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Approximate F_2-Sketching of Valuation Functions

Authors Grigory Yaroslavtsev, Samson Zhou

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Grigory Yaroslavtsev
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
  • The Alan Turing Institute, London, UK
Samson Zhou
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA


We would like to thank Swagato Sanyal for multiple discussions leading to this paper, including the proof of Theorem 11 and Nikolai Karpov for his contributions to Section 3.1. We would also like to thank Amit Chakrabarti, Qin Zhang and anonymous reviewers for their comments.

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Grigory Yaroslavtsev and Samson Zhou. Approximate F_2-Sketching of Valuation Functions. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 145, pp. 69:1-69:21, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


We study the problem of constructing a linear sketch of minimum dimension that allows approximation of a given real-valued function f : F_2^n - > R with small expected squared error. We develop a general theory of linear sketching for such functions through which we analyze their dimension for most commonly studied types of valuation functions: additive, budget-additive, coverage, alpha-Lipschitz submodular and matroid rank functions. This gives a characterization of how many bits of information have to be stored about the input x so that one can compute f under additive updates to its coordinates. Our results are tight in most cases and we also give extensions to the distributional version of the problem where the input x in F_2^n is generated uniformly at random. Using known connections with dynamic streaming algorithms, both upper and lower bounds on dimension obtained in our work extend to the space complexity of algorithms evaluating f(x) under long sequences of additive updates to the input x presented as a stream. Similar results hold for simultaneous communication in a distributed setting.

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  • Theory of computation → Sketching and sampling
  • Sublinear algorithms
  • linear sketches
  • approximation algorithms


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