Department of Computer Science | Institute of Theoretical Computer Science | CADMO

Theory of Combinatorial Algorithms

Prof. Emo Welzl and Prof. Bernd Gärtner

Mittagsseminar (in cooperation with A. Steger, D. Steurer and B. Sudakov)

Mittagsseminar Talk Information

Date and Time: Thursday, December 01, 2022, 12:15 pm

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: CAB G51

Speaker: Thomas Bläsius (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

On the External Validity of Average-Case Analyses of Graph Algorithms

The number one criticism of average-case analysis is that we do not actually know the probability distribution of real-world inputs. Thus, analyzing an algorithm on some random model has no implications for practical performance. At its core, this criticism doubts the existence of external validity, i.e., it assumes that algorithmic behavior on the somewhat simple and clean models does not translate beyond the models to practical performance on real-world input. This talk discusses a first step towards studying the question of external validity systematically. This is done by comparing the practical performance of algorithms to the performance on generated networks with varying properties.


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