Approximating Multistage Matching Problems

02/17/2020 ∙ by Markus Chimani, et al. ∙ 0

In multistage perfect matching problems we are given a sequence of graphs on the same vertex set and asked to find a sequence of perfect matchings, corresponding to the sequence of graphs, such that consecutive matchings are as similar as possible. More precisely, we aim to maximize the intersections, or minimize the unions between consecutive matchings. We show that these problems are NP-hard even in very restricted scenarios. We propose new approximation algorithms and present methods to transfer results between different problem variants without loosing approximation guarantees.



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