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Set Visualization and Uncertainty (Dagstuhl Seminar 22462)

Authors: Susanne Bleisch, Steven Chaplick, Jan-Henrik Haunert, Eva Mayr, Marc van Kreveld, and Annika Bonerath

Published in: Dagstuhl Reports, Volume 12, Issue 11 (2023)


Abstract
The Dagstuhl Seminar on Set Visualization and Uncertainty brought together a group of researchers from diverse disciplines, all of which are interested in various aspects of this type of visualization: the cognitive aspects, the modelling aspects, the algorithmic aspects, and the information visualization aspects. An important but difficult to handle problem is how one should visualize information with underlying uncertainty. The seminar focused on uncertainty in set systems. This report includes short abstracts of the talks given during the seminar as well as more extensive working group reports on the research done during the seminar.

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Susanne Bleisch, Steven Chaplick, Jan-Henrik Haunert, Eva Mayr, Marc van Kreveld, and Annika Bonerath. Set Visualization and Uncertainty (Dagstuhl Seminar 22462). In Dagstuhl Reports, Volume 12, Issue 11, pp. 66-95, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)


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@Article{bleisch_et_al:DagRep.12.11.66,
  author =	{Bleisch, Susanne and Chaplick, Steven and Haunert, Jan-Henrik and Mayr, Eva and van Kreveld, Marc and Bonerath, Annika},
  title =	{{Set Visualization and Uncertainty (Dagstuhl Seminar 22462)}},
  pages =	{66--95},
  journal =	{Dagstuhl Reports},
  ISSN =	{2192-5283},
  year =	{2023},
  volume =	{12},
  number =	{11},
  editor =	{Bleisch, Susanne and Chaplick, Steven and Haunert, Jan-Henrik and Mayr, Eva and van Kreveld, Marc and Bonerath, Annika},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/DagRep.12.11.66},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-178360},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagRep.12.11.66},
  annote =	{Keywords: cartography, graph drawing, information visualization, set visualization, uncertainty}
}
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Bounding and Computing Obstacle Numbers of Graphs

Authors: Martin Balko, Steven Chaplick, Robert Ganian, Siddharth Gupta, Michael Hoffmann, Pavel Valtr, and Alexander Wolff

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 244, 30th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2022)


Abstract
An obstacle representation of a graph G consists of a set of pairwise disjoint simply-connected closed regions and a one-to-one mapping of the vertices of G to points such that two vertices are adjacent in G if and only if the line segment connecting the two corresponding points does not intersect any obstacle. The obstacle number of a graph is the smallest number of obstacles in an obstacle representation of the graph in the plane such that all obstacles are simple polygons. It is known that the obstacle number of each n-vertex graph is O(n log n) [Balko, Cibulka, and Valtr, 2018] and that there are n-vertex graphs whose obstacle number is Ω(n/(log log n)²) [Dujmović and Morin, 2015]. We improve this lower bound to Ω(n/log log n) for simple polygons and to Ω(n) for convex polygons. To obtain these stronger bounds, we improve known estimates on the number of n-vertex graphs with bounded obstacle number, solving a conjecture by Dujmović and Morin. We also show that if the drawing of some n-vertex graph is given as part of the input, then for some drawings Ω(n²) obstacles are required to turn them into an obstacle representation of the graph. Our bounds are asymptotically tight in several instances. We complement these combinatorial bounds by two complexity results. First, we show that computing the obstacle number of a graph G is fixed-parameter tractable in the vertex cover number of G. Second, we show that, given a graph G and a simple polygon P, it is NP-hard to decide whether G admits an obstacle representation using P as the only obstacle.

