@article{703,
abstract = {We consider the NP-hard problem of MAP-inference for undirected discrete graphical models. We propose a polynomial time and practically efficient algorithm for finding a part of its optimal solution. Specifically, our algorithm marks some labels of the considered graphical model either as (i) optimal, meaning that they belong to all optimal solutions of the inference problem; (ii) non-optimal if they provably do not belong to any solution. With access to an exact solver of a linear programming relaxation to the MAP-inference problem, our algorithm marks the maximal possible (in a specified sense) number of labels. We also present a version of the algorithm, which has access to a suboptimal dual solver only and still can ensure the (non-)optimality for the marked labels, although the overall number of the marked labels may decrease. We propose an efficient implementation, which runs in time comparable to a single run of a suboptimal dual solver. Our method is well-scalable and shows state-of-the-art results on computational benchmarks from machine learning and computer vision.},
author = {Shekhovtsov, Alexander and Swoboda, Paul and Savchynskyy, Bogdan},
issn = {01628828},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence},
number = {7},
pages = {1668--1682},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Maximum persistency via iterative relaxed inference with graphical models}},
doi = {10.1109/TPAMI.2017.2730884},
volume = {40},
year = {2018},
}
@inproceedings{274,
abstract = {We consider the problem of estimating the partition function Z(β)=∑xexp(−β(H(x)) of a Gibbs distribution with a Hamilton H(⋅), or more precisely the logarithm of the ratio q=lnZ(0)/Z(β). It has been recently shown how to approximate q with high probability assuming the existence of an oracle that produces samples from the Gibbs distribution for a given parameter value in [0,β]. The current best known approach due to Huber [9] uses O(qlnn⋅[lnq+lnlnn+ε−2]) oracle calls on average where ε is the desired accuracy of approximation and H(⋅) is assumed to lie in {0}∪[1,n]. We improve the complexity to O(qlnn⋅ε−2) oracle calls. We also show that the same complexity can be achieved if exact oracles are replaced with approximate sampling oracles that are within O(ε2qlnn) variation distance from exact oracles. Finally, we prove a lower bound of Ω(q⋅ε−2) oracle calls under a natural model of computation.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 31st Conference On Learning Theory},
pages = {228--249},
publisher = {PMLR},
title = {{A faster approximation algorithm for the Gibbs partition function}},
volume = {75},
year = {2017},
}
@misc{5561,
abstract = {Graph matching problems as described in "Active Graph Matching for Automatic Joint Segmentation and Annotation of C. Elegans." by Kainmueller, Dagmar and Jug, Florian and Rother, Carsten and Myers, Gene, MICCAI 2014. Problems are in OpenGM2 hdf5 format (see http://hciweb2.iwr.uni-heidelberg.de/opengm/) and a custom text format used by the feature matching solver described in "Feature Correspondence via Graph Matching: Models and Global Optimization." by Lorenzo Torresani, Vladimir Kolmogorov and Carsten Rother, ECCV 2008, code at http://pub.ist.ac.at/~vnk/software/GraphMatching-v1.02.src.zip. },
author = {Kainmueller, Dagmar and Jug, Florian and Rother, Carsten and Meyers, Gene},
keywords = {graph matching, feature matching, QAP, MAP-inference},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Graph matching problems for annotating C. Elegans}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:ISTA:57},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{1192,
abstract = {The main result of this paper is a generalization of the classical blossom algorithm for finding perfect matchings. Our algorithm can efficiently solve Boolean CSPs where each variable appears in exactly two constraints (we call it edge CSP) and all constraints are even Δ-matroid relations (represented by lists of tuples). As a consequence of this, we settle the complexity classification of planar Boolean CSPs started by Dvorak and Kupec. Knowing that edge CSP is tractable for even Δ-matroid constraints allows us to extend the tractability result to a larger class of Δ-matroids that includes many classes that were known to be tractable before, namely co-independent, compact, local and binary.},
author = {Kazda, Alexandr and Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Rolinek, Michal},
isbn = {978-161197478-2},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
pages = {307 -- 326},
publisher = {SIAM},
title = {{Even delta-matroids and the complexity of planar Boolean CSPs}},
doi = {10.1137/1.9781611974782.20},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{641,
abstract = {We introduce two novel methods for learning parameters of graphical models for image labelling. The following two tasks underline both methods: (i) perturb model parameters based on given features and ground truth labelings, so as to exactly reproduce these labelings as optima of the local polytope relaxation of the labelling problem; (ii) train a predictor for the perturbed model parameters so that improved model parameters can be applied to the labelling of novel data. Our first method implements task (i) by inverse linear programming and task (ii) using a regressor e.g. a Gaussian process. Our second approach simultaneously solves tasks (i) and (ii) in a joint manner, while being restricted to linearly parameterised predictors. Experiments demonstrate the merits of both approaches.},
author = {Trajkovska, Vera and Swoboda, Paul and Åström, Freddie and Petra, Stefanie},
editor = {Lauze, François and Dong, Yiqiu and Bjorholm Dahl, Anders},
isbn = {978-331958770-7},
location = {Kolding, Denmark},
pages = {323 -- 334},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Graphical model parameter learning by inverse linear programming}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-58771-4_26},
volume = {10302},
year = {2017},
}
@article{644,
