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Efficient Testing of Large Graphs
 Combinatorica
"... Let P be a property of graphs. An test for P is a randomized algorithm which, given the ability to make queries whether a desired pair of vertices of an input graph G with n vertices are adjacent or not, distinguishes, with high probability, between the case of G satisfying P and the case that it h ..."
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Let P be a property of graphs. An test for P is a randomized algorithm which, given the ability to make queries whether a desired pair of vertices of an input graph G with n vertices are adjacent or not, distinguishes, with high probability, between the case of G satisfying P and the case that it has to be modified by adding and removing more than n 2 edges to make it satisfy P . The property P is called testable, if for every there exists an test for P whose total number of queries is independent of the size of the input graph. Goldreich, Goldwasser and Ron [8] showed that certain graph properties admit an test. In this paper we make a first step towards a logical characterization of all testable graph properties, and show that properties describable by a very general type of coloring problem are testable. We use this theorem to prove that first order graph properties not containing a quantifier alternation of type "89" are always testable, while we show that some properties containing this alternation are not. Our results are proven using a combinatorial lemma, a special case of which, that may be of independent interest, is the following. A graph H is called unavoidable in G if all graphs that differ from G in no more than jGj 2 places contain an induced copy of H . A graph H is called abundant in G if G contains at least jGj jHj induced copies of H. If H is unavoidable in G then it is also ( ; jHj)abundant.
The art of uninformed decisions: A primer to property testing
 Science
, 2001
"... Property testing is a new field in computational theory, that deals with the information that can be deduced from the input where the number of allowable queries (reads from the input) is significally smaller than its size. ..."
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Property testing is a new field in computational theory, that deals with the information that can be deduced from the input where the number of allowable queries (reads from the input) is significally smaller than its size.
A characterization of the (natural) graph properties testable with onesided error
 Proc. of FOCS 2005
, 2005
"... The problem of characterizing all the testable graph properties is considered by many to be the most important open problem in the area of propertytesting. Our main result in this paper is a solution of an important special case of this general problem; Call a property tester oblivious if its decis ..."
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The problem of characterizing all the testable graph properties is considered by many to be the most important open problem in the area of propertytesting. Our main result in this paper is a solution of an important special case of this general problem; Call a property tester oblivious if its decisions are independent of the size of the input graph. We show that a graph property P has an oblivious onesided error tester, if and only if P is (almost) hereditary. We stress that any ”natural ” property that can be tested (either with onesided or with twosided error) can be tested by an oblivious tester. In particular, all the testers studied thus far in the literature were oblivious. Our main result can thus be considered as a precise characterization of the ”natural” graph properties, which are testable with onesided error. One of the main technical contributions of this paper is in showing that any hereditary graph property can be tested with onesided error. This general result contains as a special case all the previous results about testing graph properties with onesided error. These include the results of [20] and [5] about testing kcolorability, the characterization of [21] of the graphpartitioning problems that are testable with onesided error, the induced vertex colorability properties of [3], the induced edge colorability properties of [14], a transformation from twosided to onesided error testing [21], as well as a recent result about testing monotone graph properties [10]. More importantly, as a special case of our main result, we infer that some of the most well studied graph properties, both in graph theory and computer science, are testable with onesided error. Some of these properties are the well known graph properties of being Perfect, Chordal, Interval, Comparability, Permutation and more. None of these properties was previously known to be testable. 1
Property Testing
 Handbook of Randomized Computing, Vol. II
, 2000
"... this technical aspect (as in the boundeddegree model the closest graph having the property must have at most dN edges and degree bound d as well). ..."
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this technical aspect (as in the boundeddegree model the closest graph having the property must have at most dN edges and degree bound d as well).
A combinatorial characterization of the testable graph properties: it’s all about regularity
 Proc. of STOC 2006
, 2006
"... A common thread in all the recent results concerning testing dense graphs is the use of Szemerédi’s regularity lemma. In this paper we show that in some sense this is not a coincidence. Our first result is that the property defined by having any given Szemerédipartition is testable with a constant ..."
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A common thread in all the recent results concerning testing dense graphs is the use of Szemerédi’s regularity lemma. In this paper we show that in some sense this is not a coincidence. Our first result is that the property defined by having any given Szemerédipartition is testable with a constant number of queries. Our second and main result is a purely combinatorial characterization of the graph properties that are testable with a constant number of queries. This characterization (roughly) says that a graph property P can be tested with a constant number of queries if and only if testing P can be reduced to testing the property of satisfying one of finitely many Szemerédipartitions. This means that in some sense, testing for Szemerédipartitions is as hard as testing any testable graph property. We thus resolve one of the main open problems in the area of propertytesting, which was first raised in the 1996 paper of Goldreich, Goldwasser and Ron [24] that initiated the study of graph propertytesting. This characterization also gives an intuitive explanation as to what makes a graph property testable.
Testing of Clustering
 In Proc. 41th Annu. IEEE Sympos. Found. Comput. Sci
, 2000
"... A set X of points in ! d is (k; b)clusterable if X can be partitioned into k subsets (clusters) so that the diameter (alternatively, the radius) of each cluster is at most b. We present algorithms that by sampling from a set X , distinguish between the case that X is (k; b)clusterable and the ca ..."
