Geometric Packing Under Nonuniform Constraints
We study the problem of discrete geometric packing. Here, given weighted regions (say, in the plane) and points (with capacities), one has to pick a maximum weight subset of the regions such that no point is covered more than its capacity. We provide a general framework and an algorithm for approximating the optimal solution for packing in hypergraphs arising out of such geometric settings. Using this framework we get a flotilla of results on this problem (and also on its dual, where one wants to pick a maximum weight subset of the points when the regions have capacities). For example, for the case of fat triangles of similar size, we show an O (1)-approximation and prove that no PTAS is possible.