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The geometry of graphs and some of its algorithmic applications
 Combinatorica
, 1995
"... In this paper we explore some implications of viewing graphs as geometric objects. This approach offers a new perspective on a number of graphtheoretic and algorithmic problems. There are several ways to model graphs geometrically and our main concern here is with geometric representations that r ..."
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In this paper we explore some implications of viewing graphs as geometric objects. This approach offers a new perspective on a number of graphtheoretic and algorithmic problems. There are several ways to model graphs geometrically and our main concern here is with geometric representations that respect the metric of the (possibly weighted) graph. Given a graph G we map its vertices to a normed space in an attempt to (i) Keep down the dimension of the host space and (ii) Guarantee a small distortion, i.e., make sure that distances between vertices in G closely match the distances between their geometric images. In this paper we develop efficient algorithms for embedding graphs lowdimensionally with a small distortion. Further algorithmic applications include: 0 A simple, unified approach to a number of problems on multicommodity flows, including the LeightonRae Theorem [29] and some of its extensions. 0 For graphs embeddable in lowdimensional spaces with a small distortion, we can find lowdiameter decompositions (in the sense of [4] and [34]). The parameters of the decomposition depend only on the dimension and the distortion and not on the size of the graph. 0 In graphs embedded this way, small balanced separators can be found efficiently. Faithful lowdimensional representations of statistical data allow for meaningful and efficient clustering, which is one of the most basic tasks in patternrecognition. For the (mostly heuristic) methods used
Probabilistic Approximation of Metric Spaces and its Algorithmic Applications
 In 37th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science
, 1996
"... The goal of approximating metric spaces by more simple metric spaces has led to the notion of graph spanners [PU89, PS89] and to lowdistortion embeddings in lowdimensional spaces [LLR94], having many algorithmic applications. This paper provides a novel technique for the analysis of randomized ..."
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The goal of approximating metric spaces by more simple metric spaces has led to the notion of graph spanners [PU89, PS89] and to lowdistortion embeddings in lowdimensional spaces [LLR94], having many algorithmic applications. This paper provides a novel technique for the analysis of randomized algorithms for optimization problems on metric spaces, by relating the randomized performance ratio for any metric space to the randomized performance ratio for a set of "simple" metric spaces. We define a notion of a set of metric spaces that probabilisticallyapproximates another metric space. We prove that any metric space can be probabilisticallyapproximated by hierarchically wellseparated trees (HST) with a polylogarithmic distortion. These metric spaces are "simple" as being: (1) tree metrics. (2) natural for applying a divideandconquer algorithmic approach. The technique presented is of particular interest in the context of online computation. A large number of online al...
IDMaps: A Global Internet Host Distance Estimation Service
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF IEEE INFOCOM
, 2000
"... There is an increasing need to quickly and efficiently learn network distances, in terms of metrics such as latency or bandwidth, between Internet hosts. For example, Internet content providers often place data and server mirrors throughout the Internet to improve access latency for clients, and it ..."
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There is an increasing need to quickly and efficiently learn network distances, in terms of metrics such as latency or bandwidth, between Internet hosts. For example, Internet content providers often place data and server mirrors throughout the Internet to improve access latency for clients, and it is necessary to direct clients to the closest mirrors based on some distance metric in order to realize the benefit of mirrors. We suggest a scalable Internetwide architecture, called IDMaps, which measures and disseminates distance information on the global Internet. Higherlevel services can collect such distance information to build a virtual distance map of the Internet and estimate the distance between any pair of IP addresses. We present our solutions to the measurement server placement and distance map construction problems in IDMaps. We show that IDMaps can indeed provide useful distance estimations to applications such as closestmirror selection.
On Approximating Arbitrary Metrics by Tree Metrics
 In Proceedings of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing
, 1998
"... This paper is concerned with probabilistic approximation of metric spaces. In previous work we introduced the method of ecient approximation of metrics by more simple families of metrics in a probabilistic fashion. In particular we study probabilistic approximations of arbitrary metric spaces by \hi ..."
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This paper is concerned with probabilistic approximation of metric spaces. In previous work we introduced the method of ecient approximation of metrics by more simple families of metrics in a probabilistic fashion. In particular we study probabilistic approximations of arbitrary metric spaces by \hierarchically wellseparated tree" metric spaces. This has proved as a useful technique for simplifying the solutions to various problems.
Approximate distance oracles
 J. ACM
"... Let G = (V, E) be an undirected weighted graph with V  = n and E  = m. Let k ≥ 1 be an integer. We show that G = (V, E) can be preprocessed in O(kmn 1/k) expected time, constructing a data structure of size O(kn 1+1/k), such that any subsequent distance query can be answered, approximately, in ..."
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Let G = (V, E) be an undirected weighted graph with V  = n and E  = m. Let k ≥ 1 be an integer. We show that G = (V, E) can be preprocessed in O(kmn 1/k) expected time, constructing a data structure of size O(kn 1+1/k), such that any subsequent distance query can be answered, approximately, in O(k) time. The approximate distance returned is of stretch at most 2k − 1, i.e., the quotient obtained by dividing the estimated distance by the actual distance lies between 1 and 2k−1. A 1963 girth conjecture of Erdős, implies that Ω(n 1+1/k) space is needed in the worst case for any real stretch strictly smaller than 2k + 1. The space requirement of our algorithm is, therefore, essentially optimal. The most impressive feature of our data structure is its constant query time, hence the name “oracle”. Previously, data structures that used only O(n 1+1/k) space had a query time of Ω(n 1/k). Our algorithms are extremely simple and easy to implement efficiently. They also provide faster constructions of sparse spanners of weighted graphs, and improved tree covers and distance labelings of weighted or unweighted graphs. 1
Concurrent Online Tracking of Mobile Users
 J. ACM
, 1991
"... This paper deals with the problem of maintaining a distributed directory server, that enables us to keep track of mobile users in a distributed network in the presence of concurrent requests. The paper uses the graphtheoretic concept of regional matching for implementing efficient tracking mechanis ..."