abstract = {An instance of the valued constraint satisfaction problem (VCSP) is given by a finite set of variables, a finite domain of labels, and a sum of functions, each function depending on a subset of the variables. Each function can take finite values specifying costs of assignments of labels to its variables or the infinite value, which indicates an infeasible assignment. The goal is to find an assignment of labels to the variables that minimizes the sum. We study, assuming that P 6= NP, how the complexity of this very general problem depends on the set of functions allowed in the instances, the so-called constraint language. The case when all allowed functions take values in f0;1g corresponds to ordinary CSPs, where one deals only with the feasibility issue, and there is no optimization. This case is the subject of the algebraic CSP dichotomy conjecture predicting for which constraint languages CSPs are tractable (i.e., solvable in polynomial time) and for which they are NP-hard. The case when all allowed functions take only finite values corresponds to a finitevalued CSP, where the feasibility aspect is trivial and one deals only with the optimization issue. The complexity of finite-valued CSPs was fully classified by Thapper and Živný. An algebraic necessary condition for tractability of a general-valued CSP with a fixed constraint language was recently given by Kozik and Ochremiak. As our main result, we prove that if a constraint language satisfies this algebraic necessary condition, and the feasibility CSP (i.e., the problem of deciding whether a given instance has a feasible solution) corresponding to the VCSP with this language is tractable, then the VCSP is tractable. The algorithm is a simple combination of the assumed algorithm for the feasibility CSP and the standard LP relaxation. As a corollary, we obtain that a dichotomy for ordinary CSPs would imply a dichotomy for general-valued CSPs.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Krokhin, Andrei and Rolinek, Michal},
journal = {SIAM Journal on Computing},
number = {3},
pages = {1087 -- 1110},
publisher = {SIAM},
title = {{The complexity of general-valued CSPs}},
doi = {10.1137/16M1091836},
volume = {46},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{646,
abstract = {We present a novel convex relaxation and a corresponding inference algorithm for the non-binary discrete tomography problem, that is, reconstructing discrete-valued images from few linear measurements. In contrast to state of the art approaches that split the problem into a continuous reconstruction problem for the linear measurement constraints and a discrete labeling problem to enforce discrete-valued reconstructions, we propose a joint formulation that addresses both problems simultaneously, resulting in a tighter convex relaxation. For this purpose a constrained graphical model is set up and evaluated using a novel relaxation optimized by dual decomposition. We evaluate our approach experimentally and show superior solutions both mathematically (tighter relaxation) and experimentally in comparison to previously proposed relaxations.},
author = {Kuske, Jan and Swoboda, Paul and Petra, Stefanie},
editor = {Lauze, François and Dong, Yiqiu and Bjorholm Dahl, Anders},
isbn = {978-331958770-7},
location = {Kolding, Denmark},
pages = {235 -- 246},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{A novel convex relaxation for non binary discrete tomography}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-58771-4_19},
volume = {10302},
year = {2017},
}
@phdthesis{992,
abstract = {An instance of the Constraint Satisfaction Problem (CSP) is given by a finite set of
variables, a finite domain of labels, and a set of constraints, each constraint acting on
a subset of the variables. The goal is to find an assignment of labels to its variables
that satisfies all constraints (or decide whether one exists). If we allow more general
“soft” constraints, which come with (possibly infinite) costs of particular assignments,
we obtain instances from a richer class called Valued Constraint Satisfaction Problem
(VCSP). There the goal is to find an assignment with minimum total cost.
In this thesis, we focus (assuming that P
6
=
NP) on classifying computational com-
plexity of CSPs and VCSPs under certain restricting conditions. Two results are the core
content of the work. In one of them, we consider VCSPs parametrized by a constraint
language, that is the set of “soft” constraints allowed to form the instances, and finish
the complexity classification modulo (missing pieces of) complexity classification for
analogously parametrized CSP. The other result is a generalization of Edmonds’ perfect
matching algorithm. This generalization contributes to complexity classfications in two
ways. First, it gives a new (largest known) polynomial-time solvable class of Boolean
CSPs in which every variable may appear in at most two constraints and second, it
settles full classification of Boolean CSPs with planar drawing (again parametrized by a
constraint language).},
author = {Rolinek, Michal},
pages = {97},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Complexity of constraint satisfaction}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:ISTA:th_815},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{915,
abstract = {We propose a dual decomposition and linear program relaxation of the NP-hard minimum cost multicut problem. Unlike other polyhedral relaxations of the multicut polytope, it is amenable to efficient optimization by message passing. Like other polyhedral relaxations, it can be tightened efficiently by cutting planes. We define an algorithm that alternates between message passing and efficient separation of cycle- and odd-wheel inequalities. This algorithm is more efficient than state-of-the-art algorithms based on linear programming, including algorithms written in the framework of leading commercial software, as we show in experiments with large instances of the problem from applications in computer vision, biomedical image analysis and data mining.},
author = {Swoboda, Paul and Andres, Bjoern},
isbn = {978-153860457-1},
location = {Honolulu, HA, United States},
pages = {4990--4999},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{A message passing algorithm for the minimum cost multicut problem}},
doi = {10.1109/CVPR.2017.530},
volume = {2017},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{916,
abstract = {We study the quadratic assignment problem, in computer vision also known as graph matching. Two leading solvers for this problem optimize the Lagrange decomposition duals with sub-gradient and dual ascent (also known as message passing) updates. We explore this direction further and propose several additional Lagrangean relaxations of the graph matching problem along with corresponding algorithms, which are all based on a common dual ascent framework. Our extensive empirical evaluation gives several theoretical insights and suggests a new state-of-the-art anytime solver for the considered problem. Our improvement over state-of-the-art is particularly visible on a new dataset with large-scale sparse problem instances containing more than 500 graph nodes each.},
author = {Swoboda, Paul and Rother, Carsten and Abu Alhaija, Carsten and Kainmueller, Dagmar and Savchynskyy, Bogdan},
isbn = {978-153860457-1},
location = {Honolulu, HA, United States},
pages = {7062--7071},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{A study of lagrangean decompositions and dual ascent solvers for graph matching}},
doi = {10.1109/CVPR.2017.747},
volume = {2017},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{917,
