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Title: Minimum Weight Euclidean (1+ε)-Spanners
Given a set S of n points in the plane and a parameter ε>0, a Euclidean (1+ε) -spanner is a geometric graph G=(S,E) that contains a path of weight at most (1+ε)∥pq∥2 for all p,q∈S . We show that the minimum weight of a Euclidean (1+ε)-spanner for n points in the unit square [0,1]2 is O(ε−3/2n−−√), and this bound is the best possible. The upper bound is based on a new spanner algorithm that sparsifies Yao-graphs. It improves upon the baseline O(ε−2n−−√), obtained by combining a tight bound for the weight of an MST and a tight bound for the lightness of Euclidean (1+ε)-spanners, which is the ratio of the spanner weight to the weight of the MST. The result generalizes to d-space for all d∈N : The minimum weight of a Euclidean (1+ε)-spanner for n points in the unit cube [0,1]d is Od(ε(1−d2)/dn(d−1)/d), and this bound is the best possible. For the n×n section of the integer lattice, we show that the minimum weight of a Euclidean (1+ε)-spanner is between Ω(ε−3/4n2) and O(ε−1log(ε−1)n2). These bounds become Ω(ε−3/4n−−√) and O(ε−1log(ε−1)n−−√) when scaled to a grid of n points in [0,1]2. .  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1800734
NSF-PAR ID:
10433748
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Journal Name:
Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science
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Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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