Hardness of Set Cover with Intersection 1

  title={Hardness of Set Cover with Intersection 1},
  author={V. S. Anil Kumar and Sunil Arya and H. Ramesh},
We consider a restricted version of the general Set Covering problem in which each set in the given set system intersects with any other set in at most 1 element. We show that the Set Covering problem with intersection 1 cannot be approximated within a o(log n) factor in random polynomial time unless N P ZT IM E(n O(log log n)). We also observe that the main challenge in derandomizing this reduction lies in nd a hitting set for large volume combinatorial rectangles satisfying certain… CONTINUE READING

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