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Banach's fixed point theorem for contraction maps has been widely used to analyze the convergence of iterative methods in non-convex problems. It is a common experience, however, that iterative maps fail to be globally contracting under the natural metric in their domain, making the applicability of Banach's theorem limited. We explore how generally we can apply Banach's fixed point theorem to establish the convergence of iterative methods when pairing it with carefully designed metrics. Read More


We show that if we can design poly($s$)-time hitting-sets for $\Sigma\wedge^a\Sigma\Pi^{O(\log s)}$ circuits of size $s$, where $a=\omega(1)$ is arbitrarily small and the number of variables, or arity $n$, is $O(\log s)$, then we can derandomize blackbox PIT for general circuits in quasipolynomial time. This also establishes that either E$\not\subseteq$\#P/poly or that VP$\ne$VNP. In fact, we show that one only needs a poly($s$)-time hitting-set against individual-degree $a'=\omega(1)$ polynomials that are computable by a size-$s$ arity-$(\log s)$ $\Sigma\Pi\Sigma$ circuit (note: $\Pi$ fanin may be $s$). Read More


Let $M$ to be a matroid defined on a finite set $E$ and $L\subset E$. $L$ is locked in $M$ if $M|L$ and $M^*|(E\backslash L)$ are 2-connected, and $min\{r(L), r^*(E\backslash L)\} \geq 2$. In this paper, we prove that the nontrivial facets of the bases polytope of $M$ are described by the locked subsets. Read More


We show that the problem of finding an optimal bundle-pricing for a single additive buyer is #P-hard, even when the distributions have support size 2 for each item and the optimal solution is guaranteed to be a simple one: the seller picks a price for the grand bundle and a price for each individual item; the buyer can purchase either the grand bundle at the given price or any bundle of items at their total individual prices. We refer to this simple and natural family of pricing schemes as discounted item-pricings. In addition to the hardness result, we show that when the distributions are i. Read More


We prove a lower bound of $\tilde{\Omega}(n^{1/3})$ for the query complexity of any two-sided and adaptive algorithm that tests whether an unknown Boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow \{0,1\}$ is monotone or far from monotone. This improves the recent bound of $\tilde{\Omega}(n^{1/4})$ for the same problem by Belovs and Blais [BB15]. Our result builds on a new family of random Boolean functions that can be viewed as a two-level extension of Talagrand's random DNFs. Read More


Shifted combinatorial optimization is a new nonlinear optimization framework which is a broad extension of standard combinatorial optimization, involving the choice of several feasible solutions at a time. This framework captures well studied and diverse problems ranging from so-called vulnerability problems to sharing and partitioning problems. In particular, every standard combinatorial optimization problem has its shifted counterpart, which is typically much harder. Read More


Recently, MacDonald et. al. showed that many algorithmic problems for nilpotent groups including computation of normal forms, the subgroup membership problem, the conjugacy problem, and computation of presentations of subgroups can be done in Logspace. Read More


Hyperbolicity measures, in terms of (distance) metrics, how close a given graph is to being a tree. Due to its relevance in modeling real-world networks, hyperbolicity has seen intensive research over the last years. Unfortunately, the best known algorithms for computing the hyperbolicity number of a graph (the smaller, the more tree-like) have running time $O(n^4)$, where $n$ is the number of graph vertices. Read More


We consider the NP-hard Tree Containment problem that has important applications in phylogenetics. The problem asks if a given leaf-labeled network contains a subdivision of a given leaf-labeled tree. We develop a fast algorithm for the case that the input network is indeed a tree in which multiple leaves might share a label. Read More


We obtain the first polynomial-time algorithm for exact tensor completion that improves over the bound implied by reduction to matrix completion. The algorithm recovers an unknown 3-tensor with $r$ incoherent, orthogonal components in $\mathbb R^n$ from $r\cdot \tilde O(n^{1.5})$ randomly observed entries of the tensor. Read More


The complexity class CLS was introduced by Daskalakis and Papadimitriou with the goal of capturing the complexity of some well-known problems in PPAD$~\cap~$PLS that have resisted, in some cases for decades, attempts to put them in polynomial time. No complete problem was known for CLS, and in previous work, the problems ContractionMap, i.e. Read More


