## Abstract

Let A and B be two sets of points in R^{d}, where | A| = | B| = n and the distance between them is defined by some bipartite measure dist(A,B). We study several problems in which the goal is to translate the set B, so that dist(A,B) is minimized. The main measures that we consider are (i) the diameter in two and higher dimensions, that is diam(A,B)=max{d(a,b)∣a∈A,b∈B}, where d(a, b) is the Euclidean distance between a and b, (ii) the uniformity in the plane, that is uni(A,B)=diam(A,B)-d(A,B), where d(A,B)=min{d(a,b)∣a∈A,b∈B}, and (iii) the union width in two and three dimensions, that is union_width(A,B)=width(A∪B). For each of these measures, we present efficient algorithms for finding a translation of B that minimizes the distance: For diameter we present near-linear-time algorithms in R^{2} and R^{3} and a subquadratic algorithm in R^{d} for any fixed d≥ 4 , for uniformity we describe a roughly O(n^{9 / 4}) -time algorithm in the plane, and for union width we offer a near-linear-time algorithm in R^{2} and a quadratic-time one in R^{3}.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 647-663 |

Number of pages | 17 |

Journal | Discrete and Computational Geometry |

Volume | 68 |

Issue number | 3 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Oct 2022 |

## Keywords

- Geometric optimization
- Minimum-width annulus
- Translation-invariant similarity measures

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Theoretical Computer Science
- Geometry and Topology
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
- Computational Theory and Mathematics