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A 0.5-APPROXIMATION ALGORITHM FOR MAX DICUT WITH GIVEN SIZES OF PARTS
 

Summary: A 0.5-APPROXIMATION ALGORITHM FOR MAX DICUT WITH
GIVEN SIZES OF PARTS
ALEXANDER AGEEV  , REFAEL HASSIN y , AND MAXIM SVIRIDENKO z
Abstract. Given a directed graph G and an arc weight function w : E(G) ! R+ , the maximum
directed cut problem (max dicut) is that of nding a directed cut (X) with maximum total weight.
In this paper we consider a version of max dicut|max dicut with given sizes of parts or max
dicut with gsp|whose instance is that of max dicut plus a positive integer p, and it is required
to nd a directed cut (X) having maximum weight over all cuts (X) with jXj = p. Our main
result is an 0:5-approximation algorithm for solving the problem. The algorithm is based on a tricky
application of the pipage rounding technique developed in some earlier papers by two of the authors
and a remarkable structural property of basic solutions to a linear relaxation. The property is that
each component of any basic solution is an element of a set f0; ; 1=2; 1 ; 1g where is a constant
that satis es 0 < < 1=2 and is the same for all components.
Key words. approximation algorithm, directed cut, linear relaxation, basic solution
AMS subject classi cations. 68W25, 05C85, 90C27, 90C35
1. Introduction. Let G be a directed graph. A directed cut in G is de ned
to be the set of arcs leaving some vertex subset X (we denote it by (X)). Given a
directed graph G and an arc weight function w : E(G) ! R+ , the maximum directed
cut problem (max dicut) is that of nding a directed cut (X) with maximum total
weight. In this paper we consider a version of max dicut (max dicut with given

  

Source: Ageev, Alexandr - Sobolev Institute of Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk

 

Collections: Mathematics