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Unformatted text preview: Pick the next compatible one that starts earliest Pick the shortest one Pick the one that has the least conflicts (i.e.
overlaps) 53 ActivitySelection Formally: Given a set S of n activities si = start time of activity I
fi = finish time of activity i Find maxsize subset A of compatible activities
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1 54 5 Assume (wlog) that f1 f2 … fn Activity Selection: A Greedy Algorithm So actual algorithm is simple: Schedule the first activity Then schedule the next activity in sorted list which starts
after previous activity finishes Sort the activities by finish time Repeat until no more activities Intuition is even more simple: 55 Always pick next activity that finishes earliest Activity Selection: Optimal Substructure Let k be the minimum activity in A (i.e., the one with
the earliest finish time). Then A  {k} is an optimal
solution to S’ = {i S: si fk} In words: once activity #1 is selected, the problem
reduces to finding an optimal solution for activityselection
over activities in S compatible with #1 Proof: if we could find optimal solution B’ to S’ wit...
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 Spring '10
 HORTON
 Algorithms

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