## On the Cover Time of Random Geometric Graphs (2005)

Venue: | In: ICALP. (2005 |

Citations: | 17 - 4 self |

### BibTeX

@INPROCEEDINGS{Avin05onthe,

author = {Chen Avin and Gunes Ercal},

title = {On the Cover Time of Random Geometric Graphs},

booktitle = {In: ICALP. (2005},

year = {2005},

pages = {677--689}

}

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### Abstract

Abstract. The cover time of graphs has much relevance to algorithmic applications and has been extensively investigated. Recently, with the advent of ad-hoc and sensor networks, an interesting class of random graphs, namely random geometric graphs, has gained new relevance and its properties have been the subject of much study. A random geometric graph G(n, r) is obtained by placing n points uniformly at random on the unit square and connecting two points iff their Euclidean distance is at most r. The phase transition behavior with respect to the radius r of such graphs has been of special interest. We show that there exists a critical radius ropt such that for any r ≥ ropt G(n, r) has optimal cover time of Θ(n log n) with high probability, and, importantly, ropt = Θ(rcon) where rcon denotes the critical radius guaranteeing asymptotic connectivity. Moreover, since a disconnected graph has infinite cover time, there is a phase transition and the corresponding threshold width is O(rcon). We are able to draw our results by giving a tight bound on the electrical resistance of G(n, r) via the power of certain constructed flows. 1