8/7-approximation algorithm for (1,2)-TSP

  title={8/7-approximation algorithm for (1,2)-TSP},
  author={Piotr Berman and Marek Karpinski},
  journal={Electron. Colloquium Comput. Complex.},
  • P. Berman, M. Karpinski
  • Published 22 January 2006
  • Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Electron. Colloquium Comput. Complex.
We design a polynomial time 8/7-approximation algorithm for the Traveling Salesman Problem in which all distances are either one or two. This improves over the best known approximation factor for that problem. As a direct application we get a 7/6-approximation algorithm for the Maximum Path Cover Problem, similarly improving upon the best known approximation factor for that problem. The result depends on a new method of consecutive path cover improvements and on a new analysis of certain… 
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