### Abstract

We consider bounded occurrence (degree) instances of a minimum constraint satisfaction problem MIN-LIN2 and a MINBISECTION problem for graphs. MIN-LIN2 is an optimization problem for a given system of linear equations mod 2 to construct a solution that satisfies the minimum number of them. E3-OCC-MIN-E3-LIN2 is the bounded occurrence (degree) problem restricted as follows: each equation has exactly 3 variables and each variable occurs in exactly 3 equations. Clearly, MIN-LIN2 is equivalent to another well known problem, the Nearest Codeword problem, and E3-OCC-MIN-E3-LIN2 to its bounded occurrence version. MIN-BISECTION is a problem of findinga minimum bisection of a graph, while 3-MIN-BISECTION is the MIN-BISECTION problem restricted to 3-regular graphs only. We show that, somewhat surprisingly, these two restricted problems are exactly as hard to approximate as their general versions. In particular, an approximation ratio lower bound for E3-OCC-MIN-E3-LIN2 (bounded 3-occurrence 3-ary Nearest Codeword problem) is equal to MIN-LIN2 (Nearest Codeword problem) lower bound n^{Ω(1)/ log log n}. Moreover, an existence of a constant factor approximation ratio (or a PTAS) for 3-MIN-BISECTION entails existence of a constant approximation ratio (or a PTAS) for the general MIN-BISECTION.

Original language | English (US) |
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Title of host publication | Automata, Languages and Programming - 29th International Colloquium, ICALP 2002, Proceedings |

Pages | 623-632 |

Number of pages | 10 |

Publication status | Published - Dec 1 2002 |

Event | 29th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming, ICALP 2002 - Malaga, Spain Duration: Jul 8 2002 → Jul 13 2002 |

### Publication series

Name | Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) |
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Volume | 2380 LNCS |

ISSN (Print) | 0302-9743 |

ISSN (Electronic) | 1611-3349 |

### Other

Other | 29th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming, ICALP 2002 |
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Country | Spain |

City | Malaga |

Period | 7/8/02 → 7/13/02 |

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### All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Theoretical Computer Science
- Computer Science(all)

### Cite this

*Automata, Languages and Programming - 29th International Colloquium, ICALP 2002, Proceedings*(pp. 623-632). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 2380 LNCS).