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A PolynomialTime Approximation Algorithm for the Permanent of a Matrix with NonNegative Entries
 Journal of the ACM
, 2004
"... Abstract. 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 ..."
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Abstract. 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. Categories and Subject Descriptors: F.2.2 [Analysis of algorithms and problem complexity]: Nonnumerical
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 ..."
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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.
Markov Chain Algorithms for Planar Lattice Structures
, 1995
"... Consider the following Markov chain, whose states are all domino tilings of a 2n x 2n chessboard: starting from some arbitrary tiling, pick a 2 x 2 window uniformly at random. If the four squares appearing in this window are covered by two parallel dominoes, rotate the dominoes 90° in place. Repeat ..."
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Consider the following Markov chain, whose states are all domino tilings of a 2n x 2n chessboard: starting from some arbitrary tiling, pick a 2 x 2 window uniformly at random. If the four squares appearing in this window are covered by two parallel dominoes, rotate the dominoes 90° in place. Repeat many times. This process is used in practice to generate a random tiling, and is a widely used tool in the study of the combinatorics of tilings and the behavior of dimer systems in statistical physics. Analogous Markov chains are used to randomly generate other structures on various twodimensional lattices. This paper presents techniques which prove for the first time that, in many interesting cases, a small number of random moves suffice to obtain a uniform distribution.
The Complexity of Counting in Sparse, Regular, and Planar Graphs
 SIAM Journal on Computing
, 1997
"... We show that a number of graphtheoretic counting problems remain NPhard, indeed #Pcomplete, in very restricted classes of graphs. In particular, it is shown that the problems of counting matchings, vertex covers, independent sets, and extremal variants of these all remain hard when restricted to ..."
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We show that a number of graphtheoretic counting problems remain NPhard, indeed #Pcomplete, in very restricted classes of graphs. In particular, it is shown that the problems of counting matchings, vertex covers, independent sets, and extremal variants of these all remain hard when restricted to planar bipartite graphs of bounded degree or regular graphs of constant degree. To achieve these results, a new interpolationbased reduction technique which preserves properties such as constant degree is introduced. In addition, the problem of approximately counting minimum cardinality vertex covers is shown to remain NPhard even when restricted to graphs of maximal degree 3. Previously, restrictedcase complexity results for counting problems were elusive; we believe our techniques may help obtain similar results for many other counting problems. 1 Introduction Ever since the introduction of NPcompleteness in the early 1970's, the primary focus of complexity theory has been on decision ...
An Optimal Algorithm for Monte Carlo Estimation
, 1995
"... A typical approach to estimate an unknown quantity is to design an experiment that produces a random variable Z distributed in [0; 1] with E[Z] = , run this experiment independently a number of times and use the average of the outcomes as the estimate. In this paper, we consider the case when no a ..."
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A typical approach to estimate an unknown quantity is to design an experiment that produces a random variable Z distributed in [0; 1] with E[Z] = , run this experiment independently a number of times and use the average of the outcomes as the estimate. In this paper, we consider the case when no a priori information about Z is known except that is distributed in [0; 1]. We describe an approximation algorithm AA which, given ffl and ffi, when running independent experiments with respect to any Z, produces an estimate that is within a factor 1 + ffl of with probability at least 1 \Gamma ffi. We prove that the expected number of experiments run by AA (which depends on Z) is optimal to within a constant factor for every Z. An announcement of these results appears in P. Dagum, D. Karp, M. Luby, S. Ross, "An optimal algorithm for MonteCarlo Estimation (extended abstract)", Proceedings of the Thirtysixth IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, 1995, pp. 142149 [3]. Section ...
Mathematical foundations of the Markov chain Monte Carlo method
 in Probabilistic Methods for Algorithmic Discrete Mathematics
, 1998
"... 7.2 was jointly undertaken with Vivek Gore, and is published here for the first time. I also thank an anonymous referee for carefully reading and providing helpful comments on a draft of this chapter. 1. Introduction The classical Monte Carlo method is an approach to estimating quantities that a ..."
