Combinatorics Seminar

When: Sunday, June 9, 10am

Where: Schreiber 309

Speaker: Lior Gishboliner, Tel Aviv University

Title: Deterministic vs Non-deterministic Graph Property Testing


A graph property P is said to be testable if one can check whether a graph is close or far from satisfying P using few random local inspections. Property P is said to be non-deterministically testable if one can supply a ``certificate'' to the fact that a graph satisfies P so that once the certificate is given its correctness can be tested. The notion of non-deterministic testing of graph properties was recently introduced by Lov\'asz and Vesztergombi, who proved that (somewhat surprisingly) a graph property is testable if and only if it is non-deterministically testable. Their proof used graph limits, and so it did not supply any explicit bounds. They thus asked if one can obtain a proof of their result which will supply such bounds. We answer their question positively by proving their result using Szemer\'edi's regularity lemma.

An interesting aspect of our proof is that it highlights the fact that the regularity lemma can be interpreted as saying that all graphs can be approximated by finitely many ``template'' graphs.

Joint work with A. Shapira

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