A locally repairable code (LRC) with locality r allows for the recovery of any erased codeword symbol using only r other codeword symbols. A Singleton-type bound dictates the best possible trade-off between the dimension and distance of LRCs - an LRC attaining this trade-off is deemed optimal. Such optimal LRCs have been constructed over alphabets growing linearly in the block...

We show that the entire class of polar codes (up to a natural necessary condition) converge to capacity at block lengths polynomial in the gap to capacity, while simultaneously achieving failure probabilities that are exponentially small in the block length (i.e., decoding fails with probability exp(-N^{Omega(1)}) for codes of length N). Previously this combination was known only...

Let F be a finite alphabet and D be a finite set of distributions over F. A Generalized Santha-Vazirani (GSV) source of type (F, D), introduced by Beigi, Etesami and Gohari (ICALP 2015, SICOMP 2017), is a random sequence (F_1, ..., F_n) in F^n, where F_i is a sample from some distribution d in D whose choice may depend on F_1, ..., F_{i-1}. We show that all GSV source types (F, D...

This study considers the soft capacitated vertex cover problem in a dynamic setting. This problem generalizes the dynamic model of the vertex cover problem, which has been intensively studied in recent years. Given a dynamically changing vertex-weighted graph G=(V,E), which allows edge insertions and edge deletions, the goal is to design a data structure that maintains an...

We introduce semi-direct sum theorem as a framework for proving asymmetric communication lower bounds for the functions of the form V_{i=1}^n f(x,y_i). Utilizing tools developed in proving direct sum theorem for information complexity, we show that if the function is of the form V_{i=1}^n f(x,y_i) where Alice is given x and Bob is given y_i's, it suffices to prove a lower bound...

To model dynamic road traffic environment, it is imperative to integrate spatial and temporal knowledge about its evolution into a single model. This paper introduces temporal dimension which provides a method to reason about time-varying spatial information in a spatio-temporal graph-based model. Two types of evolution, topological and attributed, of time-varying graph (TVG) are...

The temporal fluctuations of footfall in the urban areas have long been a neglected research problem, and this mainly has to do with the past technological limitations and inability to consistently collect large volumes of data at fine intra-day temporal resolutions. This paper makes use of the extensive set of footfall measurements acquired by the Wi-Fi sensors installed in the...

With recent advancements in deep convolutional neural networks, researchers in geographic information science gained access to powerful models to address challenging problems such as extracting objects from satellite imagery. However, as the underlying techniques are essentially borrowed from other research fields, e.g., computer vision or machine translation, they are often not...

A generalised degenerate string (GD string) S^ is a sequence of n sets of strings of total size N, where the ith set contains strings of the same length k_i but this length can vary between different sets. We denote the sum of these lengths k_0, k_1,...,k_{n-1} by W. This type of uncertain sequence can represent, for example, a gapless multiple sequence alignment of width W in a...

We study the quantum complexity of solving the subset sum problem, where the elements a_1, ..., a_n are randomly chosen from Z_{2^{l(n)}} and t = sum_i a_i in Z_{2^{l(n)}} is a sum of n/2 elements. In 2013, Bernstein, Jeffery, Lange and Meurer constructed a quantum subset sum algorithm with heuristic time complexity 2^{0.241n}, by enhancing the classical subset sum algorithm of...

Generalized inference systems have been recently introduced, and used, among other applications, to define semantic judgments which uniformly model terminating computations and divergence. We show that the approach can be successfully extended to more sophisticated notions of infinite behaviour, that is, to express that a diverging computation produces some possibly infinite...

In cost sharing games with delays, a set of agents jointly uses a finite subset of resources. Each resource has a fixed cost that has to be shared by the players, and each agent has a non-shareable player-specific delay for each resource. A prominent example is uncapacitated facility location (UFL), where facilities need to be opened (at a shareable cost) and clients want to...

A sliding window algorithm receives a stream of symbols and has to output at each time instant a certain value which only depends on the last n symbols. If the algorithm is randomized, then at each time instant it produces an incorrect output with probability at most epsilon, which is a constant error bound. This work proposes a more relaxed definition of correctness which is...

We present the current fastest deterministic algorithm for k-SAT, improving the upper bound (2-2/k)^{n + o(n)} due to Moser and Scheder in STOC 2011. The algorithm combines a branching algorithm with the derandomized local search, whose analysis relies on a special sequence of clauses called chain, and a generalization of covering code based on linear programming. We also provide...

This paper describes a method to compute frame size estimates to be used in quasi Worst-Case Transmission Times (qWCTT) for cameras that transmit frames over IP-based communication networks. The precise determination of qWCTT allows us to model the network access scheduling problem as a multiframe problem and to re-use theoretical results for network scheduling. The paper...

This study concentrates on the security of high-entropy volumes, where entropy-encoded multimedia files or compressed text sequences are the most typical sources. We consider a system in which the cost of encryption is hefty in terms of some metric (e.g., time, memory, energy, or bandwidth), and thus, creates a bottleneck. With the aim of reducing the encryption cost on such a...

We prove limit theorems describing the asymptotic behaviour of a typical vertex in random simply generated trees as their sizes tends to infinity. In the standard case of a critical Galton-Watson tree conditioned to be large, the limit is the invariant random sin-tree constructed by Aldous (1991). Our main contribution lies in the condensation regime where vertices of macroscopic...

Many physical models undergo phase transitions as some parameter of the system is varied. This phenomenon has bearing on the convergence times for local Markov chains walking among the configurations of the physical system. One of the most basic examples of this phenomenon is the ferromagnetic Ising model on an n x n square lattice region Lambda with mixed boundary conditions...

After a brief review of the main results on Galton-Watson trees from the past two decades, we will discuss a few recent results in the field.

In the subspace approximation problem, given m points in R^{n} and an integer k <= n, the goal is to find a k-dimension subspace of R^{n} that minimizes the l_{p}-norm of the Euclidean distances to the given points. This problem generalizes several subspace approximation problems and has applications from statistics, machine learning, signal processing to biology. Deshpande et al...

We study two important SVM variants: hard-margin SVM (for linearly separable cases) and nu-SVM (for linearly non-separable cases). We propose new algorithms from the perspective of saddle point optimization. Our algorithms achieve (1-epsilon)-approximations with running time O~(nd+n sqrt{d / epsilon}) for both variants, where n is the number of points and d is the dimensionality...

A partial complement of the graph G is a graph obtained from G by complementing all the edges in one of its induced subgraphs. We study the following algorithmic question: for a given graph G and graph class G, is there a partial complement of G which is in G? We show that this problem can be solved in polynomial time for various choices of the graphs class G, such as bipartite...

The associahedron is a convex polytope whose 1-skeleton is isomorphic to the flip graph of a convex polygon. There exists an elegant geometric realization of the associahedron, using the remarkable theory of secondary polytopes, based on the geometry of the underlying polygon. We present an interactive application that visualizes this correspondence in the 3D case.

We study the approximate range searching for three variants of the clustering problem with a set P of n points in d-dimensional Euclidean space and axis-parallel rectangular range queries: the k-median, k-means, and k-center range-clustering query problems. We present data structures and query algorithms that compute (1+epsilon)-approximations to the optimal clusterings of P cap...

We study the weak MSO logic extended by the unbounding quantifier (WMSO+U), expressing the fact that there exist arbitrarily large finite sets satisfying a given property. We prove that it is decidable whether the tree generated by a given higher-order recursion scheme satisfies a given sentence of WMSO+U.