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TR00-020 | 27th March 2000 00:00

On Testing Expansion in Bounded-Degree Graphs


Authors: Oded Goldreich, Dana Ron
Publication: 28th March 2000 15:24
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We consider testing graph expansion in the bounded-degree graph model.
Specifically, we refer to algorithms for testing whether the graph
has a second eigenvalue bounded above by a given threshold
or is far from any graph with such (or related) property.

We present a natural algorithm aimed towards achieving the above
task. The algorithm is given a (normalized) second eigenvalue
bound $\lambda<1$, oracle access to a bounded-degree $N$-vertex graph,
and two additional parameters $\epsilon,\alpha>0$.
The algorithm runs in time $N^{0.5+\alpha}/\poly(\epsilon)$,
and accepts any graph having (normalized) second eigenvalue at most $\lambda$.
We believe that the algorithm rejects any graph that is $\epsilon$-far
from having second eigenvalue at most $\lambda^{\alpha/O(1)}$,
and prove the validity of this belief under an appealing
combinatorial conjecture.

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