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# Improved Parallel Algorithm for Minimum Cost Submodular Cover Problem

*Proceedings of Thirty Fifth Conference on Learning Theory*, PMLR 178:3490-3502, 2022.

#### Abstract

In the minimum cost submodular cover problem (MinSMC), we are given a monotone nondecreasing submodular function $f\colon 2^V \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^+$, a linear cost function $c: V\rightarrow \mathbb R^{+}$, and an integer $k\leq f(V)$, the goal is to find a subset $A\subseteq V$ with the minimum cost such that $f(A)\geq k$. The MinSMC can be found at the heart of many machine learning and data mining applications. In this paper, we design a parallel algorithm for the MinSMC that takes at most $O(\frac{\log (km)\log k(\log m+\log\log (mk))}{\varepsilon^4})$ adaptive rounds, and it achieves an approximation ratio of $\frac{H(\min\{\Delta,k\})}{1-5\varepsilon}$ with probability at least $1-3\varepsilon$, where $\Delta=\max_{v\in V}f(v)$, $H(\cdot)$ is the Harmonic number, $m=|V|$, and $\varepsilon$ is a constant in $(0,\frac{1}{5})$.