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A PolynomialTime Approximation Algorithm for the Permanent of a Matrix with NonNegative Entries
 JOURNAL OF THE ACM
, 2004
"... We present a polynomialtime randomized algorithm for estimating the permanent of an arbitrary n ×n matrix with nonnegative entries. This algorithm—technically a “fullypolynomial randomized approximation scheme”—computes an approximation that is, with high probability, within arbitrarily small spec ..."
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We present a polynomialtime randomized algorithm for estimating the permanent of an arbitrary n ×n matrix with nonnegative entries. This algorithm—technically a “fullypolynomial randomized approximation scheme”—computes an approximation that is, with high probability, within arbitrarily small specified relative error of the true value of the permanent.
Sequential Monte Carlo Samplers
, 2002
"... In this paper, we propose a general algorithm to sample sequentially from a sequence of probability distributions known up to a normalizing constant and de ned on a common space. A sequence of increasingly large arti cial joint distributions is built; each of these distributions admits a marginal ..."
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In this paper, we propose a general algorithm to sample sequentially from a sequence of probability distributions known up to a normalizing constant and de ned on a common space. A sequence of increasingly large arti cial joint distributions is built; each of these distributions admits a marginal which is a distribution of interest. To sample from these distributions, we use sequential Monte Carlo methods. We show that these methods can be interpreted as interacting particle approximations of a nonlinear FeynmanKac ow in distribution space. One interpretation of the FeynmanKac ow corresponds to a nonlinear Markov kernel admitting a speci ed invariant distribution and is a natural nonlinear extension of the standard MetropolisHastings algorithm. Many theoretical results have already been established for such ows and their particle approximations. We demonstrate the use of these algorithms through simulation.
Clustering categorical data: An approach based on dynamical systems
, 1998
"... We describe a novel approach for clustering collections of sets, and its application to the analysis and mining of categorical data. By “categorical data, ” we mean tables with fields that cannot be naturally ordered by a metric e.g., the names of producers of automobiles, or the names of product ..."
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We describe a novel approach for clustering collections of sets, and its application to the analysis and mining of categorical data. By “categorical data, ” we mean tables with fields that cannot be naturally ordered by a metric e.g., the names of producers of automobiles, or the names of products offered by a manufacturer. Our approach is based on an iterative method for assigning and propagating weights on the categorical values in a table; this facilitates a type of similarity measure arising from the cooccurrence of values in the dataset. Our techniques can be studied analytically in terms of certain types of nonlinear dynamical systems. We discuss experiments on a variety of tables of synthetic and real data; we find that our iterative methods converge quickly to prominently correlated values of various categorical fields.
Path coupling: A technique for proving rapid mixing in Markov chains
 IN FOCS ’97: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 38TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE (FOCS
, 1997
"... The main technique used in algorithm design for approximating #Phard counting problems is the Markov chain Monte Carlo method. At the heart of the method is the study of the convergence (mixing) rates of particular Markov chains of interest. In this paper we illustrate a new approach to the couplin ..."
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The main technique used in algorithm design for approximating #Phard counting problems is the Markov chain Monte Carlo method. At the heart of the method is the study of the convergence (mixing) rates of particular Markov chains of interest. In this paper we illustrate a new approach to the coupling technique, which we call path coupling, for bounding mixing rates. Previous appliccitions of coupling have required detailed insights into the combinatorics of the problem at hand, and this complexity can make the technique extremely difficult to apply successfully. Path coupling helps to minimize the combinatorial difficulty and in all cases provides simpler convergence proofs than does the standard coupling method. Howevel; the true power of the method i>i that the simpl$cation obtained may allow coupling proofs which were previously unknown, or provide significantly better bounds than those obtained using the standard method. We apply the path coupling method to several hard combinatorial problems, obtaining new or improved results. We examine combinatorial problems such as graph colouring and TWICESAT, and problems fn?m statistical physics, such as the antiferromagnetic Potts model and the hardcore lattice gas model. In each case we provide either a proof of rapid mixing where none was known previously, or substantial simpl$cation of existing proofs with conseqent gains in the pegormance of the resulting algorithms.