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Martin Balko, Steven Chaplick, Robert Ganian, Siddharth Gupta, Michael Hoffmann, Pavel Valtr, and Alexander Wolff. Bounding and Computing Obstacle Numbers of Graphs. In 30th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 244, pp. 11:1-11:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)


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@InProceedings{balko_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2022.11,
  author =	{Balko, Martin and Chaplick, Steven and Ganian, Robert and Gupta, Siddharth and Hoffmann, Michael and Valtr, Pavel and Wolff, Alexander},
  title =	{{Bounding and Computing Obstacle Numbers of Graphs}},
  booktitle =	{30th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2022)},
  pages =	{11:1--11:13},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-247-1},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2022},
  volume =	{244},
  editor =	{Chechik, Shiri and Navarro, Gonzalo and Rotenberg, Eva and Herman, Grzegorz},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2022.11},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-169495},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2022.11},
  annote =	{Keywords: Obstacle representation, Obstacle number, Visibility, NP-hardness, FPT}
}
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On Upward-Planar L-Drawings of Graphs

Authors: Patrizio Angelini, Steven Chaplick, Sabine Cornelsen, and Giordano Da Lozzo

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 241, 47th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2022)


Abstract
In an upward-planar L-drawing of a directed acyclic graph (DAG) each edge e is represented as a polyline composed of a vertical segment with its lowest endpoint at the tail of e and of a horizontal segment ending at the head of e. Distinct edges may overlap, but not cross. Recently, upward-planar L-drawings have been studied for st-graphs, i.e., planar DAGs with a single source s and a single sink t containing an edge directed from s to t. It is known that a plane st-graph, i.e., an embedded st-graph in which the edge (s,t) is incident to the outer face, admits an upward-planar L-drawing if and only if it admits a bitonic st-ordering, which can be tested in linear time. We study upward-planar L-drawings of DAGs that are not necessarily st-graphs. On the combinatorial side, we show that a plane DAG admits an upward-planar L-drawing if and only if it is a subgraph of a plane st-graph admitting a bitonic st-ordering. This allows us to show that not every tree with a fixed bimodal embedding admits an upward-planar L-drawing. Moreover, we prove that any acyclic cactus with a single source (or a single sink) admits an upward-planar L-drawing, which respects a given outerplanar embedding if there are no transitive edges. On the algorithmic side, we consider DAGs with a single source (or a single sink). We give linear-time testing algorithms for these DAGs in two cases: (i) when the drawing must respect a prescribed embedding and (ii) when no restriction is given on the embedding, but the DAG is biconnected and series-parallel.

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Patrizio Angelini, Steven Chaplick, Sabine Cornelsen, and Giordano Da Lozzo. On Upward-Planar L-Drawings of Graphs. In 47th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 241, pp. 10:1-10:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)


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@InProceedings{angelini_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2022.10,
  author =	{Angelini, Patrizio and Chaplick, Steven and Cornelsen, Sabine and Da Lozzo, Giordano},
  title =	{{On Upward-Planar L-Drawings of Graphs}},
  booktitle =	{47th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2022)},
  pages =	{10:1--10:15},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-256-3},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2022},
  volume =	{241},
  editor =	{Szeider, Stefan and Ganian, Robert and Silva, Alexandra},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2022.10},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-168085},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2022.10},
  annote =	{Keywords: graph drawing, planar L-drawings, directed graphs, bitonic st-ordering, upward planarity, series-parallel graphs}
}
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Parameterized Algorithms for Upward Planarity

Authors: Steven Chaplick, Emilio Di Giacomo, Fabrizio Frati, Robert Ganian, Chrysanthi N. Raftopoulou, and Kirill Simonov

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 224, 38th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2022)


Abstract
We obtain new parameterized algorithms for the classical problem of determining whether a directed acyclic graph admits an upward planar drawing. Our results include a new fixed-parameter algorithm parameterized by the number of sources, an XP-algorithm parameterized by treewidth, and a fixed-parameter algorithm parameterized by treedepth. All three algorithms are obtained using a novel framework for the problem that combines SPQR tree-decompositions with parameterized techniques. Our approach unifies and pushes beyond previous tractability results for the problem on series-parallel digraphs, single-source digraphs and outerplanar digraphs.

