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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 297, 51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024)

For an undirected unweighted graph G = (V,E) with n vertices and m edges, let d(u,v) denote the distance from u ∈ V to v ∈ V in G. An (α,β)-stretch approximate distance oracle (ADO) for G is a data structure that given u,v ∈ V returns in constant (or near constant) time a value dˆ(u,v) such that d(u,v) ≤ dˆ(u,v) ≤ α⋅ d(u,v) + β, for some reals α > 1, β.
Thorup and Zwick [Mikkel Thorup and Uri Zwick, 2005] showed that one cannot beat stretch 3 with subquadratic space (in terms of n) for general graphs. Pǎtraşcu and Roditty [Mihai Pǎtraşcu and Liam Roditty, 2010] showed that one can obtain stretch 2 using O(m^{1/3}n^{4/3}) space, and so if m is subquadratic in n then the space usage is also subquadratic. Moreover, Pǎtraşcu and Roditty [Mihai Pǎtraşcu and Liam Roditty, 2010] showed that one cannot beat stretch 2 with subquadratic space even for graphs where m = Õ(n), based on the set-intersection hypothesis.
In this paper we explore the conditions for which an ADO can beat stretch 2 while using subquadratic space. In particular, we show that if the maximum degree in G is Δ_G ≤ O(n^{1/k-ε}) for some 0 < ε ≤ 1/k, then there exists an ADO for G that uses Õ(n^{2-(kε)/3) space and has a (2,1-k)-stretch. For k = 2 this result implies a subquadratic sub-2 stretch ADO for graphs with Δ_G ≤ O(n^{1/2-ε}).
Moreover, we prove a conditional lower bound, based on the set intersection hypothesis, which states that for any positive integer k ≤ log n, obtaining a sub-(k+2)/k stretch for graphs with Δ_G = Θ(n^{1/k}) requires Ω̃(n²) space. Thus, for graphs with maximum degree Θ(n^{1/2}), obtaining a sub-2 stretch requires Ω̃(n²) space.

Tsvi Kopelowitz, Ariel Korin, and Liam Roditty. On the Space Usage of Approximate Distance Oracles with Sub-2 Stretch. In 51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 297, pp. 101:1-101:18, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2024)

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@InProceedings{kopelowitz_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.101, author = {Kopelowitz, Tsvi and Korin, Ariel and Roditty, Liam}, title = {{On the Space Usage of Approximate Distance Oracles with Sub-2 Stretch}}, booktitle = {51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024)}, pages = {101:1--101:18}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-322-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2024}, volume = {297}, editor = {Bringmann, Karl and Grohe, Martin and Puppis, Gabriele and Svensson, Ola}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.101}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-202443}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.101}, annote = {Keywords: Graph algorithms, Approximate distance oracle, data structures, shortest path} }

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

Let S ⊆ ℝ² be a set of n planar sites, such that each s ∈ S has an associated radius r_s > 0. Let 𝒟(S) be the disk intersection graph for S. It has vertex set S and an edge between two distinct sites s, t ∈ S if and only if the disks with centers s, t and radii r_s, r_t intersect. Our goal is to design data structures that maintain the connectivity structure of 𝒟(S) as sites are inserted and/or deleted.
First, we consider unit disk graphs, i.e., r_s = 1, for all s ∈ S. We describe a data structure that has O(log² n) amortized update and O(log n/log log n) amortized query time. Second, we look at disk graphs with bounded radius ratio Ψ, i.e., for all s ∈ S, we have 1 ≤ r_s ≤ Ψ, for a Ψ ≥ 1 known in advance. In the fully dynamic case, we achieve amortized update time O(Ψ λ₆(log n) log⁷ n) and query time O(log n/log log n), where λ_s(n) is the maximum length of a Davenport-Schinzel sequence of order s on n symbols. In the incremental case, where only insertions are allowed, we get logarithmic dependency on Ψ, with O(α(n)) query time and O(logΨ λ₆(log n) log⁷ n) update time. For the decremental setting, where only deletions are allowed, we first develop an efficient disk revealing structure: given two sets R and B of disks, we can delete disks from R, and upon each deletion, we receive a list of all disks in B that no longer intersect the union of R. Using this, we get decremental data structures with amortized query time O(log n/log log n) that support m deletions in O((nlog⁵ n + m log⁷ n) λ₆(log n) + nlog Ψ log⁴n) overall time for bounded radius ratio Ψ and O((nlog⁶ n + m log⁸n) λ₆(log n)) for arbitrary radii.

