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Lower Bounds for the Smoothed Number of Pareto optimal Solutions

  • Brunsch, Tobias
  • Roeglin, Heiko
Publication Date
Dec 06, 2010
Submission Date
Dec 06, 2010
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In 2009, Roeglin and Teng showed that the smoothed number of Pareto optimal solutions of linear multi-criteria optimization problems is polynomially bounded in the number $n$ of variables and the maximum density $\phi$ of the semi-random input model for any fixed number of objective functions. Their bound is, however, not very practical because the exponents grow exponentially in the number $d+1$ of objective functions. In a recent breakthrough, Moitra and O'Donnell improved this bound significantly to $O(n^{2d} \phi^{d(d+1)/2})$. An "intriguing problem", which Moitra and O'Donnell formulate in their paper, is how much further this bound can be improved. The previous lower bounds do not exclude the possibility of a polynomial upper bound whose degree does not depend on $d$. In this paper we resolve this question by constructing a class of instances with $\Omega ((n \phi)^{(d-\log{d}) \cdot (1-\Theta{1/\phi})})$ Pareto optimal solutions in expectation. For the bi-criteria case we present a higher lower bound of $\Omega (n^2 \phi^{1 - \Theta{1/\phi}})$, which almost matches the known upper bound of $O(n^2 \phi)$.

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