Positive semidefinite approximations to the cone of copositive kernels

Olga Kuryatnikova, J.C. Vera

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It has been shown that the maximum stable set problem in some infinite graphs, and the kissing number problem in particular, reduces to a minimization problem over the cone of copositive kernels. Optimizing over this infinite dimensional cone is not tractable, and approximations of this cone have been hardly considered in literature. We propose two convergent hierarchies of subsets of copositive kernels, in terms of non-negative and positive definite kernels. We use these hierarchies and representation theorems for invariant positive definite kernels on the sphere to construct new SDP-based bounds on the kissing number. This results in fast-to-compute upper bounds on the kissing number that lie between the currently existing LP and SDP bounds.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationIthaca
PublisherCornell University Library
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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