Haim Kaplan, Alexander Kauer, Katharina Klost, Kristin Knorr, Wolfgang Mulzer, Liam Roditty, and Paul Seiferth. Dynamic Connectivity in Disk Graphs. In 38th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 224, pp. 49:1-49:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{kaplan_et_al:LIPIcs.SoCG.2022.49, author = {Kaplan, Haim and Kauer, Alexander and Klost, Katharina and Knorr, Kristin and Mulzer, Wolfgang and Roditty, Liam and Seiferth, Paul}, title = {{Dynamic Connectivity in Disk Graphs}}, booktitle = {38th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2022)}, pages = {49:1--49:17}, 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.2022.49}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-160572}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2022.49}, annote = {Keywords: Disk Graphs, Connectivity, Lower Envelopes} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 204, 29th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2021)

Let G = (V,E) be a weighted undirected graph with n vertices and m edges, and let d_G(u,v) be the length of the shortest path between u and v in G. In this paper we present a unified approach for obtaining algorithms for all pairs approximate shortest paths in weighted undirected graphs. For every integer k ≥ 2 we show that there is an Õ(n²+kn^{2-3/k}m^{2/k}) expected running time algorithm that computes a matrix M such that for every u,v ∈ V:
d_G(u,v) ≤ M[u,v] ≤ (2+(k-2)/k)d_G(u,v).
Previous algorithms obtained only specific approximation factors. Baswana and Kavitha [FOCS 2006, SICOMP 2010] presented a 2-approximation algorithm with expected running time of Õ(n²+m√ n) and a 7/3-approximation algorithm with expected running time of Õ(n²+m^{2/3}n). Their results improved upon the results of Cohen and Zwick [SODA 1997, JoA 2001] for graphs with m = o(n²). Kavitha [FSTTCS 2007, Algorithmica 2012] presented a 5/2-approximation algorithm with expected running time of Õ(n^{9/4}).
For k = 2 and k = 3 our result gives the algorithms of Baswana and Kavitha. For k = 4, we get a 5/2-approximation algorithm with Õ(n^{5/4}m^{1/2}) expected running time. This improves upon the running time of Õ(n^{9/4}) due to Kavitha, when m = o(n²).
Our unified approach reveals that all previous algorithms are a part of a family of algorithms that exhibit a smooth tradeoff between approximation of 2 and 3, and are not sporadic unrelated results. Moreover, our new algorithm uses, among other ideas, the celebrated approximate distance oracles of Thorup and Zwick [STOC 2001, JACM 2005] in a non standard way, which we believe is of independent interest, due to their extensive usage in a variety of applications.

Maor Akav and Liam Roditty. A Unified Approach for All Pairs Approximate Shortest Paths in Weighted Undirected Graphs. In 29th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 204, pp. 4:1-4:18, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{akav_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2021.4, author = {Akav, Maor and Roditty, Liam}, title = {{A Unified Approach for All Pairs Approximate Shortest Paths in Weighted Undirected Graphs}}, booktitle = {29th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2021)}, pages = {4:1--4:18}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-204-4}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {204}, editor = {Mutzel, Petra and Pagh, Rasmus 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.2021.4}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-145858}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2021.4}, annote = {Keywords: Graph algorithms, Approximate All Pairs of Shortest Paths, Distance Oracles} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 144, 27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019)

