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Azar, Yossi ; Chiplunkar, Ashish ; Kutten, Shay ; Touitou, Noam

Set Cover with Delay - Clairvoyance Is Not Required

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In most online problems with delay, clairvoyance (i.e. knowing the future delay of a request upon its arrival) is required for polylogarithmic competitiveness. In this paper, we show that this is not the case for set cover with delay (SCD) - specifically, we present the first non-clairvoyant algorithm, which is O(log n log m)-competitive, where n is the number of elements and m is the number of sets. This matches the best known result for the classic online set cover (a special case of non-clairvoyant SCD). Moreover, clairvoyance does not allow for significant improvement - we present lower bounds of Ω(√{log n}) and Ω(√{log m}) for SCD which apply for the clairvoyant case.
In addition, the competitiveness of our algorithm does not depend on the number of requests. Such a guarantee on the size of the universe alone was not previously known even for the clairvoyant case - the only previously-known algorithm (due to Carrasco et al.) is clairvoyant, with competitiveness that grows with the number of requests.
For the special case of vertex cover with delay, we show a simpler, deterministic algorithm which is 3-competitive (and also non-clairvoyant).

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Yossi Azar and Ashish Chiplunkar and Shay Kutten and Noam Touitou},
  title =	{{Set Cover with Delay - Clairvoyance Is Not Required}},
  booktitle =	{28th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2020)},
  pages =	{8:1--8:21},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-162-7},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{173},
  editor =	{Fabrizio Grandoni and Grzegorz Herman and Peter Sanders},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-128749},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2020.8},
  annote =	{Keywords: Set Cover, Delay, Clairvoyant}

Keywords: Set Cover, Delay, Clairvoyant
Collection: 28th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2020)
Issue Date: 2020
Date of publication: 26.08.2020

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