Type of Publication: Journal Articles
Authors: Zvi Lotker,
Title: Ski rental with two general options
Name of the Journal: Information Processing Letters
Year: 2008
Volume: 108
Issue: 6
Pages: 365-368

We define and solve a simple extension of the ski-rental problem [A.R. Karlin, M.S. Manasse, L. Rudolph, D.D. Sleator, Competitive snoopy caching, Algorithmica 3 (1) (1988) 77–119]. In the classical version, the algorithm needs to decide when to switch from renting to buying. In our version, no pure buy option is available: even after switching to the buy option, the algorithm needs to pay some reduced rent.

Keywords: Competitive analysis; Ski rental; Randomized algorithms
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