Fully Dynamic Algorithm for Constrained Submodular Optimization

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 33 (NeurIPS 2020)

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Silvio Lattanzi, Slobodan Mitrović, Ashkan Norouzi-Fard, Jakub M. Tarnawski, Morteza Zadimoghaddam


The task of maximizing a monotone submodular function under a cardinality constraint is at the core of many machine learning and data mining applications, including data summarization, sparse regression and coverage problems. We study this classic problem in the fully dynamic setting, where elements can be both inserted and removed. Our main result is a randomized algorithm that maintains an efficient data structure with a poly-logarithmic amortized update time and yields a $(1/2-epsilon)$-approximate solution. We complement our theoretical analysis with an empirical study of the performance of our algorithm.