Online and Approximation Algorithms for Bin-Packing and Knapsack Problems Xin Han Iwama Lab, School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan

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Outline 1. Definitions, backgrounds 2. Contributions 3. Bin Packing with rejection problem 4. Three dimensional strip packing problem

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NP-hard problems The “million dollar” problem whether P = N P is still open in mathematics, theoretical computer science and operation research. All most people believe that there does not exist polynomial-time algorithms for this class of optimization problems. Hence one is constrained to develop and design polynomial-time approximation algorithms, i.e., by the algorithms we can find a solution near the optimal solution with polynomially running time.

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Approximation ratioes Let P be an optimization (minimization) problem. The approximation ratio of algorithm A is defined as: A(I) } i.e., A(I) ≤ RA × Opt(I). RA = max{ I Opt(I) ∞ of algorithm A is The asymptotic approximation ratio RA defined as: ∞ A(I) ≤ RA × Opt(I) + C,

where I ranges over the set of all problems instances and C is a constant.

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PTAS and APTAS For a given constant , if RA = (1 + ) then A is PTAS, i.e., A(I) ≤ (1 + ) · Opt(I). ∞ = (1 + ) then A is APTAS, i.e., if RA

A(I) ≤ (1 + ) · Opt(I) + C.

PTAS = polynomial time approximation scheme. APTAS = asymptotic PTAS.

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Note that: This problem is NP-hard.

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Main Results on 1BP There are so many results on this problem, here, I just mentioned two important ones. APTAS was proposed by Vega and Lueker [Combinatorica81], was improved by Karmarker and Karp [FOCS82]. A linear online algorithm called Harmonic was obtained by Lee and Lee [JACM85].

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One dimensional knapsack problem

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find a subset of the items whose total size is bounded by B and total profit is maximized.

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Note that: this problem is NP-hard too. If the number of knapsack is m then it is MKP (Multiple Knapsack Problem).

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My research Contribute to the high dimensional variants of the two problems, which are indeed substantially harder than the onedimensional counterparts.

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Strip packing problems Given a set of rectangles with sides at most 1,

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Notice: this problem is a strongly NP-Hard from the classical bin packing problem.

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Contributions on 2d strip packing Any offline bin packing algorithm can be applied to strip packing maintaining the same asymptotic worst-case ratio. An algorithm with R∞ ≈ 1.58889 for online strip packing is developed. The key idea is to transform two dimensional packing into one dimensional packing.

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Contributions on 3D strip packing I gave an approximation algorithm with R∞ ≈ 1.69103, which improved 2 +  by Jansen and Solis-Oba at SODA 2006, and an APTAS for the case in which all items have square bases.

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A generalization of one dimensional bin packing,

give a collection of rectangles with size at most 1,

minimize the number of unit square bins to pack all the rectangles. Output:

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Contributions on 2BP If all the rectangles are squares, I improved R∞ from 2.24437 to 2.1439[WAOA2006]. If all the boxes are hybercutes, I improved R∞ from 2.9421 to 2.6852 [WAOA2006].

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the total cost

a collection of items with a size and a rejected

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Contributions on BPR I provided an APTAS which turns out to be more efficient than that of Epstein. Furthermore I extended the scheme to variable-sized bin packing with rejection.

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Two Dimensional Orthogonal KP Input:

a collection of rectangles with a profit

maximize the total profit of the rectangles packed into a two dimensional bin.

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The problem is NP-hard in the strong sense even if each item is an unweighted square (i.e., its profit is equal to its area).

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Contributions on 2D KP For square cases, when the profit is equal to the area, For the offline case, I developed PTAS with K. Iwama and G. Zhang. For the online case with the removal condition, I proved that no online algorithm√can achieve a better competitive ratio than ( 5 + 3)/2 ≈ 2.618 and gave an online algorithm with the competitive ratio 3. The above results were published in WAOA2005.

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Main topics in this talk Bin packing with rejection problem 3D strip packing problem

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Bin packing with rejections

the total cost

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Previous research on BPR First studied by He and Dósa . APTAS was given by Epstein .

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Our results Bin packing with rejection is equivalent to multiple knapsack problem. I gave a fast APTAS with time complexity improved time complexity

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Our algorithm can be extended to variable-sized bin packing with rejection.

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Notations OP T (L) = OP Tp (L) + OP Tr (L),

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BPR ⇔ MKP Let OP Tp = i and L = Lp ∪ Lr , OP T (L) = OP Tp (L) + OP Tr (L) = i + p(Lr ) = i + p(L) − p(Lp )

If OP Tp is known, then the BPR problem is equivalent to the multiple knapsack problem.

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The basic ideas 0

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OP Tr (L) ≤ p(Lr ) ≤ (1 + )OP Tr (L) + 1. 0

Lp ⇒ OP Tp (L) bins.

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Our algorithm Guess the rejected cost and packing cost respectively. According to the costs, guess the rejected list. Pack the packing list by bin packing algorithms.

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Guessing costp and costr Select costp from set {0, 1, 2, ..., n}.

Select costr from set {(1 + )i |0 ≤ i ≤

ln n ln(1+) }

So, costr and costp can be guessed in time O(−1 n ln n) such that costp = OP Tp ,

OP Tr ≤ costr ≤ (1 + )OP Tr + 1.

