Primal-dual approximation algorithms for a packing-covering pair of problems

Sofia Kovaleva; Frits C.R. Spieksma

RAIRO - Operations Research (2010)

  • Volume: 36, Issue: 1, page 53-71
  • ISSN: 0399-0559

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We consider a special packing-covering pair of problems. The packing problem is a natural generalization of finding a (weighted) maximum independent set in an interval graph, the covering problem generalizes the problem of finding a (weighted) minimum clique cover in an interval graph. The problem pair involves weights and capacities; we consider the case of unit weights and the case of unit capacities. In each case we describe a simple algorithm that outputs a solution to the packing problem and to the covering problem that are within a factor of 2 of each other. Each of these results implies an approximative min-max result. For the general case of arbitrary weights and capacities we describe an LP-based (2 + ε)-approximation algorithm for the covering problem. Finally, we show that, unless P = NP, the covering problem cannot be approximated in polynomial time within arbitrarily good precision.

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Kovaleva, Sofia, and Spieksma, Frits C.R.. "Primal-dual approximation algorithms for a packing-covering pair of problems." RAIRO - Operations Research 36.1 (2010): 53-71. <http://eudml.org/doc/105261>.

@article{Kovaleva2010,
abstract = { We consider a special packing-covering pair of problems. The packing problem is a natural generalization of finding a (weighted) maximum independent set in an interval graph, the covering problem generalizes the problem of finding a (weighted) minimum clique cover in an interval graph. The problem pair involves weights and capacities; we consider the case of unit weights and the case of unit capacities. In each case we describe a simple algorithm that outputs a solution to the packing problem and to the covering problem that are within a factor of 2 of each other. Each of these results implies an approximative min-max result. For the general case of arbitrary weights and capacities we describe an LP-based (2 + ε)-approximation algorithm for the covering problem. Finally, we show that, unless P = NP, the covering problem cannot be approximated in polynomial time within arbitrarily good precision. },
author = {Kovaleva, Sofia, Spieksma, Frits C.R.},
journal = {RAIRO - Operations Research},
keywords = {Primal-dual; approximation algorithms; packing-covering; intervals.; primal-dual; intervals},
language = {eng},
month = {3},
number = {1},
pages = {53-71},
publisher = {EDP Sciences},
title = {Primal-dual approximation algorithms for a packing-covering pair of problems},
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volume = {36},
year = {2010},
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PB - EDP Sciences
VL - 36
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AB - We consider a special packing-covering pair of problems. The packing problem is a natural generalization of finding a (weighted) maximum independent set in an interval graph, the covering problem generalizes the problem of finding a (weighted) minimum clique cover in an interval graph. The problem pair involves weights and capacities; we consider the case of unit weights and the case of unit capacities. In each case we describe a simple algorithm that outputs a solution to the packing problem and to the covering problem that are within a factor of 2 of each other. Each of these results implies an approximative min-max result. For the general case of arbitrary weights and capacities we describe an LP-based (2 + ε)-approximation algorithm for the covering problem. Finally, we show that, unless P = NP, the covering problem cannot be approximated in polynomial time within arbitrarily good precision.
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