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Expander Flows, Geometric Embeddings and Graph Partitioning
 IN 36TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE THEORY OF COMPUTING
, 2004
"... We give a O( log n)approximation algorithm for sparsest cut, balanced separator, and graph conductance problems. This improves the O(log n)approximation of Leighton and Rao (1988). We use a wellknown semidefinite relaxation with triangle inequality constraints. Central to our analysis is a ..."
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We give a O( log n)approximation algorithm for sparsest cut, balanced separator, and graph conductance problems. This improves the O(log n)approximation of Leighton and Rao (1988). We use a wellknown semidefinite relaxation with triangle inequality constraints. Central to our analysis is a geometric theorem about projections of point sets in , whose proof makes essential use of a phenomenon called measure concentration.
The Unique Games Conjecture, integrality gap for cut problems and embeddability of negative type metrics into `1
 In Proc. 46th IEEE Symp. on Foundations of Comp. Sci
, 2005
"... In this paper we disprove the following conjecture due to Goemans [17] and Linial [25] (also see [5, 27]): “Every negative type metric embeds into `1 with constant distortion. ” We show that for every δ> 0, and for large enough n, there is an npoint negative type metric which requires distortion ..."
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In this paper we disprove the following conjecture due to Goemans [17] and Linial [25] (also see [5, 27]): “Every negative type metric embeds into `1 with constant distortion. ” We show that for every δ> 0, and for large enough n, there is an npoint negative type metric which requires distortion atleast (log log n)1/6−δ to embed into `1. Surprisingly, our construction is inspired by the Unique Games Conjecture (UGC) of Khot [20], establishing a previously unsuspected connection between PCPs and the theory of metric embeddings. We first prove that the UGC implies superconstant hardness results for (nonuniform) Sparsest Cut and Minimum Uncut problems. It is already known that the UGC also implies an optimal hardness result for Maximum Cut [21]. Though these hardness results rely on the UGC, we demonstrate, nevertheless, that the corresponding PCP reductions can be used to construct “integrality gap instances ” for the respective problems. Towards this, we first construct an integrality gap instance for a natural SDP relaxation of Unique Games. Then, we “simulate ” the PCP reduction, and “translate ” the integrality gap instance of Unique Games to integrality gap instances for the respective cut problems! This enables us to prove
Euclidean distortion and the Sparsest Cut
 In Proceedings of the 37th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing
, 2005
"... BiLipschitz embeddings of finite metric spaces, a topic originally studied in geometric analysis and Banach space theory, became an integral part of theoretical computer science following work of Linial, London, and Rabinovich [29]. They presented an algorithmic version of a result of Bourgain [8] ..."
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BiLipschitz embeddings of finite metric spaces, a topic originally studied in geometric analysis and Banach space theory, became an integral part of theoretical computer science following work of Linial, London, and Rabinovich [29]. They presented an algorithmic version of a result of Bourgain [8] which shows that every
Handbook of semidefinite programming
"... Semidefinite programming (or SDP) has been one of the most exciting and active research areas in optimization during the 1990s. It has attracted researchers with very diverse backgrounds, including experts in convex programming, linear algebra, numerical optimization, combinatorial optimization, con ..."
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Semidefinite programming (or SDP) has been one of the most exciting and active research areas in optimization during the 1990s. It has attracted researchers with very diverse backgrounds, including experts in convex programming, linear algebra, numerical optimization, combinatorial optimization, control theory, and statistics. This tremendous research activity was spurred by the discovery of important applications in combinatorial optimization and control theory, the development of efficient interiorpoint algorithms for solving SDP problems, and the depth and elegance of the underlying optimization theory. This book includes nineteen chapters on the theory, algorithms, and applications of semidefinite programming. Written by the leading experts on the subject, it offers an advanced and broad overview of the current state of the field. The coverage is somewhat less comprehensive, and the overall level more advanced, than we had planned at the start of the project. In order to finish the book in a timely fashion, we have had to abandon hopes for separate chapters on some important topics (such as a discussion of SDP algorithms in the
Solving Euclidean Distance Matrix Completion Problems Via Semidefinite Programming
, 1997
"... Given a partial symmetric matrix A with only certain elements specified, the Euclidean distance matrix completion problem (IgDMCP) is to find the unspecified elements of A that make A a Euclidean distance matrix (IgDM). In this paper, we follow the successful approach in [20] and solve the IgDMCP by ..."
