# Near-linear approximation algorithms for geometric hitting sets

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Journal Article

Given a set system (X,R), the hitting set problem is to find a smallest-cardinality subset H ⊆ X, with the property that each range R ∈ R has a non-empty intersection with H. We present near-linear time approximation algorithms for the hitting set problem, under the following geometric settings: (i) R is a set of planar regions with small union complexity. (ii) R is a set of axis-parallel d-rectangles in ℝd. In both cases X is either the entire d-dimensional space or a finite set of points in d-space. The approximation factors yielded by the algorithm are small; they are either the same as or within an O(log n) factor of the best factors known to be computable in polynomial time. © 2009 ACM.

### Full Text

### Duke Authors

### Cited Authors

- Agarwal, PK; Ezra, E; Sharir, M

### Published Date

- December 4, 2009

### Published In

- Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computational Geometry

### Start / End Page

- 23 - 32

### Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

- 10.1145/1542362.1542368

### Citation Source

- Scopus