Dynamic Approximate Vertex Cover and Maximum Matching
Author(s)Onak, Krzysztof; Rubinfeld, Ronitt
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We consider the problem of maintaining a large matching or a small vertex cover in a dynamically changing graph. Each update to the graph is either an edge deletion or an edge insertion. We give the first randomized data structure that simultaneously achieves a constant approximation factor and handles a sequence of k updates in k. polylog(n) time. Previous data structures require a polynomial amount of computation per update. The starting point of our construction is a distributed algorithm of Parnas and Ron (Theor. Comput. Sci. 2007), which they designed for their sublinear-time approximation algorithm for the vertex cover size. This leads us to wonder whether there are other connections between sublinear algorithms and dynamic data structures.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Springer Berlin / Heidelberg
Onak, Krzysztof, and Ronitt Rubinfeld. “Dynamic Approximate Vertex Cover and Maximum Matching.” Property Testing. Ed. Oded Goldreich. LNCS Vol. 6390. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010. 341–345.
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