Approximating the Distortion

  • Alexander Hall
  • Christos Papadimitriou
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11538462_10

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3624)
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Hall A., Papadimitriou C. (2005) Approximating the Distortion. In: Chekuri C., Jansen K., Rolim J.D.P., Trevisan L. (eds) Approximation, Randomization and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3624. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Kenyon et al. (STOC 04) compute the distortion between one-dimensional finite point sets when the distortion is small; Papadimitriou and Safra (SODA 05) show that the problem is NP-hard to approximate within a factor of 3, albeit in 3 dimensions. We solve an open problem in these two papers by demonstrating that, when the distortion is large, it is hard to approximate within large factors, even for 1-dimensional point sets. We also introduce additive distortion, and show that it can be easily approximated within a factor of two.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Hall
    • 1
  • Christos Papadimitriou
    • 2
  1. 1.ETH ZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.UC BerkeleyUSA

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