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Theory of Combinatorial Algorithms

Prof. Emo Welzl and Prof. Bernd Gärtner

Mittagsseminar (in cooperation with M. Ghaffari, A. Steger and B. Sudakov)

Mittagsseminar Talk Information

Date and Time: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 12:15 pm

Duration: This information is not available in the database

Location: CAB G51

Speaker: Robin Moser

Vectors in the Box

This talk addresses questions asked by Tibor Szab at GWOP 09:

For an integer d>=1, let tau(d) be the smallest integer with the following property: If v1,v2,...,vt is a sequence of t>=2 vectors in [-1,1]^d with v1+v2+...+vt in [-1,1]^d, then there is a subset S of {1,2,...,t} of indices, 2<=|S|<=tau(d), such that \sum_{i\in S} vi is in [-1,1]^d. The quantity tau(d) was introduced by Dash, Fukasawa, and Günlük, who showed that tau(2)=2, tau(3)=4, and tau(d)=Omega(2^d), and asked whether tau(d) is finite for all d. Using the Steinitz lemma, in a quantitative version due to Grinberg and Sevastyanov, we prove an upper bound of tau(d) <= d^{d+o(d)}, and based on a construction of Alon and Vu, whose main idea goes back to Hastad, we obtain a lower bound of tau(d)>= d^{d/2-o(d)}. These results contribute to understanding the master equality polyhedron with multiple rows defined by Dash et al., which is a "universal" polyhedron encoding valid cutting planes for integer programs (this line of research was started by Gomory in the late 1960s). In particular, the upper bound on tau(d) implies a pseudo-polynomial running time for an algorithm of Dash et al. for integer programming with a fixed number of constraints. The algorithm consists in solving a linear program, and it provides an alternative to a 1981 dynamic programming algorithm of Papadimitriou.

This is joint work with Kevin Buchin, Jiří Matoušek and Dömötör Pálvölgyi. Special thanks go to Sanjeeb Dash and Patrick Traxler.

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