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Fast Approximation Algorithms for Fractional Packing and Covering Problems
, 1995
"... This paper presents fast algorithms that find approximate solutions for a general class of problems, which we call fractional packing and covering problems. The only previously known algorithms for solving these problems are based on general linear programming techniques. The techniques developed ..."
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This paper presents fast algorithms that find approximate solutions for a general class of problems, which we call fractional packing and covering problems. The only previously known algorithms for solving these problems are based on general linear programming techniques. The techniques developed in this paper greatly outperform the general methods in many applications, and are extensions of a method previously applied to find approximate solutions to multicommodity flow problems. Our algorithm is a Lagrangean relaxation technique; an important aspect of our results is that we obtain a theoretical analysis of the running time of a Lagrangean relaxationbased algorithm. We give several applications of our algorithms. The new approach yields several orders of magnitude of improvement over the best previously known running times for algorithms for the scheduling of unrelated parallel machines in both the preemptive and the nonpreemptive models, for the job shop problem, for th...
Polynomial Time Approximation Schemes for Dense Instances of NPHard Problems
, 1995
"... We present a unified framework for designing polynomial time approximation schemes (PTASs) for "dense" instances of many NPhard optimization problems, including maximum cut, graph bisection, graph separation, minimum kway cut with and without specified terminals, and maximum 3satisfiabi ..."
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We present a unified framework for designing polynomial time approximation schemes (PTASs) for "dense" instances of many NPhard optimization problems, including maximum cut, graph bisection, graph separation, minimum kway cut with and without specified terminals, and maximum 3satisfiability. By dense graphs we mean graphs with minimum degree &Omega;(n), although our algorithms solve most of these problems so long as the average degree is &Omega;(n). Denseness for nongraph problems is defined similarly. The unified framework begins with the idea of exhaustive sampling: picking a small random set of vertices, guessing where they go on the optimum solution, and then using their placement to determine the placement of everything else. The approach then develops into a PTAS for approximating certain smooth integer programs where the objective function and the constraints are "dense" polynomials of constant degree.
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.
Approximation Algorithms for Disjoint Paths Problems
, 1996
"... The construction of disjoint paths in a network is a basic issue in combinatorial optimization: given a network, and specified pairs of nodes in it, we are interested in finding disjoint paths between as many of these pairs as possible. This leads to a variety of classical NPcomplete problems for w ..."
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The construction of disjoint paths in a network is a basic issue in combinatorial optimization: given a network, and specified pairs of nodes in it, we are interested in finding disjoint paths between as many of these pairs as possible. This leads to a variety of classical NPcomplete problems for which very little is known from the point of view of approximation algorithms. It has recently been brought into focus in work on problems such as VLSI layout and routing in highspeed networks; in these settings, the current lack of understanding of the disjoint paths problem is often an obstacle to the design of practical heuristics.
A polylogarithmic approximation algorithm for the group Steiner tree problem
 Journal of Algorithms
, 2000
"... The group Steiner tree problem is a generalization of the Steiner tree problem where we ae given several subsets (groups) of vertices in a weighted graph, and the goal is to find a minimumweight connected subgraph containing at least one vertex from each group. The problem was introduced by Reich a ..."
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The group Steiner tree problem is a generalization of the Steiner tree problem where we ae given several subsets (groups) of vertices in a weighted graph, and the goal is to find a minimumweight connected subgraph containing at least one vertex from each group. The problem was introduced by Reich and Widmayer and finds applications in VLSI design. The group Steiner tree problem generalizes the set covering problem, and is therefore at least as had. We give a randomized O(log 3 n log k)approximation algorithm for the group Steiner tree problem on an nnode graph, where k is the number of groups. The best previous ink)v/ (Bateman, Helvig, performance guarantee was (1 +  Robins and Zelikovsky).
The multiplicative weights update method: a meta algorithm and applications
, 2005
"... Algorithms in varied fields use the idea of maintaining a distribution over a certain set and use the multiplicative update rule to iteratively change these weights. Their analysis are usually very similar and rely on an exponential potential function. We present a simple meta algorithm that unifies ..."
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Algorithms in varied fields use the idea of maintaining a distribution over a certain set and use the multiplicative update rule to iteratively change these weights. Their analysis are usually very similar and rely on an exponential potential function. We present a simple meta algorithm that unifies these disparate algorithms and drives them as simple instantiations of the meta algorithm. 1
The primaldual method for approximation algorithms and its application to network design problems.
