Donation Center Location Problem

Authors Chien-Chung Huang, Zoya Svitkina

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Chien-Chung Huang
Zoya Svitkina

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Chien-Chung Huang and Zoya Svitkina. Donation Center Location Problem. In IARCS Annual Conference on Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science. Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 4, pp. 227-238, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2009)


We introduce and study the {\em donation center location} problem, which has an additional application in network testing and may also be of independent interest as a general graph-theoreticproblem.Given a set of agents and a set of centers, where agents have preferences over centers and centers have capacities, the goal is to open a subset of centers and to assign a maximum-sized subset of agents to their most-preferred open centers, while respecting the capacity constraints. We prove that in general, the problem is hard to approximate within $n^{1/2-\epsilon}$ for any $\epsilon>0$. In view of this, we investigate two special cases. In one, every agent has a bounded number of centers on her preference list, and in the other, all preferences are induced by a line-metric. We present constant-factor approximation algorithms for the former and exact polynomial-time algorithms for the latter. Of particular interest among our techniques are an analysis of the greedy algorithm for a variant of the maximum coverage problem called\emph{frugal coverage}, the use of maximum matching subroutine with subsequent modification, analyzed using a counting argument, and a reduction to the independent set problem on \emph{terminal intersection graphs}, which we show to be a subclass of trapezoid graphs.
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  • Facility Location
  • Matching with Preferences


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