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Approximation schemes for covering and packing problems in image processing and VLSI
 J. ACM
, 1985
"... Abstract. A unified and powerful approach is presented for devising polynomial approximation schemes for many strongly NPcomplete problems. Such schemes consist of families of approximation algorithms for each desired performance bound on the relative error c> 0, with running time that is polynomia ..."
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Abstract. A unified and powerful approach is presented for devising polynomial approximation schemes for many strongly NPcomplete problems. Such schemes consist of families of approximation algorithms for each desired performance bound on the relative error c> 0, with running time that is polynomial when c is fixed. Thougb the polynomiality of these algorithms depends on the degree of approximation e being fixed, they cannot be improved, owing to a negative result stating that there are no fully polynomial approximation schemes for strongly NPcomplete problems unless NP = P. The unified technique that is introduced here, referred to as the shifting strategy, is applicable to numerous geometric covering and packing problems. The method of using the technique and how it varies with problem parameters are illustrated. A similar technique, independently devised by B. S. Baker, was shown to be applicable for covering and packing problems on planar graphs.
The NPcompleteness column: an ongoing guide
 Journal of Algorithms
, 1985
"... This is the nineteenth edition of a (usually) quarterly column that covers new developments in the theory of NPcompleteness. The presentation is modeled on that used by M. R. Garey and myself in our book ‘‘Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NPCompleteness,’ ’ W. H. Freeman & Co ..."
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This is the nineteenth edition of a (usually) quarterly column that covers new developments in the theory of NPcompleteness. The presentation is modeled on that used by M. R. Garey and myself in our book ‘‘Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NPCompleteness,’ ’ W. H. Freeman & Co., New York, 1979 (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘[G&J]’’; previous columns will be referred to by their dates). A background equivalent to that provided by [G&J] is assumed, and, when appropriate, crossreferences will be given to that book and the list of problems (NPcomplete and harder) presented there. Readers who have results they would like mentioned (NPhardness, PSPACEhardness, polynomialtimesolvability, etc.) or open problems they would like publicized, should
Incremental Clustering and Dynamic Information Retrieval
, 1997
"... Motivated by applications such as document and image classification in information retrieval, we consider the problem of clustering dynamic point sets in a metric space. We propose a model called incremental clustering which is based on a careful analysis of the requirements of the information retri ..."
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Motivated by applications such as document and image classification in information retrieval, we consider the problem of clustering dynamic point sets in a metric space. We propose a model called incremental clustering which is based on a careful analysis of the requirements of the information retrieval application, and which should also be useful in other applications. The goal is to efficiently maintain clusters of small diameter as new points are inserted. We analyze several natural greedy algorithms and demonstrate that they perform poorly. We propose new deterministic and randomized incremental clustering algorithms which have a provably good performance. We complement our positive results with lower bounds on the performance of incremental algorithms. Finally, we consider the dual clustering problem where the clusters are of fixed diameter, and the goal is to minimize the number of clusters. 1 Introduction We consider the following problem: as a sequence of points from a metric...
Discrete Mobile Centers
 Discrete and Computational Geometry
, 2001
"... We propose a new randomized algorithm for maintaining a set of clusters among moving nodes in the plane. Given a specified cluster radius, our algorithm selects and maintains a variable subset of the nodes as cluster centers. This subset has the property that (1) balls of the given radius centered a ..."
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We propose a new randomized algorithm for maintaining a set of clusters among moving nodes in the plane. Given a specified cluster radius, our algorithm selects and maintains a variable subset of the nodes as cluster centers. This subset has the property that (1) balls of the given radius centered at the chosen nodes cover all the others and (2) the number of centers selected is a constantfactor approximation of the minimum possible. As the nodes move, an eventbased kinetic data structure updates the clustering as necessary. This kinetic data structure is shown to be responsive, efficient, local, and compact. The produced cover is also smooth, in the sense that wholesale cluster rearrangements are avoided. The algorithm can be implemented without exact knowledge of the node positions, if each node is able to sense its distance to other nodes up to the cluster radius. Such a kinetic clustering can be used in numerous applications where mobile devices must be interconnected into an adhoc network to collaboratively perform some tasks. 1
Surface Approximation and Geometric Partitions
 IN PROC. 5TH ACMSIAM SYMPOS. DISCRETE ALGORITHMS
, 1994
"... Motivated by applications in computer graphics, visualization, and scientific computation, we study the computational complexity of the following problem: Given a set S of n points sampled from a bivariate function f(x; y) and an input parameter " ? 0, compute a piecewise linear function \Sigma(x ..."
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Motivated by applications in computer graphics, visualization, and scientific computation, we study the computational complexity of the following problem: Given a set S of n points sampled from a bivariate function f(x; y) and an input parameter " ? 0, compute a piecewise linear function \Sigma(x; y) of minimum complexity (that is, a xymonotone polyhedral surface, with a minimum number of vertices, edges, or faces) such that j\Sigma(x p ; y p ) \Gamma z p j "; for all (x p ; y p ; z p ) 2 S: We prove that the decision version of this problem is NPHard . The main result of our paper is a polynomialtime approximation algorithm that computes a piecewise linear surface of size O(K o log K o ), where K o is the complexity of an optimal surface satisfying the constraints of the problem. The technique
NCApproximation Schemes for NP and PSPACEHard Problems for Geometric Graphs
, 1997
"... We present NC approximation schemes for a number of graph problems when restricted to geometric graphs including unit disk graphs and graphs drawn in a civilized manner. Our approximation schemes exhibit the same time versus performance tradeoff as the best known approximation schemes for planar gr ..."
