## Abstract

We give simple and easy-to-analyze randomized approximation algorithms for several well-studied NP-hard network design problems. Our algorithms improve over the previously best known approximation ratios. Our main results are the following. We give a randomized 3.55-approximation algorithm for the connected facility location problem. The algorithm requires three lines to state, one page to analyze, and improves the best-known performance guarantee for the problem. We give a 5.55-approximation algorithm for virtual private network design. Previously, constant-factor approximation algorithms were known only for special cases of this problem. We give a simple constant-factor approximation algorithm for the single-sink buy-at-bulk network design problem. Our performance guarantee improves over what was previously known, and is an order of magnitude improvement over previous combinatorial approximation algorithms for the problem.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 365-372 |

Number of pages | 8 |

Journal | Conference Proceedings of the Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2003 |

Event | 35th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing - San Diego, CA, United States Duration: Jun 9 2003 → Jun 11 2003 |

## Keywords

- Approximation algorithms
- Network design
- Randomized algorithms

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Software