Computing the Maximum Detour of a Plane Graph in Subquadratic Time
Let G be a plane graph where each edge is a line segment. We consider the problem of computing the maximum detour of G, defined as the maximum over all pairs of distinct points p and q of G of the ratio between the distance between p and q in G and the distance |pq|. The fastest known algorithm for this problem has Θ(n2) running time where n is the number of vertices. We show how to obtain O(n3/2log3n) expected running time. We also show that if G has bounded treewidth, its maximum detour can be computed in O(nlog3n) expected time.
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