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### Transforming an arbitrary cover into a vertex cover

Given is a planar graph $G=(V,E)$ and let $\mathcal{G}$ denote its embedding in the plane s.t. each edge has length $1$. I have furthermore a set $C$ of points where each point $c \in C$ is contained ...
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### Grid covering by rectangles

We have a $N_1 \times N_2$ grid. We have a collection of rectangles on this grid, each rectangle can be represented as a $N_1$-by-$N_2$ binary matrix $R$. We want to cover the grid with those ...
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### Specialized Algorithm for Set-Cover with $k=3$

I know that the Set-cover problem with $n$ elements and a universe of size $N$ is NP complete. Also, the problem is has parameterized complexity regarding the number of sets $k$ that should cover the ...
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### Is 'double max-$k$ vertex-cover' NP-hard?

Consider the following problem, which I have called '$\mathsf{\text{double max$k$-vertex-cover}}$': Given an undirected graph $G=(V,E)$ and integers $k$ and $t$, does there exist a set of vertices ...
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### Probability of randomly designated subsets cover the universe

Let $U=\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ and $S \subseteq \mathscr{P}(U)$. Let $T$ be a subset of $S$, randomly constructed selecting independently each element of $S$ with probability $p$. Is there a polynomial ...
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### Path cover with paths of bounded length, in the plane

I have a weighted, undirected, Euclidean complete graph $G$, a special vertex $r$, and an upper bound $b$. I want to find a minimum-cost path cover that covers all vertices of $G$, subject to the ...
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### Clarification on the inapproximability of set cover

I'm trying to understand the inapproximability of the minimum set cover problem. The wikipedia page states that it is hard to approximate within a factor of $(1-o(1))\ln n$ and that $n$ refers to the ...
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### Is this variant of set cover NP-complete?

Let's say we have a universe $U$ of $n$ elements and a collection $S$ of $m$ subsets of $U$, i.e., $S=\{S_1,\ldots,S_m\}$, and a positive integer $k$. If I ask "is there a set cover of $U$ of size $k$ ...
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### Is the exact cover problem NP-hard when there is a restriction on the size?

The exact cover problem with restrictions on the size is: Input: Given a set $U=\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ and a collection of $C$ of subsets of $U$. Question: Is there a subcollection $C^\star$ of $C$ such ...
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### Solution to a Np-hard problem and its relevance to a dual LP

From The design of APX algorithms book by David P. Williamson and David B. Shmoys, at the bottom of page 21 I saw the following statement (it is about the set cover LP and its dual): Let $y^*$ be ...
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### Minimal hitting set with respect to set inclusion from a book “Parameterized Complexity Theory”

In the first chapter of "Parameterized Complexity Theory" by Flum and Grohe, an example is presented to find a hitting set of minimal cardinality. In Fig. 1.3, the author says a black colored leaf ...
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### Approximation algorithm for weighted set cover, using multiplicative weights

It is known that the problem of fractional set cover can be rephrased as a linear programming problem and be approximated using the multiplicative weights method, for instance this lecture note shows ...
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### How hard is it to decide if there exists a strict improvement of a given solution of an NP-complete problem?

Take the Set Cover problem as an example. When we ask if there is a set of size k that covers all the elements, the problem is NP-complete. Now if we ask, for a given set $S$ of size $k$, if there ...
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### An exact solution for biclique vertex-cover problem on a bipartite graph

The biclique vertex-cover problem asks whether the vertex-set of the given graph can be covered with at most "k" bicliques (complete bipartite subgraphs). It has been shown that "Biclique Vertex-...
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### Approaches to the size constrained weighted set cover problem

I am trying to solve a weighted set cover problem where the number of selected subsets is limited by a constant $k$. Assuming this is a pretty straight-forward variation of weighted set cover I ended ...
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### Reduction from a further constrained problem

If I find an NP Hard problem that is equivalent to my problem with an additional constraint or bound, can I still prove that my problem is NP Hard? Generally, this is probably not the case. For ...
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### Finding an instance of an n-element set cover

Below is a homework problem where we have been asked to alter a greedy algorithm to return n element instance of a set problem. The original algorithm is also below. I was thinking that I could alter ...
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### Set cover problem with constant size subset

Consider a variation of the set cover problem in which the size of the subsets is no larger than a constant $k$. Is this variation still NP-hard?
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### Set cover problem with sets of size 2

I have a question about the Set Cover problem: If I get a universe $U$, and $m$ subsets of size exactly $2$, and an integer $k$. Is this problem is still NP-C or I can solve it on a polynomial time? ...
Given a universal set of elements $\mathbf{U} = \{a_1, a_2, .., a_n\}$, a set $\mathbf{R} = \{a_i\} \subset \mathbf{U}$ where $i ϵ \{1, .., n\}$, a set $\mathbf{P} = \{R_1, .., R_m\}$ and a set \$\...