 1998
"... Given a collection F of subsets of S = f1; : : : ; ng, set cover is the problem of selecting as few as possible subsets from F such that their union covers S, and max kcover is the problem of selecting k subsets from F such that their union has maximum cardinality. Both these problems are NPhar ..."
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Given a collection F of subsets of S = f1; : : : ; ng, set cover is the problem of selecting as few as possible subsets from F such that their union covers S, and max kcover is the problem of selecting k subsets from F such that their union has maximum cardinality. Both these problems are NPhard. We prove that (1 \Gamma o(1)) ln n is a threshold below which set cover cannot be approximated efficiently, unless NP has slightly superpolynomial time algorithms. This closes the gap (up to low order terms) between the ratio of approximation achievable by the greedy algorithm (which is (1 \Gamma o(1)) ln n), and previous results of Lund and Yannakakis, that showed hardness of approximation within a ratio of (log 2 n)=2 ' 0:72 lnn. For max kcover we show an approximation threshold of (1 \Gamma 1=e) (up to low order terms), under the assumption that P != NP .
Free Bits, PCPs and NonApproximability  Towards Tight Results
, 1996
"... This paper continues the investigation of the connection between proof systems and approximation. The emphasis is on proving tight nonapproximability results via consideration of measures like the "free bit complexity" and the "amortized free bit complexity" of proof systems. ..."
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This paper continues the investigation of the connection between proof systems and approximation. The emphasis is on proving tight nonapproximability results via consideration of measures like the "free bit complexity" and the "amortized free bit complexity" of proof systems.
Approximate graph coloring by semidefinite programming
 Proc. 35 th IEEE FOCS, IEEE
, 1994
"... a coloring is called the chromatic number of�, and is usually denoted by��.Determining the chromatic number of a graph is known to be NPhard (cf. [19]). Besides its theoretical significance as a canonical NPhard problem, graph coloring arises naturally in a variety of applications such as register ..."
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a coloring is called the chromatic number of�, and is usually denoted by��.Determining the chromatic number of a graph is known to be NPhard (cf. [19]). Besides its theoretical significance as a canonical NPhard problem, graph coloring arises naturally in a variety of applications such as register allocation [11, 12, 13] is the maximum degree of any vertex. Beand timetable/examination scheduling [8, 40]. In many We consider the problem of coloring�colorable graphs with the fewest possible colors. We give a randomized polynomial time algorithm which colors a 3colorable graph on vertices with� � ���� colors where sides giving the best known approximation ratio in terms of, this marks the first nontrivial approximation result as a function of the maximum degree. This result can be generalized to�colorable graphs to obtain a coloring using�� � ��� � � � �colors. Our results are inspired by the recent work of Goemans and Williamson who used an algorithm for semidefinite optimization problems, which generalize linear programs, to obtain improved approximations for the MAX CUT and MAX 2SAT problems. An intriguing outcome of our work is a duality relationship established between the value of the optimum solution to our semidefinite program and the Lovász�function. We show lower bounds on the gap between the optimum solution of our semidefinite program and the actual chromatic number; by duality this also demonstrates interesting new facts about the�function. 1
THE PRIMALDUAL METHOD FOR APPROXIMATION ALGORITHMS AND ITS APPLICATION TO NETWORK DESIGN PROBLEMS
"... The primaldual method is a standard tool in the design of algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems. This chapter shows how the primaldual method can be modified to provide good approximation algorithms for a wide variety of NPhard problems. We concentrate on results from recent researc ..."
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The primaldual method is a standard tool in the design of algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems. This chapter shows how the primaldual method can be modified to provide good approximation algorithms for a wide variety of NPhard problems. We concentrate on results from recent research applying the primaldual method to problems in network design.
Conjunctive Query Containment Revisited
, 1998
"... We consider the problems of conjunctive query containment and minimization, which are known to be NPcomplete, and show that these problems can be solved in polynomial time for the class of acyclic queries. We then generalize the notion of acyclicity and define a parameter called query width that ca ..."