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7.2 was jointly undertaken with Vivek Gore, and is published here for the first time. I also thank an anonymous referee for carefully reading and providing helpful comments on a draft of this chapter. 1. Introduction The classical Monte Carlo method is an approach to estimating quantities that are hard to compute exactly. The quantity z of interest is expressed as the expectation z = ExpZ of a random variable (r.v.) Z for which some efficient sampling procedure is available. By taking the mean of some sufficiently large set of independent samples of Z, one may obtain an approximation to z. For example, suppose S = \Phi (x; y) 2 [0; 1] 2 : p i (x; y) 0; for all i \Psi<F12
Approximating the Number of MonomerDimer Coverings of a Lattice
 Journal of Statistical Physics
, 1996
"... The paper studies the problem of counting the number of coverings of a ddimensional rectangular lattice by a specified number of monomers and dimers. This problem arises in several models in statistical physics, and has been widely studied. A classical technique due to Fisher, Kasteleyn and Temper ..."
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The paper studies the problem of counting the number of coverings of a ddimensional rectangular lattice by a specified number of monomers and dimers. This problem arises in several models in statistical physics, and has been widely studied. A classical technique due to Fisher, Kasteleyn and Temperley solves the problem exactly in two dimensions when the number of monomers is zero (the dimer covering problem), but is not applicable in higher dimensions or in the presence of monomers. This paper presents the first provably polynomial time approximation algorithms for computing the number of coverings with any specified number of monomers in ddimensional rectangular lattices with periodic boundaries, for any fixed dimension d , and in twodimensional lattices with fixed boundaries. The algorithms are based on Monte Carlo simulation of a suitable Markov chain, and, in contrast to most Monte Carlo algorithms in statistical physics, have rigorously derived performance guarantees that do n...
Fully Polynomial Time Approximation Schemes for Stochastic Dynamic Programs
, 2008
"... We develop a framework for obtaining Fully Polynomial Time Approximation Schemes (FPTASs) for stochastic univariate dynamic programs with either convex or monotone singleperiod cost functions. Using our framework, we give the first FPTASs for several NPhard problems in various fields of research s ..."
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We develop a framework for obtaining Fully Polynomial Time Approximation Schemes (FPTASs) for stochastic univariate dynamic programs with either convex or monotone singleperiod cost functions. Using our framework, we give the first FPTASs for several NPhard problems in various fields of research such as knapsackrelated problems, logistics, operations management, economics, and mathematical finance.
Several constants arising in statistical mechanics
, 1999
"... This is a brief survey of certain constants associated with random lattice models, including selfavoiding walks, polyominoes, the LenzIsing model, monomers and dimers, ice models, hard squares and hexagons, and percolation models. ..."
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This is a brief survey of certain constants associated with random lattice models, including selfavoiding walks, polyominoes, the LenzIsing model, monomers and dimers, ice models, hard squares and hexagons, and percolation models.
Counting spanning trees and other structures in non constantjump circulant graphs (Extended Abstract)
 IN THE 15TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ALGORITHMS AND COMPUTATION
, 2004
"... Circulant graphs are an extremely wellstudied subclass of regular graphs, partially because they model many practical computer network topologies. It has long been known that the number of spanning trees in nnode circulant graphs with constant jumps satisfies a recurrence relation in n. For the ..."
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Circulant graphs are an extremely wellstudied subclass of regular graphs, partially because they model many practical computer network topologies. It has long been known that the number of spanning trees in nnode circulant graphs with constant jumps satisfies a recurrence relation in n. For the nonconstantjump case, i.e., where some jump sizes can be functions of the graph size, only a few special cases such as the Möbius ladder had been studied but no general results were known. In this note we show how that the number of spanning trees for all classes of n node circulant graphs satisfies a recurrence relation in n even when the jumps are nonconstant (but linear) in the graph size. The technique developed is very general and can be used to show that many other structures of these circulant graphs, e.g., number of Hamiltonian Cycles, Eulerian Cycles, Eulerian Orientations, etc., also satisfy recurrence relations. The technique presented for deriving the recurrence relations is very mechanical and, for circulant graphs with small jump parameters, can easily be quickly implemented on a computer. We illustrate this by deriving recurrence relations counting all of the structures listed above for various circulant graphs.