Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Group

Computer and Information Science

First Advisor

Sampath Kannan

Second Advisor

Sanjeev Khanna


As the scale of the problems we want to solve in real life becomes larger, the input sizes of the problems we want to solve could be much larger than the memory of a single computer. In these cases, the classical algorithms may no longer be feasible options, even when they run in linear time and linear space, as the input size is too large.

In this thesis, we study various combinatorial problems in different computation models that process large input sizes using limited resources. In particular, we consider the query model, streaming model, and massively parallel computation model. In addition, we also study the tradeoffs between the adaptivity and performance of algorithms in these models.We first consider two graph problems, vertex coloring problem and metric traveling salesman problem (TSP). The main results are structure results for these problems, which give frameworks for achieving sublinear algorithms of these problems in different models. We also show that the sublinear algorithms for (∆ + 1)-coloring problem are tight. We then consider the graph sparsification problem, which is an important technique for designing sublinear algorithms. We give proof of the existence of a linear size hypergraph cut sparsifier, along with a polynomial algorithm that calculates one. We also consider sublinear algorithms for this problem in the streaming and query models. Finally, we study the round complexity of submodular function minimization (SFM). In particular, we give a polynomial lower bound on the number of rounds we need to compute s − t max flow - a special case of SFM - in the streaming model. We also prove a polynomial lower bound on the number of rounds we need to solve the general SFM problem in polynomial queries.