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Steven Chaplick, Emilio Di Giacomo, Fabrizio Frati, Robert Ganian, Chrysanthi N. Raftopoulou, and Kirill Simonov. Parameterized Algorithms for Upward Planarity. In 38th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 224, pp. 26:1-26:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)


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@InProceedings{chaplick_et_al:LIPIcs.SoCG.2022.26,
  author =	{Chaplick, Steven and Di Giacomo, Emilio and Frati, Fabrizio and Ganian, Robert and Raftopoulou, Chrysanthi N. and Simonov, Kirill},
  title =	{{Parameterized Algorithms for Upward Planarity}},
  booktitle =	{38th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2022)},
  pages =	{26:1--26:16},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-227-3},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2022},
  volume =	{224},
  editor =	{Goaoc, Xavier and Kerber, Michael},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2022.26},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-160349},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2022.26},
  annote =	{Keywords: Upward planarity, parameterized algorithms, SPQR trees, treewidth, treedepth}
}
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Recognizing Proper Tree-Graphs

Authors: Steven Chaplick, Petr A. Golovach, Tim A. Hartmann, and Dušan Knop

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 180, 15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020)


Abstract
We investigate the parameterized complexity of the recognition problem for the proper H-graphs. The H-graphs are the intersection graphs of connected subgraphs of a subdivision of a multigraph H, and the properness means that the containment relationship between the representations of the vertices is forbidden. The class of H-graphs was introduced as a natural (parameterized) generalization of interval and circular-arc graphs by Biró, Hujter, and Tuza in 1992, and the proper H-graphs were introduced by Chaplick et al. in WADS 2019 as a generalization of proper interval and circular-arc graphs. For these graph classes, H may be seen as a structural parameter reflecting the distance of a graph to a (proper) interval graph, and as such gained attention as a structural parameter in the design of efficient algorithms. We show the following results. - For a tree T with t nodes, it can be decided in 2^{𝒪(t² log t)} ⋅ n³ time, whether an n-vertex graph G is a proper T-graph. For yes-instances, our algorithm outputs a proper T-representation. This proves that the recognition problem for proper H-graphs, where H required to be a tree, is fixed-parameter tractable when parameterized by the size of T. Previously only NP-completeness was known. - Contrasting to the first result, we prove that if H is not constrained to be a tree, then the recognition problem becomes much harder. Namely, we show that there is a multigraph H with 4 vertices and 5 edges such that it is NP-complete to decide whether G is a proper H-graph.

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Steven Chaplick, Petr A. Golovach, Tim A. Hartmann, and Dušan Knop. Recognizing Proper Tree-Graphs. In 15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 180, pp. 8:1-8:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)


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@InProceedings{chaplick_et_al:LIPIcs.IPEC.2020.8,
  author =	{Chaplick, Steven and Golovach, Petr A. and Hartmann, Tim A. and Knop, Du\v{s}an},
  title =	{{Recognizing Proper Tree-Graphs}},
  booktitle =	{15th International Symposium on Parameterized and Exact Computation (IPEC 2020)},
  pages =	{8:1--8:15},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-172-6},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{180},
  editor =	{Cao, Yixin and Pilipczuk, Marcin},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2020.8},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-133118},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.IPEC.2020.8},
  annote =	{Keywords: intersection graphs, H-graphs, recognition, fixed-parameter tractability}
}
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Layered Fan-Planar Graph Drawings

Authors: Therese Biedl, Steven Chaplick, Michael Kaufmann, Fabrizio Montecchiani, Martin Nöllenburg, and Chrysanthi Raftopoulou

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 170, 45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020)


Abstract
In a fan-planar drawing of a graph an edge can cross only edges with a common end-vertex. In this paper, we study fan-planar drawings that use h (horizontal) layers and are proper, i.e., edges connect adjacent layers. We show that if the embedding of the graph is fixed, then testing the existence of such drawings is fixed-parameter tractable in h, via a reduction to a similar result for planar graphs by Dujmović et al. If the embedding is not fixed, then we give partial results for h = 2: It was already known how to test the existence of fan-planar proper 2-layer drawings for 2-connected graphs, and we show here how to test this for trees. Along the way, we exhibit other interesting results for graphs with a fan-planar proper h-layer drawing; in particular we bound their pathwidth and show that they have a bar-1-visibility representation.

