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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.
Polynomial time approximation schemes for Euclidean TSP and other geometric problems
 In Proceedings of the 37th IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS’96
, 1996
"... Abstract. We present a polynomial time approximation scheme for Euclidean TSP in fixed dimensions. For every fixed c � 1 and given any n nodes in � 2, a randomized version of the scheme finds a (1 � 1/c)approximation to the optimum traveling salesman tour in O(n(log n) O(c) ) time. When the nodes a ..."
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Abstract. We present a polynomial time approximation scheme for Euclidean TSP in fixed dimensions. For every fixed c � 1 and given any n nodes in � 2, a randomized version of the scheme finds a (1 � 1/c)approximation to the optimum traveling salesman tour in O(n(log n) O(c) ) time. When the nodes are in � d, the running time increases to O(n(log n) (O(�dc))d�1). For every fixed c, d the running time is n � poly(log n), that is nearly linear in n. The algorithm can be derandomized, but this increases the running time by a factor O(n d). The previous best approximation algorithm for the problem (due to Christofides) achieves a 3/2approximation in polynomial time. We also give similar approximation schemes for some other NPhard Euclidean problems: Minimum Steiner Tree, kTSP, and kMST. (The running times of the algorithm for kTSP and kMST involve an additional multiplicative factor k.) The previous best approximation algorithms for all these problems achieved a constantfactor approximation. We also give efficient approximation schemes for Euclidean MinCost Matching, a problem that can be solved exactly in polynomial time. All our algorithms also work, with almost no modification, when distance is measured using any geometric norm (such as �p for p � 1 or other Minkowski norms). They also have simple parallel (i.e., NC) implementations.
Fast Approximation Algorithms for Fractional Packing and Covering Problems
, 1995
"... This paper presents fast algorithms that find approximate solutions for a general class of problems, which we call fractional packing and covering problems. The only previously known algorithms for solving these problems are based on general linear programming techniques. The techniques developed ..."
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This paper presents fast algorithms that find approximate solutions for a general class of problems, which we call fractional packing and covering problems. The only previously known algorithms for solving these problems are based on general linear programming techniques. The techniques developed in this paper greatly outperform the general methods in many applications, and are extensions of a method previously applied to find approximate solutions to multicommodity flow problems. Our algorithm is a Lagrangean relaxation technique; an important aspect of our results is that we obtain a theoretical analysis of the running time of a Lagrangean relaxationbased algorithm. We give several applications of our algorithms. The new approach yields several orders of magnitude of improvement over the best previously known running times for algorithms for the scheduling of unrelated parallel machines in both the preemptive and the nonpreemptive models, for the job shop problem, for th...
The NPcompleteness column: an ongoing guide
 Journal of Algorithms
, 1985
"... This is the nineteenth edition of a (usually) quarterly column that covers new developments in the theory of NPcompleteness. The presentation is modeled on that used by M. R. Garey and myself in our book ‘‘Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NPCompleteness,’ ’ W. H. Freeman & ..."
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This is the nineteenth edition of a (usually) quarterly column that covers new developments in the theory of NPcompleteness. The presentation is modeled on that used by M. R. Garey and myself in our book ‘‘Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NPCompleteness,’ ’ W. H. Freeman & Co., New York, 1979 (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘[G&J]’’; previous columns will be referred to by their dates). A background equivalent to that provided by [G&J] is assumed, and, when appropriate, crossreferences will be given to that book and the list of problems (NPcomplete and harder) presented there. Readers who have results they would like mentioned (NPhardness, PSPACEhardness, polynomialtimesolvability, etc.) or open problems they would like publicized, should
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.
On the SumofSquares algorithms for bin packing
, 2006
"... In this article we present a theoretical analysis of the online SumofSquares algorithm (SS) for bin packing along with several new variants. SS is applicable to any instance of bin packing in which the bin capacity B and item sizes s(a) are integral (or can be scaled to be so), and runs in time ..."
