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DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2012.465
URN: urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-33991
URL: http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2012/3399/
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Im, Sungjin ; Sviridenko, Maxim ; van der Zwaan, Ruben

Preemptive and Non-Preemptive Generalized Min Sum Set Cover

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Abstract

In the (non-preemptive) Generalized Min Sum Set Cover Problem, we are given n ground elements and a collection of sets S = {S_1, S_2, ..., S_m} where each set S_i in 2^{[n]} has a positive requirement k(S_i) that has to be fulfilled. We would like to order all elements to minimize the total (weighted) cover time of all sets. The cover time of a set S_i is defined as the first index j in the ordering such that the first j elements in the ordering contain k(S_i) elements in S_i. This problem was introduced by [Azar, Gamzu and Yin, 2009] with interesting motivations in web page ranking and broadcast scheduling. For this problem, constant approximations are known [Bansal, Gupta and Krishnaswamy, 2010][Skutella and Williamson, 2011]. We study the version where preemption is allowed. The difference is that elements can be fractionally scheduled and a set S is covered in the moment when k(S) amount of elements in S are scheduled. We give a 2-approximation for this preemptive problem. Our linear programming and analysis are completely different from [Bansal, Gupta and Krishnaswamy, 2010][Skutella and Williamson, 2011]. We also show that any preemptive solution can be transformed into a non-preemptive one by losing a factor of 6.2 in the objective function. As a byproduct, we obtain an improved 12.4-approximation for the non-preemptive problem.

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@InProceedings{im_et_al:LIPIcs:2012:3399,
  author =	{Sungjin Im and Maxim Sviridenko and Ruben van der Zwaan},
  title =	{{Preemptive and Non-Preemptive Generalized Min Sum Set Cover}},
  booktitle =	{29th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2012)},
  pages =	{465--476},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-939897-35-4},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2012},
  volume =	{14},
  editor =	{Christoph D{\"u}rr and Thomas Wilke},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2012/3399},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-33991},
  doi =		{http://dx.doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2012.465},
  annote =	{Keywords: Set Cover, Approximation, Preemption, Latency, Average cover time}
}

Keywords: Set Cover, Approximation, Preemption, Latency, Average cover time
Seminar: 29th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2012)
Issue Date: 2012
Date of publication: 24.02.2012


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