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How to Complete a Doubling Metric

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posted on 01.10.2011 by Anupam Gupta, Kunal Talwar
In recent years, considerable advances have been made in the study of properties of metric spaces in terms of their doubling dimension. This line of research has not only enhanced our understanding of finite metrics, but has also resulted in many algorithmic applications. However, we still do not understand the interaction between various graph-theoretic (topological) properties of graphs, and the doubling (geometric) properties of the shortest-path metrics induced by them. For instance, the following natural question suggests itself: given a finite doubling metric (V,d), is there always an unweighted graph (V′,E′) with V ⊆ V′ such that the shortest path metric d′ on V′ is still doubling, and which agrees with d on V . This is often useful, given that unweighted graphs are often easier to reason about. A first hurdle to answering this question is that subdividing edges can increase the doubling dimension unboundedly, and it is not difficult to show that the answer to the above question is negative.

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