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Ruling out PTAS for graph min-bisection, densest subgraph and bipartite clique

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1 Author(s)
S. Khot ; Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA, USA

Assuming that NP


ε > 0 BPTIME(2nε), we show that graph min-bisection, densest subgraph and bipartite clique have no PTAS. We give a reduction from the minimum distance of code problem (MDC). Starting with an instance of MDC, we build a quasi-random PCP that suffices to prove the desired inapproximability results. In a quasi-random PCP, the query pattern of the verifier looks random in some precise sense. Among the several new techniques introduced, we give a way of certifying that a given polynomial belongs to a given subspace of polynomials. As is important for our purpose, the certificate itself happens to be another polynomial and it can be checked by reading a constant number of its values.

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Foundations of Computer Science, 2004. Proceedings. 45th Annual IEEE Symposium on

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17-19 Oct. 2004