Publication

SODA 2006

Conference paper

# Ordering by weighted number of wins gives a good ranking for weighted tournaments

## Abstract

We consider the following simple algorithm for feedback arc set problem in weighted tournaments - order the vertices by their weighted indegrees. We show that this algorithm has an approximation guarantee of 5 if the weights satisfy probability constraints (for any pair of vertices u and v, w uv + w vu = 1). Special cases of feedback arc set problem in such weighted tournaments include feedback arc set problem in unweighted tournaments and rank aggregation. Finally, for any constant ε > 0, we exhibit an infinite family of (unweighted) tournaments for which the above algorithm (irrespective of how ties are broken) has an approximation ratio of 5 - ε.