Revision #1 Authors: Marek Karpinski, Richard Schmied

Accepted on: 8th August 2012 15:21

Downloads: 2398

Keywords:

We study the approximation hardness of the Shortest Superstring, the Maximal Compression and

the Maximum Asymmetric Traveling Salesperson (MAX-ATSP) problem.

We introduce a new reduction method that produces strongly restricted instances of

the Shortest Superstring problem, in which the maximal orbit size is six

(with no character appearing more than six times) and all given strings having length at most four.

Based on this reduction method, we are able to improve the best up to now known approximation lower bound

for the Shortest Superstring problem and the Maximal Compression problem by an order of magnitude.

The results imply also an improved approximation lower bound for the MAX-ATSP problem.

TR11-156 Authors: Marek Karpinski, Richard Schmied

Publication: 23rd November 2011 11:48

Downloads: 2642

Keywords:

We study the approximation hardness of the Shortest Superstring, the Maximal Compression and

the Maximum Asymmetric Traveling Salesperson (MAX-ATSP) problem.

We introduce a new reduction method that produces strongly restricted instances of

the Shortest Superstring problem, in which the maximal orbit size is eight

(with no character appearing more than eight times) and all given strings having length at most six.

Based on this reduction method, we are able to improve the best up to now known approximation lower bound

for the Shortest Superstring problem and the Maximal Compression problem by an order of magnitude.

The results imply also an improved approximation lower bound for the MAX-ATSP problem.