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We consider the problems of conjunctive query containment and minimization, which are known to be NPcomplete, and show that these problems can be solved in polynomial time for the class of acyclic queries. We then generalize the notion of acyclicity and define a parameter called query width that captures the "degree of cyclicity" of a query: in particular, a query is acyclic if and only if its query width is 1. We give algorithms for containment and minimization that run in time polynomial in n k , where n is the input size and k is the query width. These algorithms naturally generalize those for acyclic queries, and are of practical significance because many queries have small query width compared to their sizes. We show that good bounds on the query width of Q can be obtained using the treewidth of the incidence graph of Q. We then consider the problem of finding an equivalent query to a given conjunctive query Q that has the least number of subgoals. We show that a polynomial tim...
On the Hardness of Approximating the Chromatic Number
, 1993
"... We study the hardness of approximating the chromatic number when the input graph is kcolorable for some fixed k 3. Our main result is that it is NPhard to find a 4coloring of a 3chromatic graph. As an immediate corollary we obtain that it is NPhard to color a kchromatic graph with at most ..."
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We study the hardness of approximating the chromatic number when the input graph is kcolorable for some fixed k 3. Our main result is that it is NPhard to find a 4coloring of a 3chromatic graph. As an immediate corollary we obtain that it is NPhard to color a kchromatic graph with at most k + 2bk=3c 1 colors. We also give simple proofs of two results of Lund and Yannakakis [20]. The first result shows that it is NPhard to approximate the chromatic number to within n for some fixed > 0. We point
On Multidimensional Packing Problems
 TENTH ACMSIAM SYMPOSIUM ON DISCRETE ALGORITHMS
, 1999
"... We study the approximability of multidimensional generalizations of the classical problems of multiprocessor scheduling, bin packing and the knapsack problem. Specifically, we study the vector scheduling problem, its dual problem, namely, the vector bin packing problem, and a class of packing integ ..."
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We study the approximability of multidimensional generalizations of the classical problems of multiprocessor scheduling, bin packing and the knapsack problem. Specifically, we study the vector scheduling problem, its dual problem, namely, the vector bin packing problem, and a class of packing integer programs. The vector scheduling problem is to schedule n ddimensional tasks on m machines such that the maximum load over all dimensions and all machines is minimized. The vector bin packing problem, on the other hand, seeks to minimize the number of bins needed to schedule all n tasks such that the maximum load on any dimension across all bins is bounded by a fixed quantity, say 1. Such problems naturally arise when scheduling tasks that have multiple resource requirements. We obtain a variety of new algorithmic as well as inapproximability results for these problems. For vector scheduling, we give a PTAS when d is a fixed constant, and an O(minflog dm; log 2 dg)approximation in gen...
Approximating the Domatic Number
"... A set of vertices in a graph is a dominating set if every vertex outside the set has aneighbor in the set. The domatic number problem is that of partitioning the vertices of a graph into the maximum number of disjoint dominating sets. Let n denote the number ofvertices, ffi the minimum degree, and ..."
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A set of vertices in a graph is a dominating set if every vertex outside the set has aneighbor in the set. The domatic number problem is that of partitioning the vertices of a graph into the maximum number of disjoint dominating sets. Let n denote the number ofvertices, ffi the minimum degree, and \Delta the maximum degree.We show that every graph has a domatic partition with (1o(1))(ffi + 1) / ln n dominatingsets, and moreover, that such a domatic partition can be found in polynomial time. This implies a (1 + o(1)) ln n approximation algorithm for domatic number, since the domaticnumber is always at most ffi + 1. We also show this to be essentially best possible. Namely,extending the approximation hardness of set cover by combining multiprover protocols with zeroknowledge techniques, we show that for every ffl> 0, a (1 ffl) ln napproximation impliesthat N P ` DT IM E(nO(log log n)). This makes domatic number the first natural maximization problem (known to the authors) that is provably approximable to within polylogarithmic factors but no better.We also show that every graph has a domatic partition with (1o(1))(ffi + 1) / ln \Delta dominating sets, where the " o(1) " term goes to zero as \Delta increases. This can be turned intoan efficient algorithm that produces a domatic partition of \Omega ( ffi / ln \Delta) sets.