abstract = {We propose a general dual ascent framework for Lagrangean decomposition of combinatorial problems. Although methods of this type have shown their efficiency for a number of problems, so far there was no general algorithm applicable to multiple problem types. In this work, we propose such a general algorithm. It depends on several parameters, which can be used to optimize its performance in each particular setting. We demonstrate efficacy of our method on graph matching and multicut problems, where it outperforms state-of-the-art solvers including those based on subgradient optimization and off-the-shelf linear programming solvers.},
author = {Swoboda, Paul and Kuske, Jan and Savchynskyy, Bogdan},
isbn = {978-153860457-1},
location = {Honolulu, HA, United States},
pages = {4950--4960},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{A dual ascent framework for Lagrangean decomposition of combinatorial problems}},
doi = {10.1109/CVPR.2017.526},
volume = {2017},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{1231,
abstract = {We study the time-and memory-complexities of the problem of computing labels of (multiple) randomly selected challenge-nodes in a directed acyclic graph. The w-bit label of a node is the hash of the labels of its parents, and the hash function is modeled as a random oracle. Specific instances of this problem underlie both proofs of space [Dziembowski et al. CRYPTO’15] as well as popular memory-hard functions like scrypt. As our main tool, we introduce the new notion of a probabilistic parallel entangled pebbling game, a new type of combinatorial pebbling game on a graph, which is closely related to the labeling game on the same graph. As a first application of our framework, we prove that for scrypt, when the underlying hash function is invoked n times, the cumulative memory complexity (CMC) (a notion recently introduced by Alwen and Serbinenko (STOC’15) to capture amortized memory-hardness for parallel adversaries) is at least Ω(w · (n/ log(n))2). This bound holds for adversaries that can store many natural functions of the labels (e.g., linear combinations), but still not arbitrary functions thereof. We then introduce and study a combinatorial quantity, and show how a sufficiently small upper bound on it (which we conjecture) extends our CMC bound for scrypt to hold against arbitrary adversaries. We also show that such an upper bound solves the main open problem for proofs-of-space protocols: namely, establishing that the time complexity of computing the label of a random node in a graph on n nodes (given an initial kw-bit state) reduces tightly to the time complexity for black pebbling on the same graph (given an initial k-node pebbling).},
author = {Alwen, Joel F and Chen, Binyi and Kamath Hosdurg, Chethan and Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z and Tessaro, Stefano},
location = {Vienna, Austria},
pages = {358 -- 387},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{On the complexity of scrypt and proofs of space in the parallel random oracle model}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-49896-5_13},
volume = {9666},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1353,
abstract = {We characterize absorption in finite idempotent algebras by means of Jónsson absorption and cube term blockers. As an application we show that it is decidable whether a given subset is an absorbing subuniverse of an algebra given by the tables of its basic operations.},
author = {Barto, Libor and Kazda, Alexandr},
journal = {International Journal of Algebra and Computation},
number = {5},
pages = {1033 -- 1060},
publisher = {World Scientific Publishing},
title = {{Deciding absorption}},
doi = {10.1142/S0218196716500430},
volume = {26},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1377,
abstract = {We consider the problem of minimizing the continuous valued total variation subject to different unary terms on trees and propose fast direct algorithms based on dynamic programming to solve these problems. We treat both the convex and the nonconvex case and derive worst-case complexities that are equal to or better than existing methods. We show applications to total variation based two dimensional image processing and computer vision problems based on a Lagrangian decomposition approach. The resulting algorithms are very effcient, offer a high degree of parallelism, and come along with memory requirements which are only in the order of the number of image pixels.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Pock, Thomas and Rolinek, Michal},
journal = {SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences},
number = {2},
pages = {605 -- 636},
publisher = {Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics },
title = {{Total variation on a tree}},
doi = {10.1137/15M1010257},
volume = {9},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1612,
abstract = {We prove that whenever A is a 3-conservative relational structure with only binary and unary relations,then the algebra of polymorphisms of A either has no Taylor operation (i.e.,CSP(A)is NP-complete),or it generates an SD(∧) variety (i.e.,CSP(A)has bounded width).},
author = {Kazda, Alexandr},
journal = {Algebra Universalis},
number = {1},
pages = {75 -- 84},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{CSP for binary conservative relational structures}},
doi = {10.1007/s00012-015-0358-8},
volume = {75},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1794,
abstract = {We consider Conditional random fields (CRFs) with pattern-based potentials defined on a chain. In this model the energy of a string (labeling) (Formula presented.) is the sum of terms over intervals [i, j] where each term is non-zero only if the substring (Formula presented.) equals a prespecified pattern w. Such CRFs can be naturally applied to many sequence tagging problems. We present efficient algorithms for the three standard inference tasks in a CRF, namely computing (i) the partition function, (ii) marginals, and (iii) computing the MAP. Their complexities are respectively (Formula presented.), (Formula presented.) and (Formula presented.) where L is the combined length of input patterns, (Formula presented.) is the maximum length of a pattern, and D is the input alphabet. This improves on the previous algorithms of Ye et al. (NIPS, 2009) whose complexities are respectively (Formula presented.), (Formula presented.) and (Formula presented.), where (Formula presented.) is the number of input patterns. In addition, we give an efficient algorithm for sampling, and revisit the case of MAP with non-positive weights.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Takhanov, Rustem},
journal = {Algorithmica},
number = {1},
pages = {17 -- 46},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Inference algorithms for pattern-based CRFs on sequence data}},
doi = {10.1007/s00453-015-0017-7},
volume = {76},
year = {2016},
}
@misc{5557,
abstract = {Small synthetic discrete tomography problems.