A celebrated technique for finding near neighbors for the angular distance involves using a set of \textit{random} hyperplanes to partition the space into hash regions [Charikar, STOC 2002]. Experiments later showed that using a set of \textit{orthogonal} hyperplanes, thereby partitioning the space into the Voronoi regions induced by a hypercube, leads to even better results [Terasawa and Tanaka, WADS 2007]. However, no theoretical explanation for this improvement was ever given, and it remained unclear how the resulting hypercube hash method scales in high dimensions. Read More


Informally, a chemical reaction network is "atomic" if each reaction may be interpreted as the rearrangement of indivisible units of matter. There are several reasonable definitions formalizing this idea. We investigate the computational complexity of deciding whether a given network is atomic according to each of these definitions. Read More


A Turmit is a Turing machine that works over a two-dimensional grid, that is, an agent that moves, reads and writes symbols over the cells of the grid. Its state is an arrow and, depending on the symbol that it reads, it turns to the left or to the right, switching the symbol at the same time. Several symbols are admitted, and the rule is specified by the turning sense that the machine has over each symbol. Read More


The complexity of approximately counting independent sets in bipartite graphs (#BIS) is a central open problem in approximate counting, and it is widely believed to be neither easy nor NP-hard. We study several natural parameterised variants of #BIS, both from the polynomial-time and from the fixed-parameter viewpoint: counting independent sets of a given size; counting independent sets with a given number of vertices in one vertex class; and counting maximum independent sets among those with a given number of vertices in one vertex class. Among other things, we show that all these problems are NP-hard to approximate within any polynomial ratio. Read More


LCLs or locally checkable labelling problems (e.g. maximal independent set, maximal matching, and vertex colouring) in the LOCAL model of computation are very well-understood in cycles (toroidal 1-dimensional grids): every problem has a complexity of $O(1)$, $\Theta(\log^* n)$, or $\Theta(n)$, and the design of optimal algorithms can be fully automated. Read More


We consider the parameterized problem of counting all matchings with exactly $k$ edges in a given input graph $G$. This problem is #W[1]-hard (Curticapean, ICALP 2013), so it is unlikely to admit $f(k)\cdot n^{O(1)}$ time algorithms. We show that #W[1]-hardness persists even when the input graph $G$ comes from restricted graph classes, such as line graphs and bipartite graphs of arbitrary constant girth and maximum degree two on one side. Read More


In 1979 Valiant showed that the complexity class VP_e of families with polynomially bounded formula size is contained in the class VP_s of families that have algebraic branching programs (ABPs) of polynomially bounded size. Motivated by the problem of separating these classes we study the topological closure VP_e-bar, i.e. Read More


Dynamic complexity is concerned with updating the output of a problem when the input is slightly changed. We study the dynamic complexity of model checking a fixed monadic second-order formula over evolving subgraphs of a fixed maximal graph having bounded tree-width; here the subgraph evolves by losing or gaining edges (from the maximal graph). We show that this problem is in DynFO (with LOGSPACE precomputation), via a reduction to a Dyck reachability problem on an acyclic automaton. Read More


It has often been claimed in recent papers that one can find a degree d Sum-of-Squares proof if one exists via the Ellipsoid algorithm. In [O17], Ryan O'Donnell notes this widely quoted claim is not necessarily true. He presents an example of a polynomial system with bounded coeffcients that admits low-degree proofs of non-negativity, but these proofs necessarily involve numbers with an exponential number of bits, causing the Ellipsoid algorithm to take exponential time. Read More


The Kolmogorov complexity of x, denoted C(x), is the length of the shortest program that generates x. For such a simple definition, Kolmogorov complexity has a rich and deep theory, as well as applications to a wide variety of topics including learning theory, complexity lower bounds and SAT algorithms. Kolmogorov complexity typically focuses on decompression, going from the compressed program to the original string. Read More


A Boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^n\rightarrow \{0,1\}$ is called a dictator if it depends on exactly one variable i.e $f(x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n) = x_i$ for some $i\in [n]$. In this work, we study a $k$-query dictatorship test. Read More


Valued constraint satisfaction problems (VCSPs) are discrete optimisation problems with a $\overline{\mathbb{Q}}$-valued objective function given as a sum of fixed-arity functions, where $\overline{\mathbb{Q}}=\mathbb{Q}\cup\{\infty\}$ is the set of extended rationals. In Boolean surjective VCSPs variables take on labels from $D=\{0,1\}$ and an optimal assignment is required to use both labels from $D$. A classic example is the global min-cut problem in graphs. Read More


