# Recognizing when heuristics can approximate minimum vertex covers is complete for parallel access to NP

Edith Hemaspaandra; Jörg Rothe; Holger Spakowski

RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications - Informatique Théorique et Applications (2006)

- Volume: 40, Issue: 1, page 75-91
- ISSN: 0988-3754

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topHemaspaandra, Edith, Rothe, Jörg, and Spakowski, Holger. "Recognizing when heuristics can approximate minimum vertex covers is complete for parallel access to NP." RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications - Informatique Théorique et Applications 40.1 (2006): 75-91. <http://eudml.org/doc/245796>.

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abstract = {For both the edge deletion heuristic and the maximum-degree greedy heuristic, we study the problem of recognizing those graphs for which that heuristic can approximate the size of a minimum vertex cover within a constant factor of $r$, where $r$ is a fixed rational number. Our main results are that these problems are complete for the class of problems solvable via parallel access to $\text\{NP\}$. To achieve these main results, we also show that the restriction of the vertex cover problem to those graphs for which either of these heuristics can find an optimal solution remains NP-hard.},

author = {Hemaspaandra, Edith, Rothe, Jörg, Spakowski, Holger},

journal = {RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications - Informatique Théorique et Applications},

keywords = {computational complexity; completeness; minimum vertex cover heuristics; approximation; parallel access to NP},

language = {eng},

number = {1},

pages = {75-91},

publisher = {EDP-Sciences},

title = {Recognizing when heuristics can approximate minimum vertex covers is complete for parallel access to NP},

url = {http://eudml.org/doc/245796},

volume = {40},

year = {2006},

}

TY - JOUR

AU - Hemaspaandra, Edith

AU - Rothe, Jörg

AU - Spakowski, Holger

TI - Recognizing when heuristics can approximate minimum vertex covers is complete for parallel access to NP

JO - RAIRO - Theoretical Informatics and Applications - Informatique Théorique et Applications

PY - 2006

PB - EDP-Sciences

VL - 40

IS - 1

SP - 75

EP - 91

AB - For both the edge deletion heuristic and the maximum-degree greedy heuristic, we study the problem of recognizing those graphs for which that heuristic can approximate the size of a minimum vertex cover within a constant factor of $r$, where $r$ is a fixed rational number. Our main results are that these problems are complete for the class of problems solvable via parallel access to $\text{NP}$. To achieve these main results, we also show that the restriction of the vertex cover problem to those graphs for which either of these heuristics can find an optimal solution remains NP-hard.

LA - eng

KW - computational complexity; completeness; minimum vertex cover heuristics; approximation; parallel access to NP

UR - http://eudml.org/doc/245796

ER -

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