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DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX-RANDOM.2015.152
URN: urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-53011
URL: http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2015/5301/
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Bhattiprolu, Vijay V. S. P. ; Guruswami, Venkatesan ; Lee, Euiwoong

Approximate Hypergraph Coloring under Low-discrepancy and Related Promises

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Abstract

A hypergraph is said to be X-colorable if its vertices can be colored with X colors so that no hyperedge is monochromatic. 2-colorability is a fundamental property (called Property B) of hypergraphs and is extensively studied in combinatorics. Algorithmically, however, given a 2-colorable k-uniform hypergraph, it is NP-hard to find a 2-coloring miscoloring fewer than a fraction 2^(-k+1) of hyperedges (which is trivially achieved by a random 2-coloring), and the best algorithms to color the hypergraph properly require about n^(1-1/k) colors, approaching the trivial bound of n as k increases. In this work, we study the complexity of approximate hypergraph coloring, for both the maximization (finding a 2-coloring with fewest miscolored edges) and minimization (finding a proper coloring using fewest number of colors) versions, when the input hypergraph is promised to have the following stronger properties than 2-colorability: (A) Low-discrepancy: If the hypergraph has a 2-coloring of discrepancy l << sqrt(k), we give an algorithm to color the hypergraph with about n^(O(l^2/k)) colors. However, for the maximization version, we prove NP-hardness of finding a 2-coloring miscoloring a smaller than 2^(-O(k)) (resp. k^(-O(k))) fraction of the hyperedges when l = O(log k) (resp. l=2). Assuming the Unique Games conjecture, we improve the latter hardness factor to 2^(-O(k)) for almost discrepancy-1 hypergraphs. (B) Rainbow colorability: If the hypergraph has a (k-l)-coloring such that each hyperedge is polychromatic with all these colors (this is stronger than a (l+1)-discrepancy 2-coloring), we give a 2-coloring algorithm that miscolors at most k^(-Omega(k)) of the hyperedges when l << sqrt(k), and complement this with a matching Unique Games hardness result showing that when l = sqrt(k), it is hard to even beat the 2^(-k+1) bound achieved by a random coloring. (C) Strong Colorability: We obtain similar (stronger) Min- and Max-2-Coloring algorithmic results in the case of (k+l)-strong colorability.

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@InProceedings{bhattiprolu_et_al:LIPIcs:2015:5301,
  author =	{Vijay V. S. P. Bhattiprolu and Venkatesan Guruswami and Euiwoong Lee},
  title =	{{Approximate Hypergraph Coloring under Low-discrepancy and Related Promises}},
  booktitle =	{Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2015)},
  pages =	{152--174},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-939897-89-7},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2015},
  volume =	{40},
  editor =	{Naveen Garg and Klaus Jansen and Anup Rao and Jos{\'e} D. P. Rolim},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2015/5301},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-53011},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX-RANDOM.2015.152},
  annote =	{Keywords: Hypergraph Coloring, Discrepancy, Rainbow Coloring, Stong Coloring, Algorithms, Semidefinite Programming, Hardness of Approximation}
}

Keywords: Hypergraph Coloring, Discrepancy, Rainbow Coloring, Stong Coloring, Algorithms, Semidefinite Programming, Hardness of Approximation
Seminar: Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2015)
Issue Date: 2015
Date of publication: 28.07.2015


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