, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 349–355 | Cite as

Bin packing can be solved within 1 + ε in linear time

  • W. Fernandez de la Vega
  • G. S. Lueker


For any listL ofn numbers in (0, 1) letL* denote the minimum number of unit capacity bins needed to pack the elements ofL. We prove that, for every positive ε, there exists anO(n)-time algorithmS such that, ifS(L) denotes the number of bins used byS forL, thenS(L)/L*≦1+ε for anyL providedL* is sufficiently large.

AMS subject classification (1980)

68 C 25 68 E 05 90 C 10 


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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Fernandez de la Vega
    • 1
  • G. S. Lueker
    • 2
  1. 1.C. N. R. S.ParisFrance
  2. 2.Dept. Info. Comp. Sci.Univ. of CaliforniaIrvineU.S.A.

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