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Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 7391



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  • published at: 2007-12-18
  • Publisher: Schloss-Dagstuhl - Leibniz Zentrum für Informatik

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07391 Abstracts Collection – Probabilistic Methods in the Design and Analysis of Algorithms

Authors: Martin Dietzfelbinger, Shang-Hua Teng, Eli Upfal, and Berthold Vöcking


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From 23.09.2007 to 28.09.2007, the Dagstuhl Seminar 07391 "Probabilistic Methods in the Design and Analysis of Algorithms''was held in the International Conference and Research Center (IBFI), Schloss Dagstuhl. The seminar brought together leading researchers in probabilistic methods to strengthen and foster collaborations among various areas of Theoretical Computer Science. The interaction between researchers using randomization in algorithm design and researchers studying known algorithms and heuristics in probabilistic models enhanced the research of both groups in developing new complexity frameworks and in obtaining new algorithmic results. During the seminar, several participants presented their current research, and ongoing work and open problems were discussed. Abstracts of the presentations given during the seminar as well as abstracts of seminar results and ideas are put together in this paper. The first section describes the seminar topics and goals in general. Links to extended abstracts or full papers are provided, if available.

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Martin Dietzfelbinger, Shang-Hua Teng, Eli Upfal, and Berthold Vöcking. 07391 Abstracts Collection – Probabilistic Methods in the Design and Analysis of Algorithms. In Probabilistic Methods in the Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 7391, pp. 1-18, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2007)


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@InProceedings{dietzfelbinger_et_al:DagSemProc.07391.1,
  author =	{Dietzfelbinger, Martin and Teng, Shang-Hua and Upfal, Eli and V\"{o}cking, Berthold},
  title =	{{07391 Abstracts Collection – Probabilistic Methods in the Design and Analysis of Algorithms}},
  booktitle =	{Probabilistic Methods in the Design and Analysis of Algorithms},
  pages =	{1--18},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2007},
  volume =	{7391},
  editor =	{Martin Dietzfelbinger and Shang-Hua Teng and Eli Upfal and Berthold V\"{o}cking},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagSemProc.07391.1},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-12915},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.07391.1},
  annote =	{Keywords: Algorithms, Randomization, Probabilistic analysis, Complexity}
}
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Sampling-based Approximation Algorithms for Multi-stage Stochastic Optimization

Authors: Chaitanya Swamy and David Shmoys


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Stochastic optimization problems provide a means to model uncertainty in the input data where the uncertainty is modeled by a probability distribution over the possible realizations of the data. We consider a broad class of these problems, called {it multi-stage stochastic programming problems with recourse}, where the uncertainty evolves through a series of stages and one take decisions in each stage in response to the new information learned. These problems are often computationally quite difficult with even very specialized (sub)problems being $#P$-complete. We obtain the first fully polynomial randomized approximation scheme (FPRAS) for a broad class of multi-stage stochastic linear programming problems with any constant number of stages, without placing any restrictions on the underlying probability distribution or on the cost structure of the input. For any fixed $k$, for a rich class of $k$-stage stochastic linear programs (LPs), we show that, for any probability distribution, for any $epsilon>0$, one can compute, with high probability, a solution with expected cost at most $(1+e)$ times the optimal expected cost, in time polynomial in the input size, $frac{1}{epsilon}$, and a parameter $lambda$ that is an upper bound on the cost-inflation over successive stages. Moreover, the algorithm analyzed is a simple and intuitive algorithm that is often used in practice, the {it sample average approximation} (SAA) method. In this method, one draws certain samples from the underlying distribution, constructs an approximate distribution from these samples, and solves the stochastic problem given by this approximate distribution. This is the first result establishing that the SAA method yields near-optimal solutions for (a class of) multi-stage programs with a polynomial number of samples. As a corollary of this FPRAS, by adapting a generic rounding technique of Shmoys and Swamy, we also obtain the first approximation algorithms for the analogous class of multi-stage stochastic integer programs, which includes the multi-stage versions of the set cover, vertex cover, multicut on trees, facility location, and multicommodity flow problems.

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Chaitanya Swamy and David Shmoys. Sampling-based Approximation Algorithms for Multi-stage Stochastic Optimization. In Probabilistic Methods in the Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 7391, pp. 1-24, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2007)


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@InProceedings{swamy_et_al:DagSemProc.07391.2,
  author =	{Swamy, Chaitanya and Shmoys, David},
  title =	{{Sampling-based Approximation Algorithms for Multi-stage Stochastic Optimization}},
  booktitle =	{Probabilistic Methods in the Design and Analysis of Algorithms},
  pages =	{1--24},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2007},
  volume =	{7391},
  editor =	{Martin Dietzfelbinger and Shang-Hua Teng and Eli Upfal and Berthold V\"{o}cking},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagSemProc.07391.2},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-12906},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.07391.2},
  annote =	{Keywords: Stochastic optimization, approximation algorithms, randomized algorithms, linear programming}
}
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Smoothed Analysis of Binary Search Trees and Quicksort Under Additive Noise

Authors: Bodo Manthey and Till Tantau


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While the height of binary search trees is linear in the worst case, their average height is logarithmic. We investigate what happens in between, i.e., when the randomness is limited, by analyzing the smoothed height of binary search trees: Randomly perturb a given (adversarial) sequence and then take the expected height of the binary search tree generated by the resulting sequence. As perturbation models, we consider partial permutations, where some elements are randomly permuted, and additive noise, where random numbers are added to the adversarial sequence. We prove tight bounds for the smoothed height of binary search trees under these models. We also obtain tight bounds for smoothed number of left-to-right maxima. Furthermore, we exploit the results obtained to get bounds for the smoothed number of comparisons that quicksort needs.

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Bodo Manthey and Till Tantau. Smoothed Analysis of Binary Search Trees and Quicksort Under Additive Noise. In Probabilistic Methods in the Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 7391, pp. 1-19, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2007)


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@InProceedings{manthey_et_al:DagSemProc.07391.3,
  author =	{Manthey, Bodo and Tantau, Till},
  title =	{{Smoothed Analysis of Binary Search Trees and Quicksort Under Additive Noise}},
  booktitle =	{Probabilistic Methods in the Design and Analysis of Algorithms},
  pages =	{1--19},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2007},
  volume =	{7391},
  editor =	{Martin Dietzfelbinger and Shang-Hua Teng and Eli Upfal and Berthold V\"{o}cking},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagSemProc.07391.3},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-12893},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.07391.3},
  annote =	{Keywords: Smoothed Analysis, Binary Search Trees, Quicksort, Left-to-right Maxima}
}

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