Approximation Algorithms and LP Relaxations for Scheduling Problems Related to Min-Sum Set Cover

01/20/2020 ∙ by Felix Happach, et al. ∙ 0

We consider single-machine scheduling problems that are natural generalizations or variations of the min-sum set cover problem and the min-sum vertex cover problem. For each of these problems, we give new approximation algorithms. Some of these algorithms rely on time-indexed LP relaxations. We show how a variant of alpha-point scheduling leads to the best-known approximation ratios, including a guarantee of 4 for an interesting special case of the so-called generalized min-sum set cover problem. We also make explicit the connection between the greedy algorithm for min-sum set cover and the concept of Sidney decomposition for precedence-constrained single-machine scheduling, and show how this leads to a 4-approximation algorithm for single-machine scheduling with so-called bipartite OR-precedence constraints.



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