Sizes are 32x32, 64z64 and 256x256.
Projection angles are 2, 4, and 6.
Number of labels are 3 and 5.},
author = {Swoboda, Paul},
keywords = {discrete tomography},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Synthetic discrete tomography problems}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:ISTA:46},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{1193,
abstract = {We consider the recent formulation of the Algorithmic Lovász Local Lemma [1], [2] for finding objects that avoid "bad features", or "flaws". It extends the Moser-Tardos resampling algorithm [3] to more general discrete spaces. At each step the method picks a flaw present in the current state and "resamples" it using a "resampling oracle" provided by the user. However, it is less flexible than the Moser-Tardos method since [1], [2] require a specific flaw selection rule, whereas [3] allows an arbitrary rule (and thus can potentially be implemented more efficiently). We formulate a new "commutativity" condition, and prove that it is sufficient for an arbitrary rule to work. It also enables an efficient parallelization under an additional assumption. We then show that existing resampling oracles for perfect matchings and permutations do satisfy this condition. Finally, we generalize the precondition in [2] (in the case of symmetric potential causality graphs). This unifies special cases that previously were treated separately.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir},
booktitle = {Proceedings - Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science},
location = {New Brunswick, NJ, USA },
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Commutativity in the algorithmic Lovasz local lemma}},
doi = {10.1109/FOCS.2016.88},
volume = {2016-December},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{1636,
abstract = {Constraint Satisfaction Problem (CSP) is a fundamental algorithmic problem that appears in many areas of Computer Science. It can be equivalently stated as computing a homomorphism R→ΓΓ between two relational structures, e.g. between two directed graphs. Analyzing its complexity has been a prominent research direction, especially for the fixed template CSPs where the right side ΓΓ is fixed and the left side R is unconstrained.
Far fewer results are known for the hybrid setting that restricts both sides simultaneously. It assumes that R belongs to a certain class of relational structures (called a structural restriction in this paper). We study which structural restrictions are effective, i.e. there exists a fixed template ΓΓ (from a certain class of languages) for which the problem is tractable when R is restricted, and NP-hard otherwise. We provide a characterization for structural restrictions that are closed under inverse homomorphisms. The criterion is based on the chromatic number of a relational structure defined in this paper; it generalizes the standard chromatic number of a graph.
As our main tool, we use the algebraic machinery developed for fixed template CSPs. To apply it to our case, we introduce a new construction called a “lifted language”. We also give a characterization for structural restrictions corresponding to minor-closed families of graphs, extend results to certain Valued CSPs (namely conservative valued languages), and state implications for (valued) CSPs with ordered variables and for the maximum weight independent set problem on some restricted families of graphs.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Rolinek, Michal and Takhanov, Rustem},
location = {Nagoya, Japan},
pages = {566 -- 577},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Effectiveness of structural restrictions for hybrid CSPs}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-48971-0_48},
volume = {9472},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1841,
abstract = {We propose a new family of message passing techniques for MAP estimation in graphical models which we call Sequential Reweighted Message Passing (SRMP). Special cases include well-known techniques such as Min-Sum Diffusion (MSD) and a faster Sequential Tree-Reweighted Message Passing (TRW-S). Importantly, our derivation is simpler than the original derivation of TRW-S, and does not involve a decomposition into trees. This allows easy generalizations. The new family of algorithms can be viewed as a generalization of TRW-S from pairwise to higher-order graphical models. We test SRMP on several real-world problems with promising results.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence},
number = {5},
pages = {919 -- 930},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{A new look at reweighted message passing}},
doi = {10.1109/TPAMI.2014.2363465},
volume = {37},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1859,
abstract = {Structural support vector machines (SSVMs) are amongst the best performing models for structured computer vision tasks, such as semantic image segmentation or human pose estimation. Training SSVMs, however, is computationally costly, because it requires repeated calls to a structured prediction subroutine (called \emph{max-oracle}), which has to solve an optimization problem itself, e.g. a graph cut.
