Luca Trevisan

We prove an extremal combinatorial result regarding

the fraction of satisfiable clauses in boolean CNF

formulae enjoying a locally checkable property, thus

solving a problem that has been open for several years.

We then generalize the problem to arbitrary constraint

satisfaction ...
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Peter Jonsson, Paolo Liberatore

We study the computational complexity of an optimization

version of the constraint satisfaction problem: given a set $F$ of

constraint functions, an instance consists of a set of variables $V$

related by constraints chosen from $F$ and a natural number $k$. The

problem is to decide whether there exists a ...
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Johan Hastad

We prove that any constraint satisfaction problem

where each variable appears a bounded number of

times admits a nontrivial polynomial time approximation

algorithm.

Andrei Krokhin, Peter Jeavons, Peter Jonsson

We study interval-valued constraint satisfaction problems (CSPs),

in which the aim is to find an assignment of intervals to a given set of

variables subject to constraints on the relative positions of intervals.

Many well-known problems such as Interval Graph Recognition

and Interval Satisfiability can be considered as examples of ...
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Andrei Krokhin, Peter Jonsson

In constraint satisfaction problems over finite domains, some variables

can be frozen, that is, they take the same value in all possible solutions. We study the complexity of the problem of recognizing frozen variables with restricted sets of constraint relations allowed in the

instances. We show that the complexity of ...
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Ryan Williams

We present a novel method for exactly solving (in fact, counting solutions to) general constraint satisfaction optimization with at most two variables per constraint (e.g. MAX-2-CSP and MIN-2-CSP), which gives the first exponential improvement over the trivial algorithm; more precisely, it is a constant factor improvement in the base of ... more >>>

Eric Allender, Michael Bauland, Neil Immerman, Henning Schnoor, Heribert Vollmer

Schaefer proved in 1978 that the Boolean constraint satisfaction problem for a given constraint language is either in P or is NP-complete, and identified all tractable cases. Schaefer's dichotomy theorem actually shows that there are at most two constraint satisfaction problems, up to polynomial-time isomorphism (and these isomorphism types are ... more >>>

Tomas Feder

Constraint satisfaction on finite groups, with subgroups and their cosets

described by generators, has a polynomial time algorithm. For any given

group, a single additional constraint type that is not a coset of a near

subgroup makes the problem NP-complete. We consider constraint satisfaction on

groups with subgroups, near subgroups, ...
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Michael Bauland, Elmar Böhler, Nadia Creignou, Steffen Reith, Henning Schnoor, Heribert Vollmer

We consider constraint satisfaction problems parameterized by the set of allowed constraint predicates. We examine the complexity of quantified constraint satisfaction problems with a bounded number of quantifier alternations and the complexity of the associated counting problems. We obtain classification results that completely solve the Boolean case, and we show ... more >>>

Tomas Feder

Attempts at classifying computational problems as polynomial time

solvable, NP-complete, or belonging to a higher level in the polynomial

hierarchy, face the difficulty of undecidability. These classes, including

NP, admit a logic formulation. By suitably restricting the formulation, one

finds the logic class MMSNP, or monotone monadic strict NP without

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Oliver Kullmann

We consider the next step from boolean conjunctive normal forms to

arbitrary constraint satisfaction problems (with arbitrary constraints), namely "generalised clause-sets" (or "sets of no-goods"), which allow negative literals "v <> e" for variables v and values e --- this level of generality appears to be the right level for ...
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Venkatesan Guruswami, Prasad Raghavendra

We study the approximability of the \maxcsp problem over non-boolean domains, more specifically over $\{0,1,\ldots,q-1\}$ for some integer $q$. We obtain a approximation algorithm that achieves a ratio of $C(q) \cdot k/q^k$ for some constant $C(q)$ depending only on $q$. Further, we extend the techniques of Samorodnitsky and Trevisan to ... more >>>

Madhur Tulsiani

We study integrality gaps for SDP relaxations of constraint satisfaction problems, in the hierarchy of SDPs defined by Lasserre. Schoenebeck recently showed the first integrality gaps for these

problems, showing that for MAX k-XOR, the ratio of the SDP optimum to the integer optimum may be as large as ...
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Konstantinos Georgiou, Avner Magen, Madhur Tulsiani

This work considers the problem of approximating fixed predicate constraint satisfaction problems (MAX k-CSP(P)). We show that if the set of assignments accepted by $P$ contains the support of a balanced pairwise independent distribution over the domain of the inputs, then such a problem on $n$ variables cannot be approximated ... 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.

\begin{enumerate}

\item ...
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Mahdi Cheraghchi, Johan Hastad, Marcus Isaksson, Ola Svensson

We study constraint satisfaction problems on the domain $\{-1,1\}$, where the given constraints are homogeneous linear threshold predicates. That is, predicates of the form $\mathrm{sgn}(w_1 x_1 + \cdots + w_n x_n)$ for some positive integer weights $w_1, \dots, w_n$. Despite their simplicity, current techniques fall short of providing a classification ... more >>>

Venkatesan Guruswami, Yuan Zhou

A theorem of Håstad shows that for every constraint satisfaction problem (CSP) over a fixed size domain, instances where each variable appears in at most $O(1)$ constraints admit a non-trivial approximation algorithm, in the sense that one can beat (by an additive constant) the approximation ratio achieved by the naive ... more >>>

Subhash Khot, Muli Safra, Madhur Tulsiani

We construct a PCP based on the hyper-graph linearity test with 3 free queries. It has near-perfect completeness and soundness strictly less than 1/8. Such a PCP was known before only assuming the Unique Games Conjecture, albeit with soundness arbitrarily close to 1/16.

At a technical level, our ...
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Venkatesan Guruswami, Ali Kemal Sinop

Convex relaxations based on different hierarchies of

linear/semi-definite programs have been used recently to devise

approximation algorithms for various optimization problems. The

approximation guarantee of these algorithms improves with the number

of {\em rounds} $r$ in the hierarchy, though the complexity of solving

(or even writing down the solution for) ...
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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 >>>

Per Austrin, Venkatesan Guruswami, Johan Håstad

We prove the following hardness result for a natural promise variant of the classical CNF-satisfiability problem: Given a CNF-formula where each clause has width $w$ and the guarantee that there exists an assignment satisfying at least $g = \lceil \frac{w}{2}\rceil -1$ literals in each clause, it is NP-hard to find ... more >>>

Suguru Tamaki, Yuichi Yoshida

A temporal constraint language $\Gamma$ is a set of relations with first-order definitions in $({\mathbb{Q}}; <)$. Let CSP($\Gamma$) denote the set of constraint satisfaction problem instances with relations from $\Gamma$. CSP($\Gamma$) admits robust approximation if, for any $\varepsilon \geq 0$, given a $(1-\varepsilon)$-satisfiable instance of CSP($\Gamma$), we can compute an ... 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 >>>

Joshua Brakensiek, Venkatesan Guruswami

A classic result due to Schaefer (1978) classifies all constraint satisfaction problems (CSPs) over the Boolean domain as being either in $\mathsf{P}$ or NP-hard. This paper considers a promise-problem variant of CSPs called PCSPs. A PCSP over a finite set of pairs of constraints $\Gamma$ consists of a pair $(\Psi_P, ... more >>>

Joshua Brakensiek, Venkatesan Guruswami

The Unique Games Conjecture (UGC) has pinned down the approximability of all constraint satisfaction problems (CSPs), showing that a natural semidefinite programming relaxation offers the optimal worst-case approximation ratio for any CSP. This elegant picture, however, does not apply for CSP instances that are perfectly satisfiable, due to the imperfect ... more >>>