Vygen, J
; Byrka, J
(Ed.)

One of the most famous conjectures in combinatorial optimization is the four-thirds conjecture, which states that the integrality gap of the subtour LP relaxation of the TSP is equal to $\frac43$. For 40 years, the best known upper bound was $1.5$. Recently, Karlin, Klein, and Oveis Gharan \cite{KKO21b} showed that the max entropy algorithm for the TSP gives an improved bound of $1.5 - 10^{-36}$.
In this paper, we show that the approximation ratio of the max entropy algorithm is at least 1.375, even for graphic TSP.
Thus the max entropy algorithm does not appear to be the algorithm that will ultimately resolve the four-thirds conjecture in the affirmative, should that be possible.

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