We study an on-line scheduling problem that is motivated by applications such as car-sharing, in which users submit ride requests, and the scheduler aims to accept requests of maximum total profit using k servers (cars). Each ride request specifies the pick-up time and the pick-up location (among two locations, with the other location being the destination). The scheduler has to...

Ailon et al. (SICOMP 2011) proposed a self-improving sorter that tunes its performance to the unknown input distribution in a training phase. The distribution of the input numbers x_1,x_2,...,x_n must be of the product type, that is, each x_i is drawn independently from an arbitrary distribution D_i, and the D_i's are independent of each other. We study two extensions that relax...

We investigate the problem of Min-cost Perfect Matching with Delays (MPMD) in which requests are pairwise matched in an online fashion with the objective to minimize the sum of space cost and time cost. Though linear-MPMD (i.e., time cost is linear in delay) has been thoroughly studied in the literature, it does not well model impatient requests that are common in practice. Thus...

We initiate the study of the following natural geometric optimization problem. The input is a set of axis-aligned rectangles in the plane. The objective is to find a set of horizontal line segments of minimum total length so that every rectangle is stabbed by some line segment. A line segment stabs a rectangle if it intersects its left and its right boundary. The problem, which...

Deciding two-guard walkability of an n-sided polygon is a well-understood problem. We study the following more general question: How far can two guards reach from a given source vertex while staying mutually visible, in the (more realistic) case that the polygon is not entirely walkable? There can be Theta(n) such maximal walks, and we show how to find all of them in O(n log n...

In this paper, we consider the quickest pair-visibility problem in polygonal domains. Given two points in a polygonal domain with h holes of total complexity n, we want to minimize the maximum distance that the two points travel in order to see each other in the polygonal domain. We present an O(n log^2 n+h^2 log^4 h)-time algorithm for this problem. We show that this running...

We study the computation of the diameter and radius under the rectilinear link distance within a rectilinear polygonal domain of n vertices and h holes. We introduce a graph of oriented distances to encode the distance between pairs of points of the domain. This helps us transform the problem so that we can search through the candidates more efficiently. Our algorithm computes...

A phylogenetic tree is a graphical representation of an evolutionary history in a set of taxa in which the leaves correspond to taxa and the non-leaves correspond to speciations. One of important problems in phylogenetic analysis is to assemble a global phylogenetic tree from smaller pieces of phylogenetic trees, particularly, quartet trees. Quartet Compatibility is to decide...

We initiate the study of counting oracles for various path problems in graphs. Distance oracles have gained a lot of attention in recent years, with studies of the underlying space and time tradeoffs. For a given graph G, a distance oracle is a data structure which can be used to answer distance queries for pairs of vertices s,t in V(G). In this work, we extend the set up to...

We study multi-finger binary search trees (BSTs), a far-reaching extension of the classical BST model, with connections to the well-studied k-server problem. Finger search is a popular technique for speeding up BST operations when a query sequence has locality of reference. BSTs with multiple fingers can exploit more general regularities in the input. In this paper we consider...

Indexing of static and dynamic sets is fundamental to a large set of applications such as information retrieval and caching. Denoting the characteristic vector of the set by B, we consider the problem of encoding sets and multisets to support approximate versions of the operations rank(i) (i.e., computing sum_{j <= i} B[j]) and select(i) (i.e., finding min{p|rank(p) >= i...

The centerpoint theorem is a well-known and widely used result in discrete geometry. It states that for any point set P of n points in R^d, there is a point c, not necessarily from P, such that each halfspace containing c contains at least n/(d+1) points of P. Such a point c is called a centerpoint, and it can be viewed as a generalization of a median to higher dimensions. In...

We consider the problem of testing, for a given set of planar regions R and an integer k, whether there exists a convex shape whose boundary intersects at least k regions of R. We provide polynomial-time algorithms for the case where the regions are disjoint axis-aligned rectangles or disjoint line segments with a constant number of orientations. On the other hand, we show that...

