TY - GEN

T1 - Nonmonotone submodular maximization via a structural continuous greedy algorithm

AU - Feldman, Moran

AU - Naor, Joseph

AU - Schwartz, Roy

PY - 2011

Y1 - 2011

N2 - Consider a suboptimal solution S for a maximization problem. Suppose S's value is small compared to an optimal solution OPT to the problem, yet S is structurally similar to OPT. A natural question in this setting is whether there is a way of improving S based solely on this information. In this paper we introduce the Structural Continuous Greedy Algorithm, answering this question affirmatively in the setting of the Nonmonotone Submodular Maximization Problem. We improve on the best approximation factor known for this problem. In the Nonmonotone Submodular Maximization Problem we are given a non-negative submodular function f, and the objective is to find a subset maximizing f. Our method yields an 0.42-approximation for this problem, improving on the current best approximation factor of 0.41 given by Gharan and Vondrák [5]. On the other hand, Feige et al. [4] showed a lower bound of 0.5 for this problem.

AB - Consider a suboptimal solution S for a maximization problem. Suppose S's value is small compared to an optimal solution OPT to the problem, yet S is structurally similar to OPT. A natural question in this setting is whether there is a way of improving S based solely on this information. In this paper we introduce the Structural Continuous Greedy Algorithm, answering this question affirmatively in the setting of the Nonmonotone Submodular Maximization Problem. We improve on the best approximation factor known for this problem. In the Nonmonotone Submodular Maximization Problem we are given a non-negative submodular function f, and the objective is to find a subset maximizing f. Our method yields an 0.42-approximation for this problem, improving on the current best approximation factor of 0.41 given by Gharan and Vondrák [5]. On the other hand, Feige et al. [4] showed a lower bound of 0.5 for this problem.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=79959946623&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/978-3-642-22006-7_29

DO - 10.1007/978-3-642-22006-7_29

M3 - Conference contribution

AN - SCOPUS:79959946623

SN - 9783642220050

T3 - Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

SP - 342

EP - 353

BT - Automata, Languages and Programming - 38th International Colloquium, ICALP 2011, Proceedings

T2 - 38th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming, ICALP 2011

Y2 - 4 July 2011 through 8 July 2011

ER -