Siu On Chan: Approximate Constraint Satisfaction Requires Large LP Relaxations

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Siu On Chan
MSR New England

We prove super-polynomial lower bounds on the size of linear programming relaxations for approximation versions of constraint satisfaction problems. We show that for these problems, polynomial-sized linear programs are exactly as powerful as programs arising from a constant number of rounds of the Sherali-Adams hierarchy.

In particular, any polynomial-sized linear program for Max Cut has an integrality gap of 1/2 and any such linear program for Max 3-Sat has an integrality gap of 7/8.

Joint work with James Lee, Prasad Raghavendra, and David Steurer.