On the Usefulness of Predicates

  title={On the Usefulness of Predicates},
  author={Per Austrin and Johan H{\aa}stad},
  journal={2012 IEEE 27th Conference on Computational Complexity},
Motivated by the pervasiveness of strong inapproximability results for Max-CSPs, we introduce a relaxed notion of an approximate solution of a Max-CSP. In this relaxed version, loosely speaking, the algorithm is allowed to replace the constraints of an instance by some other (possibly real-valued) constraints, and then only needs to satisfy as many of the new constraints as possible. To be more precise, we introduce the following notion of a predicate P being useful for a (real-valued… CONTINUE READING

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