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2013 Technical Reports

Affordable and Collaborative Team Formation in an Expert Network

Mehdi Kargar, Morteza Zihayat and Aijun An

Technical Report CSE-2013-01

York University

January 24 2013


Given an expert network, we tackle the problem of finding a team of experts that covers a set of required skills and also minimizes the communication cost as well as the personnel cost of the team. Since two costs need to be minimized, this is a bicriteria optimization problem. We show that the problem of minimizing these objectives is NP-hard. We use two approaches to solve this bicriteria optimization problem. In the first approach, we propose several (α, β)-approximation algorithms that receive a budget on one objective and minimizes the other objective within the budget with guaranteed performance bounds. In the second approach, an approximation algorithm is proposed to find a set of Pareto-optimal teams, in which each team is not dominated by other feasible teams in terms of the personnel and communication costs. The proposed approximation algorithms have provable performance bounds. Extensive experiments on real datasets demonstrate the effectiveness and scalability of the proposed algorithms.

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