, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 577-589
Date: 05 Dec 2003

Computing a (1+ε)-Approximate Geometric Minimum-Diameter Spanning Tree

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Abstract

Given a set P of points in the plane, a geometric minimum-diameter spanning tree (GMDST) of P is a spanning tree of P such that the longest path through the tree is minimized. For several years, the best upper bound on the time to compute a GMDST was cubic with respect to the number of points in the input set. Recently, Timothy Chan introduced a subcubic time algorithm. In this paper we present an algorithm that generates a tree whose diameter is no more than (1 + ε) times that of a GMDST, for any ε > 0. Our algorithm reduces the problem to several grid-aligned versions of the problem and runs within time $O(ε-3+ n) and space O(n).