Suppose we are given a set D of n pairwise intersecting disks in the plane. A planar point set P stabs D if and only if each disk in D contains at least one point from P. We present a deterministic algorithm that takes O(n) time to find five points that stab D. Furthermore, we give a simple example of 13 pairwise intersecting disks that cannot be stabbed by three points. This...

A mobile agent equipped with a compass and a measure of length has to find an inert treasure in the Euclidean plane. Both the agent and the treasure are modeled as points. In the beginning, the agent is at a distance at most D>0 from the treasure, but knows neither the distance nor any bound on it. Finding the treasure means getting at distance at most 1 from it. The agent makes...

Many classical algorithms are known for computing the convex hull of a set of n point in R^2 using O(n) space. For large point sets, whose size exceeds the size of the working space, these algorithms cannot be directly used. The current best streaming algorithm for computing the convex hull is computationally expensive, because it needs to solve a set of linear programs. In this...

The fuzzy K-means problem is a popular generalization of the well-known K-means problem to soft clusterings. We present the first coresets for fuzzy K-means with size linear in the dimension, polynomial in the number of clusters, and poly-logarithmic in the number of points. We show that these coresets can be employed in the computation of a (1+epsilon)-approximation for fuzzy K...

Consider a problem where 4k given vectors need to be partitioned into k clusters of four vectors each. A cluster of four vectors is called a quad, and the cost of a quad is the sum of the component-wise maxima of the four vectors in the quad. The problem is to partition the given 4k vectors into k quads with minimum total cost. We analyze a straightforward matching-based...

An instance of the maximum weight strongly stable matching problem with incomplete lists and ties is an undirected bipartite graph G = (A cup B, E), with an adjacency list being a linearly ordered list of ties, which are vertices equally good for a given vertex. We are also given a weight function w on the set E. An edge (x, y) in E setminus M is a blocking edge for M if by...

We consider the problem of augmenting an n-vertex tree with one shortcut in order to minimize the diameter of the resulting graph. The tree is embedded in an unknown space and we have access to an oracle that, when queried on a pair of vertices u and v, reports the weight of the shortcut (u,v) in constant time. Previously, the problem was solved in O(n^2 log^3 n) time for general...

Let G be a simple topological graph and let Gamma be a polyline drawing of G. We say that Gamma partially preserves the topology of G if it has the same external boundary, the same rotation system, and the same set of crossings as G. Drawing Gamma fully preserves the topology of G if the planarization of G and the planarization of Gamma have the same planar embedding. We show...

Two vertices v and w of a graph G are called a pendant pair if the maximal number of edge-disjoint paths in G between them is precisely min{d(v),d(w)}, where d denotes the degree function. The importance of pendant pairs stems from the fact that they are the key ingredient in one of the simplest and most widely used algorithms for the minimum cut problem today. Mader showed 1974...

Coloring reconfiguration is one of the most well-studied reconfiguration problems. In the problem, we are given two (vertex-)colorings of a graph using at most k colors, and asked to determine whether there exists a transformation between them by recoloring only a single vertex at a time, while maintaining a k-coloring throughout. It is known that this problem is solvable in...

Betweenness centrality - measuring how many shortest paths pass through a vertex - is one of the most important network analysis concepts for assessing the relative importance of a vertex. The well-known algorithm of Brandes [2001] computes, on an n-vertex and m-edge graph, the betweenness centrality of all vertices in O(nm) worst-case time. In follow-up work, significant...

Ajtai, Kumar and Sivakumar [Ajtai et al., 2001] gave the first 2^O(n) algorithm for solving the Shortest Vector Problem (SVP) on n-dimensional Euclidean lattices. The algorithm starts with N in 2^O(n) randomly chosen vectors in the lattice and employs a sieving procedure to iteratively obtain shorter vectors in the lattice, and eventually obtaining the shortest non-zero vector...