Correlated Stochastic Knapsack with a Submodular Objective

European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA)(2022)

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We study the correlated stochastic knapsack problem of a submodular target function, with optional additional constraints. We utilize the multilinear extension of submodular function, and bundle it with an adaptation of the relaxed linear constraints from Ma [Mathematics of Operations Research, Volume 43(3), 2018] on correlated stochastic knapsack problem. The relaxation is then solved by the stochastic continuous greedy algorithm, and rounded by a novel method to fit the contention resolution scheme (Feldman et al. [FOCS 2011]). We obtain a pseudo-polynomial time $(1 - 1/\sqrt{e})/2 \simeq 0.1967$ approximation algorithm with or without those additional constraints, eliminating the need of a key assumption and improving on the $(1 - 1/\sqrt[4]{e})/2 \simeq 0.1106$ approximation by Fukunaga et al. [AAAI 2019].
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