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In this article we present a theoretical analysis of the online SumofSquares algorithm (SS) for bin packing along with several new variants. SS is applicable to any instance of bin packing in which the bin capacity B and item sizes s(a) are integral (or can be scaled to be so), and runs in time O(nB). It performs remarkably well from an average case point of view: For any discrete distribution in which the optimal expected waste is sublinear, SS also has sublinear expected waste. For any discrete distribution where the optimal expected waste is bounded, SS has expected waste at most O(log n). We also discuss several interesting variants on SS, including a randomized O(nBlog B)time online algorithm SS ∗ whose expected behavior is essentially optimal for all discrete distributions. Algorithm SS ∗ depends on a new linearprogrammingbased pseudopolynomialtime algorithm for solving the
A PTAS for the Multiple Knapsack Problem
, 1993
"... The Multiple Knapsackproblem (MKP) is a natural and well known generalization of the single knapsack problem and is defined as follows. We are given a set of n items and m bins (knapsacks) such that each item i has a profit p(i) and a size s(i), and each bin j has a capacity c(j). The goal is to fin ..."
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The Multiple Knapsackproblem (MKP) is a natural and well known generalization of the single knapsack problem and is defined as follows. We are given a set of n items and m bins (knapsacks) such that each item i has a profit p(i) and a size s(i), and each bin j has a capacity c(j). The goal is to find a subset of items of maximum profit such that they have a feasible packing in the bins. MKP is a special case of the Generalized Assignment problem (GAP) where the profit and the size of an item can vary based on the specific bin that it is assigned to. GAP is APXhard and a 2approximation for it is implicit in the work of Shmoys and Tardos [26], and thus far, this was also the best known approximation for MKP. The main result of this paper is a polynomial time approximation scheme for MKP. Apart from its inherent theoretical interest as a common generalization of the wellstudied knapsack and bin packing problems, it appears to be the strongest special case of GAP that is not APXhard. We substantiate this by showing that slight generalizations of MKP that are very restricted versions of GAP are APXhard. Thus our results help demarcate the boundary at which instances of GAP becomeAPXhard. An interesting and novel aspect of our approach is an approximation preserving reduction from an arbitrary instance of MKP to an instance with O(log n) distinct sizes and profits.
Nearly Linear Time Approximation Schemes for Euclidean TSP and other Geometric Problems
, 1997
"... We present a randomized polynomial time approximation scheme for Euclidean TSP in ! 2 that is substantially more efficient than our earlier scheme in [2] (and the scheme of Mitchell [21]). For any fixed c ? 1 and any set of n nodes in the plane, the new scheme finds a (1+ 1 c )approximation to ..."
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We present a randomized polynomial time approximation scheme for Euclidean TSP in ! 2 that is substantially more efficient than our earlier scheme in [2] (and the scheme of Mitchell [21]). For any fixed c ? 1 and any set of n nodes in the plane, the new scheme finds a (1+ 1 c )approximation to the optimum traveling salesman tour in O(n(log n) O(c) ) time. (Our earlier scheme ran in n O(c) time.) For points in ! d the algorithm runs in O(n(log n) (O( p dc)) d\Gamma1 ) time. This time is polynomial (actually nearly linear) for every fixed c; d. Designing such a polynomialtime algorithm was an open problem (our earlier algorithm in [2] ran in superpolynomial time for d 3). The algorithm generalizes to the same set of Euclidean problems handled by the previous algorithm, including Steiner Tree, kTSP, kMST, etc, although for kTSP and kMST the running time gets multiplied by k. We also use our ideas to design nearlylinear time approximation schemes for Euclidean vers...
A New Rounding Procedure for the Assignment Problem with Applications to Dense Graph Arrangement Problems
, 2001
"... We present a randomized procedure for rounding fractional perfect matchings to (integral) matchings. If the original fractional matching satis es any linear inequality, then with high probability, the new matching satis es that linear inequality in an approximate sense. This extends the wellkn ..."
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We present a randomized procedure for rounding fractional perfect matchings to (integral) matchings. If the original fractional matching satis es any linear inequality, then with high probability, the new matching satis es that linear inequality in an approximate sense. This extends the wellknown LP rounding procedure of Raghavan and Thompson, which is usually used to round fractional solutions of linear programs.
Structure in Approximation Classes
, 1996
"... this paper we obtain new results on the structure of several computationallydefined approximation classes. In particular, after defining a new approximation preserving reducibility to be used for as many approximation classes as possible, we give the first examples of natural NPOcomplete problems ..."
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this paper we obtain new results on the structure of several computationallydefined approximation classes. In particular, after defining a new approximation preserving reducibility to be used for as many approximation classes as possible, we give the first examples of natural NPOcomplete problems and the first examples of natural APXintermediate problems. Moreover, we state new connections between the approximability properties and the query complexity of NPO problems.