The Simulated Greedy Algorithm for Several Submodular Matroid Secretary Problems
We study the matroid secretary problems with submodular valuation functions. In these problems, the elements arrive in random order. When one element arrives, we have to make an immediate and irrevocable decision on whether to accept it or not. The set of accepted elements must form an independent set in a predefined matroid. Our objective is to maximize the value of the accepted elements. In this paper, we focus on the case that the valuation function is a non-negative and monotonically non-decreasing submodular function.
We introduce a general algorithm for such submodular matroid secretary problems. In particular, we obtain constant competitive algorithms for the cases of laminar matroids and transversal
matroids. Our algorithms can be further applied to any independent set system defined by the intersection of a constant number of laminar matroids, while still achieving constant competitive ratios. Notice that laminar matroids generalize uniform matroids and partition matroids.
On the other hand, when the underlying valuation function is linear, our algorithm achieves a competitive ratio of 9.6 for laminar matroids, which significantly improves the previous
result.
secretary problem
submodular function
matroid
online algorithm
478-489
Regular Paper
Tengyu
Ma
Tengyu Ma
Bo
Tang
Bo Tang
Yajun
Wang
Yajun Wang
10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2013.478
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