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Approximation Algorithms for Low-Distortion Embeddings Into Low-Dimensional Spaces

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posted on 01.05.2001, 00:00 by Mihai Badiou, Kedar Dhamdhere, Anupam Gupta, Yuri Rabinovich, Harald Racke, Ramamoorthi RaviRamamoorthi Ravi, Anistasios Sidiropoulos
We present several approximation algorithms for the problem of embedding metric spaces into a line, and into the two-dimensional plane. Among other results, we give an O(√n)-approximation algorithm for the problem of finding a line embedding of a metric induced by a given unweighted graph, that minimizes the (standard) multiplicative distortion. We give an improved Õ(n1/3) approximation for the case of metrics generated by unweighted trees. This is the first result of this type.




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