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  1. CS 332: Algorithms NP Completeness David Luebke 16/5/2014

  2. Administrivia • Homework 5 clarifications: • Deadline extended to Thursday Dec 7 • However, no late assignments will be accepted • This is so that I can discuss it in class • You may not work with others on this one David Luebke 26/5/2014

  3. Review: Dynamic Programming • When applicable: • Optimal substructure: optimal solution to problem consists of optimal solutions to subproblems • Overlapping subproblems: few subproblems in total, many recurring instances of each • Basic approach: • Build a table of solved subproblems that are used to solve larger ones • What is the difference between memoization and dynamic programming? • Why might the latter be more efficient? David Luebke 36/5/2014

  4. Review: Greedy Algorithms • A greedy algorithm always makes the choice that looks best at the moment • The hope: a locally optimal choice will lead to a globally optimal solution • For some problems, it works • Yes: fractional knapsack problem • No: playing a bridge hand • Dynamic programming can be overkill; greedy algorithms tend to be easier to code David Luebke 46/5/2014

  5. Review: Activity-Selection Problem • The activity selection problem: get your money’s worth out of a carnival • Buy a wristband that lets you onto any ride • Lots of rides, starting and ending at different times • Your goal: ride as many rides as possible • Naïve first-year CS major strategy: • Ride the first ride, when get off, get on the very next ride possible, repeat until carnival ends • What is the sophisticated third-year strategy? David Luebke 56/5/2014

  6. Review: Activity-Selection • Formally: • Given a set S of n activities • si = start time of activity ifi = finish time of activity i • Find max-size subset A of compatible activities • Assume activities sorted by finish time • What is optimal substructure for this problem? David Luebke 66/5/2014

  7. Review: Activity-Selection • Formally: • Given a set S of n activities • si = start time of activity ifi = finish time of activity i • Find max-size subset A of compatible activities • Assume activities sorted by finish time • What is optimal substructure for this problem? • A: If k is the activity in A with the earliest finish time, then A - {k} is an optimal solution to S’ = {i  S: si fk} David Luebke 76/5/2014

  8. Review: Greedy Choice Property For Activity Selection • Dynamic programming? Memoize? Yes, but… • Activity selection problem also exhibits the greedy choice property: • Locally optimal choice  globally optimal sol’n • Them 17.1: if S is an activity selection problem sorted by finish time, then  optimal solution A  S such that {1} A • Sketch of proof: if  optimal solution B that does not contain {1}, can always replace first activity in B with {1} (Why?). Same number of activities, thus optimal. David Luebke 86/5/2014

  9. Review: The Knapsack Problem • The 0-1 knapsack problem: • A thief must choose among n items, where the ith item worth vidollars and weighs wi pounds • Carrying at most W pounds, maximize value • A variation, the fractional knapsack problem: • Thief can take fractions of items • Think of items in 0-1 problem as gold ingots, in fractional problem as buckets of gold dust • What greedy choice algorithm works for the fractional problem but not the 0-1 problem? David Luebke 96/5/2014

  10. Homework 4 • Problem 1 (detecting overlap in rectangles): • “Sweep” vertical line across rectangles; keep track of line-rectangle intersections with interval tree • Need to sort rectangles by Xmin, Xmax • Then need to do O(n) inserts and deletes • Total time: O(n lg n) David Luebke 106/5/2014

  11. Homework 4 • Problem 2: Optimizing Kruskal’s algorithm • Edge weights integers from 1 to |V|: • Use counting sort to sort edges in O(V+E) time = O(E) time (Why?) • Bottleneck now the disjoint-set unify operations, so total algorithm time now O(E a(E,V)) • Edge weights integers from 1 to constant W: • Again use counting sort to sort edges in O(W+E) time • Which again = O(E) time • Which again means O(E a(E,V)) total time David Luebke 116/5/2014

  12. Homework 4 • Problem 3: Optimizing Prim’s algorithm • Running time of Prim’s algorithm depends on the implementation of the priority queue • Edge weights integers from 1 to constant W: • Implement queue as an array Q[1..W+1] • The ith slot in Q holds doubly-linked list of vertices with key = i (What does slot W+1 represent?) • Extract-Min() takes O(1) time (How?) • Decrease-Key() takes O(1) time (How?) • Total asymptotic running time of Prims: O(E) David Luebke 126/5/2014

