Theory Seminar: Approximating the Number of $k$ Cliques in a Graph in Sublinear Time

Talya Eden (Tel-Aviv University)
Wednesday, 24.5.2017, 12:30
Taub 201

We present a sublinear-time algorithm for approximating the number of $k$-cliques in an input graph.

We assume the standard general graphs access model via (1) degree queries, (2) neighbor queries and (3) pair queries.

Consider a graph with $n$ vertices, $m$ edges, and $k$-cliques. We design an algorithm that outputs a $(1+\eps)$-approximation (with high probability) for $k$ with expected query complexity and running time $O\left(\frac{n}{\clk^{1/k}}+\frac{m^{k/2}}{\clk} \right)\poly(\log n, 1/\eps,k)$.

Furthermore, we prove a lower bound showing that our algorithm is essentially optimal (up to the dependence on $\log n$, $1/\eps$ and $k$).

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