SDP Integrality Gaps with Local L1-Embeddability

Subhash Khot
New York University

I will present a construction of an n-point negative type metric such that every t-point sub-metric is isometrically L1-embeddable, but embedding the whole metric into L1 incurs distortion at least k, where both t and k are (\log\log\log n)^{\Omega(1)}. The result can also be interpreted as a construction of an integrality gap instace for SPARSEST CUT problem, for a combination of a basic SDP relaxation and t rounds of Sherali-Adams LP relaxation. Similar integrality gap holds for the MAXIMUM CUT problem.

Joint work with Rishi Saket.

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