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Drexler, Lukas ; Eube, Jan ; Luo, Kelin ; Röglin, Heiko ; Schmidt, Melanie ; Wargalla, Julian

Connected k-Center and k-Diameter Clustering

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Motivated by an application from geodesy, we study the connected k-center problem and the connected k-diameter problem. These problems arise from the classical k-center and k-diameter problems by adding a side constraint. For the side constraint, we are given an undirected connectivity graph G on the input points, and a clustering is now only feasible if every cluster induces a connected subgraph in G. Usually in clustering problems one assumes that the clusters are pairwise disjoint. We study this case but additionally also the case that clusters are allowed to be non-disjoint. This can help to satisfy the connectivity constraints.
Our main result is an O(1)-approximation algorithm for the disjoint connected k-center and k-diameter problem for Euclidean spaces of low dimension (constant d) and for metrics with constant doubling dimension. For general metrics, we get an O(log²k)-approximation. Our algorithms work by computing a non-disjoint connected clustering first and transforming it into a disjoint connected clustering.
We complement these upper bounds by several upper and lower bounds for variations and special cases of the model.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Drexler, Lukas and Eube, Jan and Luo, Kelin and R\"{o}glin, Heiko and Schmidt, Melanie and Wargalla, Julian},
  title =	{{Connected k-Center and k-Diameter Clustering}},
  booktitle =	{50th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2023)},
  pages =	{50:1--50:20},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-278-5},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2023},
  volume =	{261},
  editor =	{Etessami, Kousha and Feige, Uriel and Puppis, Gabriele},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-181024},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2023.50},
  annote =	{Keywords: Approximation algorithms, Clustering, Connectivity constraints}

Keywords: Approximation algorithms, Clustering, Connectivity constraints
Collection: 50th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2023)
Issue Date: 2023
Date of publication: 05.07.2023

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