Report

An Economics Approach to Hard Computational Problems

Science  03 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5296, pp. 51-54
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5296.51

You are currently viewing the abstract.

View Full Text

Via your Institution

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


Abstract

A general method for combining existing algorithms into new programs that are unequivocally preferable to any of the component algorithms is presented. This method, based on notions of risk in economics, offers a computational portfolio design procedure that can be used for a wide range of problems. Tested by solving a canonical NP-complete problem, the method can be used for problems ranging from the combinatorics of DNA sequencing to the completion of tasks in environments with resource contention, such as the World Wide Web.

View Full Text

Related Content