Linear index coding via semidefinite programming

Eden Chlamtáč, Ishay Haviv

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In the index coding problem, introduced by Birk and Kol (INFOCOM, 1998), the goal is to broadcast an n bit word to n receivers (one bit per receiver), where the receivers have side information represented by a graph G. The objective is to minimize the length of a codeword sent to all receivers which allows each receiver to learn its bit. For linear index coding, the minimum possible length is known to be equal to a graph parameter called minrank (Bar-Yossef et al., FOCS, 2006). We show a polynomial time algorithm that, given an n vertex graph G with minrank k, finds a linear index code for G of length Õ(nf(k)), where f(k) depends only on k. For example, for k = 3 we obtain f(3) ≈ 0.2574. Our algorithm employs a semidefinite program (SDP) introduced by Karger, Motwani and Sudan (J. ACM, 1998) for graph coloring and its refined analysis due to Arora, Chlamtac and Charikar (STOC, 2006). Since the SDP we use is not a relaxation of the minimization problem we consider, a crucial component of our analysis is an upper bound on the objective value of the SDP in terms of the minrank. At the heart of our analysis lies a combinatorial result which may be of independent interest. Namely, we show an exact expression for the maximum possible value of the Lovász θ-function of a graph with minrank k. This yields a tight gap between two classical upper bounds on the Shannon capacity of a graph.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2012
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781611972108
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2012 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 17 Jan 201219 Jan 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms


Conference23rd Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Mathematics (all)


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