Rajeev Motwani

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Computer Science - Data Structures and Algorithms (3)
Mathematics - Probability (1)
Mathematics - Combinatorics (1)
Computer Science - Databases (1)
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Computer Science - Computational Geometry (1)

Publications Authored By Rajeev Motwani

We study the use of viral marketing strategies on social networks to maximize revenue from the sale of a single product. We propose a model in which the decision of a buyer to buy the product is influenced by friends that own the product and the price at which the product is offered. The influence model we analyze is quite general, naturally extending both the Linear Threshold model and the Independent Cascade model, while also incorporating price information. Read More

In this paper we consider the problem of anonymizing datasets in which each individual is associated with a set of items that constitute private information about the individual. Illustrative datasets include market-basket datasets and search engine query logs. We formalize the notion of k-anonymity for set-valued data as a variant of the k-anonymity model for traditional relational datasets. Read More

Given a metric space $(X,d_X)$, $c\ge 1$, $r>0$, and $p,q\in [0,1]$, a distribution over mappings $\h:X\to \mathbb N$ is called a $(r,cr,p,q)$-sensitive hash family if any two points in $X$ at distance at most $r$ are mapped by $\h$ to the same value with probability at least $p$, and any two points at distance greater than $cr$ are mapped by $\h$ to the same value with probability at most $q$. This notion was introduced by Indyk and Motwani in 1998 as the basis for an efficient approximate nearest neighbor search algorithm, and has since been used extensively for this purpose. The performance of these algorithms is governed by the parameter $\rho=\frac{\log(1/p)}{\log(1/q)}$, and constructing hash families with small $\rho$ automatically yields improved nearest neighbor algorithms. Read More

We consider the problem of coloring k-colorable graphs with the fewest possible colors. We present a randomized polynomial time algorithm that colors a 3-colorable graph on $n$ vertices with min O(Delta^{1/3} log^{1/2} Delta log n), O(n^{1/4} log^{1/2} n) colors where Delta is the maximum degree of any vertex. Besides giving the best known approximation ratio in terms of n, this marks the first non-trivial approximation result as a function of the maximum degree Delta. Read More

Suppose $n$ boys and $n$ girls rank each other at random. We show that any particular girl has at least $({1\over 2}-\epsilon) \ln n$ and at most $(1+\epsilon)\ln n$ different husbands in the set of all Gale/Shapley stable matchings defined by these rankings, with probability approaching 1 as $n \to \infty$, if $\epsilon$ is any positive constant. The proof emphasizes general methods that appear to be useful for the analysis of many other combinatorial algorithms. Read More