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Approximating minimum cost connectivity orientation and augmentation

Singh, Mohit and Végh, László A. (2018) Approximating minimum cost connectivity orientation and augmentation. SIAM Journal on Computing. ISSN 0097-5397

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Identification Number: 10.1137/15100583X

Abstract

We investigate problems addressing combined connectivity augmentation and orientations settings. We give a polynomial-time 6-approximation algorithm for finding a minimum cost subgraph of an undirected graph G that admits an orientation covering a nonnegative crossing G-supermodular demand function, as defined by Frank. An important example is (k,ℓ)-edge-connectivity, a common generalization of global and rooted edge-connectivity. Our algorithm is based on a non-standard application of the iterative rounding method. We observe that the standard linear program with cut constraints is not amenable and use an alternative linear program with partition and co-partition constraints instead. The proof requires a new type of uncrossing technique on partitions and co-partitions. We also consider the problem setting when the cost of an edge can be different for the two possible orientations. The problem becomes substantially more difficult already for the simpler requirement of k-edge-connectivity. Khanna, Naor, and Shepherd showed that the integrality gap of the natural linear program is at most 4 when k=1 and conjectured that it is constant for all fixed k. We disprove this conjecture by showing an Ω(|V|) integrality gap even when k=2.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://epubs.siam.org/journal/smjcat
Additional Information: © 2018 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Divisions: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Sets: Departments > Mathematics
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 10:24
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 13:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86390

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