A random polynomialtime algorithm for approximating the volume of convex bodies
, 1991
"... A randomized polynomialtime algorithm for approximating the volume of a convex body K in ndimensional Euclidean space is presented. The proof of correctness of the algorithm relies on recent theory of rapidly mixing Markov chains and isoperimetric inequalities to show that a certain random walk c ..."
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A randomized polynomialtime algorithm for approximating the volume of a convex body K in ndimensional Euclidean space is presented. The proof of correctness of the algorithm relies on recent theory of rapidly mixing Markov chains and isoperimetric inequalities to show that a certain random walk can be used to sample nearly uniformly from within K.
Markov Chain Monte Carlo Data Association for MultiTarget Tracking Univ
, 2008
"... data association (MCMCDA) for solving data association problems arising in multitarget tracking in a cluttered environment. When the number of targets is fixed, the singlescan version of MCMCDA approximates joint probabilistic data association (JPDA). Although the exact computation of association ..."
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data association (MCMCDA) for solving data association problems arising in multitarget tracking in a cluttered environment. When the number of targets is fixed, the singlescan version of MCMCDA approximates joint probabilistic data association (JPDA). Although the exact computation of association probabilities in JPDA is NPhard, we prove that the singlescan MCMCDA algorithm provides a fully polynomial randomized approximation scheme for JPDA. For general multitarget tracking problems, in which unknown numbers of targets appear and disappear at random times, we present a multiscan MCMCDA algorithm that approximates the optimal Bayesian filter. We also present extensive simulation studies supporting theoretical results in this paper. Our simulation results also show that MCMCDA outperforms multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT) by a significant margin in terms of accuracy and efficiency under extreme conditions, such as a large number of targets in a dense environment, low detection probabilities, and high false alarm rates. Index Terms—Joint probabilistic data association (JPDA), Markov chain Monte Carlo data association (MCMCDA), multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT). I.
OneDimensional Quantum Walks
 STOC'01
, 2001
"... We define and analyze quantum computational variants of random walks on onedimensional lattices. In particular, we analyze a quantum analog of the symmetric random walk, which we call the Hadamard walk. Several striking differences between the quantum and classical cases are observed. For example, ..."
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We define and analyze quantum computational variants of random walks on onedimensional lattices. In particular, we analyze a quantum analog of the symmetric random walk, which we call the Hadamard walk. Several striking differences between the quantum and classical cases are observed. For example, when unrestricted in either direction, the Hadamard walk has position that is nearly uniformly distributed in the range [\Gamma t= p
Efficient sampling algorithm for estimating subgraph concentrations and detecting network motifs
 Bioinformatics
, 2004
"... Biological and engineered networks have recently been shown to display network motifs: a small set of characteristic patterns which occur much more frequently than in randomized networks with the same degree sequence. Network motifs were demonstrated to play key information processing roles in biolo ..."
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Biological and engineered networks have recently been shown to display network motifs: a small set of characteristic patterns which occur much more frequently than in randomized networks with the same degree sequence. Network motifs were demonstrated to play key information processing roles in biological regulation networks. Existing algorithms for detecting network motifs act by exhaustively enumerating all subgraphs with a given number of nodes in the network. The runtime of such full enumeration algorithms increases strongly with network size. Here we present a novel algorithm that allows estimation of subgraph concentrations and detection of network motifs at a run time that is asymptotically independent of the network size. This algorithm is based on random sampling of subgraphs. Network motifs are detected with a surprisingly small number of samples in a wide variety of networks. Our method can be applied to estimate the concentrations of larger subgraphs in larger networks than was previously possible with full enumeration algorithms. We present results for highorder motifs in several biological networks and discuss their possible functions. Availability: A software tool for estimating subgraph concentrations and detecting network motifs (mfinder 2.0) and further information is available at: