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By Vijay V. Vazirani

This e-book covers the dominant theoretical ways to the approximate answer of demanding combinatorial optimization and enumeration difficulties. It comprises dependent combinatorial concept, important and engaging algorithms, and deep effects in regards to the intrinsic complexity of combinatorial difficulties. Its readability of exposition and ideal number of routines will make it available and beautiful to all people with a flavor for arithmetic and algorithms.

Richard Karp,University Professor, college of California at Berkeley

Following the improvement of simple combinatorial optimization thoughts within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, a primary open query was once to advance a conception of approximation algorithms. within the Nineteen Nineties, parallel advancements in innovations for designing approximation algorithms in addition to tools for proving hardness of approximation effects have ended in a stunning thought. the necessity to remedy really huge cases of computationally tough difficulties, corresponding to these bobbing up from the web or the human genome undertaking, has additionally elevated curiosity during this conception. the sector is presently very lively, with the toolbox of approximation set of rules layout strategies getting continually richer.

It is a excitement to suggest Vijay Vazirani's well-written and accomplished publication in this vital and well timed subject. i'm definite the reader will locate it most beneficial either as an advent to approximability in addition to a connection with the various elements of approximation algorithms.

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2. 3. 4. Find an MST, T, of G. Double every edge of the MST to obtain an Eulerian graph. Find an Eulerian tour, T, on this graph. Output the tour that visits vertices of G in the order of their first appearance in T. Let C be this tour. 3. 8 Algorithm 3. 7 is a factor 2 approximation algorithm for metric TSP. Proof: As noted above, cost(T) :::; OPT. Since T contains each edge ofT twice, cost(T) = 2 · cost(T). Because of triangle inequality, after the "shortcutting" step, cost(C) ~ cost(T). Combining these inequalities we get that cost(C) ~ 2 ·OPT.

1 {Set cover) Given a universe U of n elements, a collection of subsets of U, S = {81, ... , Sk}, and a cost function c : S -+ Q+, find a minimum cost subcollection of S that covers all elements of U. Define the frequency of an element to be the number of sets it is in. A useful parameter is the frequency of the most frequent element. Let us denote this by f. The various approximation algorithms for set cover achieve one of two factors: O(log n) or f. Clearly, neither dominates the other in all instances.

In Chapter 17 we will use this technique in a linear programming setting. 1 (Metric k-center) Let G = (V, E) be a complete undirected graph with edge costs satisfying the triangle inequality, and k be a positive integer. For any set S ~ V and vertex v E V, define connect(v, S) to be the cost of the cheapest edge from v to a vertex in S. The problem is to find a setS~ V, with lSI= k, so as to minimize maxv{connect(v,S)}. 1 Parametric pruning applied to metric k-center If we know the cost of an optimal solution, we may be able to prune away irrelevant parts of the input and thereby simplify the search for a good solution.

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