A graph $G$ is a $(\Pi_A,\Pi_B)$-graph if $V(G)$ can be bipartitioned into $A$ and $B$ such that $G[A]$ satisfies property $\Pi_A$ and $G[B]$ satisfies property $\Pi_B$. The $(\Pi_{A},\Pi_{B})$-Recognition problem is to recognize whether a given graph is a $(\Pi_A,\Pi_B)$-graph. There are many $(\Pi_{A},\Pi_{B})$-Recognition problems, including the recognition problems for bipartite, split, and unipolar graphs. Read More


In this paper we consider the minimization of a continuous function that is potentially not differentiable or not twice differentiable on the boundary of the feasible region. By exploiting an interior point technique, we present first- and second-order optimality conditions for this problem that reduces to classical ones when the derivative on the boundary is available. For this type of problems, existing necessary conditions often rely on the notion of subdifferential or become non-trivially weaker than the KKT condition in the (twice-)differentiable counterpart problems. Read More


In this paper, we consider a Markov chain choice model with single transition. In this model, customers arrive at each product with a certain probability. If the arrived product is unavailable, then the seller can recommend a subset of available products to the customer and the customer will purchase one of the recommended products or choose not to purchase with certain transition probabilities. Read More


This paper gives the first separation between the power of {\em formulas} and {\em circuits} of equal depth in the $\mathrm{AC}^0[\oplus]$ basis (unbounded fan-in AND, OR, NOT and MOD$_2$ gates). We show, for all $d(n) \le O(\frac{\log n}{\log\log n})$, that there exist {\em polynomial-size depth-$d$ circuits} that are not equivalent to {\em depth-$d$ formulas of size $n^{o(d)}$} (moreover, this is optimal in that $n^{o(d)}$ cannot be improved to $n^{O(d)}$). This result is obtained by a combination of new lower and upper bounds for {\em Approximate Majorities}, the class of Boolean functions $\{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}$ that agree with the Majority function on $3/4$ fraction of inputs. Read More


In 1973, L.A. Levin published an algorithm that solves any inversion problem $\pi$ as quickly as the fastest algorithm $p^*$ computing a solution for $\pi$ in time bounded by $2^{l(p^*)}. Read More


Parameterized algorithms are a way to solve hard problems more efficiently, given that a specific parameter of the input is small. In this paper, we apply this idea to the field of answer set programming (ASP). To this end, we propose two kinds of graph representations of programs to exploit their treewidth as a parameter. Read More


It is well known that sparse approximation problem is \textsf{NP}-hard under general dictionaries. Several algorithms have been devised and analyzed in the past decade under various assumptions on the \emph{coherence} $\mu$ of the dictionary represented by an $M \times N$ matrix from which a subset of $k$ column vectors is selected. All these results assume $\mu=O(k^{-1})$. Read More


The best algorithm for approximating Steiner tree has performance ratio $\ln(4)+\epsilon \approx 1.386$ [J. Byrka et al. Read More


We prove a complexity dichotomy theorem for the six-vertex model. For every setting of the parameters of the model, we prove that computing the partition function is either solvable in polynomial time or #P-hard. The dichotomy criterion is explicit. Read More


The Boolean Satisfiability problem asks if a Boolean formula is satisfiable by some assignment of the variables or not. It belongs to the NP-complete complexity class and hence no algorithm with polynomial time worst-case complexity is known, i.e. Read More


Holant problems capture a class of Sum-of-Product computations such as counting matchings. It is inspired by holographic algorithms and is equivalent to tensor networks, with counting CSP being a special case. A classification for Holant problems is more difficult to prove, not only because it implies a classification for counting CSP, but also due to the deeper reason that there exist more intricate polynomial time tractable problems in the broader framework. Read More


This paper studies the complexity of estimating Renyi divergences of discrete distributions: $p$ observed from samples and the baseline distribution $q$ known \emph{a priori}. Extending the results of Acharya et al. (SODA'15) on estimating Renyi entropy, we present improved estimation techniques together with upper and lower bounds on the sample complexity. Read More


In this paper, we present the first non-trivial property tester for joint probability distributions in the recently introduced conditional sampling model. The conditional sampling framework provides an oracle for a distribution $\mu$ that takes as input a subset $S$ of the domain $\Omega$ and returns a sample from the distribution $\mu$ conditioned on $S$.For a joint distribution of dimension $n$, we give a $\tilde{\mathcal{O}}(n^3)$-query uniformity tester, a $\tilde{\mathcal{O}}(n^3)$-query identity tester with a known distribution, and a $\tilde{\mathcal{O}}(n^6)$-query tester for testing independence of marginals. Read More


