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Computer Science > Data Structures and Algorithms

Title: Exact Distance Oracles Using Hopsets

Authors: Siddharth Gupta (UCI), Adrian Kosowski (GANG), Laurent Viennot (GANG)
Abstract: For fixed $h \geq 2$, we consider the task of adding to a graph $G$ a set of weighted shortcut edges on the same vertex set, such that the length of a shortest $h$-hop path between any pair of vertices in the augmented graph is exactly the same as the original distance between these vertices in $G$. A set of shortcut edges with this property is called an exact $h$-hopset and may be applied in processing distance queries on graph $G$. In particular, a $2$-hopset directly corresponds to a distributed distance oracle known as a hub labeling. In this work, we explore centralized distance oracles based on $3$-hopsets and display their advantages in several practical scenarios. In particular, for graphs of constant highway dimension, and more generally for graphs of constant skeleton dimension, we show that $3$-hopsets require exponentially fewer shortcuts per node than any previously described distance oracle while incurring only a quadratic increase in the query decoding time, and actually offer a speedup when compared to simple oracles based on a direct application of $2$-hopsets. Finally, we consider the problem of computing minimum-size $h$-hopset (for any $h \geq 2$) for a given graph $G$, showing a polylogarithmic-factor approximation for the case of unique shortest path graphs. When $h=3$, for a given bound on the space used by the distance oracle, we provide a construction of hopsets achieving polylog approximation both for space and query time compared to the optimal $3$-hopset oracle given the space bound.
Subjects: Data Structures and Algorithms (cs.DS)
Cite as: arXiv:1803.06977 [cs.DS]
  (or arXiv:1803.06977v1 [cs.DS] for this version)

Submission history

From: Adrian Kosowski [view email]
[v1] Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:06:49 GMT (35kb)