A matroid approach to stable matchings with lower quotas


In SODA’10, Huang introduced the laminar classified stable matching problem (LCSM for short) that is motivated by academic hiring. This problem is an extension of the wellknown hospitals/residents problem in which a hospital has laminar classes of residents and it sets lower and upper bounds on the number of residents that it would hire in that class. Against the intuition that stable matching problems with lower quotas are difficult in general, Huang proved that this problem can be solved in polynomial time. In this paper, we propose a matroid-based approach to this problem and we obtain the following results. (i) We solve a generalization of the LCSM problem. (ii) We exhibit a polyhedral description for stable assignments of the LCSM problem, which gives a positive answer to Huang’s question. (iii) We prove that the set of stable assignments of the LCSM problem has a lattice structure similarly to the ordinary stable matching model.

DOI: 10.1287/moor.2015.0751
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@inproceedings{Fleiner2012AMA, title={A matroid approach to stable matchings with lower quotas}, author={Tam{\'a}s Fleiner and Naoyuki Kamiyama}, booktitle={SODA}, year={2012} }