## Abstract

We study the Maximum Independent Set of Rectangles (MISR) problem: given a collection R of n axis-parallel rectangles, find a maximum-cardinality subset of disjoint rectangles. MISR is a special case of the classical Maximum Independent Set problem, where the input is restricted to intersection graphs of axis-parallel rectangles. Due to its many applications, ranging from map labeling to data mining, MISR has received a significant amount of attention from various research communities. Since the problem is NP-hard, the main focus has been on the design of approximation algorithms. Several groups of researches have independently suggested O(log n)-approximation algorithms for MISR, and this remained the best currently known approximation factor for the problem. The main result of our paper is an O(log log n)-approximation algorithm for MISR. Our algorithm combines existing approaches for solving special cases of the problem, in which the input set of rectangles is restricted to containing specific intersection types, with new insights into the combinatorial structure of sets of intersecting rectangles in the plane. We also consider a generalization of MISR to higher dimensions, where rectangles are replaced by d-dimensional hyper-rectangles. Our results for MISR imply an O((log n) ^{d-2} log log n)-approximation algorithm for this problem, improving upon the best previously known O((log n)^{d-1})-approximation.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Proceedings of the 20th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms |

Pages | 892-901 |

Number of pages | 10 |

Publication status | Published - 2009 |

MoE publication type | A4 Article in a conference publication |

Event | ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms - New York, United States Duration: 4 Jan 2009 → 6 Jan 2009 Conference number: 20 |

### Conference

Conference | ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms |
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Abbreviated title | SODA |

Country/Territory | United States |

City | New York |

Period | 04/01/2009 → 06/01/2009 |