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The Complexity of the Hausdorff Distance

Authors Paul Jungeblut , Linda Kleist , Tillmann Miltzow



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Paul Jungeblut
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Linda Kleist
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
Tillmann Miltzow
  • Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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Paul Jungeblut, Linda Kleist, and Tillmann Miltzow. The Complexity of the Hausdorff Distance. In 38th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 224, pp. 48:1-48:17, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)
https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2022.48

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We investigate the computational complexity of computing the Hausdorff distance. Specifically, we show that the decision problem of whether the Hausdorff distance of two semi-algebraic sets is bounded by a given threshold is complete for the complexity class ∀∃_<ℝ. This implies that the problem is NP-, co-NP-, ∃ℝ- and ∀ℝ-hard.

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  • Theory of computation → Computational geometry
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  • Hausdorff Distance
  • Semi-Algebraic Set
  • Existential Theory of the Reals
  • Universal Existential Theory of the Reals
  • Complexity Theory

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