An 8/5 approximation algorithm for a hard variant of stable marriage

Irving, R.W. and Manlove, D.F. (2007) An 8/5 approximation algorithm for a hard variant of stable marriage. In: Proceedings of COCOON 2007, 13th Annual International Computing and Combinatorics Conference, Banff, Canada, 16-19 July 2007, pp. 548-558. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-73545-8_53)



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When ties and incomplete preference lists are permitted in the Stable Marriage problem, stable matchings can have different sizes. The problem of finding a maximum cardinality stable matching in this context is NP-hard, even under very severe restrictions on the number, size and position of ties. In this paper, we describe a polynomial-time 8/5-approximation algorithm for a variant in which ties are on one side only and at the end of the preference lists. This variant is motivated by important applications in large scale centralized matching schemes.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
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Keywords:stable matching; approximation algorithm
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Manlove, Professor David
Authors: Irving, R.W., and Manlove, D.F.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Research Group:Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms
Journal Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Publisher:Springer Verlag
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2007 Springer Verlag
First Published:First published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4598:548-558
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