FOCS 2009

The list of accepted papers for FOCS2009 was published a couple of days ago. The page with the abstracts is here and a post on “Graph Theory” included the pdf file for some of the papers (those available).

I was able to find some of the missing papers:

“A Parallel Repetition Theorem for Any Interactive Argument” – Iftach Haitner.

“Optimal Long Code Test with One Free Bit” –┬áNikhil Bansal and Subhash Khot.

“Submodular Function Minimization under Covering Constraints” – Satoru Iwata and Kiyohito Nagano.

I’ve been checking out the ones that seem more interesting (for me, don’t want to start a war on best papers or imply that other papers aren’t interesting).

One of them is the paper “Space-Efficient Framework for Top-k String Retrieval Problems” by Wing Kai Hon, Rahul Shah and Jeffrey Scott Vitter. ┬áIt’s a really interesting paper about a problem we have been looking at for a while (with Diego Arroyuelo, Meng He and Ian Munro) and I found that the solution they propose is a very interesting approach, it allows to handle a wide family of scoring functions for the top-k string retrieval problem.

Another paper that caught my interest is “Models for the compressible Web” by Flavio Chierichetti, Ravi Kumar, Silvio Lattanzi, Alessandro Panconesi and Prabhakar Raghavan. I couldn’t find the pdf on that one so I haven’t read it yet. It seems to be closely related to my master thesis (yes, it’s written in English) and it would be interesting to see if some of the results there help on explaining in a theoretical way the empirical results we obtained in the thesis.

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