Let S subset R^2 be a set of n sites, where each s in S has an associated radius r_s > 0. The disk graph D(S) is the undirected graph with vertex set S and an undirected edge between two sites s, t in S if and only if |st| <= r_s + r_t, i.e., if the disks with centers s and t and respective radii r_s and r_t intersect. Disk graphs are used to model sensor networks. Similarly, the transmission graph T(S) is the directed graph with vertex set S and a directed edge from a site s to a site t if and only if |st| <= r_s, i.e., if t lies in the disk with center s and radius r_s.
We provide algorithms for detecting (directed) triangles and, more generally, computing the length of a shortest cycle (the girth) in D(S) and in T(S). These problems are notoriously hard in general, but better solutions exist for special graph classes such as planar graphs. We obtain similarly efficient results for disk graphs and for transmission graphs. More precisely, we show that a shortest (Euclidean) triangle in D(S) and in T(S) can be found in O(n log n) expected time, and that the (weighted) girth of D(S) can be found in O(n log n) expected time. For this, we develop new tools for batched range searching that may be of independent interest.

Haim Kaplan, Katharina Klost, Wolfgang Mulzer, Liam Roditty, Paul Seiferth, and Micha Sharir. Triangles and Girth in Disk Graphs and Transmission Graphs. In 27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 144, pp. 64:1-64:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{kaplan_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2019.64, author = {Kaplan, Haim and Klost, Katharina and Mulzer, Wolfgang and Roditty, Liam and Seiferth, Paul and Sharir, Micha}, title = {{Triangles and Girth in Disk Graphs and Transmission Graphs}}, booktitle = {27th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2019)}, pages = {64:1--64:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-124-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {144}, editor = {Bender, Michael A. and Svensson, Ola 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.2019.64}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-111859}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2019.64}, annote = {Keywords: disk graph, transmission graph, triangle, girth} }

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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 132, 46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019)

The diameter, radius and eccentricities are natural graph parameters. While these problems have been studied extensively, there are no known dynamic algorithms for them beyond the ones that follow from trivial recomputation after each update or from solving dynamic All-Pairs Shortest Paths (APSP), which is very computationally intensive. This is the situation for dynamic approximation algorithms as well, and even if only edge insertions or edge deletions need to be supported.
This paper provides a comprehensive study of the dynamic approximation of Diameter, Radius and Eccentricities, providing both conditional lower bounds, and new algorithms whose bounds are optimal under popular hypotheses in fine-grained complexity. Some of the highlights include:
- Under popular hardness hypotheses, there can be no significantly better fully dynamic approximation algorithms than recomputing the answer after each update, or maintaining full APSP.
- Nearly optimal partially dynamic (incremental/decremental) algorithms can be achieved via efficient reductions to (incremental/decremental) maintenance of Single-Source Shortest Paths. For instance, a nearly (3/2+epsilon)-approximation to Diameter in directed or undirected n-vertex, m-edge graphs can be maintained decrementally in total time m^{1+o(1)}sqrt{n}/epsilon^2. This nearly matches the static 3/2-approximation algorithm for the problem that is known to be conditionally optimal.

Bertie Ancona, Monika Henzinger, Liam Roditty, Virginia Vassilevska Williams, and Nicole Wein. Algorithms and Hardness for Diameter in Dynamic Graphs. In 46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 132, pp. 13:1-13:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)

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@InProceedings{ancona_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.13, author = {Ancona, Bertie and Henzinger, Monika and Roditty, Liam and Williams, Virginia Vassilevska and Wein, Nicole}, title = {{Algorithms and Hardness for Diameter in Dynamic Graphs}}, booktitle = {46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2019)}, pages = {13:1--13:14}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-109-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2019}, volume = {132}, editor = {Baier, Christel and Chatzigiannakis, Ioannis and Flocchini, Paola and Leonardi, Stefano}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.13}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-105891}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2019.13}, annote = {Keywords: fine-grained complexity, graph algorithms, dynamic algorithms} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 123, 29th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2018)

Suppose we are given a set D of n pairwise intersecting disks in the plane. A planar point set P stabs D if and only if each disk in D contains at least one point from P. We present a deterministic algorithm that takes O(n) time to find five points that stab D. Furthermore, we give a simple example of 13 pairwise intersecting disks that cannot be stabbed by three points.
This provides a simple - albeit slightly weaker - algorithmic version of a classical result by Danzer that such a set D can always be stabbed by four points.

