TR15-082 Authors: Boaz Barak, Ankur Moitra, Ryan O'Donnell, Prasad Raghavendra, Oded Regev, David Steurer, Luca Trevisan, Aravindan Vijayaraghavan, David Witmer, John Wright

Publication: 13th May 2015 17:31

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We show that for any odd $k$ and any instance of the Max-kXOR constraint satisfaction problem, there is an efficient algorithm that finds an assignment satisfying at least a $\frac{1}{2} + \Omega(1/\sqrt{D})$ fraction of constraints, where $D$ is a bound on the number of constraints that each variable occurs in. This improves both qualitatively and quantitatively on the recent work of Farhi, Goldstone, and Gutmann (2014), which gave a \emph{quantum} algorithm to find an assignment satisfying a $\frac{1}{2} + \Omega(D^{-3/4})$ fraction of the equations.

For arbitrary constraint satisfaction problems, we give a similar result for ``triangle-free'' instances; i.e., an efficient algorithm that finds an assignment satisfying at least a $\mu + \Omega(1/\sqrt{D})$ fraction of constraints, where $\mu$ is the fraction that would be satisfied by a uniformly random assignment.