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### “Fast” approximation algorithm for geometric hitting set of same-height rectangles

In the Geometric Hitting Set problem, we are given a set of $m$ geometric objects and a set of $n$ points in $\mathbb{R}^2$, and we wish to find a small subset of the points that hits all the objects. ...
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### Can the Banach-Tarski paradox be “realized” by floating-point round-off?

The Banach-Tarski paradox says that a ball in $\mathbb{R}^3$ can be partitioned into a finite number of pieces, whose rearrangement has a larger volume than the original. It occurred to me that it ...
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### Minimal generator for a set of sets

Is this a known problem? Given a set of sets $S$ find a set of sets $B$ s.t. each set in $S$ can be obtained through unions of some sets in $B$. The set $S$ is already a solution but the objective is ...
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### Polynomial approximation algorithm for set cover with assumption

We want to cover $n$ elements with some sets from $S_1, …, S_m$ (classical set cover). We furthermore suppose that any element belongs to at least $k$ sets and want to find a set cover with cardinal ...
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### About a pre-processing step for primal–dual weighted set cover problem

I was reading the paper titled "Primal-dual RNC approximation algorithms.." by Rajagopalan and Vazirani. I have a problem of understanding the Lemma 4.1.1. They present a dual fitting based algorithm ...
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### Error in paper “Some NP-complete geometric problems”?

The paper in question: M.R. Garey, R.L. Graham and D.S. Johnson. Some NP-complete geometric problems . This paper proofs the NP-completeness of some well-known problems, such as the Steiner Tree ...
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### Restricted Universe Exact Cover

Apologies for a simple question - I am a beginning graduate student in TCS. Consider the following $\mathrm{ExactCover}$ problem: Given a collection $\mathcal{S}$ of subsets of a universe set $U$ and ...
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### Definition of k-set cover

I'm trying to understand the sparsification lemma by Impagliazzo, Paturi and Zane (IPZ) (from this article) and in their proof they reduce the k-SAT problem to the k-set cover problem. But their ...
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### Complexity of Finding Optimal Synergistic Set Packings

Motivation: While developing tools for fast execution of machine learning workflows, we realized that many workflows require intermediate results -- sometimes we should cache these results, and ...
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### Set cover by alternative of sets

I had this question when looking at problem C on this morning's code jam: Suppose you have a set $S$ and $N$ pairs of subsets $\{S_i^0, S_i^1\}$, $S_i^j\subset S.$ Does there exist a cover of $S$ ...
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### Alternative Set Cover Algorithm With Doubling

I remember that I saw once an alternative to the greedy set cover algorithm that works as follows: Assign weight 1 to every element in the universe. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the universe is covered:...
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### Approximating set cover when it is known that an exact set cover exists

Suppose $U = \{1, 2, \cdots, n\}$ is a universe and $\mathcal S = \{S_1, S_2, \cdots, S_m\}$ is a collection of sets such that each set contains exactly $c$ elements, where $c$ is a constant. In this ...
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### Partial cover approximation

We have a set of elements $E=\{e_1, e_2, \ldots, e_m\}$, and $n$ subsets of $E$: $S_1, S_2, \ldots, S_n$ The union of those subsets is $E$, and each subset $S_i$ has a non-negative weight $w_i$. The ...
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### What is the reverse of greedy algorithm for setcover?

A common approach to approximating SETCOVER is the greedy algorithm (Algorithm 2.2 Vazirani). This algorithm greedily picks the most cost-effective subset at each iteration, removes covered elements, ...
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### Is there an approximation algorithm for MAX k DOUBLE SET COVER?

Given a set system $(X,\mathcal S)$, let us say that a subset $\mathcal C\subseteq \mathcal S$ doubly covers a vertex $x$ in $X$ if $x$ is contained in at least two sets of $\mathcal C$. Let us define ...
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### Counting distinct set covers

I'm given a universal set $N = \{1, 2, \dots, n\}$, a family of sets $\mathcal{F} = \{ S_1, S_2, \dots, S_m \}$, $S_i \subseteq N$, and I need to count the number of distinct ways to cover the ...
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### Bipartite Graphs - Maximum subset of one partition with at most n neighbours - NP-hard?

Given: A bipartite graph G=(U,V,E) Integers n and k. Decision Problem: Is there a subset of U of size k that has at most n neighbours? I am trying to figure out whether this problem is NP-hard (...
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### Optimizing distribution of load

I want to run $k$ programs distributed on $N$ machines. Because of resource constraints, a machine can have at most $p$ of the $k$ programs installed. To have a balanced system, I can install each of ...
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### Combinatorial algorithm for load balancing

I have a problem that can be solved with linear programming, but I'm hoping there's a combinatorial algorithm for this (even approximation is fine). This is basically a load balancing problem using ...
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### Set Cover with bounded intersection size

So, the set cover problem is trivial if none of the candidate sets intersect eachother. However, what if the size of the intersection for any pair of candidate sets was at most 1? Is this problem NP-...
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### Finding assignment-minimum complete k-partite graph cover

Is there any work on approximation algorithms (or exact algorithms) for finding an assignment-minimum cover of an arbitrary graph using complete k-partite subgraphs? I'm assuming this problem is NP-...
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### Approximating Min-Sum Set Multicover

Approximations for the set multicover problem have been studied (Rajagopalan & Vazirani (section 5)), as have approximations for the min-sum set cover problem (Feige et al.). The greedy heuristic ...
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### How to approximate minimum clique edge cover

I'd like to take an undirected graph and express it (meaning all of its edges) using only cliques (ideally minimizing their sum cardinality). It's clear that actually finding the minimum solution is ...