TY - CHAP

T1 - On the Complexity of Approximating TSP with Neighborhoods and Related Problems

AU - Safra, Shmuel

AU - Schwartz, Oded

PY - 2003

Y1 - 2003

N2 - We prove that various geometric covering problems, related to the Travelling Salesman Problem cannot be efficiently approximated to within any constant factor unless P = NP. This includes the Group-Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP with Neighborhoods) in the Euclidean plane, the Group-Steiner-Tree in the Euclidean plane and the Minimum Watchman Tour and the Minimum Watchman Path in 3-D. Some inapproximability factors are also shown for special cases of the above problems, where the size of the sets is bounded. Group-TSP and Group-Steiner-Tree where each neighbourhood is connected are also considered. It is shown that approximating these variants to within any constant factor smaller than 2, is NP-hard.

AB - We prove that various geometric covering problems, related to the Travelling Salesman Problem cannot be efficiently approximated to within any constant factor unless P = NP. This includes the Group-Travelling Salesman Problem (TSP with Neighborhoods) in the Euclidean plane, the Group-Steiner-Tree in the Euclidean plane and the Minimum Watchman Tour and the Minimum Watchman Path in 3-D. Some inapproximability factors are also shown for special cases of the above problems, where the size of the sets is bounded. Group-TSP and Group-Steiner-Tree where each neighbourhood is connected are also considered. It is shown that approximating these variants to within any constant factor smaller than 2, is NP-hard.

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U2 - 10.1007/978-3-540-39658-1_41

DO - 10.1007/978-3-540-39658-1_41

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AN - SCOPUS:0142183796

SN - 3540200649

SN - 9783540200642

T3 - Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

SP - 446

EP - 458

BT - Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

A2 - di Battista, Giuseppe

A2 - Zwick, Uri

PB - Springer Verlag

ER -