Boaz Barak, Jonathan Kelner, David Steurer

We present a general approach to rounding semidefinite programming relaxations obtained by the Sum-of-Squares method (Lasserre hierarchy). Our approach is based on using the connection between these relaxations and the Sum-of-Squares proof system to transform a *combining algorithm* -- an algorithm that maps a distribution over solutions into a (possibly ... more >>>

Subhash Khot, Dana Moshkovitz

We propose a candidate Lasserre integrality gap construction for the Unique Games problem.

Our construction is based on a suggestion in [KM STOC'11] wherein the authors study the complexity of approximately solving a system of linear equations over reals and suggest it as an avenue towards a (positive) resolution ...
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Boaz Barak, Samuel Hopkins, Jonathan Kelner, Pravesh Kothari, Ankur Moitra, Aaron Potechin

We prove that with high probability over the choice of a random graph $G$ from the Erd\H{o}s-R\'enyi distribution $G(n,1/2)$, the $n^{O(d)}$-time degree $d$ Sum-of-Squares semidefinite programming relaxation for the clique problem will give a value of at least $n^{1/2-c(d/\log n)^{1/2}}$ for some constant $c>0$.

This yields a nearly tight ...
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Ryan O'Donnell

Suppose we want to minimize a polynomial $p(x) = p(x_1, \dots, x_n)$, subject to some polynomial constraints $q_1(x), \dots, q_m(x) \geq 0$, using the Sum-of-Squares (SOS) SDP hierarachy. Assume we are in the "explicitly bounded" ("Archimedean") case where the constraints include $x_i^2 \leq 1$ for all $1 \leq i \leq ... more >>>

Boaz Barak, Pravesh Kothari, David Steurer

For every constant $\epsilon>0$, we give an $\exp(\tilde{O}(\sqrt{n}))$-time algorithm for the $1$ vs $1-\epsilon$ Best Separable State (BSS) problem of distinguishing, given an $n^2\times n^2$ matrix $M$ corresponding to a quantum measurement, between the case that there is a separable (i.e., non-entangled) state $\rho$ that $M$ accepts with probability $1$, ... more >>>

Noah Fleming, Pravesh Kothari, Toniann Pitassi

Over the last twenty years, an exciting interplay has emerged between proof systems and algorithms. Some natural families of algorithms can be viewed as a generic translation from a proof that a solution exists into an algorithm for finding the solution itself. This connection has perhaps been the most consequential ... more >>>

Dmitry Sokolov

One of the major open problems in proof complexity is to prove lower bounds on $AC_0[p]$-Frege proof

systems. As a step toward this goal Impagliazzo, Mouli and Pitassi in a recent paper suggested to prove

lower bounds on the size for Polynomial Calculus over the $\{\pm 1\}$ basis. In this ...
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Irit Dinur, Yuval Filmus, Prahladh Harsha, Madhur Tulsiani

We construct an explicit family of 3XOR instances which is hard for Omega(sqrt(log n)) levels of the Sum-of-Squares hierarchy. In contrast to earlier constructions, which involve a random component, our systems can be constructed explicitly in deterministic polynomial time.

Our construction is based on the high-dimensional expanders devised by Lubotzky, ...
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