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A Factor 2 Approximation Algorithm for the Generalized Steiner Network Problem
 Combinatorica
"... We present a factor 2 approximation algorithm for finding a minimumcost subgraph having at least a specified number of edges in each cut. This class of problems includes, among others, the generalized Steiner network problem, which is also known as the survivable network design problem. Our algorit ..."
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We present a factor 2 approximation algorithm for finding a minimumcost subgraph having at least a specified number of edges in each cut. This class of problems includes, among others, the generalized Steiner network problem, which is also known as the survivable network design problem. Our algorithm first solves the linear relaxation of this problem, and then iteratively rounds off the solution. The key idea in rounding off is that in a basic solution of the LP relaxation, at least one edge gets included at least to the extent of half. We include this edge into our integral solution and solve the residual problem. 1 Introduction We consider the problem of finding a minimumcost subgraph of a given graph such that the number of edges crossing each cut is at least a specified requirement. Formally, given an undirected multigraph G = (V; E), a nonnegative cost function c : E ! Q+ , and a requirement function f : 2 V ! Z , solve the following integer program (IP): min X e2E c e x...
Vertex Cover: Further Observations and Further Improvements
 Journal of Algorithms
, 1999
"... Recently, there have been increasing interests and progresses in lowering the worst case time complexity for wellknown NPhard problems, in particular for the Vertex Cover problem. In this paper, new properties for the Vertex Cover problem are indicated and several simple and new techniques are int ..."
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Recently, there have been increasing interests and progresses in lowering the worst case time complexity for wellknown NPhard problems, in particular for the Vertex Cover problem. In this paper, new properties for the Vertex Cover problem are indicated and several simple and new techniques are introduced, which lead to an improved algorithm of time O(kn + 1:271 k k 2 ) for the problem. Our algorithm also induces improvement on previous algorithms for the Independent Set problem on graphs of small degree. 1 Introduction Many optimization problems from industrial applications are NPhard. According to the NPcompleteness theory [10], these problems cannot be solved in polynomial time unless P = NP. However, this fact does not obviate the need for solving these problems for their practical importance. There has been a number of approaches to attacking the NPhardness of optimization problems, including approximation algorithms, heuristic algorithms, and average time analysis. Recent...
Simple heuristics for unit disk graphs
 NETWORKS
, 1995
"... Unit disk graphs are intersection graphs of circles of unit radius in the plane. We present simple and provably good heuristics for a number of classical NPhard optimization problems on unit disk graphs. The problems considered include maximum independent set, minimum vertex cover, minimum coloring ..."
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Unit disk graphs are intersection graphs of circles of unit radius in the plane. We present simple and provably good heuristics for a number of classical NPhard optimization problems on unit disk graphs. The problems considered include maximum independent set, minimum vertex cover, minimum coloring and minimum dominating set. We also present an online coloring heuristic which achieves a competitive ratio of 6 for unit disk graphs. Our heuristics do not need a geometric representation of unit disk graphs. Geometric representations are used only in establishing the performance guarantees of the heuristics. Several of our approximation algorithms can be extended to intersection graphs of circles of arbitrary radii in the plane, intersection graphs of regular polygons, and to intersection graphs of higher dimensional regular objects.
PseudoBoolean Optimization
 DISCRETE APPLIED MATHEMATICS
, 2001
"... This survey examines the state of the art of a variety of problems related to pseudoBoolean optimization, i.e. to the optimization of set functions represented by closed algebraic expressions. The main parts of the survey examine general pseudoBoolean optimization, the specially important case of ..."
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This survey examines the state of the art of a variety of problems related to pseudoBoolean optimization, i.e. to the optimization of set functions represented by closed algebraic expressions. The main parts of the survey examine general pseudoBoolean optimization, the specially important case of quadratic pseudoBoolean optimization (to which every pseudoBoolean optimization can be reduced), several other important special classes, and approximation algorithms.
A Column Generation Approach For Graph Coloring
 INFORMS Journal on Computing
, 1995
"... We present a method for solving the independent set formulation of the graph coloring problem (where there is one variable for each independent set in the graph). We use a column generation method for implicit optimization of the linear program at each node of the branchandbound tree. This approac ..."
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We present a method for solving the independent set formulation of the graph coloring problem (where there is one variable for each independent set in the graph). We use a column generation method for implicit optimization of the linear program at each node of the branchandbound tree. This approach, while requiring the solution of a difficult subproblem as well as needing sophisticated branching rules, solves small to moderate size problems quickly. We have also implemented an exact graph coloring algorithm based on DSATUR for comparison. Implementation details and computational experience are presented. 1 INTRODUCTION The graph coloring problem is one of the most useful models in graph theory. This problem has been used to solve problems in school timetabling [10], computer register allocation [7, 8], electronic bandwidth allocation [11], and many other areas. These applications suggest that effective algorithms for solving the graph coloring problem would be of great importance. D...
