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### Flexible Optimization Problems

### Definitions, Theorems and Proofs

### Hardness Proof of(d,g)-Biclique-Edge-Cover((d,g)-BEC)

A. Akavia, S. Safra

Motivation

What do we do with all the NP-hard optimization problems ???

Relaxations: 2 Parameters

- Optimization function approximation
- Input flexibility
Example – graph coloring problem:

- Optimization function –
- find an approximation of the min coloring.

- Input flexibility –
- find a k-coloring with few monochromatic edges.

Talk Plan

- Approximation
- Input flexibility
- Flexible optimization problems
- Examples
- Definitions
- Hardness results

Relaxation 1: Approximation

- An approximation algorithm is an algorithm that returns an answer C which “g-approximates” the optimal solution C*.
- C g C*(minimization)
- 1/g C* C(maximization)

Relaxation 2: Input FlexibilityExample: Graph Editing problems

complexity and approximation results are w/r to the number of modifications

Input:

- a graph G, and
- a desired property
Goal: find a small set of edge-modifications (addition/deletion/both) that transforms Ginto G’with the desired property

Our Work: Flexible-Approximation-Problems

- Combining both relaxations –
- approximating the optimization function,
- while allowing input flexibility.

- Example: Given a graph G, find a coloring with fewcolors, and perhaps few monochromatic edges.

Natural Flexible-Approximation-Problems:

- Min Non-Deterministic Automaton
- Min Synthesis Graph

Non-Deterministic Finite Automaton (NFA)

- Many applications:
- program verification
- speech recognition
- natural language processing
- …

Approximating the minimum NFA, which accepts a given language L is hard.

Flexible Min NFA

Sometimes it suffices to find:

- a smallNFA,(Approximation)
- accepting a language “similar” to the input one.(Input Flexibility)

Example: Automata-Theoretic Approach to Program Verification

- ProgramP is correct with respect to a specificationsTif: L(P) L(T)
- In concurrent programming: processesP1,..., Pn are correct w/r to specificationTif: L(P1x…x Pn) L(T)

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in the worst case, |P1x…xPn| is exponential in n

Example: Automata-Theoretic Approach to Program Verification

- Coping with this state-explosion [K94]:
- finding a small automaton P’ (Optimization)
- such that L(P1x…x Pn) L(P’)(Input Flexibility)
- and then checking whether L(P') L(T)

L(P1x…x Pn) L(P’)

L(P1x…x Pn) L(T)

L(P’) L(T)

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Combinatorial Chemistry andFlexible Min Synthesis Grapha multi dimensional space

attribute coordinate

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similarity (molecules) proximity (points)

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Split Synthesis [F91,L91,CS99]

Flexible Min Synthesis Graph

Output: A smallsynthesis-graphproducing S’, which is similar to S

Input: A set of strings S

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- Input flexibitily–
- producing S’ and not S

- Approximation –
- finding a small synthesis graph
- not the minimum

- Assume a distance function(x,x’)to be the smallest number of basic modifications (say, bit-changes) necessary in order to transform x to x’.
the ball of radius d around a given input x is ball(x,d) = {x’ | (x,x’)d}

(d,g)-flexible approximation problem

- Assume:
- a distance function , and
- an optimizationfunction f.

- In a (d,g)-flexible-approximation problem, given an input x, a solution y’ is returned s.t.
- y’ is feasible for some x’ball(x,d), and
- f(x’,y’) is g-approximateto the optimum (for x).

f(x’,y’) ≤ gf(x,y*)

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Biclique Edge Cover - Definition

Input: Bipartite graph G

Goal: Cover all edges by bicliques(i.e. complete bipartite subgraphs)

(d,g)-Biclique Edge Cover

- Assume:
- (G,G’) = symmetric edge difference
- f(G,y) = no. of bicliques in the cover y.

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f(G’,y)=2

f(G,y)=3

(G,G’)=7

(d,g)-Biclique Edge Cover

- In a (d,g)-Biclique Edge Cover ((d,g)-BEC) given an input G, a solution y’ is returned s.t.
- y’ is the no. of bicliques in a cover ofG’ball(x,d), and
- f(G’,y’) is g-approximateto the min-BECfor G.

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Hardness of (d,g)-Biclique Edge Cover

Thm: >0(d,g)-Biclique-Edge-Cover problem is hard for any g=O(|V|1/5-) and d=O(g), unless NP=ZPP.

Proof: later.

(d,g)-Non-Deterministic Finite Automaton (NFA)

- Assume:
- (L,L’) = symmetric difference between L and L’
- f(L,A) = no. of states in an NFA A accepting L.

- In a (d,g)-NFA, given a language L, a solution y’ is returned s.t.
- y’ is the no. of states in an NFA accepting L’ball(L,d), and
- f(L’,y’) is g-approximateto the optimum for L.

Hardness of (d,g)-NFA

Thm: >0 (d,g)-NFA problem is hard for any g=O(|L|1/10-) and d=O(g), unless NP=ZPP

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Bipartite graph G

Strings set S

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Reduction Outlines- Reduction from Biclique-Edge-Cover:

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Define L

Define L = {vu| (v,u)E}

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ProofReduction from flexible approximation Biclique Edge Cover:

k-biclique edge cover of G’in d-distance from G

NFA with k+2 states,accepting L’ in d-distance from L

Reduction from Biclique Edge Cover:

k-biclique edge cover of G

NFA with k+2 states,accepting L

(d,g)-BECis hard for

g=O(|V|1/5-) and d=O(g)

(d,g)-NFAis hard for

g=O(|L|1/10-) and d=O(g)

G=(V,U,E) a bipartite graph.

