A PTAS for TSP with Fat Weakly Disjoint Neighborhoods in Doubling Metrics

We consider the Traveling Salesman Problem with Neighborhoods (TSPN) in doubling metrics. The goal is to find a shortest tour that visits each of a given collection of subsets (regions or neighborhoods) in the underlying metric space. We give a randomized polynomial time approximation scheme (PTAS) when the regions are fat weakly disjoint. This notion … Read more

Analyzing Node-Weighted Oblivious Matching Problem via Continuous LP with Jump Discontinuity

We prove the first non-trivial performance ratio strictly above 0.5 for the weighted Ranking algorithm on the oblivious matching problem where nodes in a general graph can have arbitrary weights. We have discovered a new structural property of the ranking algorithm: if a node has two unmatched neighbors, then it will still be matched even … Read more