Department of Computer Science | Institute of Theoretical Computer Science | CADMO

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: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 12:15 pm

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: OAT S15/S16/S17

Speaker: Arturo Merino (TU Berlin)

Efficient generation of rectangulations via permutation languages

Recently, Hartung, Hoang, Mütze and Williams (SODA 2020) presented a versatile algorithmic framework for exhaustively generating a large variety of combinatorial objects, based on encoding them as permutations. In this talk we recap the basics of this framework, and we present a new application of it. Another application will be discussed in the Mittagsseminar talk on Thursday. Specifically, we derive exhaustive generation algorithms for various classes of rectangulations, which are subdivisions of a square into rectangles. In particular, these results apply to classes of rectangulations that are characterized by avoiding certain patterns, and we initiate a systematic investigation of pattern avoidance in rectangulations. Our generation algorithms are efficient, in some cases even loopless or constant amortized time, i.e., each new rectangulation is generated in constant time in the worst case or on average, respectively. Moreover, the Gray codes we obtain are cyclic, and sometimes provably optimal, in the sense that they correspond to a Hamilton cycle on the skeleton of an underlying polytope. Implementations of our algorithms are available for experimentation on the Combinatorial Object Server:

This is joint work with Torsten Mütze (SoCG 2021).

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