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A Threshold of ln n for Approximating Set Cover
 JOURNAL OF THE ACM
, 1998
"... Given a collection F of subsets of S = f1; : : : ; ng, set cover is the problem of selecting as few as possible subsets from F such that their union covers S, and max kcover is the problem of selecting k subsets from F such that their union has maximum cardinality. Both these problems are NPhar ..."
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Given a collection F of subsets of S = f1; : : : ; ng, set cover is the problem of selecting as few as possible subsets from F such that their union covers S, and max kcover is the problem of selecting k subsets from F such that their union has maximum cardinality. Both these problems are NPhard. We prove that (1 \Gamma o(1)) ln n is a threshold below which set cover cannot be approximated efficiently, unless NP has slightly superpolynomial time algorithms. This closes the gap (up to low order terms) between the ratio of approximation achievable by the greedy algorithm (which is (1 \Gamma o(1)) ln n), and previous results of Lund and Yannakakis, that showed hardness of approximation within a ratio of (log 2 n)=2 ' 0:72 lnn. For max kcover we show an approximation threshold of (1 \Gamma 1=e) (up to low order terms), under the assumption that P != NP .
Linear Time Approximation Schemes for the GaleBerlekamp Game and Related Minimization Problems
"... We design a linear time approximation scheme for the GaleBerlekamp Switching Game and generalize it to a wider class of dense fragile minimization problems including the Nearest Codeword Problem (NCP) and Unique Games Problem. Further applications include, among other things, finding a constrained ..."
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We design a linear time approximation scheme for the GaleBerlekamp Switching Game and generalize it to a wider class of dense fragile minimization problems including the Nearest Codeword Problem (NCP) and Unique Games Problem. Further applications include, among other things, finding a constrained form of matrix rigidity and maximum likelihood decoding of an error correcting code. As another application of our method we give the first linear time approximation schemes for correlation clustering with a fixed number of clusters and its hierarchical generalization. Our results depend on a new technique for dealing with small objective function values of optimization problems and could be of independent interest.
Nonnumerical Algorithms and Problemsâ€”Computations
"... We design a linear time approximation scheme for the GaleBerlekamp Switching Game and generalize it to a wider class of dense fragile minimization problems including the Nearest Codeword Problem (NCP) and Unique Games Problem. Further applications include, among other things, finding a constrained ..."
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We design a linear time approximation scheme for the GaleBerlekamp Switching Game and generalize it to a wider class of dense fragile minimization problems including the Nearest Codeword Problem (NCP) and Unique Games Problem. Further applications include, among other things, finding a constrained form of matrix rigidity and maximum likelihood decoding of an error correcting code. As another application of our method we give the first linear time approximation schemes for correlation clustering with a fixed number of clusters and its hierarchical generalization. Our results depend on a new technique for dealing with small objective function values of optimization problems and could be of independent interest. Categories and Subject Descriptors