In this work, we introduce a new algorithm for SSVM training that is more efficient than earlier techniques when the max-oracle is computationally expensive, as it is frequently the case in computer vision tasks. The main idea is to (i) combine the recent stochastic Block-Coordinate Frank-Wolfe algorithm with efficient hyperplane caching, and (ii) use an automatic selection rule for deciding whether to call the exact max-oracle or to rely on an approximate one based on the cached hyperplanes.
We show experimentally that this strategy leads to faster convergence to the optimum with respect to the number of requires oracle calls, and that this translates into faster convergence with respect to the total runtime when the max-oracle is slow compared to the other steps of the algorithm. },
author = {Shah, Neel and Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Lampert, Christoph},
location = {Boston, MA, USA},
pages = {2737 -- 2745},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{A multi-plane block-coordinate Frank-Wolfe algorithm for training structural SVMs with a costly max-oracle}},
doi = {10.1109/CVPR.2015.7298890},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1675,
abstract = {Proofs of work (PoW) have been suggested by Dwork and Naor (Crypto’92) as protection to a shared resource. The basic idea is to ask the service requestor to dedicate some non-trivial amount of computational work to every request. The original applications included prevention of spam and protection against denial of service attacks. More recently, PoWs have been used to prevent double spending in the Bitcoin digital currency system. In this work, we put forward an alternative concept for PoWs - so-called proofs of space (PoS), where a service requestor must dedicate a significant amount of disk space as opposed to computation. We construct secure PoS schemes in the random oracle model (with one additional mild assumption required for the proof to go through), using graphs with high “pebbling complexity” and Merkle hash-trees. We discuss some applications, including follow-up work where a decentralized digital currency scheme called Spacecoin is constructed that uses PoS (instead of wasteful PoW like in Bitcoin) to prevent double spending. The main technical contribution of this work is the construction of (directed, loop-free) graphs on N vertices with in-degree O(log logN) such that even if one places Θ(N) pebbles on the nodes of the graph, there’s a constant fraction of nodes that needs Θ(N) steps to be pebbled (where in every step one can put a pebble on a node if all its parents have a pebble).},
author = {Dziembowski, Stefan and Faust, Sebastian and Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z},
location = {Santa Barbara, CA, United States},
pages = {585 -- 605},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Proofs of space}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-48000-7_29},
volume = {9216},
year = {2015},
}
@article{2271,
abstract = {A class of valued constraint satisfaction problems (VCSPs) is characterised by a valued constraint language, a fixed set of cost functions on a finite domain. Finite-valued constraint languages contain functions that take on rational costs and general-valued constraint languages contain functions that take on rational or infinite costs. An instance of the problem is specified by a sum of functions from the language with the goal to minimise the sum. This framework includes and generalises well-studied constraint satisfaction problems (CSPs) and maximum constraint satisfaction problems (Max-CSPs).
Our main result is a precise algebraic characterisation of valued constraint languages whose instances can be solved exactly by the basic linear programming relaxation (BLP). For a general-valued constraint language Γ, BLP is a decision procedure for Γ if and only if Γ admits a symmetric fractional polymorphism of every arity. For a finite-valued constraint language Γ, BLP is a decision procedure if and only if Γ admits a symmetric fractional polymorphism of some arity, or equivalently, if Γ admits a symmetric fractional polymorphism of arity 2.
Using these results, we obtain tractability of several novel and previously widely-open classes of VCSPs, including problems over valued constraint languages that are: (1) submodular on arbitrary lattices; (2) bisubmodular (also known as k-submodular) on arbitrary finite domains; (3) weakly (and hence strongly) tree-submodular on arbitrary trees. },
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Thapper, Johan and Živný, Stanislav},
journal = {SIAM Journal on Computing},
number = {1},
pages = {1 -- 36},
publisher = {SIAM},
title = {{The power of linear programming for general-valued CSPs}},
doi = {10.1137/130945648},
volume = {44},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1637,
abstract = {An instance of the Valued Constraint Satisfaction Problem (VCSP) is given by a finite set of variables, a finite domain of labels, and a sum of functions, each function depending on a subset of the variables. Each function can take finite values specifying costs of assignments of labels to its variables or the infinite value, which indicates an infeasible assignment. The goal is to find an assignment of labels to the variables that minimizes the sum. We study, assuming that P ≠ NP, how the complexity of this very general problem depends on the set of functions allowed in the instances, the so-called constraint language. The case when all allowed functions take values in {0, ∞} corresponds to ordinary CSPs, where one deals only with the feasibility issue and there is no optimization. This case is the subject of the Algebraic CSP Dichotomy Conjecture predicting for which constraint languages CSPs are tractable (i.e. solvable in polynomial time) and for which NP-hard. The case when all allowed functions take only finite values corresponds to finite-valued CSP, where the feasibility aspect is trivial and one deals only with the optimization issue. The complexity of finite-valued CSPs was fully classified by Thapper and Zivny. An algebraic necessary condition for tractability of a general-valued CSP with a fixed constraint language was recently given by Kozik and Ochremiak. As our main result, we prove that if a constraint language satisfies this algebraic necessary condition, and the feasibility CSP (i.e. the problem of deciding whether a given instance has a feasible solution) corresponding to the VCSP with this language is tractable, then the VCSP is tractable. The algorithm is a simple combination of the assumed algorithm for the feasibility CSP and the standard LP relaxation. As a corollary, we obtain that a dichotomy for ordinary CSPs would imply a dichotomy for general-valued CSPs.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Krokhin, Andrei and Rolinek, Michal},
location = {Berkeley, CA, United States},
pages = {1246 -- 1258},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{The complexity of general-valued CSPs}},
doi = {10.1109/FOCS.2015.80},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{2275,
abstract = {Energies with high-order non-submodular interactions have been shown to be very useful in vision due to their high modeling power. Optimization of such energies, however, is generally NP-hard. A naive approach that works for small problem instances is exhaustive search, that is, enumeration of all possible labelings of the underlying graph. We propose a general minimization approach for large graphs based on enumeration of labelings of certain small patches.
