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Theory of Combinatorial Algorithms

Prof. Emo Welzl and Prof. Bernd Gärtner

Mittagsseminar (in cooperation with A. Steger, D. Steurer and B. Sudakov)

Mittagsseminar Talk Information

Date and Time: Thursday, March 22, 2007, 12:15 pm

Duration: This information is not available in the database

Location: OAT S15/S16/S17

Speaker: Andreas Razen

Transforming Spanning Trees

For a planar point set we consider the graph of crossing-free straight-line spanning trees where two spanning trees are adjacent if their union is crossing-free. Recently, it was shown that an upper bound on the diameter of this graph implies an upper bound on the diameter of the flip graph of pseudo-triangulations of the underlying point set.

We prove a lower bound of $\Omega( log(n) / log(log(n)) )$ for the diameter of the graph of spanning trees on a planar set of $n$ points. This almost matches the known upper bound of $O( log(n) )$. If we measure the diameter in terms of the number of convex layers $k$ of the point set, our lower bound construction is tight, i.e. the diameter is in $\Omega( log(k) )$ which matches the known upper bound of $O( log(k) )$. So far only constant lower bounds were known.

Joint work with Kevin Buchin, Takeaki Uno and Uli Wagner.

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