Integrated Optimization of Bipartite Matching and Its Stochastic Behavior: New Formulation and Approximation Algorithm via Min-cost Flow Optimization
Keywords:Constraint Optimization, Applications
AbstractThe research field of stochastic matching has yielded many developments for various applications. In most stochastic matching problems, the probability distributions inherent in the nodes and edges are set a priori, and are not controllable. However, many matching services have options, which we call control variables, that affect the probability distributions and thus what constitutes an optimum matching. Although several methods for optimizing the values of the control variables have been developed, their optimization in consideration of the matching problem is still in its infancy. In this paper, we formulate an optimization problem for determining the values of the control variables so as to maximize the expected value of matching weights. Since this problem involves hard to evaluate objective values and is non-convex, we construct an approximation algorithm via a minimum-cost flow algorithm that can find 3-approximation solutions rapidly. Simulations on real data from a ride-hailing platform and a crowd-sourcing market show that the proposed method can find solutions with high profits of the service provider in practical time.
How to Cite
Hikima, Y., Akagi, Y., Kim, H., Kohjima, M., Kurashima, T., & Toda, H. (2021). Integrated Optimization of Bipartite Matching and Its Stochastic Behavior: New Formulation and Approximation Algorithm via Min-cost Flow Optimization. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 35(5), 3796-3805. https://doi.org/10.1609/aaai.v35i5.16497
AAAI Technical Track on Constraint Satisfaction and Optimization