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A set X of points in ! d is (k; b)clusterable if X can be partitioned into k subsets (clusters) so that the diameter (alternatively, the radius) of each cluster is at most b. We present algorithms that by sampling from a set X , distinguish between the case that X is (k; b)clusterable and the case that X is fflfar from being (k; b 0 )clusterable for any given 0 ! ffl 1 and for b 0 b. In fflfar from being (k; b 0 )clusterable we mean that more than ffl \Delta jX j points should be removed from X so that it becomes (k; b 0 )clusterable. We give algorithms for a variety of cost measures that use a sample of size independent of jX j, and polynomial in k and 1=ffl. Our algorithms can also be used to find approximately good clusterings. Namely, these are clusterings of all but an fflfraction of the points in X that have optimal (or close to optimal) cost. The benefit of our algorithms is that they construct an implicit representation of such clusterings in time independ...
Some 3CNF properties are hard to test
 In Proc. 35th ACM Symp. on Theory of Computing
, 2003
"... Abstract. For a Boolean formula ϕ on n variables, the associated property Pϕ is the collection of nbit strings that satisfy ϕ. We study the query complexity of tests that distinguish (with high probability) between strings in Pϕ and strings that are far from Pϕ in Hamming distance. We prove that th ..."
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Abstract. For a Boolean formula ϕ on n variables, the associated property Pϕ is the collection of nbit strings that satisfy ϕ. We study the query complexity of tests that distinguish (with high probability) between strings in Pϕ and strings that are far from Pϕ in Hamming distance. We prove that there are 3CNF formulae (with O(n) clauses) such that testing for the associated property requires Ω(n) queries, even with adaptive tests. This contrasts with 2CNF formulae, whose associated properties are always testable with O ( √ n) queries [E. Fischer et al., Monotonicity testing over general poset domains, in Proceedings of the 34th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, ACM, New York, 2002, pp. 474–483]. Notice that for every negative instance (i.e., an assignment that does not satisfy ϕ) there are three bit queries that witness this fact. Nevertheless, finding such a short witness requires reading a constant fraction of the input, even when the input is very far from satisfying the formula that is associated with the property. A property is linear if its elements form a linear space. We provide sufficient conditions for linear properties to be hard to test, and in the course of the proof include the following observations which are of independent interest: 1. In the context of testing for linear properties, adaptive twosided error tests have no more power than nonadaptive onesided error tests. Moreover, without loss of generality, any test for a linear property is a linear test. A linear test verifies that a portion of the input satisfies a set of linear constraints, which define the property, and rejects if and only if it finds a falsified constraint. A linear test is by definition nonadaptive and, when applied to linear properties, has a onesided error. 2. Random low density parity check codes (which are known to have linear distance and constant rate) are not locally testable. In fact, testing such a code of length n requires Ω(n) queries.
Testing Subgraphs in Directed Graphs
 Proc. of the 35 th Annual Symp. on Theory of Computing (STOC
, 2003
"... Let H be a fixed directed graph on h vertices, let G be a directed graph on n vertices and suppose that at least #n edges have to be deleted from it to make it Hfree. We show that in this case G contains at least f(#, H)n copies of H. This is proved by establishing a directed version of Sz ..."
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Let H be a fixed directed graph on h vertices, let G be a directed graph on n vertices and suppose that at least #n edges have to be deleted from it to make it Hfree. We show that in this case G contains at least f(#, H)n copies of H. This is proved by establishing a directed version of Szemeredi's regularity lemma, and implies that for every H there is a onesided error property tester whose query complexity is bounded by a function of # only for testing the property PH of being Hfree.
Monotonicity testing over general poset domains (Extended Abstract)
 STOC'02
, 2002
"... The field of property testing studies algorithms that distinguish, using a small number of queries, between inputs which satisfy a given property, and those that are ‘far’ from satisfying the property. Testing properties that are defined in terms of monotonicity has been extensively investigated, pr ..."
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The field of property testing studies algorithms that distinguish, using a small number of queries, between inputs which satisfy a given property, and those that are ‘far’ from satisfying the property. Testing properties that are defined in terms of monotonicity has been extensively investigated, primarily in the context of the monotonicity of a sequence of integers, or the monotonicity of a function over the £dimensional hypercube ¤¥¦§§ § ¦¨©�. These works resulted in monotonicity testers whose query complexity is at most polylogarithmic in the size of the domain. We show that in its most general setting, testing that Boolean functions are close to monotone is equivalent, with respect to the number of required queries, to several other testing problems in logic and graph theory. These problems include: testing that a Boolean assignment of variables is close to an assignment that satisfies a specific �CNF formula, testing that a set of vertices is close to one that is a vertex cover of a specific graph, and testing that a set of vertices is close to a clique. We then investigate the query complexity of monotonicity testing of both Boolean and integer functions over general partial orders. We give algorithms and lower bounds for the general problem, as well as for some interesting special cases. In proving a general lower bound, we construct graphs with combinatorial properties that may be of independent interest.
Testing lowdegree polynomials over GF(2)
 RANDOMAPPROX 2003
"... Abstract. We describe an efficient randomized algorithm to test if a given binary function � � ����� � � ���� � is a lowdegree polynomial (that is, a sum of lowdegree monomials). For a given integer � � � and a given real � � �, the algorithm queries � at � � � � � ��� � points. If � is a ..."
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Abstract. We describe an efficient randomized algorithm to test if a given binary function � � ����� � � ���� � is a lowdegree polynomial (that is, a sum of lowdegree monomials). For a given integer � � � and a given real � � �, the algorithm queries � at � � � � � ��� � points. If � is a polynomial of degree at most �, the algorithm always accepts, and if the value of � has to be modified on at least an � fraction of all inputs in order to transform it to such a polynomial, then the algorithm rejects with probability at least ���. Our result is essentially tight: Any algorithm for testing degree � polynomials over � � �� � must perform � � � � � �� � queries. 1