Approximability and Exact Resolution of the Multidimensional Binary Vector Assignment Problem

Abstract

In this paper we consider the multidimensional binary vector assignment problem. An input of this problem is defined by m disjoint multisets V , V , . . . , V , each composed of n binary vectors of size p. An output is a set of n disjoint m-tuples of vectors, where each m-tuple is obtained by picking one vector from each multiset V . To each m-tuple we associate a p dimensional vector by applying the bit-wise AND operation on the m vectors of the tuple. The objective is to minimize the total number of zeros in these n vectors. We denote this problem by min ∑ 0, and the restriction of this problem where every vector has at most c zeros by (min ∑ 0)#0≤c. (min ∑ 0)#0≤2 was only known to beAPX-complete, even for m = 3 [5]. We show that, assuming the unique games conjecture, it is NP-hard to (n− ε)-approximate (min ∑ 0)#0≤1 for any fixed n and ε. This result is tight as any solution is a n-approximation. We also prove without assuming UGC that (min ∑ 0)#0≤1 is APX-complete even for n = 2, and we provide an example of n − f(n,m)-approximation algorithm for min ∑ 0. Finally, we show that (min ∑ 0)#0≤1 is polynomialtime solvable for fixed m (which cannot be extended to (min ∑ 0)#0≤2 according to [5]).

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-45587-7_13

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@inproceedings{Bougeret2016ApproximabilityAE, title={Approximability and Exact Resolution of the Multidimensional Binary Vector Assignment Problem}, author={Marin Bougeret and Guillerme Duvilli{\'e} and Rodolphe Giroudeau}, booktitle={ISCO}, year={2016} }