On problems without polynomial kernels
 Lect. Notes Comput. Sci
, 2007
"... Abstract. Kernelization is a strong and widelyapplied technique in parameterized complexity. In a nutshell, a kernelization algorithm, or simply a kernel, is a polynomialtime transformation that transforms any given parameterized instance to an equivalent instance of the same problem, with size an ..."
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Abstract. Kernelization is a strong and widelyapplied technique in parameterized complexity. In a nutshell, a kernelization algorithm, or simply a kernel, is a polynomialtime transformation that transforms any given parameterized instance to an equivalent instance of the same problem, with size and parameter bounded by a function of the parameter in the input. A kernel is polynomial if the size and parameter of the output are polynomiallybounded by the parameter of the input. In this paper we develop a framework which allows showing that a wide range of FPT problems do not have polynomial kernels. Our evidence relies on hypothesis made in the classical world (i.e. nonparametric complexity), and evolves around a new type of algorithm for classical decision problems, called a distillation algorithm, which might be of independent interest. Using the notion of distillation algorithms, we develop a generic lowerbound engine which allows us to show that a variety of FPT problems, fulfilling certain criteria, cannot have polynomial kernels unless the polynomial hierarchy collapses. These problems include kPath, kCycle, kExact Cycle, kShort Cheap Tour, kGraph Minor Order Test, kCutwidth, kSearch Number, kPathwidth, kTreewidth, kBranchwidth, and several optimization problems parameterized by treewidth or cliquewidth. 1
Approximating Minsum Set Cover
, 2003
"... this paper appeared in the conference proceedings of APPROX 2002 ..."
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this paper appeared in the conference proceedings of APPROX 2002
Parameterized Complexity: Exponential SpeedUp for Planar Graph Problems
 in Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity (ECCC
, 2001
"... A parameterized problem is xed parameter tractable if it admits a solving algorithm whose running time on input instance (I; k) is f(k) jIj , where f is an arbitrary function depending only on k. Typically, f is some exponential function, e.g., f(k) = c k for constant c. We describe general techniqu ..."
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A parameterized problem is xed parameter tractable if it admits a solving algorithm whose running time on input instance (I; k) is f(k) jIj , where f is an arbitrary function depending only on k. Typically, f is some exponential function, e.g., f(k) = c k for constant c. We describe general techniques to obtain growth of the form f(k) = c p k for a large variety of planar graph problems. The key to this type of algorithm is what we call the "Layerwise Separation Property" of a planar graph problem. Problems having this property include planar vertex cover, planar independent set, and planar dominating set.
One for the price of two: A unified approach for approximating covering problems
, 1998
"... We present a simple and unified approach for developing and analyzing approximation algorithms for covering problems. We illustrate this on approximation algorithms for the following problems: Vertex Cover, Set Cover, Feedback Vertex Set, Generalized Steiner Forest and related problems. The main id ..."
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We present a simple and unified approach for developing and analyzing approximation algorithms for covering problems. We illustrate this on approximation algorithms for the following problems: Vertex Cover, Set Cover, Feedback Vertex Set, Generalized Steiner Forest and related problems. The main idea can be phrased as follows: iteratively, pay two dollars (at most) to reduce the total optimum by one dollar (at least), so the rate of payment is no more than twice the rate of the optimum reduction. This implies a total payment (i.e., approximation cost) ~ twice the optimum cost. Our main contribution is based on a formal definition for covering problems, which includes all the above fundamental problems and others. We further extend the Bafna, Berman and Fujito LocalRatio theorem. This extension eventually yields a short generic rapproximation algorithm which can generate most known approximation algorithms for most covering problems. Another extension of the LocalRatio theorem to randomized algorithms gives a simple proof of Pitt's randomized approximation for Vertex Cover. Using this approach, we develop a modified greedy algorithm, which for Vertex Cover, gives an expected performance ratio <= 2.
Greed is Good: Approximating Independent Sets in Sparse and Boundeddegree Graphs
, 1994
"... ... for short, is one of the simplest, most efficient, and most thoroughly studied methods for finding independent sets in graphs. We show that it surprisingly achieves a performance ratio of (A+ 2)/3 for approximating independent sets in graphs with degree bounded by A. The analysis directs us towa ..."
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... for short, is one of the simplest, most efficient, and most thoroughly studied methods for finding independent sets in graphs. We show that it surprisingly achieves a performance ratio of (A+ 2)/3 for approximating independent sets in graphs with degree bounded by A. The analysis directs us towards a simple parallel and distributed algorithm with identical performance, which on constantdegree graphs runs in O(log* n) time using linear number of processors. We also analyze the Greedy algorithm when run in combination with a fractional relaxation technique of Nemhauser and Trotter, and obtain an improved (2Z + 3)/5 performance ratio on graphs with average degree ~. Finally, we introduce a generally applicable technique for improving the approximation ratios of independent set algorithms, and illustrate it by improving the performance ratio of Greedy for large ∆.