### Abstract

We study a combinatorial problem arising from the microarrays synthesis. The objective of the BMP is to place a set of sequences in the array and to find an embedding of these sequences into a common supersequence such that the sum of the "border length" is minimized. A variant of the problem, called P-BMP, is that the placement is given and the concern is simply to find the embedding. Approximation algorithms have been proposed for the problem [21] but it is unknown whether the problem is NP-hard or not. In this paper, we give a comprehensive study of different variations of BMP by presenting NP-hardness proofs and improved approximation algorithms. We show that P-BMP, 1D-BMP, and BMP are all NP-hard. In contrast with the result in [21] that 1D-P-BMP is polynomial time solvable, the interesting implications include (i) the array dimension (1D or 2D) differentiates the complexity of P-BMP; (ii) for 1D array, whether placement is given differentiates the complexity of BMP; (iii) BMP is NP-hard regardless of the dimension of the array. Another contribution of the paper is improving the approximation for BMP from O(n ^{1/2} log ^{2} n) to O(n ^{1/4} log ^{2}n), where n is the total number of sequences.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Theory and Applications of Models of Computation - 9th Annual Conference, TAMC 2012, Proceedings |

Pages | 164-176 |

Number of pages | 13 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - May 18 2012 |

Event | 9th Annual Conference on Theory and Applications of Models of Computation, TAMC 2012 - Beijing, China Duration: May 16 2012 → May 21 2012 |

### Publication series

Name | Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) |
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Volume | 7287 LNCS |

ISSN (Print) | 0302-9743 |

ISSN (Electronic) | 1611-3349 |

### Other

Other | 9th Annual Conference on Theory and Applications of Models of Computation, TAMC 2012 |
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Country | China |

City | Beijing |

Period | 5/16/12 → 5/21/12 |

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Theoretical Computer Science
- Computer Science(all)

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*Theory and Applications of Models of Computation - 9th Annual Conference, TAMC 2012, Proceedings*(pp. 164-176). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 7287 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-29952-0_20