@article{2828,
abstract = {We study the complexity of valued constraint satisfaction problems (VCSPs) parametrized by a constraint language, a fixed set of cost functions over a finite domain. An instance of the problem is specified by a sum of cost functions from the language and the goal is to minimize the sum. Under the unique games conjecture, the approximability of finite-valued VCSPs is well understood, see Raghavendra [2008]. However, there is no characterization of finite-valued VCSPs, let alone general-valued VCSPs, that can be solved exactly in polynomial time, thus giving insights from a combinatorial optimization perspective. We consider the case of languages containing all possible unary cost functions. In the case of languages consisting of only {0, ∞}-valued cost functions (i.e., relations), such languages have been called conservative and studied by Bulatov [2003, 2011] and recently by Barto [2011]. Since we study valued languages, we call a language conservative if it contains all finite-valued unary cost functions. The computational complexity of conservative valued languages has been studied by Cohen et al. [2006] for languages over Boolean domains, by Deineko et al. [2008] for {0, 1}-valued languages (a.k.a Max-CSP), and by Takhanov [2010a] for {0, ∞}-valued languages containing all finite-valued unary cost functions (a.k.a. Min-Cost-Hom). We prove a Schaefer-like dichotomy theorem for conservative valued languages: if all cost functions in the language satisfy a certain condition (specified by a complementary combination of STP and MJN multimor-phisms), then any instance can be solved in polynomial time (via a new algorithm developed in this article), otherwise the language is NP-hard. This is the first complete complexity classification of general-valued constraint languages over non-Boolean domains. It is a common phenomenon that complexity classifications of problems over non-Boolean domains are significantly harder than the Boolean cases. The polynomial-time algorithm we present for the tractable cases is a generalization of the submodular minimization problem and a result of Cohen et al. [2008]. Our results generalize previous results by Takhanov [2010a] and (a subset of results) by Cohen et al. [2006] and Deineko et al. [2008]. Moreover, our results do not rely on any computer-assisted search as in Deineko et al. [2008], and provide a powerful tool for proving hardness of finite-valued and general-valued languages.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Živný, Stanislav},
journal = {Journal of the ACM},
number = {2},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{The complexity of conservative valued CSPs}},
doi = {10.1145/2450142.2450146},
volume = {60},
year = {2013},
}
@article{2829,
abstract = {Laminar-turbulent intermittency is intrinsic to the transitional regime of a wide range of fluid flows including pipe, channel, boundary layer, and Couette flow. In the latter turbulent spots can grow and form continuous stripes, yet in the stripe-normal direction they remain interspersed by laminar fluid. We carry out direct numerical simulations in a long narrow domain and observe that individual turbulent stripes are transient. In agreement with recent observations in pipe flow, we find that turbulence becomes sustained at a distinct critical point once the spatial proliferation outweighs the inherent decaying process. By resolving the asymptotic size distributions close to criticality we can for the first time demonstrate scale invariance at the onset of turbulence.},
author = {Shi, Liang and Avila, Marc and Hof, Björn},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = {20},
publisher = {American Physical Society},
title = {{Scale invariance at the onset of turbulence in couette flow}},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.204502},
volume = {110},
year = {2013},
}
@article{2830,
author = {Moussion, Christine and Sixt, Michael K},
journal = {Immunity},
number = {5},
pages = {853 -- 854},
publisher = {Cell Press},
title = {{A conduit to amplify innate immunity}},
doi = {10.1016/j.immuni.2013.05.005},
volume = {38},
year = {2013},
}
@article{2831,
abstract = {We consider Markov decision processes (MDPs) with Büchi (liveness) objectives. We consider the problem of computing the set of almost-sure winning states from where the objective can be ensured with probability 1. Our contributions are as follows: First, we present the first subquadratic symbolic algorithm to compute the almost-sure winning set for MDPs with Büchi objectives; our algorithm takes O(n · √ m) symbolic steps as compared to the previous known algorithm that takes O(n 2) symbolic steps, where n is the number of states and m is the number of edges of the MDP. In practice MDPs have constant out-degree, and then our symbolic algorithm takes O(n · √ n) symbolic steps, as compared to the previous known O(n 2) symbolic steps algorithm. Second, we present a new algorithm, namely win-lose algorithm, with the following two properties: (a) the algorithm iteratively computes subsets of the almost-sure winning set and its complement, as compared to all previous algorithms that discover the almost-sure winning set upon termination; and (b) requires O(n · √ K) symbolic steps, where K is the maximal number of edges of strongly connected components (scc's) of the MDP. The win-lose algorithm requires symbolic computation of scc's. Third, we improve the algorithm for symbolic scc computation; the previous known algorithm takes linear symbolic steps, and our new algorithm improves the constants associated with the linear number of steps. In the worst case the previous known algorithm takes 5×n symbolic steps, whereas our new algorithm takes 4×n symbolic steps.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Monika and Joglekar, Manas and Shah, Nisarg},
journal = {Formal Methods in System Design},
number = {3},
pages = {301 -- 327},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Symbolic algorithms for qualitative analysis of Markov decision processes with Büchi objectives}},
doi = {10.1007/s10703-012-0180-2},
volume = {42},
year = {2013},
}
@article{2832,
abstract = {PIN-FORMED (PIN) proteins localize asymmetrically at the plasma membrane and mediate intercellular polar transport of the plant hormone auxin that is crucial for a multitude of developmental processes in plants. PIN localization is under extensive control by environmental or developmental cues, but mechanisms regulating PIN localization are not fully understood. Here we show that early endosomal components ARF GEF BEN1 and newly identified Sec1/Munc18 family protein BEN2 are involved in distinct steps of early endosomal trafficking. BEN1 and BEN2 are collectively required for polar PIN localization, for their dynamic repolarization, and consequently for auxin activity gradient formation and auxin-related developmental processes including embryonic patterning, organogenesis, and vasculature venation patterning. These results show that early endosomal trafficking is crucial for cell polarity and auxin-dependent regulation of plant architecture.},
author = {Tanaka, Hirokazu and Kitakura, Saeko and Rakusová, Hana and Uemura, Tomohiro and Feraru, Mugurel and De Rycke, Riet and Robert, Stéphanie and Kakimoto, Tatsuo and Friml, Jirí},
journal = {PLoS Genetics},
number = {5},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Cell polarity and patterning by PIN trafficking through early endosomal compartments in arabidopsis thaliana}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pgen.1003540},
volume = {9},
year = {2013},
}