## The Importance of Being Biased (2002)

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@INPROCEEDINGS{Dinur02theimportance,

author = {Irit Dinur and Samuel Safra},

title = {The Importance of Being Biased},

booktitle = {},

year = {2002},

pages = {33--42}

}

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The Minimum Vertex Cover problem is the problem of, given a graph, finding a smallest set of vertices that touches all edges. We show that it is NP-hard to approximate this problem 1.36067, improving on the previously known hardness result for a 6 factor. 1

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