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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 275, Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023)

Given a matroid M = (E,I), and a total ordering over the elements E, a broken circuit is a circuit where the smallest element is removed and an NBC independent set is an independent set in I with no broken circuit. The set of NBC independent sets of any matroid M define a simplicial complex called the broken circuit complex which has been the subject of intense study in combinatorics. Recently, Adiprasito, Huh and Katz showed that the face of numbers of any broken circuit complex form a log-concave sequence, proving a long-standing conjecture of Rota.
We study counting and optimization problems on NBC bases of a generic matroid. We find several fundamental differences with the independent set complex: for example, we show that it is NP-hard to find the max-weight NBC base of a matroid or that the convex hull of NBC bases of a matroid has edges of arbitrary large length. We also give evidence that the natural down-up walk on the space of NBC bases of a matroid may not mix rapidly by showing that for some family of matroids it is NP-hard to count the number of NBC bases after certain conditionings.

Dorna Abdolazimi, Kasper Lindberg, and Shayan Oveis Gharan. On Optimization and Counting of Non-Broken Bases of Matroids. In Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 275, pp. 40:1-40:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{abdolazimi_et_al:LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.40, author = {Abdolazimi, Dorna and Lindberg, Kasper and Gharan, Shayan Oveis}, title = {{On Optimization and Counting of Non-Broken Bases of Matroids}}, booktitle = {Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023)}, pages = {40:1--40:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-296-9}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {275}, editor = {Megow, Nicole and Smith, Adam}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.40}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-188653}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.40}, annote = {Keywords: Complexity, Hardness, Optimization, Counting, Random walk, Local to Global, Matroids} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 264, 38th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2023)

We prove a strengthening of the trickle down theorem for partite complexes. Given a (d+1)-partite d-dimensional simplicial complex, we show that if "on average" the links of faces of co-dimension 2 are (1-δ)/d-(one-sided) spectral expanders, then the link of any face of co-dimension k is an O((1-δ)/(kδ))-(one-sided) spectral expander, for all 3 ≤ k ≤ d+1. For an application, using our theorem as a black-box, we show that links of faces of co-dimension k in recent constructions of bounded degree high dimensional expanders have spectral expansion at most O(1/k) fraction of the spectral expansion of the links of the worst faces of co-dimension 2.

Dorna Abdolazimi and Shayan Oveis Gharan. An Improved Trickle down Theorem for Partite Complexes. In 38th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 264, pp. 10:1-10:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{abdolazimi_et_al:LIPIcs.CCC.2023.10, author = {Abdolazimi, Dorna and Oveis Gharan, Shayan}, title = {{An Improved Trickle down Theorem for Partite Complexes}}, booktitle = {38th Computational Complexity Conference (CCC 2023)}, pages = {10:1--10:16}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-282-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {264}, editor = {Ta-Shma, Amnon}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2023.10}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-182807}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CCC.2023.10}, annote = {Keywords: Simplicial complexes, High dimensional expanders, Trickle down theorem, Bounded degree high dimensional expanders, Locally testable codes, Random walks} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 251, 14th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2023)

A matroid M on a set E of elements has the α-partition property, for some α > 0, if it is possible to (randomly) construct a partition matroid 𝒫 on (a subset of) elements of M such that every independent set of 𝒫 is independent in M and for any weight function w:E → ℝ_{≥0}, the expected value of the optimum of the matroid secretary problem on 𝒫 is at least an α-fraction of the optimum on M. We show that the complete binary matroid, B_d on 𝔽₂^d does not satisfy the α-partition property for any constant α > 0 (independent of d).
Furthermore, we refute a recent conjecture of [Kristóf Bérczi et al., 2021] by showing the same matroid is 2^d/d-colorable but cannot be reduced to an α 2^d/d-colorable partition matroid for any α that is sublinear in d.

Dorna Abdolazimi, Anna R. Karlin, Nathan Klein, and Shayan Oveis Gharan. Matroid Partition Property and the Secretary Problem. In 14th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 251, pp. 2:1-2:9, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{abdolazimi_et_al:LIPIcs.ITCS.2023.2, author = {Abdolazimi, Dorna and Karlin, Anna R. and Klein, Nathan and Oveis Gharan, Shayan}, title = {{Matroid Partition Property and the Secretary Problem}}, booktitle = {14th Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS 2023)}, pages = {2:1--2:9}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-263-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {251}, editor = {Tauman Kalai, Yael}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2023.2}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-175051}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ITCS.2023.2}, annote = {Keywords: Online algorithms, Matroids, Matroid secretary problem} }