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By Laszlo Lovasz

A research of the way complexity questions in computing have interaction with classical arithmetic within the numerical research of matters in set of rules layout. Algorithmic designers desirous about linear and nonlinear combinatorial optimization will locate this quantity in particular important.

Two algorithms are studied intimately: the ellipsoid technique and the simultaneous diophantine approximation technique. even if either have been built to check, on a theoretical point, the feasibility of computing a few really expert difficulties in polynomial time, they seem to have sensible purposes. The publication first describes use of the simultaneous diophantine option to strengthen refined rounding techniques. Then a version is defined to compute higher and reduce bounds on numerous measures of convex our bodies. Use of the 2 algorithms is introduced jointly through the writer in a learn of polyhedra with rational vertices. The booklet closes with a few functions of the implications to combinatorial optimization.

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So the interval (r-c, r + c) contains at most one such number. So the box, with the given guarantees, determines p/q uniquely. But how can we compute p/q? Since the interval (r—e, r+c) contains no other rational number with denominator less than 2 fcz , the number p/q is the rational number with denominator less that 2fc* closest to r . 1 we have shown that this number can be determined in polynomial time in (2 fc2 ) + (r) < k-z 4-1 + ki(t) = ki + 3k2 + 4 . ). We face deeper problems if we go a step further and study algebraic numbers.

Let K C Rn be the given set. Embed R n into R n+1 by appending an (n + l)8t coordinate. Let a = (°) e R n+1 and let K = conv (KU5(a, 1/2)) . Then it is trivial to design a weak validity oracle for K , and also to supply it with proper guarantees. A ball contained in K is also given, so by the remark above, we can solve the weak separation problem for K . Now, let y G R n and e > 0 be given. Let y = ( ] f ) where t = e/5R . Call the weak separation algorithm for K with very small error 8 . If this concludes that y 6 S(K,6) then there follows an easy geometric argument that y  S(K,t) .

13) Lemma. For a convex set given by a wealc violation oracle, the weak linear optimization problem can be solved in polynomial time. Proof. Let c  Qn and e  Q, e > 0, and say, \\c\\ = 1 . By binary search, we can find a number 7  Q such that CTX < 7 is found "almost valid" by the oracle but CTX < 7 — | is found "almost violated", with error |. This s 54 LASZL6 LOVASZ that the oracle has asserted that CTX < 7 + | is valid for all x G S(K, t that it also supplies a vector y £ S(K, |) such that cTy > 7 — y .

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