Sariel Har-Peled, Haim Kaplan, Wolfgang Mulzer, Liam Roditty, Paul Seiferth, Micha Sharir, and Max Willert. Stabbing Pairwise Intersecting Disks by Five Points. In 29th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 123, pp. 50:1-50:12, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{harpeled_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2018.50, author = {Har-Peled, Sariel and Kaplan, Haim and Mulzer, Wolfgang and Roditty, Liam and Seiferth, Paul and Sharir, Micha and Willert, Max}, title = {{Stabbing Pairwise Intersecting Disks by Five Points}}, booktitle = {29th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2018)}, pages = {50:1--50:12}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-094-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {123}, editor = {Hsu, Wen-Lian and Lee, Der-Tsai and Liao, Chung-Shou}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2018.50}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-99989}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2018.50}, annote = {Keywords: Disk graph, piercing set, LP-type problem} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 80, 44th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2017)

In this paper we study the problem of maintaining the strongly connected components of a graph in the presence of failures. In particular, we show that given a directed graph G=(V,E) with n=|V| and m=|E|, and an integer value k\geq 1, there is an algorithm that computes in O(2^{k}n log^2 n) time for any set F of size at most k the strongly connected components of the graph G\F. The running time of our algorithm is almost optimal since the time for outputting the SCCs of G\F is at least \Omega(n). The algorithm uses a data structure that is computed in a preprocessing phase in polynomial time and is of size O(2^{k} n^2).
Our result is obtained using a new observation on the relation between strongly connected components (SCCs) and reachability. More specifically, one of the main building blocks in our result is a restricted variant of the problem in which we only compute strongly connected components that intersect a certain path. Restricting our attention to a path allows us to implicitly compute reachability between the path vertices and the rest of the graph in time that depends logarithmically rather than linearly in the size of the path. This new observation alone, however, is not enough, since we need to find an efficient way to represent the strongly connected components using paths. For this purpose we use a mixture of old and classical techniques such as the heavy path decomposition of Sleator and Tarjan and the classical Depth-First-Search algorithm. Although, these are by now standard techniques, we are not aware of any usage of them in the context of dynamic maintenance of SCCs. Therefore, we expect that our new insights and mixture of new and old techniques will be of independent interest.

Surender Baswana, Keerti Choudhary, and Liam Roditty. An Efficient Strongly Connected Components Algorithm in the Fault Tolerant Model. In 44th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2017). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 80, pp. 72:1-72:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2017)

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@InProceedings{baswana_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2017.72, author = {Baswana, Surender and Choudhary, Keerti and Roditty, Liam}, title = {{An Efficient Strongly Connected Components Algorithm in the Fault Tolerant Model}}, booktitle = {44th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2017)}, pages = {72:1--72:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-041-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2017}, volume = {80}, editor = {Chatzigiannakis, Ioannis and Indyk, Piotr and Kuhn, Fabian and Muscholl, Anca}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2017.72}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-74168}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2017.72}, annote = {Keywords: Fault tolerant, Directed graph, Strongly connected components} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 34, 31st International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2015)

