Computing the detour and spanning ratio of paths, trees, and cycles in 2D and 3D

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Journal Article

The detour and spanning ratio of a graph G embedded in d measure how well G approximates Euclidean space and the complete Euclidean graph, respectively. In this paper we describe O(nlog∈n) time algorithms for computing the detour and spanning ratio of a planar polygonal path. By generalizing these algorithms, we obtain O(nlog∈2 n)-time algorithms for computing the detour or spanning ratio of planar trees and cycles. Finally, we develop subquadratic algorithms for computing the detour and spanning ratio for paths, cycles, and trees embedded in 3, and show that computing the detour in 3 is at least as hard as Hopcroft's problem. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Agarwal, PK; Klein, R; Knauer, C; Langerman, S; Morin, P; Sharir, M; Soss, M

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 1-3

Start / End Page

  • 17 - 37

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1432-0444

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0179-5376

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00454-007-9019-9

Citation Source

  • Scopus