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Committee selection under weight constraints

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  • Klamler, Christian
  • Pferschy, Ulrich
  • Ruzika, Stefan

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In this paper we investigate the problem of selecting a committee consisting of k members from a list of m candidates. Each candidate has a certain cost or weight. The choice of the k-committee has to satisfy some budget or weight constraint: the sum of the weights of all committee members must not exceed a given value W. While the former part of the problem is a typical question in Social Choice Theory, the latter stems from Operations Research. The purpose of this paper is to link these two research fields: we first characterize reasonable ways of ranking sets of objects, i.e., candidates, and then develop efficient algorithms for the actual computation of optimal committees.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Mathematical Social Sciences.

Volume (Year): 64 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 48-56

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Handle: RePEc:eee:matsoc:v:64:y:2012:i:1:p:48-56

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  1. Darmann, Andreas, 2013. "How hard is it to tell which is a Condorcet committee?," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 66(3), pages 282-292.

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