Pub. online:1 Jan 2009Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 20, Issue 2 (2009), pp. 217–234
It is known that the minimum affine separating committee (MASC) combinatorial optimization problem, which is related to some machine learning techniques, is NP-hard and does not belong to Apx class unless P=NP. In this paper, it is shown that the MASC problem formulated in a fixed dimension space within n>1 is intractable even if sets defining an instance of the problem are in general position. A new polynomial-time approximation algorithm for this modification of the MASC problem is presented. An approximation ratio and complexity bounds of the algorithm are obtained.