On bounded leg shortest paths problems

Liam Roditty, Michael Segal

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Let V be a set of points in a d-dimensional l p -metric space. Let s,t V and let L be a real number. An L-bounded leg path from s to t is an ordered set of points which connects s to t such that the leg between any two consecutive points in the set has length of at most L. The minimal path among all these paths is the L-bounded leg shortest path from s to t. In the s-t Bounded Leg Shortest Path (stBLSP) problem we are given two points s and t and a real number L, and are required to compute an L-bounded leg shortest path from s to t. In the All-Pairs Bounded Leg Shortest Path (apBLSP) problem we are required to build a data structure that, given any two query points from V and a real number L, outputs the length of the L-bounded leg shortest path (a distance query) or the path itself (a path query). In this paper we obtain the following results: 1. An algorithm for the apBLSP problem in any l p -metric which, for any fixed ε>0, computes in O(n 3(log 3 n+log 2 ṅε -d )) time a data structure which approximates any bounded leg shortest path within a multiplicative error of (1+ε). It requires O(n 2log n) space and distance queries are answered in O(log log n) time. 2. An algorithm for the stBLSP problem that, given s,t V and a real number L, computes in O(ṅpolylog(n)) the exact L-bounded shortest path from s to t. This algorithm works in l 1 and l metrics. In the Euclidean metric we also obtain an exact algorithm but with a running time of O(n 4/3+ε ), for any ε>0. 3. For any weighted directed graph we give a data structure of size O(n 2.5log n) which is capable of answering path queries with a multiplicative error of (1+ε) in O(log log n+ℓ) time, where ℓ is the length of the reported path. Our results improve upon the results given by Bose et al. (Comput. Geom. Theory Appl. 29:233-249, 2004). Our algorithms incorporate several new ideas along with an interesting observation made on geometric spanners, which is of independent interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-600
Number of pages18
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • Bounded leg shortest problem
  • Distance query
  • Geometric spanners


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