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Asymptotically optimal strategy-proof mechanisms for two-facility games
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We consider the problem of locating facilities in a metric space to serve a set of selfish agents. Expand
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On the approximability of budget feasible mechanisms
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We show a lower bound of 1 + √2 for the approximation ratio of deterministic mechanisms and 2 for randomized mechanisms for knapsack, as well as the general monotone submodular functions. Expand
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Holant problems and counting CSP
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We propose and explore a novel alternative framework to study the complexity of counting problems, called Holant Problems. Expand
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Correlation Decay up to Uniqueness in Spin Systems
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We show that a two-state anti-ferromagnetic spin system exhibits strong spatial mixing on all graphs of maximum degree at most Δ if and only if the system has a unique Gibbs measure. Expand
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Combinatorial Multi-Armed Bandit with General Reward Functions
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We study the stochastic combinatorial multi-armed bandit (CMAB) framework that allows a general nonlinear reward function, whose expected value may not depend only on the means of the input random variables but possibly on the entire distributions of these variables. Expand
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Budget feasible mechanism design: from prior-free to bayesian
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Budget feasible mechanism design studies procurement combinatorial auctions in which the sellers have private costs to produce items, and the buyer (auctioneer) aims to maximize a social valuation function on subsets of items, under the budget constraint. Expand
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A Dichotomy for Real Weighted Holant Problems
  • Sangxia Huang, P. Lu
  • Mathematics, Computer Science
  • IEEE 27th Conference on Computational Complexity
  • 1 March 2016
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Holant is a framework of counting characterized by local constraints. Expand
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Tighter Bounds for Facility Games
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We study the approximation ratio of social welfare for strategy-proof mechanisms, where no agent can benefit by misreporting its location. Expand
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The complexity of complex weighted Boolean #CSP
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We prove a complexity dichotomy theorem for the most general form of Boolean #CSP where every constraint function takes values in the field of complex numbers C. Expand
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Improved FPTAS for Multi-spin Systems
  • P. Lu, Y. Yin
  • Mathematics, Computer Science
  • APPROX-RANDOM
  • 21 August 2013
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We design deterministic fully polynomial-time approximation scheme (FPTAS) for computing the partition function for a class of multi-spin systems, extending the known approximable regime by an exponential scale. Expand
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