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Greedy Algorithms. 15-211 Fundamental Data Structures and Algorithms. Peter Lee March 19, 2004. Announcements. HW6 is due on April 5! Quiz #2 postponed until March 31 an online quiz requires up to one hour of uninterrupted time with a web browser

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Greedy Algorithms

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## Greedy Algorithms

15-211 Fundamental Data Structures and Algorithms

Peter Lee

March 19, 2004

### Announcements

• HW6 is due on April 5!

• Quiz #2 postponed until March 31

• an online quiz

• requires up to one hour of uninterrupted time with a web browser

• actually, only a 15-minute quiz

• must be completed by April 1, 11:59pm

Objects in calendar are closer than they appear

Greed is Good

### Example: Counting change

• Suppose we want to give out change, using the minimal number of bills and coins.

### A change-counting algorithm

• An easy algorithm for giving out N cents in change:

• Choose the largest bill or coin that is N.

• Subtract the value of the chosen bill/coin from N, to get a new value of N.

• Repeat until a total of N cents has been counted.

• Does this work? I.e., does this really give out the minimal number of coins and bills?

### Our simple algorithm

• For US currency, this simple algorithm actually works.

• Why do we call this a greedy algorithm?

### Greedy algorithms

• At every step, a greedy algorithm

• makes a locally optimal decision,

• with the idea that in the end it all adds up to a globally optimal solution.

• Being optimistic like this usually leads to very simple algorithms.

### Lu Lu’s Pan Fried Noodle Shop

Over on Craig Street…

Think Globally

Act Locally

Eat Noodles

How Californian...

### But…

• What happens if we have a 12-cent coin?

### Hill-climbing

• Greedy algorithms are often visualized as “hill-climbing”.

• Suppose you want to reach the summit, but can only see 10 yards ahead and behind (due to thick fog).

Which way?

### Hill-climbing

• Greedy algorithms are often visualized as “hill-climbing”.

• Suppose you want to reach the summit, but can only see 10 yards ahead and behind (due to thick fog).

Which way?

### Hill-climbing, cont’d

• Making the locally-best guess is efficient and easy, but doesn’t always work.

### Where have we seen this before?

• Greedy algorithms are common in computer science

• In fact, from last week…

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### A greedy algorithm

• Assume that every city is infinitely far away.

• I.e., every city is  miles away from BWI (except BWI, which is 0 miles away).

• Now perform something similar to breadth-first search, and optimistically guess that we have found the best path to each city as we encounter it.

• If we later discover we are wrong and find a better path to a particular city, then update the distance to that city.

### Intuition behind Dijkstra’s alg.

• For our airline-mileage problem, we can start by guessing that every city is  miles away.

• Mark each city with this guess.

• Find all cities one hop away from BWI, and check whether the mileage is less than what is currently marked for that city.

• If so, then revise the guess.

• Continue for 2 hops, 3 hops, etc.

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### Dijkstra’s algorithm

• Algorithm initialization:

• Label each node with the distance , except start node, which is labeled with distance 0.

• D[v] is the distance label for v.

• Put all nodes into a priority queue Q, using the distances as labels.

### Dijkstra’s algorithm, cont’d

• While Q is not empty do:

• u = Q.removeMin

• for each node z one hop away from u do:

• if D[u] + miles(u,z) < D[z] then

• D[z] = D[u] + miles(u,z)

• change key of z in Q to D[z]

• Note use of priority queue allows “finished” nodes to be found quickly (in O(log N) time).

Another Greedy Algorithm

### The Fractional Knapsack Problem (FKP)

• You rob a store: find n kinds of items

• Gold dust. Wheat. Beer.

### Example 2: Fractional knapsack problem (FKP)

• You rob a store: find n kinds of items

• Gold dust. Wheat. Beer.

• The total inventory for the i th kind of item:

• Weight: wi pounds

• Value: vi dollars

• Knapsack can hold a maximum of Wpounds.

• Q: how much of each kind of item should you take?

