8.4 Heuristic Candidate Selection Algorithm

A straightforward way to get the optimal Rj and to maximize the OEOT is to try all the ordered subsets of for each Rj, which runs in O(keN!) time, where k is the number of different rates, e is the base of natural logarithm, and N is the largest number of neighbors at all rates. It is, however, not feasible when N is large. In this section, we propose a heuristic algorithm to obtain a solution approaching the optimum.

As there is a finite number of transmission rates, a natural approach is to decompose the optimization problem into two parts. First, we find the optimal solution for each Rj; then, we pick the maximum one among them. So we only need to discuss how to find the solution approaching the optimum for a given rate, Rj, and the corresponding available next-hop neighbor set, . Lemma 8.1 guides us to design the heuristic algorithm.

Lemma 8.1 For given Rj and , define as one feasible candidate set that achieves the maximum OEOT by selecting ...

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