{"@context":"https:\/\/schema.org\/","@type":"ScholarlyArticle","@id":"#article12343","name":"A Simple Gap-Producing Reduction for the Parameterized Set Cover Problem","abstract":"Given an n-vertex bipartite graph I=(S,U,E), the goal of set cover problem is to find a minimum sized subset of S such that every vertex in U is adjacent to some vertex of this subset. It is NP-hard to approximate set cover to within a (1-o(1))ln n factor [I. Dinur and D. Steurer, 2014]. If we use the size of the optimum solution k as the parameter, then it can be solved in n^{k+o(1)} time [Eisenbrand and Grandoni, 2004]. A natural question is: can we approximate set cover to within an o(ln n) factor in n^{k-epsilon} time?\r\nIn a recent breakthrough result[Karthik et al., 2018], Karthik, Laekhanukit and Manurangsi showed that assuming the Strong Exponential Time Hypothesis (SETH), for any computable function f, no f(k)* n^{k-epsilon}-time algorithm can approximate set cover to a factor below (log n)^{1\/poly(k,e(epsilon))} for some function e.\r\nThis paper presents a simple gap-producing reduction which, given a set cover instance I=(S,U,E) and two integers k