(Can take fractional weight)

### FKP: solution

• Greedy solution:

• Fill knapsack with “most valuable” item until all is taken.

• Mostvaluable = vi /wi (dollars per pound)

• Then next “most valuable” item, etc.

• Until knapsack is full.

### Ingredients of a greedy alg.

• An optimization problem.

• Is iterative / Proceeds in stages.

• Has the greedy-choice property:

A greedy choice will lead to a globally optimal solution.

### FKP is greedy

• An optimization problem:

• Maximize value of loot, subject to maximum weight W.(constrained optimization)

• Proceeds in stages:

• Knapsack is filled with one item at a time.

### FKP is greedy

• Greedy-choice property:

A locally greedy choice will lead to a globally optimal solution.

• In steps…:

Step 1: Does the optimal solution contain the greedy choice?

Step 2: can the greedy choice always be made first?

### FKP: Greedy-choice: Step 1

• Consider total value, V, of knapsack.

• Knapsack must contain item h:

• Item h is the item with highest \$/lb.

• Why? Because if h is not included, we can replace some other item in knapsack with an equivalent weight of h, and increase V.

• This can continue until knapsack is full, or all of h is taken.

• Therefore any optimal solution must include greedy-choice.

### More rigorously…

Let item h be the item with highest \$/lb.Total inventory of h is wh pounds.Total value of h is vi dollars.

Let ki be weight of itemi in knapsack. Then total value:

If kh<wh, and kj>0 for some jh, then replace j with an equal weight of h. Let new total value = V’.

Difference in total value:

since, by definition of h,

Therefore all of item h should be taken.

### FKP: Greedy-choice: Step 2

• Now we want to show that we can always make the greedy choice first.

• If item h is more than what knapsack can hold, then fill knapsack completely with h.

• No other item gives higher total value.

• Otherwise, knapsack contains h and some other item. We can always make h the first choice, without changing total value V.

• Therefore greedy-choice can always be made first.

### More rigorously…

• Case I: wh W

• Fill knapsack completely with h.

• No other item gives higher total value.

• Case II: wh< W

• Let 1st choice be item i, and kth choice be h, then we can always swap our 1st and kth choices, and total value Vremains unchanged.

• Therefore greedy-choice can always be made first.

### The Binary Knapsack Problem

• You win the Supermarket Shopping Spree contest.

• You are given a shopping cart with capacity C.

• You are allowed to fill it with any items you want from Giant Eagle.

• Giant Eagle has items 1, 2, … n, which have values v1, v2, …, vn, and sizes s1, s2, …, sn.

• How do you (efficiently) maximize the value of the items in your cart?

### BKP is not greedy

• The obvious greedy strategy of taking the maximum value item that still fits in the cart does not work.

• Consider:

• Suppose item i has size si = C and value vi.

• It can happen that there are items j and k with combined size sj+skC but vj+vk > vi.

\$220

\$160

\$180

Maximum weight = 50 lbs

\$120, 30 lbs

\$100, 20 lbs

\$60, 10 lbs

(optimal)

item 1 item 2 item 3 knapsack

### BKP: Greedy approach fails

BKP has optimal substructure, but not greedy-choice property: optimal solution does not contain greedy choice.

### A question for a future lecture…

• How can we (efficiently) solve the binary knapsack problem?

• One possible approach:

• Dynamic programming

Machine Scheduling

### Optimal machine scheduling

• We are given n tasks and an infinite supply of machines to perform them

• each task ti = [si, fi] has start time si and finish time fi

• An assignment of tasks to machines is feasible if no machine is assigned two overlapping tasks

• An assignment is optimal if it is feasible and uses the minimal number of machines

### Example

• task: a b c d e f g

• start: 0 3 4 9 7 1 6

• finish: 2 7 7 11 10 5 8

• Can you invent a greedy algorithm to find an optimal schedule for these tasks?

### Succeeding with greed

3 ingredients needed:

• Optimization problem.

• Proceed in stages.

• Greedy-choice property:

A greedy choice will lead to a globally optimal solution.