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Random knapsack in expected polynomial time

Beier, René and Vöcking, Berthold

MPI-I-2003-1-003. March 2003, 22 pages. | Status: available - back from printing | Next --> Entry | Previous <-- Entry

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In this paper, we present the first average-case analysis proving an expected
polynomial running time for an exact algorithm for the 0/1 knapsack problem.
In particular, we prove, for various input distributions, that the number of
{\em dominating solutions\/} (i.e., Pareto-optimal knapsack fillings)
to this problem is polynomially bounded in the number of available items.
An algorithm by Nemhauser and Ullmann can enumerate these solutions very
efficiently so that a polynomial upper bound on the number of dominating
solutions implies an algorithm with expected polynomial running time.

The random input model underlying our analysis is very general
and not restricted to a particular input distribution. We assume adversarial
weights and randomly drawn profits (or vice versa). Our analysis covers
general probability
distributions with finite mean, and, in its most general form, can even
handle different probability distributions for the profits of different items.
This feature enables us to study the effects of correlations between profits
and weights. Our analysis confirms and explains practical studies showing
that so-called strongly correlated instances are harder to solve than
weakly correlated ones.

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  AUTHOR = {Beier, Ren{\'e} and V{\"o}cking, Berthold},
  TITLE = {Random knapsack in expected polynomial time},
  TYPE = {Research Report},
  INSTITUTION = {Max-Planck-Institut f{\"u}r Informatik},
  ADDRESS = {Stuhlsatzenhausweg 85, 66123 Saarbr{\"u}cken, Germany},
  NUMBER = {MPI-I-2003-1-003},
  MONTH = {March},
  YEAR = {2003},
  ISSN = {0946-011X},