TITLE

FROM VALID INEQUALITIES TO HEURISTICS: A UNIFIED VIEW OF PRIMAL-DUAL APPROXIMATION ALGORITHMS IN COVERING PROBLEMS

AUTHOR(S)
Bertsimas, Dimitris; Chung-Piaw Teo
PUB. DATE
July 1998
SOURCE
Operations Research;Jul/Aug98, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p503
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In recent years approximation algorithms based on primal-dual methods have been successfully applied to a broad class of discrete optimization problems. In this paper, we propose a generic primal-dual framework to design and analyze approximation algorithms for integer programming problems of the covering type that uses valid inequalities in its design. The worst-case bound of the proposed algorithm is related to a fundamental relationship (called strength) between the set of valid inequalities and the set of minimal solutions to the covering problems. In this way, we can construct an approximation algorithm simply by constructing the required valid inequalities. We apply the proposed algorithm to several problems, such as covering problems related to totally balanced matrices, cyclic scheduling, vertex cover, general set covering, intersections of polymatroids, and several network design problems attaining (in most cases) the best worst-case bound known in the literature.
ACCESSION #
1006718

 

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