A ranking model for the greedy algorithm and discrete convexity

Ulrich Faigle, Walter Kern, Britta Peis
2010 Mathematical programming  
Generalizing the idea of the Lovász extension of a set function and the discrete Choquet integral, we introduce a combinatorial model that allows us to define and analyze matroid-type greedy algorithms. The model is based on a real-valued function v on a (finite) family of sets which yields the constraints of a combinatorial linear program. Moreover, v gives rise to a ranking and selection procedure for the elements of the ground set N and thus implies a greedy algorithm for the linear program.
more » ... It is proved that the greedy algorithm is guaranteed to produce primal and dual optimal solutions if and only if an associated functional on R N is concave. Previous matroid-type greedy models are shown to fit into the present general context. In particular, a general model for combinatorial optimization under supermodular constraints is presented which guarantees the greedy algorithm to work.
doi:10.1007/s10107-010-0406-2 fatcat:suhadfg3ifcabjan2luphwvsyy