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# Coloring and Maximum Weight Independent Set of rectangles

#### Wed, Nov 6, 2019 12:30 CET

###### Speakers:Bartosz Walczak

We prove that every intersection graph of axis-parallel rectangles in the plane with clique number ω has chromatic number O(ω log ω), which is the first improvement of the original O(ω²) bound of Asplund and Grünbaum from 1960. As a consequence, we obtain a polynomial-time O(log log n)-approximation algorithm for Maximum Weight Independent Set in axis-parallel rectangles, improving the previous best approximation ratio of O(log n/log log n).

Joint work with Parinya Chalermsook.