## Abstract

Over the past 30 years numerous algorithms have been designed for symmetry breaking problems in the LOCAL model, such as maximal matching, MIS, vertex coloring, and edge coloring. For most problems the best randomized algorithm is at least exponentially faster than the best deterministic algorithm. We prove that these exponential gaps are necessary and establish numerous connections between the deterministic and randomized complexities in the LOCAL model. Each of our results has a very compelling take-away message: 1) Building on the recent randomized lower bounds of Brandt et al. [1], we prove that the randomized complexity of δ-coloring a tree with maximum degree δ is O(log δ log n + log∗n), for any δ > = 55, whereas its deterministic complexity is Ω(log δ n) for any δ > = 3. This also establishes a large separation between the deterministic complexity of δ-coloring and (δ+1)-coloring trees. 2) We prove that any deterministic algorithm for a natural class of problems that runs in O(1) + o(log δ n) rounds can be transformed to run in O(log∗n - log∗δ + 1) rounds. If the transformed algorithm violates a lower bound (even allowing randomization), then one can conclude that the problem requires Ω(log δ n) time deterministically. This gives an alternate proof that deterministically δ-coloring a tree with small δ takes Ω(log δ n) rounds. 3) We prove that the randomized complexity of any natural problem on instances of size n is at least its deterministic complexity on instances of size √log n. This shows that a deterministic Ω(log δ n) lower bound for any problem (δ-coloring a tree, for example) implies a randomized Ω(log δ log n) lower bound. It also illustrates that the graph shattering technique employed in recent randomized symmetry breaking algorithms is absolutely essential to the LOCAL model. For example, it is provably impossible to improve the 2O(√log log n) term in the complexities of the best MIS and (δ+1)-coloring algorithms without also improving the 2O(√log n)-round Panconesi-Srinivasan algorithm.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Proceedings - 57th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2016 |

Publisher | IEEE Computer Society |

Pages | 615-624 |

Number of pages | 10 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 9781509039333 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 14 Dec 2016 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | 57th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2016 - New Brunswick, United States Duration: 9 Oct 2016 → 11 Oct 2016 |

### Publication series

Name | Proceedings - Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS |
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Volume | 2016-December |

ISSN (Print) | 0272-5428 |

### Conference

Conference | 57th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2016 |
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Country/Territory | United States |

City | New Brunswick |

Period | 9/10/16 → 11/10/16 |

### Bibliographical note

Funding Information:This work is supported by NSF grants CCF-1217338, CNS-1318294, and CCF-1514383.

Publisher Copyright:

© 2016 IEEE.

## Keywords

- Coloring
- Distributed algorithm
- Local model
- Symmetry breaking