Dana Moshkovitz: Amplification and Derandomization Without Slowdown

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Light Refreshments at 4pm
Patil/Kiva G449
Dana Moshkovitz
Abstract: We show techniques for decreasing the error probability of randomized algorithms and for converting randomized algorithms to deterministic (non-uniform) algorithms. Unlike most existing techniques that involve repetition of the randomized algorithm and hence a slowdown, our techniques produce algorithms with a similar run-time to the original randomized algorithms.
The amplification technique is related to a certain stochastic multi-armed bandit problem.
The derandomization technique -- which is the main contribution of this work -- points to an intriguing connection between derandomization and sketching/sparsification.
We demonstrate the techniques by showing applications to max-cut on dense graphs, approximate clique, constraint satisfaction problems on dense bipartite graphs, and list decoding to unique decoding for Reed-Muller code.

This is joint work with Ofer Grossman.