This partial enumeration technique reduces complex high-order energy formulations to pairwise Constraint Satisfaction Problems with unary costs (uCSP), which can be efficiently solved using standard methods like TRW-S. Our approach outperforms a number of existing state-of-the-art algorithms on well known difficult problems (e.g. curvature regularization, stereo, deconvolution); it gives near global minimum and better speed.
Our main application of interest is curvature regularization. In the context of segmentation, our partial enumeration technique allows to evaluate curvature directly on small patches using a novel integral geometry approach.
},
author = {Olsson, Carl and Ulen, Johannes and Boykov, Yuri and Kolmogorov, Vladimir},
location = {Sydney, Australia},
pages = {2936 -- 2943},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Partial enumeration and curvature regularization}},
doi = {10.1109/ICCV.2013.365},
year = {2014},
}
@techreport{7038,
author = {Huszár, Kristóf and Rolinek, Michal},
pages = {5},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Playful Math - An introduction to mathematical games}},
year = {2014},
}
@inproceedings{2270,
abstract = {Representation languages for coalitional games are a key research area in algorithmic game theory. There is an inher-
ent tradeoff between how general a language is, allowing it to capture more elaborate games, and how hard it is computationally to optimize and solve such games. One prominent such language is the simple yet expressive
Weighted Graph Games (WGGs) representation (Deng and Papadimitriou 1994), which maintains knowledge about synergies between agents in the form of an edge weighted graph. We consider the problem of finding the optimal coalition structure in WGGs. The agents in such games are vertices in a graph, and the value of a coalition is the sum of the weights of the edges present between coalition members. The optimal coalition structure is a partition of the agents to coalitions, that maximizes the sum of utilities obtained by the coalitions. We show that finding the optimal coalition structure is not only hard for general graphs, but is also intractable for restricted families such as planar graphs which are amenable for many other combinatorial problems. We then provide algorithms with constant factor approximations for planar, minorfree and bounded degree graphs.},
author = {Bachrach, Yoram and Kohli, Pushmeet and Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Zadimoghaddam, Morteza},
location = {Bellevue, WA, United States},
pages = {81--87},
publisher = {AAAI Press},
title = {{Optimal Coalition Structures in Cooperative Graph Games}},
year = {2013},
}
@techreport{2274,
abstract = {Proofs of work (PoW) have been suggested by Dwork and Naor (Crypto'92) as protection to a shared resource. The basic idea is to ask the service requestor to dedicate some non-trivial amount of computational work to every request. The original applications included prevention of spam and protection against denial of service attacks. More recently, PoWs have been used to prevent double spending in the Bitcoin digital currency system.
In this work, we put forward an alternative concept for PoWs -- so-called proofs of space (PoS), where a service requestor must dedicate a significant amount of disk space as opposed to computation. We construct secure PoS schemes in the random oracle model, using graphs with high "pebbling complexity" and Merkle hash-trees. },
author = {Dziembowski, Stefan and Faust, Sebastian and Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Proofs of Space}},
year = {2013},
}
@inproceedings{2276,
abstract = {The problem of minimizing the Potts energy function frequently occurs in computer vision applications. One way to tackle this NP-hard problem was proposed by Kovtun [19, 20]. It identifies a part of an optimal solution by running k maxflow computations, where k is the number of labels. The number of “labeled” pixels can be significant in some applications, e.g. 50-93% in our tests for stereo. We show how to reduce the runtime to O (log k) maxflow computations (or one parametric maxflow computation). Furthermore, the output of our algorithm allows to speed-up the subsequent alpha expansion for the unlabeled part, or can be used as it is for time-critical applications. To derive our technique, we generalize the algorithm of Felzenszwalb et al. [7] for Tree Metrics . We also show a connection to k-submodular functions from combinatorial optimization, and discuss k-submodular relaxations for general energy functions.},
author = {Gridchyn, Igor and Kolmogorov, Vladimir},
location = {Sydney, Australia},
pages = {2320 -- 2327},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Potts model, parametric maxflow and k-submodular functions}},
doi = {10.1109/ICCV.2013.288},
year = {2013},
}
@inproceedings{2272,
abstract = {We consider Conditional Random Fields (CRFs) with pattern-based potentials defined on a chain. In this model the energy of a string (labeling) x1...xn is the sum of terms over intervals [i,j] where each term is non-zero only if the substring xi...xj equals a prespecified pattern α. Such CRFs can be naturally applied to many sequence tagging problems.
