ARC Colloquium: Pratik Worah - New York University

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Date:
February 26, 2014 1:30 pm
Location:
MiRC 102A

Title: CSPs, Approximation Resistance, and Optimization Hierarchies

Abstract:

A k-ary boolean predicate f, naturally implies a canonical constraint satisfaction problem (CSP(f)). Let MAX k-CSP(f) denote the problem of finding the maximum fraction of simultaneously satisfiable constraints in any given instance of CSP(f). A trivial randomized algorithm achieves an approximation factor proportional to f^{-1}(1).

 On the other hand, it is known, for some f, that an efficient algorithm can not perform strictly better than the trivial algorithm - such f are known as approximation resistant.

 One of the main problems in this area is to characterize which predicates are approximation resistant.

 In this talk, I will survey known bounds for CSPs and their connections with LP and SDP hierarchies. Finally, I will give an overview of my recent research in this area, which gives a characterization of approximation resistance.

 (Joint with S.Khot and M.Tulsiani).