Let P be a set of n points in d dimensions, each with an associated radius r_p > 0. The transmission graph G for P has vertex set P and an edge from p to q if and only if q lies in the ball with radius r_p around p. Let t > 1. A t-spanner H for G is a sparse subgraph of G such that for any two vertices p, q connected by a path of length l in G, there is a p-q-path of length at most tl in H. We show how to compute a t-spanner for G if d=2. The running time is O(n (log n + log Psi)), where Psi is the ratio of the largest and smallest radius of two points in P. We extend this construction to be independent of Psi at the expense of a polylogarithmic overhead in the running time. As a first application, we prove a property of the t-spanner that allows us to find a BFS tree in G for any given start vertex s of P in the same time.
After that, we deal with reachability oracles for G. These are data structures that answer reachability queries: given two vertices, is there a directed path between them? The quality of a reachability oracle is measured by the space S(n), the query time Q(n), and the preproccesing time. For d=1, we show how to compute an oracle with Q(n) = O(1) and S(n) = O(n) in time O(n log n). For d=2, the radius ratio Psi again turns out to be an important measure for the complexity of the problem. We present three different data structures whose quality depends on Psi: (i) if Psi < sqrt(3), we achieve Q(n) = O(1) with S(n) = O(n) and preproccesing time O(n log n); (ii) if Psi >= sqrt(3), we get Q(n) = O(Psi^3 sqrt(n)) and S(n) = O(Psi^5 n^(3/2)); and (iii) if Psi is polynomially bounded in n, we use probabilistic methods to obtain an oracle with Q(n) = O(n^(2/3)log n) and S(n) = O(n^(5/3) log n) that answers queries correctly with high probability. We employ our t-spanner to achieve a fast preproccesing time of O(Psi^5 n^(3/2)) and O(n^(5/3) log^2 n) in case (ii) and (iii), respectively.

Haim Kaplan, Wolfgang Mulzer, Liam Roditty, and Paul Seiferth. Spanners and Reachability Oracles for Directed Transmission Graphs. In 31st International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2015). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 34, pp. 156-170, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2015)

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@InProceedings{kaplan_et_al:LIPIcs.SOCG.2015.156, author = {Kaplan, Haim and Mulzer, Wolfgang and Roditty, Liam and Seiferth, Paul}, title = {{Spanners and Reachability Oracles for Directed Transmission Graphs}}, booktitle = {31st International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2015)}, pages = {156--170}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-939897-83-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2015}, volume = {34}, editor = {Arge, Lars and Pach, J\'{a}nos}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.SOCG.2015.156}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-51062}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.SOCG.2015.156}, annote = {Keywords: Transmission Graphs, Reachability Oracles, Spanner, Intersection Graph} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 5, 27th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (2010)

Let $(V,\delta)$ be a finite metric space, where $V$ is a set of
$n$ points and $\delta$ is a distance function defined for these
points. Assume that $(V,\delta)$ has a constant doubling dimension
$d$ and assume that each point $p\in V$ has a disk of radius
$r(p)$ around it. The disk graph that corresponds to $V$ and
$r(\cdot)$ is a \emph{directed} graph $I(V,E,r)$, whose vertices
are the points of $V$ and whose edge set includes a directed edge
from $p$ to $q$ if $\delta(p,q)\leq r(p)$. In~\cite{PeRo08} we
presented an algorithm for constructing a $(1+\eps)$-spanner of
size $O(n/\eps^d \log M)$, where $M$ is the maximal radius $r(p)$.
The current paper presents two results. The first shows that the
spanner of~\cite{PeRo08} is essentially optimal, i.e., for metrics
of constant doubling dimension it is not possible to guarantee a
spanner whose size is independent of $M$. The second result shows
that by slightly relaxing the requirements and allowing a small
perturbation of the radius assignment, considerably better
spanners can be constructed. In particular, we show that if it is
allowed to use edges of the disk graph $I(V,E,r_{1+\eps})$, where
$r_{1+\eps}(p) = (1+\eps)\cdot r(p)$ for every $p\in V$, then it
is possible to get a $(1+\eps)$-spanner of size $O(n/\eps^d)$ for
$I(V,E,r)$. Our algorithm is simple and can be implemented
efficiently.

David Peleg and Liam Roditty. Relaxed Spanners for Directed Disk Graphs. In 27th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science. Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 5, pp. 609-620, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2010)

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@InProceedings{peleg_et_al:LIPIcs.STACS.2010.2489, author = {Peleg, David and Roditty, Liam}, title = {{Relaxed Spanners for Directed Disk Graphs}}, booktitle = {27th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science}, pages = {609--620}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-939897-16-3}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2010}, volume = {5}, editor = {Marion, Jean-Yves and Schwentick, Thomas}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2010.2489}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-24898}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2010.2489}, annote = {Keywords: Spanners, directed graphs} }

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