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This paper deals with the problem of maintaining a distributed directory server, that enables us to keep track of mobile users in a distributed network in the presence of concurrent requests. The paper uses the graphtheoretic concept of regional matching for implementing efficient tracking mechanisms. The communication overhead of our tracking mechanism is within a polylogarithmic factor of the lower bound. 1 Introduction Since the primary function of a communication network is to provide communication facilities between users and processes in the system, one of the key problems such a network faces is the need to be able to Department of Mathematics and Lab. for Computer Science, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. Email: baruch@theory.lcs.mit.edu. Supported by Air Force Contract TNDGAFOSR860078, ARO contract DAAL0386K0171, NSF contract CCR8611442, DARPA contract N0001489J 1988, and a special grant from IBM. y Departmentof Applied Mathematicsand Computer Science, The Weizm...
A Tradeoff between Space and Efficiency for Routing Tables
, 1988
"... Abstract. Two conflicting goals play a crucial role in the design of routing schemes for communication networks. A routing scheme should use paths that are as short as possible for routing messages in the network, while keeping the routing information stored in the processors ’ local memory as succi ..."
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Abstract. Two conflicting goals play a crucial role in the design of routing schemes for communication networks. A routing scheme should use paths that are as short as possible for routing messages in the network, while keeping the routing information stored in the processors ’ local memory as succinct as possible. The efficiency of a routing scheme is measured in terms of its stretch factorthe maximum ratio between the length of a route computed by the scheme and that of a shortest path connecting the same pair of vertices. Most previous work has concentrated on finding good routing schemes (with a small fixed stretch factor) for special classes of network topologies. In this paper the problem for general networks is studied, and the entire range of possible stretch factors is examined. The results exhibit a tradeoff between the efficiency of a routing scheme and its space requirements. Almost tight upper and lower bounds for this tradeoff are presented. Specifically, it is proved that any routing scheme for general nvertex networks that achieves a stretch factor k 2 1 must use a total of Q(n ‘+“fzLcJ)) bits of routing information in the networks. This lower bound is complemented by a family Z(k) of hierarchic:al routing schemes (for every k z 1) for unitcost general networks, which guarantee a stretch factor of O(k), require storing a total of O(k. n ‘+(““logn) bits of routing information in the network, name the vertices with O(log’n)bit names and use O(logn)bit headers.
AdHoc Networks Beyond Unit Disk Graphs
, 2003
"... In this paper we study a model for adhoc networks close enough to reality as to represent existing networks, being at the same time concise enough to promote strong theoretical results. The Quasi Unit Disk Graph model contains all edges shorter than a parameter d between 0 and 1 and no edges longer ..."
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In this paper we study a model for adhoc networks close enough to reality as to represent existing networks, being at the same time concise enough to promote strong theoretical results. The Quasi Unit Disk Graph model contains all edges shorter than a parameter d between 0 and 1 and no edges longer than 1. We show that  in comparison to the cost known on Unit Disk Graphs  the complexity results in this model contain the additional factor 1/d&sup2;. We prove that in Quasi Unit Disk Graphs flooding is an asymptotically messageoptimal routing technique, provide a geometric routing algorithm being more efficient above all in dense networks, and show that classic geometric routing is possible with the same performance guarantees as for Unit Disk Graphs if d 1/ # 2.
Fast construction of nets in lowdimensional metrics and their applications
 SIAM Journal on Computing
, 2006
"... We present a near linear time algorithm for constructing hierarchical nets in finite metric spaces with constant doubling dimension. This datastructure is then applied to obtain improved algorithms for the following problems: approximate nearest neighbor search, wellseparated pair decomposition, s ..."
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We present a near linear time algorithm for constructing hierarchical nets in finite metric spaces with constant doubling dimension. This datastructure is then applied to obtain improved algorithms for the following problems: approximate nearest neighbor search, wellseparated pair decomposition, spanner construction, compact representation scheme, doubling measure, and computation of the (approximate) Lipschitz constant of a function. In all cases, the running (preprocessing) time is near linear and the space being used is linear. 1
Compact Routing with Minimum Stretch
 Journal of Algorithms
"... We present the first universal compact routing algorithm with maximum stretch bounded by 3 that uses sublinear space at every vertex. The algorithm uses local routing tables of size O(n 2=3 log 4=3 n) and achieves paths that are most 3 times the length of the shortest path distances for all node ..."
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We present the first universal compact routing algorithm with maximum stretch bounded by 3 that uses sublinear space at every vertex. The algorithm uses local routing tables of size O(n 2=3 log 4=3 n) and achieves paths that are most 3 times the length of the shortest path distances for all nodes in an arbitrary weighted undirected network. This answers an open question of Gavoille and Gengler who showed that any universal compact routing algorithm with maximum stretch strictly less than 3 must use\Omega\Gamma n) local space at some vertex. 1 Introduction Let G = (V; E) with jV j = n be a labeled undirected network. Assuming that a positive cost, or distance is assigned with each edge, the stretch of path p(u; v) from node u to node v is defined as jp(u;v)j jd(u;v)j , where jd(u; v)j is the length of the shortest u \Gamma v path. The approximate allpairs shortest path problem involves a tradeoff of stretch against time short paths with stretch bounded by a constant are com...