## Facility location in sublinear time (2005)

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Venue: | In 32nd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming |

Citations: | 8 - 1 self |

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@INPROCEEDINGS{Bădoiu05facilitylocation,

author = {Mihai Bădoiu and Artur Czumaj and Piotr Indyk and Christian Sohler},

title = {Facility location in sublinear time},

booktitle = {In 32nd International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming},

year = {2005},

pages = {866--877}

}

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### Abstract

Abstract. In this paper we present a randomized constant factor approximation algorithm for the problem of computing the optimal cost of the metric Minimum Facility Location problem, in the case of uniform costs and uniform demands, and in which every point can open a facility. By exploiting the fact that we are approximating the optimal cost without computing an actual solution, we give the first algorithm for this problem with running time O(n log 2 n), where n is the number of metric space points. Since the size of the representation of an n-point metric space is Θ(n 2), the complexity of our algorithm is sublinear with respect to the input size. We consider also the general version of the metric Minimum Facility Location problem and we show that there is no o(n 2)-time algorithm, even a randomized one, that approximates the optimal solution to within any factor. This result can be generalized to some related problems, and in particular, the cost of minimum-cost matching, the cost of bichromatic matching, or the cost of n/2-median cannot be approximated in o(n 2)-time. 1

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79 | Sublinear time algorithms for metric space problems
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Citation Context ...solution; results like our sublinear-time algorithm for a O(1)-factor approximation of the cost of the optimum solution for the metric uniform Minimum Facility Location problem are rare (see however, =-=[4, 6, 7]-=-). 1.2 Our Techniques Our analysis of a sublinear-time algorithm consists of two principal steps: we first prove the existence of an appropriated estimator for the cost of the Minimum Facility Locatio... |

74 | The online median problem
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- 2000
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Citation Context ...pling scheme to efficiently approximate the sum of the estimators. A similar approach has been used in recent sublinear-time algorithms for estimating the cost of the minimum spanning tree problem in =-=[2]-=- and [4]. 1.3 Definition of the Problem The formal definition of the general form of the (Metric) Minimum Facility Location problem is as follows: We are given a metric (P, D), and a subset F⊆P of fac... |

40 | A sublinear time approximation scheme for clustering in metric spaces
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- 1999
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Citation Context ...solution; results like our sublinear-time algorithm for a O(1)-factor approximation of the cost of the optimum solution for the metric uniform Minimum Facility Location problem are rare (see however, =-=[4, 6, 7]-=-). 1.2 Our Techniques Our analysis of a sublinear-time algorithm consists of two principal steps: we first prove the existence of an appropriated estimator for the cost of the Minimum Facility Locatio... |

18 | Estimating the weight of metric minimum spanning trees in sublinear-time
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- 2009
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Citation Context ...solution; results like our sublinear-time algorithm for a O(1)-factor approximation of the cost of the optimum solution for the metric uniform Minimum Facility Location problem are rare (see however, =-=[4, 6, 7]-=-). 1.2 Our Techniques Our analysis of a sublinear-time algorithm consists of two principal steps: we first prove the existence of an appropriated estimator for the cost of the Minimum Facility Locatio... |

16 |
Quick k-median, k-center, and facility location for sparse graphs
- Thorup
- 2001
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Citation Context ... for this problem was known before. It has been known that any constant factor approximation algorithm that returns not only the cost, but also a solution itself, requires the running time of Ω(n 2 ) =-=[14]-=-. Next, we prove that if the set of facilities and the cities (points that are to be connected to the facilities) are allowed to be disjoint, then any, even randomized, approximation algorithm for the... |