Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Introduction

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  3. Combinatorial Algorithms

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  4. LP-Based Algorithms

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About this book


 This book covers the dominant theoretical approaches to the approximate solution of hard combinatorial optimization and enumeration problems. It contains elegant combinatorial theory, useful and interesting algorithms, and deep results about the intrinsic complexity of combinatorial problems. Its clarity of exposition and excellent selection of exercises will make it accessible and appealing to all those with a taste for mathematics and algorithms.

Richard Karp,University Professor, University of California at Berkeley

Following the development of basic combinatorial optimization techniques in the 1960s and 1970s, a main open question was to develop a theory of approximation algorithms. In the 1990s, parallel developments in techniques for designing approximation algorithms as well as methods for proving hardness of approximation results have led to a beautiful theory. The need to solve truly large instances of computationally hard problems, such as those arising from the Internet or the human genome project, has also increased interest in this theory. The field is currently very active, with the toolbox of approximation algorithm design techniques getting always richer.

It is a pleasure to recommend Vijay Vazirani's well-written and comprehensive book on this important and timely topic. I am sure the reader will find it most useful both as an introduction to approximability as well as a reference to the many aspects of approximation algorithms.

László Lovász, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research


Approximation algorithms Combinatorial optimization Computer Erfüllbarkeitsproblem der Aussagenlogik NP-complete problems Operations Research Scheduling algorithm design algorithms complexity complexity theory linear optimization optimization programming

Authors and affiliations

  • Vijay V. Vazirani
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgia Institute of TechnologyCollege of ComputingAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08469-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04565-7
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