Oded Goldreich

We show simple constant-round interactive proof systems for

problems capturing the approximability, to within a factor of $\sqrt{n}$,

of optimization problems in integer lattices; specifically,

the closest vector problem (CVP), and the shortest vector problem (SVP).

These interactive proofs are for the ``coNP direction'';

that is, ...
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Daniele Micciancio

We show that computing the approximate length of the shortest vector

in a lattice within a factor c is NP-hard for randomized reductions

for any constant c<sqrt(2). We also give a deterministic reduction

based on a number theoretic conjecture.

Venkatesan Guruswami

We prove hardness results for approximating set splitting problems and

also instances of satisfiability problems which have no ``mixed'' clauses,

i.e all clauses have either all their literals unnegated or all of them

negated. Recent results of Hastad imply tight hardness results for set

splitting when all sets ...
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Jonas Holmerin

We prove that Minimum vertex cover on 4-regular hyper-graphs (or

in other words, hitting set where all sets have size exactly 4),

is hard to approximate within 2 - \epsilon.

We also prove that the maximization version, in which we

are allowed to pick ...
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Irit Dinur, Venkatesan Guruswami, Subhash Khot

Given a $k$-uniform hypergraph, the E$k$-Vertex-Cover problem is

to find a minimum subset of vertices that ``hits'' every edge. We

show that for every integer $k \geq 5$, E$k$-Vertex-Cover is

NP-hard to approximate within a factor of $(k-3-\epsilon)$, for

an arbitrarily small constant $\epsilon > 0$.

This almost matches the ... more >>>

Eran Halperin, Guy Kortsarz, Robert Krauthgamer

In the {\sc $k$-center} problem, the input is a bound $k$

and $n$ points with the distance between every two of them,

such that the distances obey the triangle inequality.

The goal is to choose a set of $k$ points to serve as centers,

so that the maximum distance ...
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Bernhard Fuchs

We investigate the computational hardness of the {\sc Connectivity},

the {\sc Strong Connectivity} and the {\sc Broadcast} type of Range

Assignment Problems in $\R^2$ and $\R^3$.

We present new reductions for the {\sc Connectivity} problem, which

are easily adapted to suit the other two problems. All reductions

are considerably simpler ...
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Vitaly Feldman

Producing a small DNF expression consistent with given data is a

classical problem in computer science that occurs in a number of forms and

has numerous applications. We consider two standard variants of this

problem. The first one is two-level logic minimization or finding a minimal

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Vitaly Feldman

We consider the problem of finding a monomial (or a term) that maximizes the agreement rate with a given set of examples over the Boolean hypercube. The problem originates in learning and is referred to as {\em agnostic learning} of monomials. Finding a monomial with the highest agreement rate was ... more >>>

Vitaly Feldman, Parikshit Gopalan, Subhash Khot, Ashok Kumar Ponnuswami

We address well-studied problems concerning the learnability of parities and halfspaces in the presence of classification noise.

Learning of parities under the uniform distribution with random classification noise,also called the noisy parity problem is a famous open problem in computational learning. We reduce a number of basic problems regarding ... more >>>

Venkatesan Guruswami, Prasad Raghavendra

Learning an unknown halfspace (also called a perceptron) from

labeled examples is one of the classic problems in machine learning.

In the noise-free case, when a halfspace consistent with all the

training examples exists, the problem can be solved in polynomial

time using linear programming. ...
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Julia Chuzhoy, Sanjeev Khanna

Given a graph G and a collection of source-sink pairs in G, what is the least integer c such that each source can be connected by a path to its sink, with at most c paths going through an edge? This is known as the congestion minimization problem, and the ... more >>>

Venkatesan Guruswami, Kunal Talwar

We prove a strong inapproximability result for routing on directed

graphs with low congestion. Given as input a directed graph on $N$

vertices and a set of source-destination pairs that can be connected

via edge-disjoint paths, we prove that it is hard, assuming NP

doesn't have $n^{O(\log\log n)}$ time randomized ...
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Parikshit Gopalan, Subhash Khot, Rishi Saket

We study the polynomial reconstruction problem for low-degree

multivariate polynomials over finite fields. In the GF[2] version of this problem, we are given a set of points on the hypercube and target values $f(x)$ for each of these points, with the promise that there is a polynomial over GF[2] of ...
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Patrick Briest, Martin Hoefer, Piotr Krysta

We study a multi-player one-round game termed Stackelberg Network Pricing Game, in which a leader can set prices for a subset of m pricable edges in a graph. The other edges have a fixed cost. Based on the leader's decision one or more followers optimize a polynomial-time solvable combinatorial minimization ... more >>>

Jelani Nelson

In the set cover problem we are given a collection of $m$ sets whose union covers $[n] = \{1,\ldots,n\}$ and must find a minimum-sized subcollection whose union still covers $[n]$. We investigate the approximability of set cover by an approximation ratio that depends only on $m$ and observe that, for ... more >>>

Matthew Andrews, Julia Chuzhoy, Venkatesan Guruswami, Sanjeev Khanna, Kunal Talwar, Lisa Zhang

