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A new greedy approach for facility location problems
"... We present a simple and natural greedy algorithm for the metric uncapacitated facility location problem achieving an approximation guarantee of 1.61 whereas the best previously known was 1.73. Furthermore, we will show that our algorithm has a property which allows us to apply the technique of Lagra ..."
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We present a simple and natural greedy algorithm for the metric uncapacitated facility location problem achieving an approximation guarantee of 1.61 whereas the best previously known was 1.73. Furthermore, we will show that our algorithm has a property which allows us to apply the technique of Lagrangian relaxation. Using this property, we can nd better approximation algorithms for many variants of the facility location problem, such as the capacitated facility location problem with soft capacities and a common generalization of the kmedian and facility location problem. We will also prove a lower bound on the approximability of the kmedian problem.
Simultaneous Optimization for Concave Costs: Single Sink Aggregation or Single Source BuyatBulk
 In Proc. of the 14 th Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA
, 2003
"... We consider the problem of finding efficient trees to send information from k sources to a single sink in a network where information can be aggregated at intermediate nodes in the tree. Specifically, we assume that if information from j sources is traveling over a link, the total information tha ..."
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We consider the problem of finding efficient trees to send information from k sources to a single sink in a network where information can be aggregated at intermediate nodes in the tree. Specifically, we assume that if information from j sources is traveling over a link, the total information that needs to be transmitted is f(j). One natural and important (though not necessarily comprehensive) class of functions is those which are concave, nondecreasing, and satisfy f(0) = 0. Our goal is to find a tree which is a good approximation simultaneously to the optimum trees for all such functions. This problem is motivated by aggregation in sensor networks, as well as by buyatbulk network design.
Greedy Facility Location Algorithms analyzed using Dual Fitting with FactorRevealing LP
 Journal of the ACM
, 2001
"... We present a natural greedy algorithm for the metric uncapacitated facility location problem and use the method of dual fitting to analyze its approximation ratio, which turns out to be 1.861. The running time of our algorithm is O(m log m), where m is the total number of edges in the underlying c ..."
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We present a natural greedy algorithm for the metric uncapacitated facility location problem and use the method of dual fitting to analyze its approximation ratio, which turns out to be 1.861. The running time of our algorithm is O(m log m), where m is the total number of edges in the underlying complete bipartite graph between cities and facilities. We use our algorithm to improve recent results for some variants of the problem, such as the fault tolerant and outlier versions. In addition, we introduce a new variant which can be seen as a special case of the concave cost version of this problem.
Provisioning a Virtual Private Network: A network design problem for multicommodity flow
 In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing
, 2001
"... Consider a setting in which a group of nodes, situated in a large underlying network, wishes to reserve bandwidth on which to support communication. Virtual private networks (VPNs) are services that support such a construct; rather than building a new physical network on the group of nodes that must ..."
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Consider a setting in which a group of nodes, situated in a large underlying network, wishes to reserve bandwidth on which to support communication. Virtual private networks (VPNs) are services that support such a construct; rather than building a new physical network on the group of nodes that must be connected, bandwidth in the underlying network is reserved for communication within the group, forming a virtual “subnetwork.” Provisioning a virtual private network over a set of terminals gives rise to the following general network design problem. We have bounds on the cumulative amount of traffic each terminal can send and receive; we must choose a path for each pair of terminals, and a bandwidth allocation for each edge of the network, so that any traffic matrix consistent with the given upper bounds can be feasibly routed. Thus, we are seeking to design a network that can support a continuum of possible traffic scenarios. We provide optimal and approximate algorithms for several variants of this problem, depending on whether the traffic matrix is required to be symmetric, and on whether the designed network is required to be a tree (a natural constraint in a number of basic applications). We also establish a relation between this collection of network design problems and a variant of the facility location problem introduced by Karger and Minkoff; we extend their results by providing a stronger approximation algorithm for this latter problem. 1
Building Steiner trees with incomplete global knowledge
 In Proceedings of the 41th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science
, 2000
"... A networking problem of present day interest is that of distributing a single data item to multiple clients while minimizing network usage. Steiner tree algorithms are a natural solution method, but only when the set of clients requesting the data is known. We study what can be done without this glo ..."
