Improved weighted additive spanners

Michael Elkin, Yuval Gitlitz, Ofer Neiman

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Abstract

Graph spanners and emulators are sparse structures that approximately preserve distances of the original graph. While there has been an extensive amount of work on additive spanners, so far little attention was given to weighted graphs. Only very recently as reported by Ahmed et al. (in: Adler I, Müller H (eds) Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science - 46th International Workshop, WG 2020, Leeds, UK). extended the classical +2 (respectively, +4) spanners for unweighted graphs of size O(n3 / 2) (resp., O(n7 / 5)) to the weighted setting, where the additive error is + 2 W (resp., + 4 W). This means that for every pair u, v, the additive stretch is at most + 2 Wu,v, where Wu,v is the maximal edge weight on the shortest u- v path (weights are normalized so that the minimum edge weight is 1). In addition, as reported by Ahmed et al. (in: Adler I, Müller H (eds) Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science - 46th International Workshop, WG 2020, Leeds, UK). showed a randomized algorithm yielding a + 8 Wmax spanner of size O(n4 / 3) , here Wmax is the maximum edge weight in the entire graph. In this work we improve the latter result by devising a simple deterministic algorithm for a + (6 + ε) W spanner for weighted graphs with size O(n4 / 3) (for any constant ε> 0), thus nearly matching the classical +6 spanner of size O(n4 / 3) for unweighted graphs. Furthermore, we show a + (2 + ε) W subsetwise spanner of size O(n·|S|), improving the + 4 Wmax result of as reported by Ahmed et al. (in: Adler I, Müller H (eds) Graph-Theoretic Concepts in Computer Science - 46th International Workshop, WG 2020, Leeds, UK). (that had the same size). We also show a simple randomized algorithm for a + 4 W emulator of size O~ (n4 / 3). In addition, we show that our technique is applicable for very sparse additive spanners, that have linear size. It was proved by Abboud A, Bodwin G (J ACM 64(4):28–12820 2017) that such spanners must suffer polynomially large stretches. For weighted graphs, we use a variant of our simple deterministic algorithm that yields a linear size +O~(n·W) spanner, and we also obtain a tradeoff between size and stretch. Finally, generalizing the technique of Dor D et al. (SIAM J Comput 29:1740–1759, 2000) for unweighted graphs, we devise an efficient randomized algorithm producing a + 2 W spanner for weighted graphs of size O~ (n3 / 2) in O~ (n2) time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-394
Number of pages10
JournalDistributed Computing
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2023

Keywords

  • Graph theory
  • Pure additive spanners

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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