TR22-008 Authors: Gil Cohen, Dean Doron, Ori Sberlo

Publication: 14th January 2022 11:34

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We give a deterministic space-efficient algorithm for approximating powers of stochastic matrices. On input a $w \times w$ stochastic matrix $A$, our algorithm approximates $A^{n}$ in space $\widetilde{O}(\log n + \sqrt{\log n}\cdot \log w)$ to within high accuracy. This improves upon the seminal work by Saks and Zhou (FOCS'95), that requires $O(\log^{3/2}n + \sqrt{\log n} \cdot \log w)$ space, in the regime $n \gg w$.

This work has been subsumed by the paper "Approximating Iterated Multiplication of Stochastic Matrices in Small Space" (https://eccc.weizmann.ac.il/report/2022/149/).