### Abstract

The shortest common superstring and the shortest common supersequence are two well studied problems having a wide range of applications. In this paper we consider both problems with resource constraints, denoted as the Restricted Common Superstring (shortly RCSstr) problem and the Restricted Common Supersequence (shortly RCSseq). In the RCSstr (RCSseq) problem we are given a set S of n strings, s _{1}, s _{2}, ..., s _{n} , and a multiset t = {t _{1}, t _{2}, ..., t _{m} }, and the goal is to find a permutation π: {1, ..., m} → {1, ..., m} to maximize the number of strings in S that are substrings (subsequences) of π(t) = t _{π(1)} t _{π(2)} ⋯ t _{π(m)} (we call this ordering of the multiset, π(t), a permutation of t). We first show that in its most general setting the RCSstr problem is NP-complete and hard to approximate within a factor of n ^{1 - ε} , for any ε > 0, unless P = NP. Afterwards, we present two separate reductions to show that the RCSstr problem remains NP-Hard even in the case where the elements of t are drawn from a binary alphabet or for the case where all input strings are of length two. We then present some approximation results for several variants of the RCSstr problem. In the second part of this paper, we turn to the RCSseq problem, where we present some hardness results, tight lower bounds and approximation algorithms.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Combinatorial Pattern Matching - 22nd Annual Symposium, CPM 2011, Proceedings |

Pages | 467-478 |

Number of pages | 12 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - Jul 13 2011 |

Event | 22nd Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching, CPM 2011 - Palermo, Italy Duration: Jun 27 2011 → Jun 29 2011 |

### 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 | 6661 LNCS |

ISSN (Print) | 0302-9743 |

ISSN (Electronic) | 1611-3349 |

### Other

Other | 22nd Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching, CPM 2011 |
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Country | Italy |

City | Palermo |

Period | 6/27/11 → 6/29/11 |

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### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Theoretical Computer Science
- Computer Science(all)

### Cite this

*Combinatorial Pattern Matching - 22nd Annual Symposium, CPM 2011, Proceedings*(pp. 467-478). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 6661 LNCS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-21458-5_39