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Taming the Knight’s Tour: Minimizing Turns and Crossings

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Abstract

We introduce two new metrics of "simplicity" for knight’s tours: the number of turns and the number of crossings. We give a novel algorithm that produces tours with 9.5n+O(1) turns and 13n+O(1) crossings on a n× n board, and we show lower bounds of (6-ε)n and 4n-O(1) on the respective problems of minimizing these metrics. Hence, our algorithm achieves approximation ratios of 19/12+o(1) and 13/4+o(1). We generalize our techniques to rectangular boards, high-dimensional boards, symmetric tours, odd boards with a missing corner, and tours for (1,4)-leapers. In doing so, we show that these extensions also admit a constant approximation ratio on the minimum number of turns, and on the number of crossings in most cases.

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@InProceedings{besa_et_al:LIPIcs:2020:12765,
  author =	{Juan Jose Besa and Timothy Johnson and Nil Mamano and Martha C. Osegueda},
  title =	{{Taming the Knight’s Tour: Minimizing Turns and Crossings}},
  booktitle =	{10th International Conference on Fun with Algorithms (FUN 2021)},
  pages =	{4:1--4:20},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-145-0},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{157},
  editor =	{Martin Farach-Colton and Giuseppe Prencipe and Ryuhei Uehara},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2020/12765},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-127654},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.FUN.2021.4},
  annote =	{Keywords: Graph Drawing, Chess, Hamiltonian Cycle, Approximation Algorithms}
}

Keywords: Graph Drawing, Chess, Hamiltonian Cycle, Approximation Algorithms
Seminar: 10th International Conference on Fun with Algorithms (FUN 2021)
Issue date: 2020
Date of publication: 16.09.2020
Supplementary Material: https://nmamano.github.io/MinCrossingsKnightsTour/index.html


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