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Efficient Algorithms for Online Decision Problems
 J. Comput. Syst. Sci
, 2003
"... In an online decision problem, one makes a sequence of decisions without knowledge of the future. Tools from learning such as Weighted Majority and its many variants [13, 18, 4] demonstrate that online algorithms can perform nearly as well as the best single decision chosen in hindsight, even when t ..."
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In an online decision problem, one makes a sequence of decisions without knowledge of the future. Tools from learning such as Weighted Majority and its many variants [13, 18, 4] demonstrate that online algorithms can perform nearly as well as the best single decision chosen in hindsight, even when there are exponentially many possible decisions. However, the naive application of these algorithms is inefficient for such large problems. For some problems with nice structure, specialized efficient solutions have been developed [10, 16, 17, 6, 3].
The Online Set Cover Problem
, 2003
"... Let X = f1; 2; : : : ; ng be a ground set of n elements, and let S be a family of subsets of X , jSj = m, with a positive cost c S associated with each S 2 S. ..."
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Let X = f1; 2; : : : ; ng be a ground set of n elements, and let S be a family of subsets of X , jSj = m, with a positive cost c S associated with each S 2 S.
Splay trees, DavenportSchinzel sequences, and the deque conjecture
, 2007
"... We introduce a new technique to bound the asymptotic performance of splay trees. The basic idea is to transcribe, in an indirect fashion, the rotations performed by the splay tree as a DavenportSchinzel sequence S, none of whose subsequences are isomorphic to fixed forbidden subsequence. We direct ..."
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We introduce a new technique to bound the asymptotic performance of splay trees. The basic idea is to transcribe, in an indirect fashion, the rotations performed by the splay tree as a DavenportSchinzel sequence S, none of whose subsequences are isomorphic to fixed forbidden subsequence. We direct this technique towards Tarjan’s deque conjecture and prove that n deque operations require O(nα ∗ (n)) time, where α ∗ (n) is the minimum number of applications of the inverseAckermann function mapping n to a constant. We are optimistic that this approach could be directed towards other open conjectures on splay trees such as the traversal and split conjectures.
The Online Set Cover Problem
"... Let X = {1, 2,...,n} be a ground set of n elements, and let S be a family of subsets of X, S  = m, with a positive cost cS associated with each S ∈S. Consider the following online version of the set cover problem, described as a game between an algorithm and an adversary. An adversary gives eleme ..."
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Let X = {1, 2,...,n} be a ground set of n elements, and let S be a family of subsets of X, S  = m, with a positive cost cS associated with each S ∈S. Consider the following online version of the set cover problem, described as a game between an algorithm and an adversary. An adversary gives elements to the algorithm from X onebyone. Once a new element is given, the algorithm has to cover it by some set of S containing it. We assume that the elements of X and the members of S are known in advance to the algorithm, however, the set X ′ ⊆ X of elements given by the adversary is not known in advance to the algorithm. (In general, X ′ may be a strict subset of X.) The objective is to minimize the total cost of the sets chosen by the algorithm. Let C denote the family of sets in S that the algorithm chooses. At the end of the game the adversary also produces (offline) a family of sets COPT that covers X ′. The performance of the algorithm is the ratio