Faster Algorithms for Feedback Arc Set Tournament, Kemeny Rank Aggregation and Betweenness Tournament

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Abstract

We study fixed parameter algorithms for three problems: Kemeny rank aggregation, feedback arc set tournament, and betweenness tournament. For Kemeny rank aggregation we give an algorithm with runtime \(O^*(2^{O(\sqrt{OPT})})\) , where n is the number of candidates, \(OPT \le \binom{n}{2}\) is the cost of the optimal ranking, and O *(·) hides polynomial factors. This is a dramatic improvement on the previously best known runtime of O *(2 O(OPT)). For feedback arc set tournament we give an algorithm with runtime \(O^*(2^{O(\sqrt{OPT})})\) , an improvement on the previously best known \(O^*(OPT^{O(\sqrt{OPT})})\) [4]. For betweenness tournament we give an algorithm with runtime \(O^*(2^{O(\sqrt{OPT/n})})\) , where n is the number of vertices and \(OPT \le \binom{n}{3}\) is the optimal cost. This improves on the previously known \(O^*(OPT^{O(OPT^{1/3})})\) [28], especially when OPT is small. Unusually we can solve instances with OPT as large as n (logn)2 in polynomial time!

A preliminary version of this work appeared in version 1 of the arXiv preprint Karpinski and Schudy [23].