We present efficient algorithms for the three standard inference tasks in a CRF, namely computing (i) the partition function, (ii) marginals, and (iii) computing the MAP. Their complexities are respectively O(nL), O(nLℓmax) and O(nLmin{|D|,log(ℓmax+1)}) where L is the combined length of input patterns, ℓmax is the maximum length of a pattern, and D is the input alphabet. This improves on the previous algorithms of (Ye et al., 2009) whose complexities are respectively O(nL|D|), O(n|Γ|L2ℓ2max) and O(nL|D|), where |Γ| is the number of input patterns.
In addition, we give an efficient algorithm for sampling. Finally, we consider the case of non-positive weights. (Komodakis & Paragios, 2009) gave an O(nL) algorithm for computing the MAP. We present a modification that has the same worst-case complexity but can beat it in the best case. },
author = {Takhanov, Rustem and Kolmogorov, Vladimir},
booktitle = {ICML'13 Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on International},
location = {Atlanta, GA, USA},
number = {3},
pages = {145 -- 153},
publisher = {International Machine Learning Society},
title = {{Inference algorithms for pattern-based CRFs on sequence data}},
volume = {28},
year = {2013},
}
@techreport{2273,
abstract = {We propose a new family of message passing techniques for MAP estimation in graphical models which we call Sequential Reweighted Message Passing (SRMP). Special cases include well-known techniques such as Min-Sum Diusion (MSD) and a faster Sequential Tree-Reweighted Message Passing (TRW-S). Importantly, our derivation is simpler than the original derivation of TRW-S, and does not involve a decomposition into trees. This allows easy generalizations. We present such a generalization for the case of higher-order graphical models, and test it on several real-world problems with promising results.},
author = {Vladimir Kolmogorov},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Reweighted message passing revisited}},
year = {2013},
}
@inproceedings{2518,
abstract = {A class of valued constraint satisfaction problems (VCSPs) is characterised by a valued constraint language, a fixed set of cost functions on a finite domain. An instance of the problem is specified by a sum of cost functions from the language with the goal to minimise the sum. We study which classes of finite-valued languages can be solved exactly by the basic linear programming relaxation (BLP). Thapper and Živný showed [20] that if BLP solves the language then the language admits a binary commutative fractional polymorphism. We prove that the converse is also true. This leads to a necessary and a sufficient condition which can be checked in polynomial time for a given language. In contrast, the previous necessary and sufficient condition due to [20] involved infinitely many inequalities. More recently, Thapper and Živný [21] showed (using, in particular, a technique introduced in this paper) that core languages that do not satisfy our condition are NP-hard. Taken together, these results imply that a finite-valued language can either be solved using Linear Programming or is NP-hard.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir},
location = {Riga, Latvia},
number = {1},
pages = {625 -- 636},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{The power of linear programming for finite-valued CSPs: A constructive characterization}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-39206-1_53},
volume = {7965},
year = {2013},
}
@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},
}
@inproceedings{2901,
abstract = { We introduce the M-modes problem for graphical models: predicting the M label configurations of highest probability that are at the same time local maxima of the probability landscape. M-modes have multiple possible applications: because they are intrinsically diverse, they provide a principled alternative to non-maximum suppression techniques for structured prediction, they can act as codebook vectors for quantizing the configuration space, or they can form component centers for mixture model approximation. We present two algorithms for solving the M-modes problem. The first algorithm solves the problem in polynomial time when the underlying graphical model is a simple chain. The second algorithm solves the problem for junction chains. In synthetic and real dataset, we demonstrate how M-modes can improve the performance of prediction. We also use the generated modes as a tool to understand the topography of the probability distribution of configurations, for example with relation to the training set size and amount of noise in the data. },
author = {Chen, Chao and Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Yan, Zhu and Metaxas, Dimitris and Lampert, Christoph},
location = {Scottsdale, AZ, United States},
pages = {161 -- 169},
publisher = {JMLR},
title = {{Computing the M most probable modes of a graphical model}},
volume = {31},
year = {2013},
}
@unpublished{2928,
abstract = { This paper addresses the problem of approximate MAP-MRF inference in general graphical models. Following [36], we consider a family of linear programming relaxations of the problem where each relaxation is specified by a set of nested pairs of factors for which the marginalization constraint needs to be enforced. We develop a generalization of the TRW-S algorithm [9] for this problem, where we use a decomposition into junction chains, monotonic w.r.t. some ordering on the nodes. This generalizes the monotonic chains in [9] in a natural way. We also show how to deal with nested factors in an efficient way. Experiments show an improvement over min-sum diffusion, MPLP and subgradient ascent algorithms on a number of computer vision and natural language processing problems. },
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Schoenemann, Thomas},
booktitle = {arXiv},
pages = {16},
publisher = {ArXiv},
title = {{Generalized sequential tree-reweighted message passing}},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{2930,
abstract = {In this paper we investigate k-submodular functions. This natural family of discrete functions includes submodular and bisubmodular functions as the special cases k = 1 and k = 2 respectively.
In particular we generalize the known Min-Max-Theorem for submodular and bisubmodular functions. This theorem asserts that the minimum of the (bi)submodular function can be found by solving a maximization problem over a (bi)submodular polyhedron. We define a k-submodular polyhedron, prove a Min-Max-Theorem for k-submodular functions, and give a greedy algorithm to construct the vertices of the polyhedron.