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Given a partial symmetric matrix A with only certain elements specified, the Euclidean distance matrix completion problem (IgDMCP) is to find the unspecified elements of A that make A a Euclidean distance matrix (IgDM). In this paper, we follow the successful approach in [20] and solve the IgDMCP by generalizing the completion problem to allow for approximate completions. In particular, we introduce a primaldual interiorpoint algorithm that solves an equivalent (quadratic objective function) semidefinite programming problem (SDP). Numerical results are included which illustrate the efficiency and robustness of our approach. Our randomly generated problems consistently resulted in low dimensional solutions when no completion existed.
On Lagrangian relaxation of quadratic matrix constraints
 SIAM J. MATRIX ANAL. APPL
, 2000
"... Quadratically constrained quadratic programs (QQPs) play an important modeling role for many diverse problems. These problems are in general NP hard and numerically intractable. Lagrangian relaxations often provide good approximate solutions to these hard problems. Such relaxations are equivalent ..."
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Quadratically constrained quadratic programs (QQPs) play an important modeling role for many diverse problems. These problems are in general NP hard and numerically intractable. Lagrangian relaxations often provide good approximate solutions to these hard problems. Such relaxations are equivalent to semidefinite programming relaxations. For several special cases of QQP, e.g., convex programs and trust region subproblems, the Lagrangian relaxation provides the exact optimal value, i.e., there is a zero duality gap. However, this is not true for the general QQP, or even the QQP with two convex constraints, but a nonconvex objective. In this paper we consider a certain QQP where the quadratic constraints correspond to the matrix orthogonality condition XXT = I. For this problem we show that the Lagrangian dual based on relaxing the constraints XXT = I and the seemingly redundant constraints XT X = I has a zero duality gap. This result has natural applications to quadratic assignment and graph partitioning problems, as well as the problem of minimizing the weighted sum of the largest eigenvalues of a matrix. We also show that the technique of relaxing quadratic matrix constraints can be used to obtain a strengthened semidefinite relaxation for the maxcut problem.
Embeddings of negativetype metrics and an improved approximation to generalized sparsest cut
, 2007
"... In this paper, we study metrics of negative type, which are metrics (V, d) such that √ d is an Euclidean metric; these metrics are thus also known as “ℓ2squared” metrics. We show how to embed npoint negativetype metrics into Euclidean space ℓ2 with distortion D = O(log 3/4 n). This embedding resu ..."
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In this paper, we study metrics of negative type, which are metrics (V, d) such that √ d is an Euclidean metric; these metrics are thus also known as “ℓ2squared” metrics. We show how to embed npoint negativetype metrics into Euclidean space ℓ2 with distortion D = O(log 3/4 n). This embedding result, in turn, implies an O(log 3/4 k)approximation algorithm for the Sparsest Cut problem with nonuniform demands. Another corollary we obtain is that npoint subsets of ℓ1 embed into ℓ2 with distortion O(log 3/4 n).
On Copositive Programming and Standard Quadratic Optimization Problems
 Journal of Global Optimization
, 2000
"... A standard quadratic problem consists of finding global maximizers of a quadratic form over the standard simplex. In this paper, the usual semidefinite programming relaxation is strengthened by replacing the cone of positive semidefinite matrices by the cone of completely positive matrices (the posi ..."
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A standard quadratic problem consists of finding global maximizers of a quadratic form over the standard simplex. In this paper, the usual semidefinite programming relaxation is strengthened by replacing the cone of positive semidefinite matrices by the cone of completely positive matrices (the positive semidefinite matrices which allow a factorization FF^T where F is some nonnegative matrix). The dual of this cone is the cone of copositive matrices (i.e., those matrices which yield a nonnegative quadratic form on the positive orthant). This conic formulation allows us to employ primaldual affinescaling directions. Furthermore, these approaches are combined with an evolutionary dynamics algorithm which generates primalfeasible paths along which the objective is monotonically improved until a local solution is reached. In particular, the primaldual affine scaling directions are used to escape from local maxima encountered during the evolutionary dynamics phase.