, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 245–269 | Cite as

Primal–Dual Algorithms for Connected Facility Location Problems

  • Chaitanya Swamy
  • Amit  Kumar


We consider the Connected Facility Location problem. We are given a graph $G = (V,E)$ with costs $\{c_e\}$ on the edges, a set of facilities $\F \subseteq V$, and a set of clients $\D \subseteq V$. Facility $i$ has a facility opening cost $f_i$ and client $j$ has $d_j$ units of demand. We are also given a parameter $M\geq 1$. A solution opens some facilities, say $F$, assigns each client $j$ to an open facility $i(j)$, and connects the open facilities by a Steiner tree $T$. The total cost incurred is ${\sum}_{i\in F} f_i+ sum_{j\in\D} d_jc_{i(j)j}+M\sum_{e\in T}c_e$. We want a solution of minimum cost. A special case of this problem is when all opening costs are 0 and facilities may be opened anywhere, i.e., $\F=V$. If we know a facility $v$ that is open, then the problem becomes a special case of the single-sink buy-at-bulk problem with two cable types, also known as the rent-or-buy problem. We give the first primal–dual algorithms for these problems and achieve the best known approximation guarantees. We give an 8.55-approximation algorithm for the connected facility location problem and a 4.55-approximation algorithm for the rent-or-buy problem. Previously the best approximation factors for these problems were 10.66 and 9.001, respectively. Further, these results were not combinatorial—they were obtained by solving an exponential size linear rogramming relaxation. Our algorithm integrates the primal–dual approaches for the facility location problem and the Steiner tree problem. We also consider the connected $k$-median problem and give a constant-factor approximation by using our primal–dual algorithm for connected facility location. We generalize our results to an edge capacitated variant of these problems and give a constant-factor approximation for these variants.

Approximation algorithms Primal–dual algorithms Facility location Connected facility location Steiner trees 


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© Springer-Verlag 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853USA
  2. 2.600 Mountain Ave., Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ 07974USA

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