On the multiparty communication complexity of testing triangle-freeness

Orr Fischer, Shay Gershtein, Rotem Oshman

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Abstract

In this paper we initiate the study of property testing in multi-party communication complexity, focusing on testing triangle-freeness in graphs. We consider the coordinator model, where we have k players receiving private inputs, and a coordinator who receives no input; the coordinator can communicate with all the players, but the players cannot communicate with each other. In this model, we ask: if an input graph is divided between the players, with each player receiving some of the edges, how many bits do the players and the coordinator need to exchange to determine if the graph is triangle-free, or far from triangle-free? We are especially interested in simultaneous communication protocols, where there is only one communication round. For general communication protocols,we show that Õ (k(nd)1/4+k2) bits are sufficient to test triangle-freeness in graphs of size n with average degree d. We also give a simultaneous protocol using Õ (k√n) bits when d = O(√n) and Õ(k(nd)1/3) when d = Ω(√n). We show that for average degree d = O(1), our simultaneous protocol is asymptotically optimal up to logarithmic factors. For higher degrees, we are not able to give lower bounds on testing triangle-freeness, but we give evidence that the problem is hard by showing that finding an edge that participates in a triangle is hard, even when promised that the graph is far from triangle-free.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPODC 2017 - Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages111-120
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349925
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 Jul 2017
Event36th ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing, PODC 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: 25 Jul 201727 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing
VolumePart F129314

Conference

Conference36th ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing, PODC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington
Period25/07/1727/07/17

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