New lower bound on Max Cut of hypergraphs with an application to r -set splitting

Archontia C. Giannopoulou, Sudeshna Kolay, Saket Saurabh

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A classical result by Edwards states that every connected graph G on n vertices and m edges has a cut of size at least m/2 + n-1/4. We generalize this result to r-hypergraphs, with a suitable notion of connectivity that coincides with the notion of connectivity on graphs for r = 2. More precisely, we show that for every "partition connected" r-hypergraph (every hyperedge is of size at most r) H over a vertex set V(H), and edge set E(H) = {e 1,e 2, ⋯ e m}, there always exists a 2-coloring of V(H) with {1,-1} such that the number of hyperedges that have a vertex assigned 1 as well as a vertex assigned -1 (or get "split") is at least μ H + n-1/r2 r-1. Here μ H = m i=1 (1-2/2 |ei|) = m i=1 (1-2 1-|ei|). We use our result to show that a version of r -Set Splitting, namely, Above Average r -Set Splitting (AA-r-SS), is fixed parameter tractable (FPT). Observe that a random 2-coloring that sets each vertex of the hypergraph H to 1 or -1 with equal probability always splits at least μ H hyperedges. In AA- r -SS, we are given an r-hypergraph H and a positive integer κ and the question is whether there exists a 2-coloring of V(H) that splits at least μ H +k hyperedges. We give an algorithm for AA-r-SS that runs in time f(κ)n O(1), showing that it is FPT, even when r = c 1 logn, for every fixed constant c 1 < 1. Prior to our work AA-r-SS was known to be FPT only for constant r. We also complement our algorithmic result by showing that unless NP ⊆ DTIME(n log log n ), AA-⌈logn⌉-SS is not in XP.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLATIN 2012
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical Informatics - 10th Latin American Symposium, Proceedings
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 15 May 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event10th Latin American Symposiumon Theoretical Informatics, LATIN 2012 - Arequipa, Peru
Duration: 16 Apr 201220 Apr 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7256 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th Latin American Symposiumon Theoretical Informatics, LATIN 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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