Shallow interdistance selection and interdistance enumeration

  • Jeffrey S. Salowe
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 519)


Shallow interdistance selection refers to the problem of selecting the k th smallest interdistance, kn, from among the \(\left( {\begin{array}{*{20}c}n \\2 \\\end{array} } \right)\) interdistances determined by a set of n points in \(\Re ^d\). Shallow interdistance selection has a concrete application — it is a crucial component in the design of a linear-sized data structure that dynamically maintains the minimum interdistance in sublinear time per operation (Smid [9]). In addition, the study of shallow interdistance selection may provide insight into developing more efficient algorithms for the problem of selecting Euclidean interdistances (Agarwal et al. [1]). We give a shallow interdistance selection algorithm which takes optimal O(n log n) time and works in any L p metric. To do this, we prove two interesting related results. The first is a combinatorial result relating the rank of x to the rank of 2x. The second is an algorithm which enumerates all pairs of points within interdistance x in time proportional to the rank of x (plus O(n log n)). A corollary to our work is an algorithm which, given a set of n points and an integer k, outputs all interdistances having rank at most k in O(n log n+k) time.


Selection Algorithm Minimum Span Tree Neighbor Algorithm Combinatorial Result Neighbor Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey S. Salowe
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville

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