An approximation algorithm is an algorithm that finds an approximate solution to a (typically NP-hard) problem. The quality of the algorithm is measured by how close to the actual optimum it performs. For example, it is a constant factor approximation algorithm if it always outputs a solution that ...

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Efficient isomorphic subgraph matching with similarity scores

I'm a computer vision PhD student, and I'm looking for an efficient approximation to the following problem, which could end up helping in image to image matching. Failing that, pointers to relevant ...
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Nearest Point to a real algebraic set

Suppose I have a compact bounded real algebraic (eventually: or analytic or semialgebraic or semianalytic set) $V$ in $\mathbb R^3$ and a point $x\in\mathbb R^3$ not in $V$. How much do we know about ...
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Approximating a max-cut's intersection with other cuts

(This is a cross-post from the Theoretical Computer Science Stack Exchange.) For the purposes of this question, a cut in a graph $G$ is the edge-set $\delta (S)\subseteq E(G)$ between some vertex-set ...
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Any approximation algorithms for self-avoiding walks?

I've a graph whose edges are weighted by probabilities, perhaps all equal. I would like to compute the overall probability of traveling between vertices x and y in the graph after I delete each edge ...
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envelope function for a linear combination of gaussian distributions

Given a distribution $F$ defined as a linear combination of Gaussian distributions: $F = \sum_{i=1}^n C_i*N(\mu_i,\sigma_i)$ with $\sum_{i=1}^n C_i = 1$ I want to find a Gaussian function $Q = ...
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Group Travel Salesman Problem

For the following Group Traveling Salesman problem, I'd like to know if there exists some poly-time approximation algorithm with constant approximation factor. Group TSP is defined as follows: Take a ...
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Polynomial-time algorithm solving approximately a generalization of the travelling salesman problem

Take a graph $G$ and a number of sets of nodes of $G$. The problem is to find the shortest path passing through at least one node in each node set. If each node set consists of only one node, the ...
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Solving a Certain Constrained Isoperimetric Approximation-Problem

This question is related to my question Differential Geometric Aspects of Rubber Bands, where I asked for a mathematical model of contracting rubber bands. In contrast to my former question, the ...
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Estimating the growth rate of nondeterministic finite automata

Given a nondeterministic finite automaton $\mathcal{A}$ (or a regular expression, or a regular grammar), can we efficiently compute the number $|L_k(\mathcal{A})|$ of accepted words of length $k$? ...
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Tiling a rectangle with weighted cells (min-max problem)

I have been struggling with a research problem. The problem can be formalized as follows: Given a $n\times m$ matrix $A$ containing cells with non-negative integer values, partition it in $J$ ...
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Is the $d$-dimensional Arrangement of Trees still $NP$-hard?

The $d$-dimensional Arrangement Problem for general graphs is known to be $NP$-hard since the special case $d=1$ (OLA) already is (Garey et al, [1976]). For Trees however, the one dimensional case can ...
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Place n telescopes on a sphere in R^d to see the whole sky

Where would one put $n$ telescopes on the surface of the earth to see the whole sky as well as possible ? Use the cosine metric to define how well we can see in direction $x$: $ \qquad \text{cansee}( ...
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Algorithm for testing satisfiable fraction of linear equations mod 2

Hello Let $F_{n,p}$ be a random process which generates a system of linear equations over $F_2$. The variables are $\{x_1, ..., x_n\}$ and for each of the $ \binom{n}{2}$ $i,j$ pairs, the equation ...
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A.G. Vitushkin's “Easily representable families of functions” - can it be generalized?

Background In his monograph "Estimation of the complexity of the tabulation problem" (translated into English as "Theory of the Transmission and Processing of Information") Vitushkin studies ...
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Asymptotic determinant of $2\times 2$ Toeplitz matrix

The problem that I am dealing with is to compute the determinant of a $2\times 2$ Toeplitz matrix[1] (in general I would like to generalize to a more general case, but let's consider the easiest case ...
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FPTAS for approximating the permanent of a matrix

My question concerns approximating permanent of an $n$-by-$n$ matrix. Several approximation algorithms have been proposed in the literature for this purpose, whose time complexity depend on $n$ and ...
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Optimize a convex hull on a 2D histogram so the selected points match a target shape

I have an image (can be 2D or 3D), and compute a 2D histogram of the image (for example, the pixel intensity and gradient along certain direction). There is a known target region $R^*$ in the image. I ...
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An MST-like problem with vertex selection

Consider a planar pointset in a rectangle, where every point has a color (an integer label). We need to select one point of every color, so as to minimize the cost of a planar MST of selected points ...
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Multiobjective semidefinite programming

Let $C$ be size $n \times n^{2}$. Let $B$ be size $2^{g(n)} \times n^{2}$ where $g(n) > n$. There is only one $\mathcal{1}$ per row of $C$ and remaining entries of $C$ are $\mathcal{0}$. $B$ is ...
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Representing vertices of a cube using linear combination of tensor product of smaller cubes

Let $n,N \in \mathbb{N}$ with $N \ge n^{2}$. Let $F[i] = \square[i]$ refer to the cube which has vertices from $\{-1,0,1\}^{n^{i}}$ ($n^{i}$ tuple of alphabets from $\{-1,0,1\} = \square[0] = F[0]$) ...
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Matrix Completion: Clearing Step

I am trying to implement Keshavan, Montanari and Oh (2009) algorithm for Matrix Completion. It consists of three steps: 1) Trimming which nulls some rows and columns to make the high singular values ...
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Inapproximability of logarithmic factor of independent set

The hardness result derived using PCP theorem for Independent set suggests that there exists some absolute constant $\epsilon_0$ such that for $0< \epsilon < \epsilon_0$, it is hard to ...
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Approximation for accumulative set cover

Let $S_1,\ldots,S_m\subseteq U$ be subsets of a set $U$ of size $\lvert U\rvert=n$. Over all permutations $\pi$ of the set $\{1,\ldots,m\}$, I want to maximize the quantity \begin{equation} ...
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Pure greedy algorithm

I study pure greedy algorithms in different basises. I am interested in 1 one question: is there such a Riesz basis $D$ in Hilbert space and $f\in H$ such that ...
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sparsest cut always has solution

Hi! How to prove that sparsest cut always has an optimal solution which is the cut for some vertex-subset. Looks like it's should be a kind of fundamental theorem for sparsest cut. But I didn't ...
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Approximate a piecewise linear path by a path with bounded curvature

I have a piecewise linear path in two dimensions (with finitely many pieces). I would like to approximate it by a curve whose radius of curvature is bounded away from 0 (i.e. I specify the bound a ...