Two proofs for Shallow Packings

Abstract : We refine the bound on the packing number, originally shown by Haussler, for shallow geometric set systems. Specifically, let V be a finite set system defined over an n-point set X; we view V as a set of indicator vectors over the n-dimensional unit cube. A δ-separated set of V is a subcollection W, s.t. the Hamming distance between each pair u, v ∈ W is greater than δ, where δ > 0 is an integer parameter. The δ-packing number is then defined as the cardinality of a largest δ-separated subcollection of V. Haussler showed an asymptotically tight bound of Θ((n/δ) d) on the δ-packing number if V has VC-dimension (or primal shatter dimension) d. We refine this bound for the scenario where, for any subset, X ⊆ X of size m ≤ n and for any parameter 1 ≤ k ≤ m, the number of vectors of length at most k in the restriction of V to X is only O(m d1 k d−d1), for a fixed integer d > 0 and a real parameter 1 ≤ d 1 ≤ d (this generalizes the standard notion of bounded primal shatter dimension when d 1 = d). In this case when V is " k-shallow " (all vector lengths are at most k), we show that its δ-packing number is O(n d1 k d−d1 /δ d), matching Haussler's bound for the special cases where d 1 = d or k = n. We present two proofs, the first is an extension of Haussler's approach, and the second extends the proof of Chazelle, originally presented as a simplification for Haussler's proof.
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Discrete and Computational Geometry, Springer Verlag, 2016, Special Issue: 31st Annual Symposium on Computational Geometry, <10.1007/s00454-016-9824-0>
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Kunal Dutta, Esther Ezra, Arijit Ghosh. Two proofs for Shallow Packings . Discrete and Computational Geometry, Springer Verlag, 2016, Special Issue: 31st Annual Symposium on Computational Geometry, <10.1007/s00454-016-9824-0>. <hal-01360460>

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