Reminder

- A synthesis-graph Hproduces a string s if:s is a label concatenation along a path from first to last layers in H.

(d,g)-Synthesis Graph

Given a set of strings S, output a small synthesis-graph producing S’, which is similar to S

- Assume:
- (S,S’) = symmetric difference between S and S’
- f(S,H) = no. of internal nodes in a synthesis graph H that produces the strings S.

- In a (d,g)-Synthesis Graph, given an input S, a solution y’ is returned s.t.
- y’ is the no. of internal nodes in a synthesis graph H producing S’ball(S,d), and
- f(S’,y’) g-approximatethe optimum for S.

Hardness of (d,g)-Synthesis Graph

Thm: >0 (d,g)-Synthesis Graph problem is hard for any g=O(|S|1/10-) and d=O(g), unless NP=ZPP

Proof:

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{uAv| (u,v)E}

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Bipartite graph G

Synthesis graph H

Strings set S

Reduction Outlines- Reduction from Biclique-Edge-Cover:

Define S = {vAu| (v,u)E}

Define S

ProofReduction from flexible approximation Biclique Edge Cover:

k-biclique edge coverof G’in d-distance from G synthesis graph H with k internal nodes producing S’ in d-distance from S

Reduction from Biclique Edge Cover [CS99]:

k-biclique edge coverof G synthesis graph H with k internal nodes producing S

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(d,g)-BECis hard for

g=O(|V|1/5-) and d=O(g)

(d,g)-SGis hard for

g=O(|S|1/10-) and d=O(g)

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G=(V,U,E) a bipartite graph.

H - a graph constructing S

(d,g)-Biclique Edge Cover ((d,g)-BEC)

- In a (d,g)-Biclique Edge Cover ((d,g)-BEC) given an input G, a solution y’ is returned s.t.
- y’ is the no. of bicliques in the cover of G’ball(G,d), and
- f(G’,y’) is g-approximateto the min-BECfor G.

G

f(G,y)=3

Hardness of (d,g)-BEC

Thm: (d,g)-BEC is hard for any g=O(|V|1/5-) and d=O(g), unless NP=ZPP.

Proof:

flexiblevs. non-flexiblesolutions

Lemma: from any solution y’ to G’ball(G,d),we may construct a solution y to G,s.t. f(G,y) ≤ f(G’,y’) + d

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Calculating Approximation Factor

Claim: Let G be a graph, if v’=f(G’,y’)’g-approximate(d,g)-BEC, where d=O(g),then y, f(G,y)v’+d, s.t. v=v’+dO(g)-approximateBEC

Proof: By the lemma y, f(G,y)a’+d, and v O(g)optG

v = v’ + d

goptG + d

2goptG(since d = O(g))

Assume BEC is hard for g=O(|V|1/5-)

then:

(d,g)-BEC is hard for g=O(|V|1/5-) and d=O(g)

Hardness of Approximation of BEC

Proof Outlines:

- Construction [Simon90]
- Graph coloring is hard to approximate by g=O(|V|1-) [FK98]
- Simple calculation, improves Simon’s bound from a constant factor to g=O(|V|1/5-).

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Clique Cover ProblemInput: A graph G

Goal: Cover all vertices by cliques

Clique Cover is equivalent to Graph Coloring

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- a clique-cover in G translates into t2biclique-covers of the horizontaledges in H.

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Ascending, hence cannot connect copies within the same row.

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LemmaG=(V,E)

- sclique-cover in G(t2s + 2|E|t)biclique-cover in H
- rbiclique-cover in H(r – 2|E|t) / t2clique-cover in G

Calculating Approximation Factor

- Given a solution with rbicliques for H, we may construct a solution with scliques for G, and
- it is easy to verify that
- if ris O(|VH|x)-approximate to ropt
- then sisO(|V|5x)-approximate to sopt

Clique-Cover is hard to approximate by O(|V|1-), >0, unless NP=ZPP (from [FK98])

BEC is hard to approx within g=O(|VH|1/5-), >0, , unless NP=ZPP.

Related Work

- Property testing [GGR]
- Sample size
- Typically seeking an exact solution and not an approximated one

- Bi-criteria optimization[MRSR]
- optimization (vs. relaxation).
- Might be easy when only one criterion is considered.
- Bi-criteria: hard with one criterionhard in the bi-criterionversion.

- Typically hostile objectives.

- optimization (vs. relaxation).

relevant case for (d,g)-SG

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Graph coloring is easy

Discussion- Similar proof is valid for any problem, which is
- hard to approximate, and
- “v vd + d”

- The gap is still too large:

Future Work

- Improving our results
- Extending our results to other problems
- Achieving positive results
- Parameterized polynomial solution
- Approximation algorithm

Property Testing[GGR]

- Distinguish, by a small no. of probes, between instances x that
- satisfy a given property accept
- no set of |x| modifications causes x to satisfy the property reject

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Bi-criteria Optimization [MRSR]

- Bi-criteria network design problem is a tuple (A,B,S)
- A,B are two minimization objectives
- S specify a membership requirement in a class of sub-graphs
- The problem specifies a budget value on objective A
- And seeks minimum over B (within the budget)

- A (k,l)-approximation algorithm for an (A,B,S)-bi-criteria optimization problem is a poly.-time algorithm, that produces a solution that belongs to the sub-graph class S, in which
- the objective A is at most k times the budget, and
- the objective B is at most l times the minimum

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