A polynomial time 3 2 -approximation algorithm for the vertex cover problem on a class of graphs
- arXiv: 0712.3335
We develop a polynomial time 3/2-approximation algorithm to solve the vertex cover problem on a class of graphs satisfying a property called ``active edge hypothesis''. The algorithm also guarantees an optimal solution on specially structured graphs. Further, we give an extended algorithm which guarantees a vertex cover S1 on an arbitrary graph such that S1leq 3/2 S +xi where S is an optimal vertex cover and xi is an error bound identified by the algorithm. We obtained xi = 0 for all the test problems we have considered which include specially constructed instances that were expected to be hard. So far we could not construct a graph that gives xi not= 0.