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Algorithms for Sequential Decision Making
, 1996
"... Sequential decision making is a fundamental task faced by any intelligent agent in an extended interaction with its environment; it is the act of answering the question "What should I do now?" In this thesis, I show how to answer this question when "now" is one of a finite set of ..."
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Sequential decision making is a fundamental task faced by any intelligent agent in an extended interaction with its environment; it is the act of answering the question "What should I do now?" In this thesis, I show how to answer this question when "now" is one of a finite set of states, "do" is one of a finite set of actions, "should" is maximize a longrun measure of reward, and "I" is an automated planning or learning system (agent). In particular,
PrimalDual InteriorPoint Methods for SelfScaled Cones
 SIAM Journal on Optimization
, 1995
"... In this paper we continue the development of a theoretical foundation for efficient primaldual interiorpoint algorithms for convex programming problems expressed in conic form, when the cone and its associated barrier are selfscaled (see [9]). The class of problems under consideration includes li ..."
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In this paper we continue the development of a theoretical foundation for efficient primaldual interiorpoint algorithms for convex programming problems expressed in conic form, when the cone and its associated barrier are selfscaled (see [9]). The class of problems under consideration includes linear programming, semidefinite programming and quadratically constrained quadratic programming problems. For such problems we introduce a new definition of affinescaling and centering directions. We present efficiency estimates for several symmetric primaldual methods that can loosely be classified as pathfollowing methods. Because of the special properties of these cones and barriers, two of our algorithms can take steps that go typically a large fraction of the way to the boundary of the feasible region, rather than being confined to a ball of unit radius in the local norm defined by the Hessian of the barrier.
Polynomial Time Approximation Schemes for Dense Instances of NPHard Problems
, 1995
"... We present a unified framework for designing polynomial time approximation schemes (PTASs) for "dense" instances of many NPhard optimization problems, including maximum cut, graph bisection, graph separation, minimum kway cut with and without specified terminals, and maximum 3satisfiabi ..."
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We present a unified framework for designing polynomial time approximation schemes (PTASs) for "dense" instances of many NPhard optimization problems, including maximum cut, graph bisection, graph separation, minimum kway cut with and without specified terminals, and maximum 3satisfiability. By dense graphs we mean graphs with minimum degree &Omega;(n), although our algorithms solve most of these problems so long as the average degree is &Omega;(n). Denseness for nongraph problems is defined similarly. The unified framework begins with the idea of exhaustive sampling: picking a small random set of vertices, guessing where they go on the optimum solution, and then using their placement to determine the placement of everything else. The approach then develops into a PTAS for approximating certain smooth integer programs where the objective function and the constraints are "dense" polynomials of constant degree.
A unified approach to interior point algorithms for linear complementarity problems,”
 Lecture Notes in Computer Science,
, 1991
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A Subexponential Bound for Linear Programming
 ALGORITHMICA
, 1996
"... We present a simple randomized algorithm which solves linear programs with n constraints and d variables in expected min{O(d 2 2 d n),e 2 d ln(n / d)+O ( d+ln n)} time in the unit cost model (where we count the number of arithmetic operations on the numbers in the input); to be precise, the algorith ..."
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We present a simple randomized algorithm which solves linear programs with n constraints and d variables in expected min{O(d 2 2 d n),e 2 d ln(n / d)+O ( d+ln n)} time in the unit cost model (where we count the number of arithmetic operations on the numbers in the input); to be precise, the algorithm computes the lexicographically smallest nonnegative point satisfying n given linear inequalities in d variables. The expectation is over the internal randomizations performed by the algorithm, and holds for any input. In conjunction with Clarkson’s linear programming algorithm, this gives an expected bound of O(d 2 n + e O( √ d ln d) The algorithm is presented in an abstract framework, which facilitates its application to several other related problems like computing the smallest enclosing ball (smallest volume enclosing ellipsoid) of n points in dspace, computing the distance of two nvertex (or nfacet) polytopes in dspace, and others. The subexponential running time can also be established for some of these problems (this relies on some recent results due to Gärtner).
Approximation Algorithms for Disjoint Paths Problems
, 1996
"... The construction of disjoint paths in a network is a basic issue in combinatorial optimization: given a network, and specified pairs of nodes in it, we are interested in finding disjoint paths between as many of these pairs as possible. This leads to a variety of classical NPcomplete problems for w ..."
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The construction of disjoint paths in a network is a basic issue in combinatorial optimization: given a network, and specified pairs of nodes in it, we are interested in finding disjoint paths between as many of these pairs as possible. This leads to a variety of classical NPcomplete problems for which very little is known from the point of view of approximation algorithms. It has recently been brought into focus in work on problems such as VLSI layout and routing in highspeed networks; in these settings, the current lack of understanding of the disjoint paths problem is often an obstacle to the design of practical heuristics.
Basis pursuit.
 In IEEE the TwentyEighth Asilomar Conference onSignals, Systems and Computers,
, 1994
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Analysis of a local search heuristic for facility location problems
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE 9TH ANNUAL ACMSIAM SYMPOSIUM ON DISCRETE ALGORITHMS
, 1998
"... In this paper, we study approximation algorithms for several NPhard facility location problems. We prove that a simple local search heuristic yields polynomialtime constantfactor approximation bounds for the metric versions of the uncapacitated kmedian problem and the uncapacitated facility loca ..."
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In this paper, we study approximation algorithms for several NPhard facility location problems. We prove that a simple local search heuristic yields polynomialtime constantfactor approximation bounds for the metric versions of the uncapacitated kmedian problem and the uncapacitated facility location problem. (For the kmedian problem, our algorithms require a constantfactor blowup in the parameter k.) This local search heuristic was rst proposed several decades ago, and has been shown to exhibit good practical performance in empirical studies. We also extend the above results to obtain constantfactor approximation bounds for the metric versions of capacitated kmedian and facility location problems.
Semidefinite optimization
 Acta Numerica
, 2001
"... Optimization problems in which the variable is not a vector but a symmetric matrix which is required to be positive semidefinite have been intensely studied in the last ten years. Part of the reason for the interest stems from the applicability of such problems to such diverse areas as designing the ..."
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Optimization problems in which the variable is not a vector but a symmetric matrix which is required to be positive semidefinite have been intensely studied in the last ten years. Part of the reason for the interest stems from the applicability of such problems to such diverse areas as designing the strongest column, checking the stability of a differential inclusion, and obtaining tight bounds for hard combinatorial optimization problems. Part also derives from great advances in our ability to solve such problems efficiently in theory and in practice (perhaps “or ” would be more appropriate: the most effective computational methods are not always provably efficient in theory, and vice versa). Here we describe this class of optimization problems, give a number of examples demonstrating its significance, outline its duality theory, and discuss algorithms for solving such problems.