We propose the Min-max multiway cut problem, a variant of the traditional Multiway cut problem, but with the goal of minimizing the maximum capacity (rather than the sum or average capacity) leaving a part of the partition. The problem is motivated by data partitioning in Peer-to-Peer networks. The min-max objective function forces the solution not to overload any given terminal, and hence may lead to better solution quality.

We prove that the Min-max multiway cut is NP-hard even on trees, or with only a constant number of terminals. Our main result is an O(log3 n)-approximation algorithm for general graphs, and an O(log2 n)-approximation for graphs excluding any fixed graph as a minor (e.g., planar graphs). We also give a (2+ε)-approximation algorithm for the special case of graphs with bounded treewidth.


Approximation Algorithm Polynomial Time Planar Graph Maximum Capacity Approximation Guarantee 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zoya Svitkina
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  • Éva Tardos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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