Paper by Erik D. Demaine

Erik D. Demaine, MohammadTaghi Hajiaghayi, Hamid Mahini, Amin S. Sayedi-Roshkhar, Shayan Oveisgharan, and Morteza Zadimoghaddam, “Minimizing Movement”, in Proceedings of the 18th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA 2007), New Orleans, Louisiana, January 7–9, 2007, pages 258–267.

We give approximation algorithms and inapproximability results for a class of movement problems. In general, these problems involve planning the coordinated motion of a large collection of objects (representing anything from a robot swarm or firefighter team to map labels or network messages) to achieve a global property of the network while minimizing the maximum or average movement. In particular, we consider the goals of achieving connectivity (undirected and directed), achieving connectivity between a given pair of vertices, achieving independence (a dispersion problem), and achieving a perfect matching (with applications to multicasting). This general family of movement problems encompass an intriguing range of graph and geometric algorithms, with several real-world applications and a surprising range of approximability. In some cases, we obtain tight approximation and inapproximability results using direct techniques (without use of PCP), assuming just that P ≠ NP.

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