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### Average number of sets given by greedy set cover? Is it uniform distribution?

We're covering the whole random universe $U$ of size $m$ with random sets $S_{1},\dots S_{n}$. I know that greedy set cover gives us a number between size of the minimal set cover and size of the ...
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### Set cover approximation ratio as a function of m (number of sets)

Feige's well known result (and more recent results) show that set cover cannot be approximated within a factor of $(1 - o(1)) \ln n$, where $n$ is the number of variables. What if we want an ...
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### a geometric variant of k-medians. NP-hard or in P?

The following problem is a special case of k-medians. Is it NP-hard? Is it in P? Input: $n$ points $(x_1,y_1), (x_2,y_2), \ldots, (x_n, y_n)$ with each $y_i \ge 0$, and an integer $k$. Output: a set ...
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### Minimum order of partite in a bipartite graph

I want to create a bipartite graph where the first partite $U$ contains $L$ vertices with degree $k$ and the second partite $V$ contains $N$ other vertices with degree $a$. I need to find the minimum ...
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### Set cover in which some pairs of sets are forbidden

I'm trying to find an approximation algorithm for a variant of the weighted set cover problem. However, this variation doesn't seem to let me apply the traditional set cover arguments for an ...
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### What is this variant of set cover problem known as?

Input is a universe $U$ and a family of subsets of $U$, say, ${\cal F} \subseteq 2^U$. We assume that the subsets in ${\cal F}$ can cover $U$, i.e., $\bigcup_{E\in {\cal F}}E=U$. An incremental ...
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### Do there exist “odd times” cover problems and what do we know about their approximability?

I am currently investigating a problem which can be formulated as a cover problem, in which real intervals have to be covered an odd number of times by integers. My question is just, if anybody has ...
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### Covering by disjoint sets

We are given a universe $\mathcal{U}=\{e_1,..,e_n\}$ and a set of subsets $\mathcal{S}=\{s_1,s_2,...,s_m\}\subseteq 2^\mathcal{U}$. I'm interested in the approximability of two problems, or in ...
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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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### Worst case ratio between minimum clique cover and maximum independent set

The maximum independent set problem gives a lower bound for the minimum clique cover problem. This is easy to see because given any clique cover together with an independent set, any two vertices ...
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### Approximating Max-Coverage when the elements need to be covered multiple times

In the set multicover problem we are given a set N of n elements and a set S of m subsets of N. Additionally, each element has a coverage requirement, i.e. the number of times it has to be covered. ...
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### How efficiently can one find small subcovers for integer intervals?

This question is inspired by one of my professors giving out sequential lecture notes that have a significant amount of overlap :-). What is known about the following problems? Given a set of ...
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### Hardness of a subcase of Set Cover

How hard is the Set Cover problem if the number of elements is bounded by some function (e.g, $\log n$) where $n$ is the size of the problem instance. Formally, Let $\mathcal{U}=\{e_1, \cdots, e_m\}$...
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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 ...
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### bounded outdegree bipartite spanners

Given an undirected graph $G = (V,E)$ and an integer $k > 0$, our objective is to find a subgraph $G' = (V ,E')$ where $E' \subseteq E$ such that $G'$ has the three following properties : $G'$ ...
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### Is there a randomized algorithm for set-cover?

Is there a well-known randomized algorithm for the set cover problem in the literature - such that it has an approximation ratio of $O(\log n)$ or $f$ - where $f$ is the max frequency of an element. ...
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### NP-hardness of a Set Cover specialization

Is the following problem NP-hard? Given a set of $N$ real numbers (targets) $x_1,\dotsc,x_N$ and a "trident" defined by two distances $a$, $b$ from the center of the trident, what is the minimum ...
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### Approximation ratio for covering n points in d dimensions

What is best known approximation ratio for the following problem : Given n points in d dimensions , what is the minimum number of axis parallel lines needed to cover them . A line is said to cover a ...