In the undirected Edge-Disjoint Paths problem with Congestion

(EDPwC), we are given an undirected graph with $V$ nodes, a set of

terminal pairs and an integer $c$. The objective is to route as many

terminal pairs as possible, subject to the constraint that at most

$c$ demands can be routed ...
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Anup Rao

In a two player game, a referee asks two cooperating players (who are

not allowed to communicate) questions sampled from some distribution

and decides whether they win or not based on some predicate of the

questions and their answers. The parallel repetition of the game is

the game in which ...
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Dana Moshkovitz, Ran Raz

We show that the NP-Complete language 3Sat has a PCP

verifier that makes two queries to a proof of almost-linear size

and achieves sub-constant probability of error $o(1)$. The

verifier performs only projection tests, meaning that the answer

to the first query determines at most one accepting answer to the

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Venkatesan Guruswami, Ali Kemal Sinop

We study the maximization version of the fundamental graph coloring problem. Here the goal is to color the vertices of a $k$-colorable graph with $k$ colors so that a maximum fraction of edges are properly colored (i.e., their endpoints receive different colors). A random $k$-coloring properly colors an expected fraction ... more >>>

Venkatesan Guruswami, Yuan Zhou

We study the approximability of two natural Boolean constraint satisfaction problems: Horn satisfiability and exact hitting set. Under the Unique Games conjecture, we prove the following optimal inapproximability and approximability results for finding an assignment satisfying as many constraints as possible given a {\em

near-satisfiable} instance.

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Venkatesan Guruswami, Ali Kemal Sinop

We prove almost tight hardness results for finding independent sets in bounded degree graphs and hypergraphs that admit a good

coloring. Our specific results include the following (where $\Delta$, assumed to be a constant, is a bound on the degree, and

$n$ is the number of vertices):

Daniele Micciancio

We prove that the Shortest Vector Problem (SVP) on point lattices is NP-hard to approximate for any constant factor under polynomial time reverse unfaithful random reductions. These are probabilistic reductions with one-sided error that produce false negatives with small probability, but are guaranteed not to produce false positives regardless of ... more >>>

Venkatesan Guruswami, Sushant Sachdeva, Rishi Saket

We study the problem of computing the minimum vertex cover on $k$-uniform $k$-partite hypergraphs when the $k$-partition is given. On bipartite graphs ($k=2$), the minimum vertex cover can be computed in polynomial time. For $k \ge 3$, this problem is known to be NP-hard. For general $k$, the problem was ... more >>>

Irit Dinur, Venkatesan Guruswami

We develop new techniques to incorporate the recently proposed ``short code" (a low-degree version of the long code) into the construction and analysis of PCPs in the classical ``Label Cover + Fourier Analysis'' framework. As a result, we obtain more size-efficient PCPs that yield improved hardness results for approximating CSPs ... more >>>

Irit Dinur, Igor Shinkar

For $3 \leq q < Q$ we consider the $\text{ApproxColoring}(q,Q)$ problem of deciding for a given graph $G$ whether $\chi(G) \leq q$ or $\chi(G) \geq Q$. It was show in [DMR06] that the problem $\text{ApproxColoring}(q,Q)$ is NP-hard for $q=3,4$ and arbitrary large constant $Q$ under variants of the Unique Games ... more >>>

Yael Tauman Kalai, Ran Raz

Linear Programs are abundant in practice, and tremendous effort has been put into designing efficient algorithms for such problems, resulting with very efficient (polynomial time) algorithms. A fundamental question is: what is the space complexity of Linear Programming?

It is widely believed that (even approximating) Linear Programming requires a large ... more >>>

Subhash Khot, Igor Shinkar

In the $Gap-clique(k, \frac{k}{2})$ problem, the input is an $n$-vertex graph $G$, and the goal is to decide whether $G$ contains a clique of size $k$ or contains no clique of size $\frac{k}{2}$. It is an open question in the study of fixed parameterized tractability whether the $Gap-clique(k, \frac{k}{2})$ problem ... more >>>

Venkatesan Guruswami, Euiwoong Lee

The {\em Unique Coverage} problem, given a universe $V$ of elements and a collection $E$ of subsets of $V$, asks to find $S \subseteq V$ to maximize the number of $e \in E$ that intersects $S$ in {\em exactly one} element. When each $e \in E$ has cardinality at most ... more >>>

Joshua Brakensiek, Venkatesan Guruswami

Finding a proper coloring of a $t$-colorable graph $G$ with $t$ colors is a classic NP-hard problem when $t\ge 3$. In this work, we investigate the approximate coloring problem in which the objective is to find a proper $c$-coloring of $G$ where $c \ge t$. We show that for all ... more >>>

Stasys Jukna, Hannes Seiwert

We develop general lower bound arguments for approximating tropical

(min,+) and (max,+) circuits, and use them to prove the

first non-trivial, even super-polynomial, lower bounds on the size

of such circuits approximating some explicit optimization

problems. In particular, these bounds show that the approximation

powers of pure dynamic programming algorithms ...
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