# Questions tagged [approximation-algorithms]

Questions about approximation algorithms.

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### Why doesn't the standard analysis of set cover $H_n$ greedy extend to partial cover?

Several authors, starting with Slavik, have noted that the classical analysis of the set cover $H_n$ greedy algorithm does not readily extend to the set partial cover problem, where the goal is to ...
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### FPRAS for Perfect Matching

If you have FPRASes for counting number of matchings of size $\leq n$ and size $\leq n-1$, can you get an FPRAS for counting number of matchings of size $n$ (i.e perfect matchings)?
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### Permanent Approximation - Why can the JSV algorithm not handle matrices with negative entries?

Going through the literature, it seems that what it comes down to is that if one could efficiently approximate permanents of matrices with negative entries, then that would imply an efficient ...
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### Top-k frequent items in data stream

Paper "HyperLogLog: the analysis of a near-optimal cardinality estimation algorithm" introduce an efficient algorithm which can help to estimate distinct items in large data set. I am thinking about ...
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### Tiling a rectangle with weighted cells (min-max problem)

Given a sparse matrix $A[1..n, 1..n]$ containing cells with integer value of either $0$ or $1$, partition it in $J$ non-overlapping axis-parallel 2D rectangles, such that each $1$-cell is covered by ...
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### Approximation in subexponental time

There are studies about approximation algorithms for NP complete problems in Polynomial time and exact algorithms in exponential time. Are there studies about approximation algorithms for NP complete ...
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### Do combinatorial discrepancy upper bounds lead to smaller $\epsilon$-nets (as with $\epsilon$-samples)?

An $\epsilon$-sample (or $\epsilon$-approximation) of a family of subsets $\mathcal{S}$ of a ground set $X$ is a subset $P \subseteq X$ which preserves relative sizes of sets up to $\epsilon$. I.e., ...
Let $S_1,\ldots,S_m\subseteq U$ be subsets of a set $U$ of size $\lvert U\rvert=n$. Over all permutations $\pi$ of the set $\\{1,\ldots,m\\}$, I want to maximize the quantity \begin{equation} \sum_{k=...
Consider the following integer program (general covering): $\min c \cdot x$ subject to $Ax \ge b$, where all entries in $A, b, c$ are nonnegative and $x$ is required to be nonnegative and integral. ...