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Composable Core-sets for Determinant Maximization: A Simple Near-Optimal Algorithm
Sepideh Mahabadi · Piotr Indyk · Shayan Oveis Gharan · Alireza Rezaei

Tue Jun 11 04:00 PM -- 04:20 PM (PDT) @ Grand Ballroom
``Composable core-sets'' are an efficient framework for solving optimization problems in massive data models. In this work, we consider efficient construction of composable core-sets for the determinant maximization problem. This can also be cast as the MAP inference task for ``determinantal point processes", that have recently gained a lot of interest for modeling diversity and fairness. The problem was recently studied in \cite{indyk2018composable}, where they designed composable core-sets with the optimal approximation bound of $O(k)^k$. On the other hand, the more practical ``Greedy" algorithm has been previously used in similar contexts. In this work, first we provide a theoretical approximation guarantee of $C^{k^2}$ for the Greedy algorithm in the context of composable core-sets. Further, we propose to use a ``Local Search" based algorithm that while being still practical, achieves a nearly optimal approximation bound of $O(k)^{2k}$. Finally, we implement all three algorithms and show the effectiveness of our proposed algorithm on standard data sets.

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Sepideh Mahabadi (Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago)
Piotr Indyk (MIT)
Shayan Oveis Gharan (University of Washington)
Alireza Rezaei (University of Washington)

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