TY - GEN

T1 - K-wise independent random graphs

AU - Alon, Noga

AU - Nussboim, Asaf

PY - 2008

Y1 - 2008

N2 - We study the k-wise independent relaxation of the usual model G(N, p) of random graphs where, as in this model, N labeled vertices are fixed and each edge is drawn with probability p, however, it is only required that the distribution of any subset of k edges is independent. This relaxation can be relevant in modeling phenomena where only k-wise independence is assumed to hold, and is also useful when the relevant graphs are so huge that handling G(N, p) graphs becomes infeasible, and cheaper random-looking distributions (such as k-wise independent ones) must be used instead. Unfortunately, many well-known properties of random graphs in G(N, p) are global, and it is thus not clear if they are guaranteed to hold in the k-wise independent case. We explore the properties of k-wise independent graphs by providing upper-bounds and lower-bounds on the amount of independence, k, required for maintaining the main properties of G(N,p) graphs: connectivity, Hamiltonicity, the connectivity-number, clique-number and chromatic-number and the appearance of fixed subgraphs. Most of these properties are shown to be captured by either constant k or by some k = poly (log (N)) for a wide range of values of p, implying that random looking graphs on N vertices can be generated by a seed of size poly(log(N)). The proofs combine combinatorial, probabilistic and spectral techniques.

AB - We study the k-wise independent relaxation of the usual model G(N, p) of random graphs where, as in this model, N labeled vertices are fixed and each edge is drawn with probability p, however, it is only required that the distribution of any subset of k edges is independent. This relaxation can be relevant in modeling phenomena where only k-wise independence is assumed to hold, and is also useful when the relevant graphs are so huge that handling G(N, p) graphs becomes infeasible, and cheaper random-looking distributions (such as k-wise independent ones) must be used instead. Unfortunately, many well-known properties of random graphs in G(N, p) are global, and it is thus not clear if they are guaranteed to hold in the k-wise independent case. We explore the properties of k-wise independent graphs by providing upper-bounds and lower-bounds on the amount of independence, k, required for maintaining the main properties of G(N,p) graphs: connectivity, Hamiltonicity, the connectivity-number, clique-number and chromatic-number and the appearance of fixed subgraphs. Most of these properties are shown to be captured by either constant k or by some k = poly (log (N)) for a wide range of values of p, implying that random looking graphs on N vertices can be generated by a seed of size poly(log(N)). The proofs combine combinatorial, probabilistic and spectral techniques.

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U2 - 10.1109/FOCS.2008.61

DO - 10.1109/FOCS.2008.61

M3 - Conference contribution

AN - SCOPUS:57949111887

SN - 9780769534367

T3 - Proceedings - Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS

SP - 813

EP - 822

BT - Proceedings of the 49th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2008

T2 - 49th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2008

Y2 - 25 October 2008 through 28 October 2008

ER -