Approximating TSP on metrics with bounded global growth

T. H. Hubert Chan, Anupam Gupta

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The Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP) is a canonical NP-complete problem which is known to be MAX-SNP hard even on (high-dimensional) Euclidean metrics[39]. In order to circumvent this hardness, researchers have been developing approximation schemes for low-dimensional metrics[4, 38] (under different notions of dimension). However, a feature of most current notions of metric dimension is that they are "local": the definitions require every local neighborhood to be wellbehaved. In this paper, we consider the ease when the metric is less restricted: it has a few "dense" regions, but is "well-behaved on the average"? To this end, we define a global notion of dimension which we call the correlation dimension (denoted by dim C), which generalizes the popular notion of doubling dimension. In fact, the class of metrics with dim C = O(1) not only contains all doubling metrics, but also contains some metrics containing uniform submetrics of size √n. We first show, using a somewhat "local" argument, that one can solve TSP on these metrics in time 2 O(√n) we then take advantage of the global nature of TSP (and the global nature of our definition) to give a (1 +ε) - approximation algorithm that runs in sub-exponential time: i.e., in 2O(n δε -4dimC)-time for every constant 0 < δ < 1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2008
Event19th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 20 2008Jan 22 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms


Other19th Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • General Mathematics


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