},
author = {Huber, Anna and Kolmogorov, Vladimir},
location = {Athens, Greece},
pages = {451 -- 462},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Towards minimizing k-submodular functions}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-32147-4_40},
volume = {7422},
year = {2012},
}
@article{2931,
abstract = {In this paper, we present a new approach for establishing correspondences between sparse image features related by an unknown nonrigid mapping and corrupted by clutter and occlusion, such as points extracted from images of different instances of the same object category. We formulate this matching task as an energy minimization problem by defining an elaborate objective function of the appearance and the spatial arrangement of the features. Optimization of this energy is an instance of graph matching, which is in general an NP-hard problem. We describe a novel graph matching optimization technique, which we refer to as dual decomposition (DD), and demonstrate on a variety of examples that this method outperforms existing graph matching algorithms. In the majority of our examples, DD is able to find the global minimum within a minute. The ability to globally optimize the objective allows us to accurately learn the parameters of our matching model from training examples. We show on several matching tasks that our learned model yields results superior to those of state-of-the-art methods.
},
author = {Torresani, Lorenzo and Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Rother, Carsten},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence},
number = {2},
pages = {259 -- 271},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{A dual decomposition approach to feature correspondence}},
doi = {10.1109/TPAMI.2012.105},
volume = {35},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3117,
abstract = {We consider the problem of minimizing a function represented as a sum of submodular terms. We assume each term allows an efficient computation of exchange capacities. This holds, for example, for terms depending on a small number of variables, or for certain cardinality-dependent terms. A naive application of submodular minimization algorithms would not exploit the existence of specialized exchange capacity subroutines for individual terms. To overcome this, we cast the problem as a submodular flow (SF) problem in an auxiliary graph in such a way that applying most existing SF algorithms would rely only on these subroutines. We then explore in more detail Iwata's capacity scaling approach for submodular flows (Iwata 1997 [19]). In particular, we show how to improve its complexity in the case when the function contains cardinality-dependent terms.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir},
journal = {Discrete Applied Mathematics},
number = {15},
pages = {2246 -- 2258},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Minimizing a sum of submodular functions}},
doi = {10.1016/j.dam.2012.05.025},
volume = {160},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3257,
abstract = {Consider a convex relaxation f̂ of a pseudo-Boolean function f. We say that the relaxation is totally half-integral if f̂(x) is a polyhedral function with half-integral extreme points x, and this property is preserved after adding an arbitrary combination of constraints of the form x i=x j, x i=1-x j, and x i=γ where γ∈{0,1,1/2} is a constant. A well-known example is the roof duality relaxation for quadratic pseudo-Boolean functions f. We argue that total half-integrality is a natural requirement for generalizations of roof duality to arbitrary pseudo-Boolean functions. Our contributions are as follows. First, we provide a complete characterization of totally half-integral relaxations f̂ by establishing a one-to-one correspondence with bisubmodular functions. Second, we give a new characterization of bisubmodular functions. Finally, we show some relationships between general totally half-integral relaxations and relaxations based on the roof duality. On the conceptual level, our results show that bisubmodular functions provide a natural generalization of the roof duality approach to higher-order terms. This can be viewed as a non-submodular analogue of the fact that submodular functions generalize the s-t minimum cut problem with non-negative weights to higher-order terms.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir},
journal = {Discrete Applied Mathematics},
number = {4-5},
pages = {416 -- 426},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Generalized roof duality and bisubmodular functions}},
doi = {10.1016/j.dam.2011.10.026},
volume = {160},
year = {2012},
}
@misc{5396,
abstract = {We consider the problem of inference in agraphical model with binary variables. While in theory it is arguably preferable to compute marginal probabilities, in practice researchers often use MAP inference due to the availability of efficient discrete optimization algorithms. We bridge the gap between the two approaches by introducing the Discrete Marginals technique in which approximate marginals are obtained by minimizing an objective function with unary and pair-wise terms over a discretized domain. This allows the use of techniques originally devel-oped for MAP-MRF inference and learning. We explore two ways to set up the objective function - by discretizing the Bethe free energy and by learning it from training data. Experimental results show that for certain types of graphs a learned function can out-perform the Bethe approximation. We also establish a link between the Bethe free energy and submodular functions.},
author = {Korc, Filip and Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Lampert, Christoph},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {13},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Approximating marginals using discrete energy minimization}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2012-0003},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{3124,
abstract = {We consider the problem of inference in a graphical model with binary variables. While in theory it is arguably preferable to compute marginal probabilities, in practice researchers often use MAP inference due to the availability of efficient discrete optimization algorithms. We bridge the gap between the two approaches by introducing the Discrete Marginals technique in which approximate marginals are obtained by minimizing an objective function with unary and pairwise terms over a discretized domain. This allows the use of techniques originally developed for MAP-MRF inference and learning. We explore two ways to set up the objective function - by discretizing the Bethe free energy and by learning it from training data. Experimental results show that for certain types of graphs a learned function can outperform the Bethe approximation. We also establish a link between the Bethe free energy and submodular functions.
},
author = {Korc, Filip and Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Lampert, Christoph},
location = {Edinburgh, Scotland},
publisher = {ICML},
title = {{Approximating marginals using discrete energy minimization}},
year = {2012},
}