Linear Programming and Community Detection

The problem of community detection with two equal-sized communities is closely related to the minimum graph bisection problem over certain random graph models. In the stochastic block model distribution over networks with community structure, a well-known semidefinite programming (SDP) relaxation of the minimum bisection problem recovers the underlying communities whenever possible. Motivated by their superior … Read more

Tight cycle relaxations for the cut polytope

We study the problem of optimizing an arbitrary weight function w’z over the metric polytope of a graph G=(V,E), a well-known relaxation of the cut polytope. We define the signed graph (G, E^-), where E^- consists of the edges of G having negative weight. We characterize the sign patterns of the weight vector w such … Read more

Strengthened Semidefinite Relaxations via a Second Lifting for the Max-Cut Problem

In this paper we study two strengthened semidefinite programming relaxations for the Max-Cut problem. Our results hold for every instance of Max-Cut; in particular, we make no assumptions about the edge weights. We prove that the first relaxation provides a strengthening of the Goemans-Williamson relaxation. The second relaxation is a further tightening of the first … Read more