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Our algorithm Guess the rejected cost and packing cost respectively. According to the costs, guess the rejected list. Pack the packing list by bin packing algorithms.

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Guessing the rejected list (1) 0

Place every item with r > 1 ⇒ list Lp . 0

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Guessing the rejected list (2) Consider the remaining items with r in [1/n, 1]. Rounding down the rejection costs. Guessing rejected items. Testing the packed list.

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Rounding down Round a rejection cost r down to r¯, where b = (1 + )a. − r r X

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Guessing the rejected items from Li Guess Li ’s contribution p(Ui ) on the rejection cost costr . Divide Li into two parts.

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Guessing the rejected items from Li Guess Li ’s contribution r p(Ui ) = {ki × cost h |ki = 0, ..., h/} on costr . Pick the largest p(Ui )/ai items from Li and put them into 0

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Technical results (Skipped) The number of all the candidates for p(Ui ) can be −2  bounded by O(n ). 0

For the rejected list Lr , we have 0

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Testing the packed list 0

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If “Yes” then return Lp 0 and Lr 0 . Else try another tuple (p(U1 ), . . . , p(Uh )).

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Outline of our algorithm Guess the packing cost costp and the rejection cost costr such that costp = OP Tp and OP Tr ≤ costr ≤ (1 + )OP Tr + 1. 0

Guess a rejected list Lr such that 0 costr ≤ p(Lr ) ≤ (1 + O())costr , and the remaining items 0 L − Lr can be packed costp bins. 0

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Theorems Our algorithm is an APTAS with time complexity

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There is an APTAS for variable-sized bin packing with rejection.

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3d strip packing problem

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Asymptotic approximation ratio ∞ = α if The asymptotic approximation ratio RA

A(L) ≤ α × OP T (L) + C.

Note that: a polynomial time algorithm A is APTAS, if for ∞ = 1 + . every  > 0 RA

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Previous Results on 3SP ∞ = 3.25 was given by Li and Cheng An algorithm with RA [SIAMComp.90]. ∞ to (1.69103...)2 ≈ 2.8596 Then they improved RA [J.Alg92]. ∞ was improved to 2.67, 2.64 by Further more, RA Miyazawa and Wakabayashi [Alg97][LATIN04].

Recently, 2 +  was given by Jansen and Solis-Oba [SODA06].

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Contributions on 3SP ∞ from 2 +  to 1.69103, I improved RA

and gave an APTAS for the case in which all items have square bases. (skipped)

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Key ideas 1. Transform 3d strip packing into 1d bin packing: I3d → Ibp . 2. Call a bin packing algorithm to deal with the instance Ibp .

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Harmonic algorithm for 1D BP 1. Purposed in 80’s. 2. Run in linear time with  and n. 3. Online algorithm.

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HS–Harmonic slip algorithm 1. Classification: divide all items into k groups G1 , G2 , . . . , G k . 2. Transformation: pack all items into slips with height c and length 1. 3. Packing: view all slips as one dimensional items and call PTAS to deal with them.

Online and Approximation Algorithms for Bin-Packing and Knapsack Problems – p.49/57

Classification Given a box R = (l, w, h), we have ( 1 1 Gi < l ≤ , where 1 ≤ i < k. i+1 i R∈ otherwise. Gk

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HS–Harmonic slip algorithm 1. Classification: divide all items into k groups G1 , G2 , . . . , G k . 2. Transformation: pack all items into slips with height c and length 1. 3. Packing: view all slips as one dimensional items and call PTAS to deal with them.

Online and Approximation Algorithms for Bin-Packing and Knapsack Problems – p.51/57

GNF algorithm for Gi (i=3) Given Gi = (R1 , R2 , . . . , Rni ) such that w1 ≥ w2 ≥ · · · ≥ wni , where 1 ≤ i < k − 1 1 take a slip with size (1, wy , c), where wy ← max{w(R)}, where R ∈ Gi .

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GNF algorithm for Gi 3 Update Gi by removing all items packed, then goto step 1 until all are packed.

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HS–Harmonic slip algorithm 1. Classification: divide all items into k groups G1 , G2 , . . . , G k . 2. Transformation: pack all items into slips with height c and length 1. 3. Packing: view all slips as one dimensional items and call PTAS to deal with them.

Online and Approximation Algorithms for Bin-Packing and Knapsack Problems – p.54/57

The final packing ...

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Results Almost slips have the packed heights at least c − 1. The HS algorithm’s R∞ is 1.69103.

Online and Approximation Algorithms for Bin-Packing and Knapsack Problems – p.56/57

Conclusions New algorithms for 2D, 3D strip packing problems. New algorithms for BPR and 2D BP problems. New results for 2D KP problems.

Online and Approximation Algorithms for Bin-Packing and Knapsack Problems – p.57/57

## Online and Approximation Algorithms for Bin-Packing ...

I3d â Ibp . 2. Call a bin packing algorithm to deal with the instance. Ibp . ... c c. 1. 1. Guarantee OPT(I3d) â¤ 1.69103 Ã OPT(Ibp) + C. Online and Approximation ...

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