Inapproximability of the Smallest Superpolyomino Problem. Andrew Winslow Tufts University. Polyominoes. Colored poly-squares . (stick). Rotation disallowed. (stick). Smallest superpolyomino problem. Given a set of polyominoes : Find a small superpolyomino :. (stick).
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But greedy 4-approximation exists!
Yields simple, useful string compression.
O(n1/3 – ε)-approximation is NP-hard.
(ε > 0)
(even if only two colors)
NP-hard even if only one color is used.
Simple, useful image compression? No
Reduce from chromatic number.
Polyominoes can stack iff
vertices aren’t adjacent.
Generating polyominoes from input graph
Chromatic number from superpolyomino
4 stacks ≈ 4-coloring
Reduction from set cover.
The good, the bad, and the inapproximable.Smallest superpolyomino problem is NP-hard.
But greedy 4-approximation exists.
One-color variant is trivial.
Smallest superpolyomino problem is NP-hard.
The one-color variant is a constrained version of:
“Given a set of polygons, find the
minimum-area union of these polygons.”
What is known? References?
Givessuperpolyomino at most 4 times
size of optimal: a 4-approximation.
So smallest superpolyomino is O(n1/3-ε)-inapproximable.
k-stack superpolyomino has size θ(k|V|2):