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Therese Biedl, Steven Chaplick, Michael Kaufmann, Fabrizio Montecchiani, Martin Nöllenburg, and Chrysanthi Raftopoulou. Layered Fan-Planar Graph Drawings. In 45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 170, pp. 14:1-14:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)


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@InProceedings{biedl_et_al:LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.14,
  author =	{Biedl, Therese and Chaplick, Steven and Kaufmann, Michael and Montecchiani, Fabrizio and N\"{o}llenburg, Martin and Raftopoulou, Chrysanthi},
  title =	{{Layered Fan-Planar Graph Drawings}},
  booktitle =	{45th International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (MFCS 2020)},
  pages =	{14:1--14:13},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-159-7},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{170},
  editor =	{Esparza, Javier and Kr\'{a}l', Daniel},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.14},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-126835},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2020.14},
  annote =	{Keywords: Graph Drawing, Parameterized Complexity, Beyond Planar Graphs}
}
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Drawing Graphs with Circular Arcs and Right-Angle Crossings

Authors: Steven Chaplick, Henry Förster, Myroslav Kryven, and Alexander Wolff

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 162, 17th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2020)


Abstract
In a RAC drawing of a graph, vertices are represented by points in the plane, adjacent vertices are connected by line segments, and crossings must form right angles. Graphs that admit such drawings are RAC graphs. RAC graphs are beyond-planar graphs and have been studied extensively. In particular, it is known that a RAC graph with n vertices has at most 4n-10 edges. We introduce a superclass of RAC graphs, which we call arc-RAC graphs. A graph is arc-RAC if it admits a drawing where edges are represented by circular arcs and crossings form right angles. We provide a Turán-type result showing that an arc-RAC graph with n vertices has at most 14n-12 edges and that there are n-vertex arc-RAC graphs with 4.5n - O(√n) edges.

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Steven Chaplick, Henry Förster, Myroslav Kryven, and Alexander Wolff. Drawing Graphs with Circular Arcs and Right-Angle Crossings. In 17th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 162, pp. 21:1-21:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)


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@InProceedings{chaplick_et_al:LIPIcs.SWAT.2020.21,
  author =	{Chaplick, Steven and F\"{o}rster, Henry and Kryven, Myroslav and Wolff, Alexander},
  title =	{{Drawing Graphs with Circular Arcs and Right-Angle Crossings}},
  booktitle =	{17th Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT 2020)},
  pages =	{21:1--21:14},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-150-4},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2020},
  volume =	{162},
  editor =	{Albers, Susanne},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.SWAT.2020.21},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-122687},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.SWAT.2020.21},
  annote =	{Keywords: circular arcs, right-angle crossings, edge density, charging argument}
}
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Morphing Contact Representations of Graphs

Authors: Patrizio Angelini, Steven Chaplick, Sabine Cornelsen, Giordano Da Lozzo, and Vincenzo Roselli

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 129, 35th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2019)


