Geometric Lower Bounds for Parametric Matroid Optimization
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- Eppstein, D. Discrete Comput Geom (1998) 20: 463. doi:10.1007/PL00009396
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We relate the sequence of minimum bases of a matroid with linearly varying weights to three problems from combinatorial geometry: k -sets, lower envelopes of line segments, and convex polygons in line arrangements. Using these relations we show new lower bounds on the number of base changes in such sequences: Ω(nr1/3) for a general n -element matroid with rank r , and Ω(mα(n)) for the special case of parametric graph minimum spanning trees. The only previous lower bound was Ω(n log r) for uniform matroids; upper bounds of O(mn1/2) for arbitrary matroids and O(mn1/2/ log* n) for uniform matroids were also known.