Feedback shift registers(FSRs) are a fundamental component in electronics and secure communication. An FSR $f$ is said to be reducible if all the output sequences of another FSR $g$ can also be generated by $f$ and the FSR $g$ has less memory than $f$. An FSR is said to be decomposable if it has the same set of output sequences as a cascade connection of two FSRs. Read More


A tight lower bound for required I/O when computing a matrix-matrix multiplication on a processor with two layers of memory is established. Prior work obtained weaker lower bounds by reasoning about the number of \textit{phases} needed to perform $C:=AB$, where each phase is a series of operations involving $S$ reads and writes to and from fast memory, and $S$ is the size of fast memory. A lower bound on the number of phases was then determined by obtaining an upper bound on the number of scalar multiplications performed per phase. Read More


Holant problems are a framework for the analysis of counting complexity problems on graphs. This framework is simultaneously general enough to encompass many other counting problems on graphs and specific enough to allow the derivation of dichotomy results, partitioning all problem instances into those which can be solved in polynomial time and those which are #P-hard. The Holant framework is based on the theory of holographic algorithms, which was originally inspired by concepts from quantum computation, but this connection appears not to have been explored before. Read More


Constructing $r$-th nonresidue over a finite field is a fundamental computational problem. A related problem is to construct an irreducible polynomial of degree $r^e$ (where $r$ is a prime) over a given finite field $\mathbb{F}_q$ of characteristic $p$ (equivalently, constructing the bigger field $\mathbb{F}_{q^{r^e}}$). Both these problems have famous randomized algorithms but the derandomization is an open question. Read More


Let $G=(V, E)$ be a simple and undirected graph. For some integer $k\geq 1$, a set $D\subseteq V$ is said to be a k-dominating set in $G$ if every vertex $v$ of $G$ outside $D$ has at least $k$ neighbors in $D$. Furthermore, for some real number $\alpha$ with $0<\alpha\leq1$, a set $D\subseteq V$ is called an $\alpha$-dominating set in $G$ if every vertex $v$ of $G$ outside $D$ has at least $\alpha\times d_v$ neighbors in $D$, where $d_v$ is the degree of $v$ in $G$. Read More


Community detection in graphs is the problem of finding groups of vertices which are more densely connected than they are to the rest of the graph. This problem has a long history, but it is currently motivated by social and biological networks. While there are many ways to formalize it, one of the most popular is as an inference problem, where there is a planted "ground truth" community structure around which the graph is generated probabilistically. Read More


The field of algorithmic self-assembly is concerned with the computational and expressive power of nanoscale self-assembling molecular systems. In the well-studied cooperative, or temperature 2, abstract tile assembly model it is known that there is a tile set to simulate any Turing machine and an intrinsically universal tile set that simulates the shapes and dynamics of any instance of the model, up to spatial rescaling. It has been an open question as to whether the seemingly simpler noncooperative, or temperature 1, model is capable of such behaviour. Read More


The cospark of a matrix is the cardinality of the sparsest vector in the column space of the matrix. Computing the cospark of a matrix is well known to be an NP hard problem. Given the sparsity pattern (i. Read More


We prove a lower bound $\Omega\left(\frac{k+l}{k^2l^2}N^{2-\frac{k+l+2}{kl}}\right)$ on the maximal possible weight of a $(k,l)$-free (that is, free of all-ones $k\times l$ submatrices) Boolean circulant $N \times N$ matrix. The bound is close to the known bound for the class of all $(k,l)$-free matrices. As a consequence, we obtain new bounds for several complexity measures of Boolean sums' systems and a lower bound $\Omega(N^2\log^{-6} N)$ on the monotone complexity of the Boolean convolution of order $N$. Read More


The concept of an evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS), introduced by Smith and Price, is a refinement of Nash equilibrium in 2-player symmetric games in order to explain counter-intuitive natural phenomena, whose existence is not guaranteed in every game. The problem of deciding whether a game possesses an ESS has been shown to be $\Sigma_{2}^{P}$-complete by Conitzer using the preceding important work by Etessami and Lochbihler. The latter, among other results, proved that deciding the existence of ESS is both NP-hard and coNP-hard. Read More


In this paper, we investigate the parametric knapsack problem, in which the item profits are affine functions depending on a real-valued parameter. The aim is to provide a solution for all values of the parameter. It is well-known that any exact algorithm for the problem may need to output an exponential number of knapsack solutions. Read More