Multi-Dimensional Stable Roommates in 2-Dimensional Euclidean Space

Authors Jiehua Chen, Sanjukta Roy

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Jiehua Chen
  • TU Wien, Austria
Sanjukta Roy
  • Faculty of Information Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • TU Wien, Austria

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Jiehua Chen and Sanjukta Roy. Multi-Dimensional Stable Roommates in 2-Dimensional Euclidean Space. In 30th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 244, pp. 36:1-36:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)


We investigate the Euclidean 𝖽-Dimensional Stable Roommates problem, which asks whether a given set V of 𝖽⋅ n points from the 2-dimensional Euclidean space can be partitioned into n disjoint (unordered) subsets Π = {V₁,…,V_{n}} with |V_i| = 𝖽 for each V_i ∈ Π such that Π is {stable}. Here, {stability} means that no point subset W ⊆ V is blocking Π, and W is said to be {blocking} Π if |W| = 𝖽 such that ∑_{w' ∈ W}δ(w,w') < ∑_{v ∈ Π(w)}δ(w,v) holds for each point w ∈ W, where Π(w) denotes the subset V_i ∈ Π which contains w and δ(a,b) denotes the Euclidean distance between points a and b. Complementing the existing known polynomial-time result for 𝖽 = 2, we show that such polynomial-time algorithms cannot exist for any fixed number 𝖽 ≥ 3 unless P=NP. Our result for 𝖽 = 3 answers a decade-long open question in the theory of Stable Matching and Hedonic Games [Iwama et al., 2007; Arkin et al., 2009; Vladimir G. Deineko and Gerhard J. Woeginger, 2013; Vladimir G. Deineko and Gerhard J. Woeginger, 2013; David F. Manlove, 2013].

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  • Theory of computation → Problems, reductions and completeness
  • Theory of computation → Solution concepts in game theory
  • Theory of computation → Computational geometry
  • stable matchings
  • multidimensional stable roommates
  • Euclidean preferences
  • coalition formation games
  • stable cores
  • NP-hardness


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