On the benefits of adaptivity in property testing of dense graphs

Mira Gonen, Dana Ron

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We consider the question of whether adaptivity can improve the complexity of property testing algorithms in the dense graphs model. It is known that there can be at most a quadratic gap between adaptive and non-adaptive testers in this model, but it was not known whether any gap indeed exists. In this work we reveal such a gap. Specifically, we focus on the well studied property of bipartiteness. Bogdanov and Trevisan (IEEE Symposium on Computational Complexity, pp. 75-81, 2004) proved a lower bound of Ω(1/∈ 2) on the query complexity of non-adaptive testing algorithms for bipartiteness. This lower bound holds for graphs with maximum degree O(∈n). Our main result is an adaptive testing algorithm for bipartiteness of graphs with maximum degree O(∈n) whose query complexity is 1 õ(1/∈ 3/ 2). A slightly modified version of our algorithm can be used to test the combined property of being bipartite and having maximum degree O(∈n). Thus we demonstrate that adaptive testers are stronger than non-adaptive testers in the dense graphs model. We note that the upper bound we obtain is tight up-to polylogarithmic factors, in view of the Ω(1/ε 3/ 2) lower bound of Bogdanov and Trevisan for adaptive testers. In addition we show that õ(1/∈ 3/ 2) queries also suffice when (almost) all vertices have degree Ω(√∈.n). In this case adaptivity is not necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-830
Number of pages20
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptivity
  • Bipartiteness
  • Property testing


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