Regularity lemmas and combinatorial algorithms

N. Bansal, R. Williams

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    We present new combinatorial algorithms for Boolean matrix multiplication (BMM) and preprocessing a graph to answer independent set queries. We give the first asymptotic improvements on combinatorial algorithms for dense BMM in many years, improving on the "Four Russians'' O(n^3/(w\log n)) bound for machine models with word size w. (For a pointer machine, we can set w = \log n.) The algorithms utilize notions from Regularity Lemmas for graphs in a novel way. We give two randomized combinatorial algorithms for BMM. The first algorithm is essentially a reduction from BMM to the {\em Triangle Removal Lemma}. The best known bounds for the Triangle Removal Lemma only imply an O\left((n^3 \log \beta )/(\beta w \log n)\right) time algorithm for BMM where \beta = (\log^*n)^{\delta} for some \delta > 0, but improvements on the Triangle Removal Lemma would yield corresponding runtime improvements. The second algorithm applies the Weak Regularity Lemma of Frieze and Kannan along with several information compression ideas, running in $O\left(n^3 (\log \log n)^2/(\log n)^{9/4})\right)$ time with probability exponentially close to 1. When $w \geq \log n$, it can be implemented in O\left(n^3 (\log \log n)^2/(w \log n)^{7/6})\right) time. Our results immediately imply improved combinatorial methods for CFG parsing, detecting triangle-freeness, and transitive closure. Using Weak Regularity, we also give an algorithm for answering queries of the form is S \subseteq V an independent set? in a graph. Improving on prior work, we show how to randomly preprocess a graph in O(n^{2+\eps}) time (for all \eps > 0) so that with high probability, all subsequent batches of \log n independent set queries can be answered deterministically in O\left(n^2 (\log \log n)^2/((\log n)^{5/4})\right) time. When w \geq \log n, w queries can be answered in O\left(n^2 (\log \log n)^2/((\log n)^{7/6})\right) time. In addition to its nice applications, this problem is interesting in that it is not known how to do better than O(n^2) using "algebraic'' methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 50th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2009, Atlanta GA, USA, October 24-27, 2009)
    Place of PublicationLos Alamitos CA
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-3850-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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