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On the Complexity of Computing Generators of Closed Sets

By Miki Hermann


Abstract. We investigate the computational complexity of some decision and counting problems related to generators of closed sets fundamental in Formal Concept Analysis. We recall results from the literature about the problem of checking the existence of a generator with a specified cardinality, and about the problem of determining the number of minimal generators. Moreover, we show that the problem of counting minimum cardinality generators is #·coNP-complete. We also present an incremental-polynomial time algorithm from relational database theory that can be used for computing all minimal generators of an implicationclosed set.

Year: 2009
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