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A networking problem of present day interest is that of distributing a single data item to multiple clients while minimizing network usage. Steiner tree algorithms are a natural solution method, but only when the set of clients requesting the data is known. We study what can be done without this global knowledge, when a given vertex knows only the probability that any other client will wish to be connected, and must simply specify a fixed path to the data to be used in case it is requested. Our problem is an example of a class of network design problems with concave cost functions (which arise when the design problem exhibits economies of scale). In order to solve our problem, we introduce a new version of the facility location problem: one in which every open facility is required to have some minimum amount of demand assigned to it. We present a simple bicriterion approximation for this problem, one which is loose in both assignment cost and minimum demand, but within a constant factor of the optimum for both. This suffices for our application. We leave open the question of finding an algorithm that produces a truly feasible approximate solution. 1.
Hardness of buyatbulk network design
 in Proceedings of the 45th Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS
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CostDistance: Two Metric Network Design
 In Proceedings of the 41st Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science
, 2000
"... Abstract We present the CostDistance problem: finding a Steiner tree which optimizes the sum of edge costs along one metric and the sum of sourcesink distances along an unrelated second metric. We give the first known O(log k) randomized approximation scheme for CostDistance, where k is the numbe ..."
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Abstract We present the CostDistance problem: finding a Steiner tree which optimizes the sum of edge costs along one metric and the sum of sourcesink distances along an unrelated second metric. We give the first known O(log k) randomized approximation scheme for CostDistance, where k is the number of sources. We reduce many common network design problems to CostDistance, obtaining (in some cases) the first known logarithmic approximation for them. These problems include singlesink buyatbulk with variable pipe types between different sets of nodes, facility location with buyatbulk type costs on edges, and maybecast with combind cost and distance metrics. Our algorithm is also the algorithm of choice for several previous network design problems, due to its ease of implementation and fast running time. 1 Introduction Consider designing a network from the ground up. We are given a set of customers, and need to place various servers and network links in order to cheaply provide sufficient service. If we only need to place the servers, this becomes the facility location problem and constantapproximations are known. If a single server handles all customers, and we impose the additional constraint that the set of available network link types is the same for every pair of nodes (subject to constant scaling factors on cost) then this is the single sink buyatbulk problem. We give the first known approximation for the general version of this problem with both servers and network links. We reduce the network design problem to an elegant theoretical framework: the CostDistance problem. We are given a graph with a single distinguished sink node (server). Every edge in this graph can be measured along two metrics; the first will be called cost and the second will be length. Note that the two metrics are entirely independent, and that there may be any number of parallel edges in the graph. We are given a set of sources (customers). Our objective is to construct a Steiner tree connecting the sources to the sink while minimizing the combined sum of the cost of the edges in the tree and sum over sources of the weighted length from source to sink.
A constant factor approximation for the single sink edge installation problems
 In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC
, 2001
"... We present the first constant approximation to the single sink buyatbulk network design problem, where we have to design a network by buying pipes of different costs and capacities per unit length to route demands at a set of sources to a single sink. The distances in the underlying network form a ..."
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We present the first constant approximation to the single sink buyatbulk network design problem, where we have to design a network by buying pipes of different costs and capacities per unit length to route demands at a set of sources to a single sink. The distances in the underlying network form a metric. This result improves the previous bound of O(log R), where R is the set of sources. We also present a better constant approximation to the related Access Network Design problem. Our algorithms are randomized and combinatorial. As a subroutine in our algorithm, we use an interesting variant of facility location with lower bounds on the amount of demand an open facility needs to serve. We call this variant load balanced facility location, and present a constant factor approximation for it, while relaxing the lower bounds by a constant factor.
Approximation algorithms for nonuniform buyatbulk network design problems
 Proc. of IEEE FOCS
"... Abstract. Buyatbulk network design problems arise in settings where the costs for purchasing or installing equipment exhibit economies of scale. The objective is to build a network of cheapest cost to support a given multicommodity flow demand between node pairs. We present approximation algorith ..."
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Abstract. Buyatbulk network design problems arise in settings where the costs for purchasing or installing equipment exhibit economies of scale. The objective is to build a network of cheapest cost to support a given multicommodity flow demand between node pairs. We present approximation algorithms for buyatbulk network design problems with costs on both edges and nodes of an undirected graph. Our main result is the first polylogarithmic approximation ratio for the nonuniform problem that allows different cost functions on each edge and node; the ratio we achieve is O(log4 h) where h is the number of demand pairs. In addition we present an O(log h) approximation for the single sink problem. Polylogarithmic ratios for some related problems are also obtained. Our algorithm for the multicommodity problem is obtained via a reduction to the single source problem using the notion of junction trees. We believe that this presents a simple yet useful general technique for network design problems. Key words. Nonuniform buyatbulk, network design, approximation algorithm, concave cost, network flow, economies of scale AMS subject classifications. 68Q25, 68W25, 90C27, 90C59 1. Introduction. Network