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The Travelling Salesman Problem is one the most fundamental and most studied problems in approximation algorithms. For more than 30 years, the best algorithm known for general metrics has been Christofides's algorithm with approximation factor of 3 2 , even though the so-called Held-Karp LP relaxation of the problem is conjectured to have the integrality(More)
In the shortest superstring problem, we are given a set of strings {s 1 ,. .. , s k } and want to find a string that contains all s i as substrings and has minimum length. This is a classical problem in approximation and the best known approximation factor is 2 1 2 , given by Sweedyk [19] in 1999. Since then no improvement has been made, howerever two other(More)
We present the first 7/8-approximation algorithm for the maximum traveling salesman problem with triangle inequality. Our algorithm is deterministic. This improves over both the random-ized algorithm of Hassin and Rubinstein [3] with expected approximation ratio of 7/8 − O(n −1/2) and the deterministic (7/8 − O(n −1/3))-approximation algorithm of Chen and(More)