Improved Approximation Guarantees for Weighted Matching in the Semi-Streaming Model

Leah Epstein, Asaf Levin, JuliáN Mestre & Danny Segev
We study the maximum weight matching problem in the semi-streaming model, and improve on the currently best one-pass algorithm due to Zelke (Proc.\ STACS~'08, pages 669--680) by devising a deterministic approach whose performance guarantee is $4.91 + \eps$. In addition, we study {\em preemptive} online algorithms, a sub-class of one-pass algorithms where we are only allowed to maintain a feasible matching in memory at any point in time. All known results prior to Zelke's belong...