Improved Approximation Algorithm for Capacitated Facility Location with Uniform Facility Cost

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Mong-Jen Kao
  • Department of Computer Science, National Yang-Ming Chiao-Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

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Mong-Jen Kao. Improved Approximation Algorithm for Capacitated Facility Location with Uniform Facility Cost. In 34th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 283, pp. 45:1-45:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)
https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2023.45

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We consider the hard-capacitated facility location problem with uniform facility cost (CFL-UFC). This problem arises as an indicator variation between the general CFL problem and the uncapacitated facility location (UFL) problem, and is related to the profound capacitated k-median problem (CKM). In this work, we present a rounding-based 4-approximation algorithm for this problem, built on a two-staged rounding scheme that incorporates a set of novel ideas and also techniques developed in the past for both facility location and capacitated covering problems. Our result improves the decades-old LP-based ratio of 5 for this problem due to Levi et al. since 2004. We believe that the techniques developed in this work are of independent interests and may further lead to insights and implications for related problems.

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  • Theory of computation → Facility location and clustering
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  • Capacitated facility location
  • Hard capacities
  • Uniform facility cost

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