  13. Homework 4 • Problem 4: • No time to cover here, sorry David Luebke 136/5/2014

  14. NP-Completeness • Some problems are intractable: as they grow large, we are unable to solve them in reasonable time • What constitutes reasonable time? Standard working definition: polynomial time • On an input of size n the worst-case running time is O(nk) for some constant k • Polynomial time: O(n2), O(n3), O(1), O(n lg n) • Not in polynomial time: O(2n), O(nn), O(n!) David Luebke 146/5/2014

  15. Polynomial-Time Algorithms • Are some problems solvable in polynomial time? • Of course: every algorithm we’ve studied provides polynomial-time solution to some problem • We define P to be the class of problems solvable in polynomial time • Are all problems solvable in polynomial time? • No: Turing’s “Halting Problem” is not solvable by any computer, no matter how much time is given • Such problems are clearly intractable, not in P David Luebke 156/5/2014

  16. NP-Complete Problems • The NP-Complete problems are an interesting class of problems whose status is unknown • No polynomial-time algorithm has been discovered for an NP-Complete problem • No suprapolynomial lower bound has been proved for any NP-Complete problem, either • We call this the P = NP question • The biggest open problem in CS David Luebke 166/5/2014

  17. An NP-Complete Problem:Hamiltonian Cycles • An example of an NP-Complete problem: • A hamiltonian cycle of an undirected graph is a simple cycle that contains every vertex • The hamiltonian-cycle problem: given a graph G, does it have a hamiltonian cycle? • Draw on board: dodecahedron, odd bipartite graph • Describe a naïve algorithm for solving the hamiltonian-cycle problem. Running time? David Luebke 176/5/2014

  18. P and NP • As mentioned, P is set of problems that can be solved in polynomial time • NP (nondeterministic polynomial time) is the set of problems that can be solved in polynomial time by a nondeterministic computer • What the hell is that? David Luebke 186/5/2014

  19. Nondeterminism • Think of a non-deterministic computer as a computer that magically “guesses” a solution, then has to verify that it is correct • If a solution exists, computer always guesses it • One way to imagine it: a parallel computer that can freely spawn an infinite number of processes • Have one processor work on each possible solution • All processors attempt to verify that their solution works • If a processor finds it has a working solution • So: NP = problems verifiable in polynomial time David Luebke 196/5/2014

  20. P and NP • Summary so far: • P = problems that can be solved in polynomial time • NP = problems for which a solution can be verified in polynomial time • Unknown whether P = NP (most suspect not) • Hamiltonian-cycle problem is in NP: • Cannot solve in polynomial time • Easy to verify solution in polynomial time (How?) David Luebke 206/5/2014

  21. NP-Complete Problems • We will see that NP-Complete problems are the “hardest” problems in NP: • If any one NP-Complete problem can be solved in polynomial time… • …then every NP-Complete problem can be solved in polynomial time… • …and in fact every problem in NP can be solved in polynomial time (which would show P = NP) • Thus: solve hamiltonian-cycle in O(n100) time, you’ve proved that P = NP. Retire rich & famous. David Luebke 216/5/2014

  22. Reduction • The crux of NP-Completeness is reducibility • Informally, a problem P can be reduced to another problem Q if any instance of P can be “easily rephrased” as an instance of Q, the solution to which provides a solution to the instance of P • What do you suppose “easily” means? • This rephrasing is called transformation • Intuitively: If P reduces to Q, P is “no harder to solve” than Q David Luebke 226/5/2014

  23. Reducibility • An example: • P: Given a set of Booleans, is at least one TRUE? • Q: Given a set of integers, is their sum positive? • Transformation: (x1, x2, …, xn) = (y1, y2, …, yn) where yi = 1 if xi = TRUE, yi = 0 if xi = FALSE • Another example: • Solving linear equations is reducible to solving quadratic equations • How can we easily use a quadratic-equation solver to solve linear equations? David Luebke 236/5/2014

  24. Using Reductions • If P is polynomial-time reducible to Q, we denote this P p Q • Definition of NP-Complete: • If P is NP-Complete, all problems R  NP are reducible to P • Formally: R p P  R  NP • If P p Q and P is NP-Complete, Q is also NP-Complete • This is the key idea you should take away today David Luebke 246/5/2014

  25. Coming Up • Given one NP-Complete problem, we can prove many interesting problems NP-Complete • Graph coloring (= register allocation) • Hamiltonian cycle • Hamiltonian path • Knapsack problem • Traveling salesman • Job scheduling with penalities • Many, many more David Luebke 256/5/2014

  26. The End David Luebke 266/5/2014