eng
Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik
Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics
1868-8969
2019-03-12
30:1
30:17
10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2019.30
article
Fast and Longest Rollercoasters
Gawrychowski, Paweł
1
Manea, Florin
2
Serafin, Radosław
1
Institute of Computer Science, University of Wrocław, Poland
Kiel University, Germany
For k >= 3, a k-rollercoaster is a sequence of numbers whose every maximal contiguous subsequence, that is increasing or decreasing, has length at least k; 3-rollercoasters are called simply rollercoasters. Given a sequence of distinct real numbers, we are interested in computing its maximum-length (not necessarily contiguous) subsequence that is a k-rollercoaster. Biedl et al. (2018) have shown that each sequence of n distinct real numbers contains a rollercoaster of length at least ceil[n/2] for n>7, and that a longest rollercoaster contained in such a sequence can be computed in O(n log n)-time (or faster, in O(n log log n) time, when the input sequence is a permutation of {1,...,n}). They have also shown that every sequence of n >=slant (k-1)^2+1 distinct real numbers contains a k-rollercoaster of length at least n/(2(k-1)) - 3k/2, and gave an O(nk log n)-time (respectively, O(n k log log n)-time) algorithm computing a longest k-rollercoaster in a sequence of length n (respectively, a permutation of {1,...,n}).
In this paper, we give an O(nk^2)-time algorithm computing the length of a longest k-rollercoaster contained in a sequence of n distinct real numbers; hence, for constant k, our algorithm computes the length of a longest k-rollercoaster in optimal linear time. The algorithm can be easily adapted to output the respective k-rollercoaster. In particular, this improves the results of Biedl et al. (2018), by showing that a longest rollercoaster can be computed in optimal linear time. We also present an algorithm computing the length of a longest k-rollercoaster in O(n log^2 n)-time, that is, subquadratic even for large values of k <= n. Again, the rollercoaster can be easily retrieved. Finally, we show an Omega(n log k) lower bound for the number of comparisons in any comparison-based algorithm computing the length of a longest k-rollercoaster.
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