NIPS: Oral Session 5 – Alexandros G. Dimakis

Sparse Polynomial Learning and Graph Sketching

Let f:{−1,1}n→R
be a polynomial with at most s
non-zero real coefficients. We give an algorithm for exactly reconstructing f
given random examples from the uniform distribution on {−1,1}n
that runs in time polynomial in n
and 2s
and succeeds if the function satisfies the \textit{unique sign property}: there is one output value which corresponds to a unique set of values of the participating parities. This sufficient condition is satisfied when every coefficient of f
is perturbed by a small random noise, or satisfied with high probability when s
parity functions are chosen randomly or when all the coefficients are positive. Learning sparse polynomials over the Boolean domain in time polynomial in n
and 2s
is considered notoriously hard in the worst-case. Our result shows that the problem is tractable for almost all sparse polynomials. Then, we show an application of this result to hypergraph sketching which is the problem of learning a sparse (both in the number of hyperedges and the size of the hyperedges) hypergraph from uniformly drawn random cuts. We also provide experimental results on a real world dataset.

Alexandros G. Dimakis
The University of Texas at Austin
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