June 27, 2017, 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday 10:15-12:00, room 310.

Abstract. In the Maximum Duo-Preservation String Mapping problem we are given two strings and wish to map the letters of the former to the letters of the latter so as to maximise the number of duos. A duo is a pair of consecutive letters that is mapped to a pair of consecutive letters in the same order. This is complementary to the well-studied Minimum Common String Partition problem, where the goal is to partition the former string into blocks that can be permuted and concatenated to obtain the latter string.

Maximum Duo-Preservation String Mapping is APX-hard. After a series of improvements, Brubach [WABI 2016] showed a polynomial-time 3.25-approximation algorithm. Our main contribution is that for any ϵ>0 there exists a polynomial-time (2+ϵ)-approximation algorithm. Similarly to a previous solution by Boria et al. [CPM 2016], our algorithm uses the local search technique. However, this is used only after a certain preliminary greedy procedure, which gives us more structure and makes a more general local search possible. We complement this with a specialised version of the algorithm that achieves 2.67-approximation in quadratic time.

Joint work with Paweł Gawrychowski and Piotr Ostropolski-Nalewaja, to appear at CPM 2017.