Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques

Volume 3122 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 96-104

Approximating Additive Distortion of Embeddings into Line Metrics

  • Kedar DhamdhereAffiliated withSchool of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

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We consider the problem of fitting metric data on n points to a path (line) metric. Our objective is to minimize the total additive distortion of this mapping. The total additive distortion is the sum of errors in all pairwise distances in the input data. This problem has been shown to be NP-hard by [13]. We give an O(logn) approximation for this problem by using Garg et al.’s [10] algorithm for the multi-cut problem as a subroutine. Our algorithm also gives an O(log1/p n) approximation for the L p norm of the additive distortion.