## Abstract

The cycle packing number v _{e}(G) of a graph G is the maximum number of pairwise edgedisjointcycles in G. Computing v _{e}(G) is an NP-hard problem.We present approximation algorithms for computing v _{e}(G) in both undirected and directed graphs. In the undirected case we analyze a variant of the modified greedy algorithm suggested by Caprara et al. [2003] and showthat it has approximation ratio Θ(√log n), where n = |V(G)|. This improves upon the previous O(log n) upper bound for the approximation ratio of this algorithm. In the directed case we present √n-approximation algorithm. Finally, we give an O(n ^{2/3})- approximation algorithm for the problem of finding a maximum number of edge-disjoint cycles that intersect a specified subset S of vertices.We also study generalizations of these problems. Our approximation ratios are the currently best-known ones and, in addition, provide upper bounds on the integrality gap of standard LP-relaxations of these problems. In addition, we give ower bounds for the integrality gap and approximability of v _{e}(G) in directed graphs. Specifically, we prove a lower bound of Ω( log n log log n) for the integrality gap of edge-disjoint cycle packing. We also show that it is quasi-NP-hard to approximate v _{e}(G) within a factor of O(log ^{1-ε} n) for any constant ε > 0. This improves upon the previously known APX-hardness result for this problem.

Original language | English |
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Article number | 1290685 |

Journal | ACM Transactions on Algorithms |

Volume | 3 |

Issue number | 4 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1 Nov 2007 |

## Keywords

- Approximation algorithms
- Cycle packing
- Edge-disjoint
- Hardness of approximation
- Integrality gap

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Mathematics (miscellaneous)