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Optimal inapproximability results for MAXCUT and other 2variable CSPs?
, 2005
"... In this paper we show a reduction from the Unique Games problem to the problem of approximating MAXCUT to within a factor of ffGW + ffl, for all ffl> 0; here ffGW ss.878567 denotes the approximation ratio achieved by the GoemansWilliamson algorithm [25]. This implies that if the Unique Games ..."
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In this paper we show a reduction from the Unique Games problem to the problem of approximating MAXCUT to within a factor of ffGW + ffl, for all ffl> 0; here ffGW ss.878567 denotes the approximation ratio achieved by the GoemansWilliamson algorithm [25]. This implies that if the Unique Games
Sharp Thresholds of Graph properties, and the ksat Problem
 J. Amer. Math. Soc
, 1998
"... Given a monotone graph property P , consider p (P ), the probability that a random graph with edge probability p will have P . The function d p (P )=dp is the key to understanding the threshold behavior of the property P . We show that if d p (P )=dp is small (corresponding to a nonsharp thres ..."
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Given a monotone graph property P , consider p (P ), the probability that a random graph with edge probability p will have P . The function d p (P )=dp is the key to understanding the threshold behavior of the property P . We show that if d p (P )=dp is small (corresponding to a nonsharp threshold), then there is a list of graphs of bounded size such that P can be approximated by the property of having one of the graphs as a subgraph. One striking consequences of this result is that a coarse threshold for a random graph property can only happen when the value of the critical edge probability is a rational power of n.
Vertex Cover Might be Hard to Approximate to within 2ɛ
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE 18TH ANNUAL IEEE CONFERENCE ON COMPUTATIONAL COMPLEXITY
, 2003
"... We show that vertex cover is hard to approximate within any constant factor better than 2 where the hardness is based on a conjecture regarding the power of unique 2prover1round games presented in [15]. We actually show a stronger result, namely, based on the same conjecture, vertex cover on k ..."
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We show that vertex cover is hard to approximate within any constant factor better than 2 where the hardness is based on a conjecture regarding the power of unique 2prover1round games presented in [15]. We actually show a stronger result, namely, based on the same conjecture, vertex cover on kuniform hypergraphs is hard to approximate within any constant factor better than k.
Noise stability of functions with low influences: invariance and optimality
"... In this paper we study functions with low influences on product probability spaces. The analysis of boolean functions f: {−1, 1} n → {−1, 1} with low influences has become a central problem in discrete Fourier analysis. It is motivated by fundamental questions arising from the construction of proba ..."
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In this paper we study functions with low influences on product probability spaces. The analysis of boolean functions f: {−1, 1} n → {−1, 1} with low influences has become a central problem in discrete Fourier analysis. It is motivated by fundamental questions arising from the construction of probabilistically checkable proofs in theoretical computer science and from problems in the theory of social choice in economics. We prove an invariance principle for multilinear polynomials with low influences and bounded degree; it shows that under mild conditions the distribution of such polynomials is essentially invariant for all product spaces. Ours is one of the very few known nonlinear invariance principles. It has the advantage that its proof is simple and that the error bounds are explicit. We also show that the assumption of bounded degree can be eliminated if the polynomials are slightly “smoothed”; this extension is essential for our applications to “noise stability”type problems. In particular, as applications of the invariance principle we prove two conjectures: the “Majority Is Stablest ” conjecture [27] from theoretical computer science, which was the original motivation for this work, and the “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over” conjecture [25] from social choice theory. The “Majority Is Stablest ” conjecture and its generalizations proven here in conjunction with “Unique Games” and its variants imply a number of (optimal) inapproximability results for graph problems.
The Importance of Being Biased
, 2002
"... The Minimum Vertex Cover problem is the problem of, given a graph, finding a smallest set of vertices that touches all edges. We show that it is NPhard to approximate this problem 1.36067, improving on the previously known hardness result for a 6 factor. 1 ..."
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The Minimum Vertex Cover problem is the problem of, given a graph, finding a smallest set of vertices that touches all edges. We show that it is NPhard to approximate this problem 1.36067, improving on the previously known hardness result for a 6 factor. 1
On the Hardness of Approximating Multicut and SparsestCut
 In Proceedings of the 20th Annual IEEE Conference on Computational Complexity
, 2005
"... We show that the MULTICUT, SPARSESTCUT, and MIN2CNF ≡ DELETION problems are NPhard to approximate within every constant factor, assuming the Unique Games Conjecture of Khot [STOC, 2002]. A quantitatively stronger version of the conjecture implies inapproximability factor of Ω(log log n). 1. ..."
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We show that the MULTICUT, SPARSESTCUT, and MIN2CNF ≡ DELETION problems are NPhard to approximate within every constant factor, assuming the Unique Games Conjecture of Khot [STOC, 2002]. A quantitatively stronger version of the conjecture implies inapproximability factor of Ω(log log n). 1.
Noise sensitivity of Boolean functions and applications to percolation
, 2008
"... It is shown that a large class of events in a product probability space are highly sensitive to noise, in the sense that with high probability, the configuration with an arbitrary small percent of random errors gives almost no prediction whether the event occurs. On the other hand, weighted majority ..."
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It is shown that a large class of events in a product probability space are highly sensitive to noise, in the sense that with high probability, the configuration with an arbitrary small percent of random errors gives almost no prediction whether the event occurs. On the other hand, weighted majority functions are shown to be noisestable. Several necessary and sufficient conditions for noise sensitivity and stability are given. Consider, for example, bond percolation on an n + 1 by n grid. A configuration is a function that assigns to every edge the value 0 or 1. Let ω be a random configuration, selected according to the uniform measure. A crossing is a path that joins the left and right sides of the rectangle, and consists entirely of edges e with ω(e) = 1. By duality, the probability for having a crossing is 1/2. Fix an ǫ ∈ (0,1). For each edge e, let ω ′ (e) = ω(e) with probability 1 − ǫ, and ω ′ (e) = 1 − ω(e)
Improved lower bounds for embeddings into L1
 SIAM J. COMPUT.
, 2009
"... We improve upon recent lower bounds on the minimum distortion of embedding certain finite metric spaces into L1. In particular, we show that for every n ≥ 1, there is an npoint metric space of negative type that requires a distortion of Ω(log log n) for such an embedding, implying the same lower bo ..."
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We improve upon recent lower bounds on the minimum distortion of embedding certain finite metric spaces into L1. In particular, we show that for every n ≥ 1, there is an npoint metric space of negative type that requires a distortion of Ω(log log n) for such an embedding, implying the same lower bound on the integrality gap of a wellknown semidefinite programming relaxation for sparsest cut. This result builds upon and improves the recent lower bound of (log log n) 1/6−o(1) due to Khot and Vishnoi [The unique games conjecture, integrality gap for cut problems and the embeddability of negative type metrics into l1, in Proceedings of the 46th Annual IEEE Symposium
Some Topics in Analysis of Boolean Functions
"... This article accompanies a tutorial talk given at the 40th ACM STOC conference. In it, we give a brief introduction to Fourier analysis of boolean functions and then discuss some applications: Arrow’s Theorem and other ideas from the theory of Social Choice; the BonamiBeckner Inequality as an exten ..."
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This article accompanies a tutorial talk given at the 40th ACM STOC conference. In it, we give a brief introduction to Fourier analysis of boolean functions and then discuss some applications: Arrow’s Theorem and other ideas from the theory of Social Choice; the BonamiBeckner Inequality as an extension of Chernoff/Hoeffding bounds to higherdegree polynomials; and, hardness for approximation algorithms.