A Hamiltonian Approach to the Assignment of Non-reusable Frequencies

  • Dimitris A. Fotakis
  • Paul G. Spirakis
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1530)


The problem of Radio Labelling is to assign distinct integer labels to all the vertices of a graph, such that adjacent vertices get labels at distance at least two. The objective is to minimize the label span. Radio labelling is a combinatorial model for frequency assignment in case that the transmitters are not allowed to operate at the same channel.

We show that radio labelling is related to TSP(1,2). Hence, it is \({\cal NP}\)-complete and MAX-SNP-hard. Then, we present a polynomial-time algorithm for computing an optimal radio labelling, given a coloring of the graph with constant number of colors. Thus, we prove that radio labelling is in \({\cal P}\) for planar graphs. We also obtain a \(\frac{3}{2}\)-approximation \({\cal NC}\) algorithm and we prove that approximating radio labelling in graphs of bounded maximum degree is essentially as hard as in general graphs.

We obtain similar results for TSP(1,2). In particular, we present the first \(\frac{3}{2}\)-approximation \({\cal NC}\) algorithm for TSP(1,2), and we prove that dense instances of TSP(1,2) do not admit a PTAS, unless \({\cal P}= {\cal NP}\).


Planar Graph Hamiltonian Cycle Hamiltonian Path Maximal Match Polynomial Time Approximation Scheme 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dimitris A. Fotakis
    • 1
    • 2
  • Paul G. Spirakis
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer Engineering and InformaticsUniversity of PatrasRion, PatrasGreece
  2. 2.Computer Technology InstitutePatrasGreece

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