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We present NC approximation schemes for a number of graph problems when restricted to geometric graphs including unit disk graphs and graphs drawn in a civilized manner. Our approximation schemes exhibit the same time versus performance tradeoff as the best known approximation schemes for planar graphs. We also define the concept of precision unit disk graphs and show that for such graphs the approximation schemes have a better time versus performance tradeoff than the approximation schemes for arbitrary unit disk graphs. Moreover, compared to unit disk graphs, we show that for precision unit disk graphs, many more graph problems have efficient approximation schemes. Our NC approximation schemes can also be extended to obtain efficient NC approximation schemes for several PSPACEhard problems on unit disk graphs specified using a restricted version of the hierarchical specification language of Bentley, Ottmann and Widmayer. The approximation schemes for hierarchically specified un...
Realistic Input Models for Geometric Algorithms
 IN PROC. 13TH ANNU. ACM SYMPOS. COMPUT. GEOM
, 1997
"... Many algorithms developed in computational geometry are needlessly complicated and slow because they have to be prepared for very complicated, hypothetical inputs. To avoid this, realistic models are needed that describe the properties that realistic inputs have, so that algorithms can de designed t ..."
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Many algorithms developed in computational geometry are needlessly complicated and slow because they have to be prepared for very complicated, hypothetical inputs. To avoid this, realistic models are needed that describe the properties that realistic inputs have, so that algorithms can de designed that take advantage of these properties. This can lead to algorithms that are provably efficient in realistic situations. We obtain some fundamental results in this research direction. In particular, we have the following results. ffl We show the relations between various models that have been proposed in the literature. ffl For several of these models, we give algorithms to compute the model parameter(s) for a given scene; these algorithms can be used to verify whether a model is appropriate for typical scenes in some application area. ffl As a case study, we give some experimental results on the appropriateness of some of the models for one particular type of scenes often encountered in ...
Efficient algorithms for geometric optimization
 ACM Comput. Surv
, 1998
"... We review the recent progress in the design of efficient algorithms for various problems in geometric optimization. We present several techniques used to attack these problems, such as parametric searching, geometric alternatives to parametric searching, pruneandsearch techniques for linear progra ..."
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We review the recent progress in the design of efficient algorithms for various problems in geometric optimization. We present several techniques used to attack these problems, such as parametric searching, geometric alternatives to parametric searching, pruneandsearch techniques for linear programming and related problems, and LPtype problems and their efficient solution. We then describe a variety of applications of these and other techniques to numerous problems in geometric optimization, including facility location, proximity problems, statistical estimators and metrology, placement and intersection of polygons and polyhedra, and ray shooting and other querytype problems.
Label Placement by Maximum Independent Set in Rectangles
 Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications
, 1997
"... Motivated by the problem of labeling maps, we investigate the problem of computing a large nonintersecting subset in a set of n rectangles in the plane. Our results are as follows. In O(n log n) time, we can find an O(log n)factor approximation of the maximum subset in a set of n arbitrary axispa ..."
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Motivated by the problem of labeling maps, we investigate the problem of computing a large nonintersecting subset in a set of n rectangles in the plane. Our results are as follows. In O(n log n) time, we can find an O(log n)factor approximation of the maximum subset in a set of n arbitrary axisparallel rectangles in the plane. If all rectangles have unit height, we can find a 2approximation in O(n log n) time. Extending this result, we obtain a (1 + 1 k )approximation in time O(n log n + n 2k\Gamma1 ) time, for any integer k 1. 1 Introduction Automated label placement is an important problem in geographic information systems (GIS), and has received considerable attention in recent years (for instance, see [6, 9]). The label placement problem includes positioning labels for area, line, and point features. The primary focus within the computational geometry community has been on labeling point features [5, 7, 17, 16]. A basic requirement in the label placement problem is that ...
Exact and Approximation Algorithms for Clustering
, 1997
"... In this paper we present a n O(k 1\Gamma1=d ) time algorithm for solving the kcenter problem in R d , under L1 and L 2 metrics. The algorithm extends to other metrics, and can be used to solve the discrete kcenter problem, as well. We also describe a simple (1 + ffl)approximation algorith ..."
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In this paper we present a n O(k 1\Gamma1=d ) time algorithm for solving the kcenter problem in R d , under L1 and L 2 metrics. The algorithm extends to other metrics, and can be used to solve the discrete kcenter problem, as well. We also describe a simple (1 + ffl)approximation algorithm for the kcenter problem, with running time O(n log k) + (k=ffl) O(k 1\Gamma1=d ) . Finally, we present a n O(k 1\Gamma1=d ) time algorithm for solving the Lcapacitated kcenter problem, provided that L = \Omega\Gamma n=k 1\Gamma1=d ) or L = O(1). We conclude with a simple approximation algorithm for the Lcapacitated kcenter problem. The work on this paper was partially supported by a National Science Foundation Grant CCR9301259, by an Army Research Office MURI grant DAAH049610013, by a Sloan fellowship, by an NYI award and matching funds from Xerox Corporation, and by a grant from the U.S.Israeli Binational Science Foundation. y Department of Computer Science, Box ...