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Epstein, Rogers ; Silwal, Sandeep

Property Testing of LP-Type Problems

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Given query access to a set of constraints S, we wish to quickly check if some objective function φ subject to these constraints is at most a given value k. We approach this problem using the framework of property testing where our goal is to distinguish the case φ(S) ≤ k from the case that at least an ε fraction of the constraints in S need to be removed for φ(S) ≤ k to hold. We restrict our attention to the case where (S,φ) are LP-Type problems which is a rich family of combinatorial optimization problems with an inherent geometric structure. By utilizing a simple sampling procedure which has been used previously to study these problems, we are able to create property testers for any LP-Type problem whose query complexities are independent of the number of constraints. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work that connects the area of LP-Type problems and property testing in a systematic way. Among our results are property testers for a variety of LP-Type problems that are new and also problems that have been studied previously such as a tight upper bound on the query complexity of testing clusterability with one cluster considered by Alon, Dar, Parnas, and Ron (FOCS 2000). We also supply a corresponding tight lower bound for this problem and other LP-Type problems using geometric constructions.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Rogers Epstein and Sandeep Silwal},
  title =	{{Property Testing of LP-Type Problems}},
  booktitle =	{47th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2020)},
  pages =	{98:1--98:18},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-138-2},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{168},
  editor =	{Artur Czumaj and Anuj Dawar and Emanuela Merelli},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-125056},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2020.98},
  annote =	{Keywords: property pesting, LP-Type problems, random sampling}

Keywords: property pesting, LP-Type problems, random sampling
Collection: 47th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2020)
Issue Date: 2020
Date of publication: 29.06.2020

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