Efficient NC algorithms for set cover with applications to learning and geometry

B. Berger, J. Rompel, P.W. Shor
1989 30th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science  
In this paper we give the first NC approximation algorithms for the unweighted and weighted set cover problems. Our algorithms use a linear number of processors and give a cover that has at most log n times the optimal size/weight, thus matching the performance of the best sequential algorithms. We apply our set cover algorithm to learning theory, giving an NC algorithm to learn the concept class obtained by taking the closure under finite union or finite intersection of any concept class of
more » ... ite VC-dimension that has an NC hypothesis finder. In addition, we give a linear-processor NC algorithm for a variant of the set cover problem first proposed by Chazelle and Friedman and use it to obtain NC algorithms for several problems in computational geometry.
doi:10.1109/sfcs.1989.63455 dblp:conf/focs/BergerRS89 fatcat:jvmnartfpbguna7oam3hnspsom