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Given an element set E of order n, a collection of subsets [Formula: see text], a cost c S on each set [Formula: see text], a covering requirement r e for each element [Formula: see text], and an integer k, the goal of a minimum partial set multicover problem (MinPSMC) is to find a subcollection [Formula: see text] to fully cover at least k elements such that the cost of [Formula: see text] is as small as possible and element e is fully covered by [Formula: see text] if it belongs to at least r e sets of [Formula: see text]. This problem generalizes the minimum k-union problem (MinkU) and is believed not to admit a subpolynomial approximation ratio. In this paper, we present a [Formula: see text]-approximation algorithm for MinPSMC, in which [Formula: see text] is the maximum size of a set in S. And when [Formula: see text], we present a bicriteria algorithm fully covering at least [Formula: see text] elements with approximation ratio [Formula: see text], where [Formula: see text] is a fixed number. These results are obtained by studying the minimum density subcollection problem with (or without) cardinality constraint, which might be of interest by itself.

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