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#### Rank-Maximal Matchings

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Irving, R. W., Kavitha, T., Mehlhorn, K., Michail, D., & Paluch, K. (2006). Rank-Maximal
Matchings.* ACM Transactions on Algorithms,* *2*, 602-610.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-23C5-9

##### Abstract

Suppose that each member of a set A of applicants ranks a subset of a set P of
posts in an order of preference, possibly involving ties. A matching is a set
of (applicant, post) pairs such that each applicant and each post appears in at
most one pair. A rank-maximal matching is one in which the maximum possible
number of applicants are matched to their first choice post, and subject to
that condition, the maximum possible number are matched to their second choice
post, and so on. This is a relevant concept in any practical matching situation
and it was first studied by Irving [2003].We give an algorithm to compute a
rank-maximal matching with running time O(min(n + C,C√n)m), where C is the
maximal rank of an edge used in a rank-maximal matching, n is the number of
applicants and posts and m is the total size of the preference lists.