, 1997
"... Abstract In this survey, we give an overview of a technique used to design and analyze algorithms that provide approximate solutions to N P hard problems in combinatorial optimization. Because of parallels with the primaldual method commonly used in combinatorial optimization, we call it the prim ..."
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Abstract In this survey, we give an overview of a technique used to design and analyze algorithms that provide approximate solutions to N P hard problems in combinatorial optimization. Because of parallels with the primaldual method commonly used in combinatorial optimization, we call it the primaldual method for approximation algorithms. We show how this technique can be used to derive approximation algorithms for a number of different problems, including network design problems, feedback vertex set problems, and facility location problems.
ConstantTime Distributed Dominating Set Approximation
 In Proc. of the 22 nd ACM Symposium on the Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC
, 2003
"... Finding a small dominating set is one of the most fundamental problems of traditional graph theory. In this paper, we present a new fully distributed approximation algorithm based on LP relaxation techniques. For an arbitrary parameter k and maximum degree #, our algorithm computes a dominating set ..."
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Finding a small dominating set is one of the most fundamental problems of traditional graph theory. In this paper, we present a new fully distributed approximation algorithm based on LP relaxation techniques. For an arbitrary parameter k and maximum degree #, our algorithm computes a dominating set of expected size O k# log #DSOPT rounds where each node has to send O k messages of size O(log #). This is the first algorithm which achieves a nontrivial approximation ratio in a constant number of rounds.
Nearoptimal hardness results and approximation algorithms for edgedisjoint paths and related problems
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
, 1999
"... We study the approximability of edgedisjoint paths and related problems. In the edgedisjoint paths problem (EDP), we are given a network G with sourcesink pairs (si, ti), 1 ≤ i ≤ k, and the goal is to find a largest subset of sourcesink pairs that can be simultaneously connected in an edgedisjo ..."
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We study the approximability of edgedisjoint paths and related problems. In the edgedisjoint paths problem (EDP), we are given a network G with sourcesink pairs (si, ti), 1 ≤ i ≤ k, and the goal is to find a largest subset of sourcesink pairs that can be simultaneously connected in an edgedisjoint manner. We show that in directed networks, for any ɛ> 0, EDP is NPhard to approximate within m 1/2−ɛ. We also design simple approximation algorithms that achieve essentially matching approximation guarantees for some generalizations of EDP. Another related class of routing problems that we study concerns EDP with the additional constraint that the routing paths be of bounded length. We show that, for any ɛ> 0, bounded length EDP is hard to approximate within m 1/2−ɛ even in undirected networks, and give an O ( √ m)approximation algorithm for it. For directed networks, we show that even the single sourcesink pair case (i.e. find the maximum number of paths of bounded length between a given sourcesink pair) is hard to approximate within m 1/2−ɛ, for any ɛ> 0.
RANDOM SAMPLING IN CUT, FLOW, AND NETWORK DESIGN PROBLEMS
, 1999
"... We use random sampling as a tool for solving undirected graph problems. We show that the sparse graph, or skeleton, that arises when we randomly sample a graph’s edges will accurately approximate the value of all cuts in the original graph with high probability. This makes sampling effective for pro ..."
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We use random sampling as a tool for solving undirected graph problems. We show that the sparse graph, or skeleton, that arises when we randomly sample a graph’s edges will accurately approximate the value of all cuts in the original graph with high probability. This makes sampling effective for problems involving cuts in graphs. We present fast randomized (Monte Carlo and Las Vegas) algorithms for approximating and exactly finding minimum cuts and maximum flows in unweighted, undirected graphs. Our cutapproximation algorithms extend unchanged to weighted graphs while our weightedgraph flow algorithms are somewhat slower. Our approach gives a general paradigm with potential applications to any packing problem. It has since been used in a nearlinear time algorithm for finding minimum cuts, as well as faster cut and flow algorithms. Our sampling theorems also yield faster algorithms for several other cutbased problems, including approximating the best balanced cut of a graph, finding a kconnected orientation of a 2kconnected graph, and finding integral multicommodity flows in graphs with a great deal of excess capacity. Our methods also improve the efficiency of some parallel cut and flow algorithms. Our methods also apply to the network design problem, where we wish to build a network satisfying certain connectivity requirements between vertices. We can purchase edges of various costs and wish to satisfy the requirements at minimum total cost. Since our sampling theorems apply even when the sampling probabilities are different for different edges, we can apply randomized rounding to solve network design problems. This gives approximation algorithms that guarantee much better approximations than previous algorithms whenever the minimum connectivity requirement is large. As a particular example, we improve the best approximation bound for the minimum kconnected subgraph problem from 1.85 to 1 � O(�log n)/k).