Abstract
We consider the problem of morphing between contact representations of a plane graph. In a contact representation of a plane graph, vertices are realized by internally disjoint elements from a family of connected geometric objects. Two such elements touch if and only if their corresponding vertices are adjacent. These touchings also induce the same embedding as in the graph. In a morph between two contact representations we insist that at each time step (continuously throughout the morph) we have a contact representation of the same type. We focus on the case when the geometric objects are triangles that are the lower-right half of axis-parallel rectangles. Such RT-representations exist for every plane graph and right triangles are one of the simplest families of shapes supporting this property. Thus, they provide a natural case to study regarding morphs of contact representations of plane graphs. We study piecewise linear morphs, where each step is a linear morph moving the endpoints of each triangle at constant speed along straight-line trajectories. We provide a polynomial-time algorithm that decides whether there is a piecewise linear morph between two RT-representations of a plane triangulation, and, if so, computes a morph with a quadratic number of linear morphs. As a direct consequence, we obtain that for 4-connected plane triangulations there is a morph between every pair of RT-representations where the "top-most" triangle in both representations corresponds to the same vertex. This shows that the realization space of such RT-representations of any 4-connected plane triangulation forms a connected set.

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Patrizio Angelini, Steven Chaplick, Sabine Cornelsen, Giordano Da Lozzo, and Vincenzo Roselli. Morphing Contact Representations of Graphs. In 35th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 129, pp. 10:1-10:16, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


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@InProceedings{angelini_et_al:LIPIcs.SoCG.2019.10,
  author =	{Angelini, Patrizio and Chaplick, Steven and Cornelsen, Sabine and Da Lozzo, Giordano and Roselli, Vincenzo},
  title =	{{Morphing Contact Representations of Graphs}},
  booktitle =	{35th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2019)},
  pages =	{10:1--10:16},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-104-7},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{129},
  editor =	{Barequet, Gill and Wang, Yusu},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2019.10},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-104145},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2019.10},
  annote =	{Keywords: Contact representations, Triangulations, Planar morphs, Schnyder woods}
}
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Approximation Schemes for Geometric Coverage Problems

Authors: Steven Chaplick, Minati De, Alexander Ravsky, and Joachim Spoerhase

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 112, 26th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2018)


Abstract
In their seminal work, Mustafa and Ray [Nabil H. Mustafa and Saurabh Ray, 2010] showed that a wide class of geometric set cover (SC) problems admit a PTAS via local search - this is one of the most general approaches known for such problems. Their result applies if a naturally defined "exchange graph" for two feasible solutions is planar and is based on subdividing this graph via a planar separator theorem due to Frederickson [Greg N. Frederickson, 1987]. Obtaining similar results for the related maximum coverage problem (MC) seems non-trivial due to the hard cardinality constraint. In fact, while Badanidiyuru, Kleinberg, and Lee [Ashwinkumar Badanidiyuru et al., 2012] have shown (via a different analysis) that local search yields a PTAS for two-dimensional real halfspaces, they only conjectured that the same holds true for dimension three. Interestingly, at this point it was already known that local search provides a PTAS for the corresponding set cover case and this followed directly from the approach of Mustafa and Ray. In this work we provide a way to address the above-mentioned issue. First, we propose a color-balanced version of the planar separator theorem. The resulting subdivision approximates locally in each part the global distribution of the colors. Second, we show how this roughly balanced subdivision can be employed in a more careful analysis to strictly obey the hard cardinality constraint. More specifically, we obtain a PTAS for any "planarizable" instance of MC and thus essentially for all cases where the corresponding SC instance can be tackled via the approach of Mustafa and Ray. As a corollary, we confirm the conjecture of Badanidiyuru, Kleinberg, and Lee [Ashwinkumar Badanidiyuru et al., 2012] regarding real halfspaces in dimension three. We feel that our ideas could also be helpful in other geometric settings involving a cardinality constraint.

