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Dublois, Louis ; Hanaka, Tesshu ; Khosravian Ghadikolaei, Mehdi ; Lampis, Michael ; Melissinos, Nikolaos

(In)approximability of Maximum Minimal FVS

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We study the approximability of the NP-complete Maximum Minimal Feedback Vertex Set problem. Informally, this natural problem seems to lie in an intermediate space between two more well-studied problems of this type: Maximum Minimal Vertex Cover, for which the best achievable approximation ratio is √n, and Upper Dominating Set, which does not admit any n^{1-ε} approximation. We confirm and quantify this intuition by showing the first non-trivial polynomial time approximation for Max Min FVS with a ratio of O(n^{2/3}), as well as a matching hardness of approximation bound of n^{2/3-ε}, improving the previous known hardness of n^{1/2-ε}. Along the way, we also obtain an O(Δ)-approximation and show that this is asymptotically best possible, and we improve the bound for which the problem is NP-hard from Δ ≥ 9 to Δ ≥ 6. Having settled the problem’s approximability in polynomial time, we move to the context of super-polynomial time. We devise a generalization of our approximation algorithm which, for any desired approximation ratio r, produces an r-approximate solution in time n^O(n/r^{3/2}). This time-approximation trade-off is essentially tight: we show that under the ETH, for any ratio r and ε > 0, no algorithm can r-approximate this problem in time n^{O((n/r^{3/2})^{1-ε})}, hence we precisely characterize the approximability of the problem for the whole spectrum between polynomial and sub-exponential time, up to an arbitrarily small constant in the second exponent.

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  author =	{Louis Dublois and Tesshu Hanaka and Mehdi Khosravian Ghadikolaei and Michael Lampis and Nikolaos Melissinos},
  title =	{{(In)approximability of Maximum Minimal FVS}},
  booktitle =	{31st International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2020)},
  pages =	{3:1--3:14},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-173-3},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{181},
  editor =	{Yixin Cao and Siu-Wing Cheng and Minming Li},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-133477},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2020.3},
  annote =	{Keywords: Approximation Algorithms, ETH, Inapproximability}

Keywords: Approximation Algorithms, ETH, Inapproximability
Collection: 31st International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2020)
Issue Date: 2020
Date of publication: 04.12.2020

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