Gender-Aware Facility Location in Multi-Gender World

Authors Valentin Polishchuk, Leonid Sedov

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Valentin Polishchuk
  • Communications and Transport Systems, ITN, Linköping University, Sweden
Leonid Sedov
  • Communications and Transport Systems, ITN, Linköping University, Sweden

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Valentin Polishchuk and Leonid Sedov. Gender-Aware Facility Location in Multi-Gender World. In 9th International Conference on Fun with Algorithms (FUN 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 100, pp. 28:1-28:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)


This interdisciplinary (GS and CS) paper starts from considering the problem of locating restrooms or locker rooms in a privacy-preserving way, i.e., so that while following the path to one's room, one cannot peek into another room; the rooms are meant for a multitude of genders, one room per gender. We then proceed to showing that gender inequality (non-uniform treatment of genders by genders) makes the room placement hard. Finally, we delve into specifics of gender definition and consider locating facilities for the genders in a "perfect" way, i.e., so that navigating to the facilities involves only quick binary decisions; on the way, we indicate that there is room for interpretation the facilities under consideration (we outline several possibilities, depending on the application).

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  • Theory of computation → Computational geometry
  • visibility
  • Strahler number
  • perfect tree
  • interval graphs
  • gender studies


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