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Steven Chaplick, Minati De, Alexander Ravsky, and Joachim Spoerhase. Approximation Schemes for Geometric Coverage Problems. In 26th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 112, pp. 17:1-17:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)


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@InProceedings{chaplick_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2018.17,
  author =	{Chaplick, Steven and De, Minati and Ravsky, Alexander and Spoerhase, Joachim},
  title =	{{Approximation Schemes for Geometric Coverage Problems}},
  booktitle =	{26th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2018)},
  pages =	{17:1--17:15},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-081-1},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2018},
  volume =	{112},
  editor =	{Azar, Yossi and Bast, Hannah and Herman, Grzegorz},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2018.17},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-94809},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2018.17},
  annote =	{Keywords: balanced separators, maximum coverage, local search, approximation scheme, geometric approximation algorithms}
}
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Brief Announcement
Brief Announcement: Approximation Schemes for Geometric Coverage Problems

Authors: Steven Chaplick, Minati De, Alexander Ravsky, and Joachim Spoerhase

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 107, 45th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2018)


Abstract
In this announcement, we show that the classical Maximum Coverage problem (MC) admits a PTAS via local search in essentially all cases where the corresponding instances of Set Cover (SC) admit a PTAS via the local search approach by Mustafa and Ray [Nabil H. Mustafa and Saurabh Ray, 2010]. As a corollary, we answer an open question by Badanidiyuru, Kleinberg, and Lee [Ashwinkumar Badanidiyuru et al., 2012] regarding half-spaces in R^3 thereby settling the existence of PTASs for essentially all natural cases of geometric MC problems. As an intermediate result, we show a color-balanced version of the classical planar subdivision theorem by Frederickson [Greg N. Frederickson, 1987]. We believe that some of our ideas may be useful for analyzing local search in other settings involving a hard cardinality constraint.

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Steven Chaplick, Minati De, Alexander Ravsky, and Joachim Spoerhase. Brief Announcement: Approximation Schemes for Geometric Coverage Problems. In 45th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 107, pp. 107:1-107:4, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)


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@InProceedings{chaplick_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2018.107,
  author =	{Chaplick, Steven and De, Minati and Ravsky, Alexander and Spoerhase, Joachim},
  title =	{{Brief Announcement: Approximation Schemes for Geometric Coverage Problems}},
  booktitle =	{45th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2018)},
  pages =	{107:1--107:4},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-076-7},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2018},
  volume =	{107},
  editor =	{Chatzigiannakis, Ioannis and Kaklamanis, Christos and Marx, D\'{a}niel and Sannella, Donald},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2018.107},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-91113},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2018.107},
  annote =	{Keywords: balanced separators, maximum coverage, local search, approximation scheme, geometric approximation algorithms}
}
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Placing your Coins on a Shelf

Authors: Helmut Alt, Kevin Buchin, Steven Chaplick, Otfried Cheong, Philipp Kindermann, Christian Knauer, and Fabian Stehn

Published in: LIPIcs, Volume 92, 28th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2017)


Abstract
We consider the problem of packing a family of disks 'on a shelf,' that is, such that each disk touches the x-axis from above and such that no two disks overlap. We prove that the problem of minimizing the distance between the leftmost point and the rightmost point of any disk is NP-hard. On the positive side, we show how to approximate this problem within a factor of 4/3 in O(n log n) time, and provide an O(n log n)-time exact algorithm for a special case, in particular when the ratio between the largest and smallest radius is at most four.

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Helmut Alt, Kevin Buchin, Steven Chaplick, Otfried Cheong, Philipp Kindermann, Christian Knauer, and Fabian Stehn. Placing your Coins on a Shelf. In 28th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 92, pp. 4:1-4:12, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)


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@InProceedings{alt_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2017.4,
  author =	{Alt, Helmut and Buchin, Kevin and Chaplick, Steven and Cheong, Otfried and Kindermann, Philipp and Knauer, Christian and Stehn, Fabian},
  title =	{{Placing your Coins on a Shelf}},
  booktitle =	{28th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2017)},
  pages =	{4:1--4:12},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-054-5},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2017},
  volume =	{92},
  editor =	{Okamoto, Yoshio and Tokuyama, Takeshi},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2017.4},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-82145},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2017.4},
  annote =	{Keywords: packing problems, approximation algorithms, NP-hardness}
}
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