Robust Secretary and Prophet Algorithms for Packing Integer Programs

C. J. Argue, Anupam Gupta, Marco Molinaro, Sahil Singla

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We study the problem of solving Packing Integer Programs (PIPs) in the online setting, where columns in [0; 1]d of the constraint matrix are revealed sequentially, and the goal is to pick a subset of the columns that sum to at most B in each coordinate while maximizing the objective. Excellent results are known in the secretary setting, where the columns are adversarially chosen, but presented in a uniformly random order. However, these existing algorithms are susceptible to adversarial attacks: they try to \learn" characteristics of a good solution, but tend to over-t to the model, and hence a small number of adversarial corruptions can cause the algorithm to fail. In this paper, we give the first robust algorithms for Packing Integer Programs, specifically in the recently proposed Byzantine Secretary framework [BGSZ20]. Our techniques are based on a two-level use of online learning, to robustly learn an approximation to the optimal value, and then to use this robust estimate to pick a good solution. These techniques are general and we use them to design robust algorithms for PIPs in the prophet model as well, specifically in the Prophet-with-Augmentations framework [ISW20]. We also improve known results in the Byzantine Secretary framework: we make the non-constructive results algorithmic and improve the existing bounds for single-item and matroid constraints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2022
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781611977073
StatePublished - 2022
Event33rd Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2022 - Alexander, United States
Duration: Jan 9 2022Jan 12 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms


Conference33rd Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, SODA 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • General Mathematics


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