Approximating minimization diagrams and generalized proximity search


We investigate the classes of functions whose minimization diagrams can be approximated efficiently in IRd. We present a general framework and a data-structure that can be used to approximate theminimization diagram of such functions. The resulting data-structure has near linear size and can answer queries in logarithmic time. Applications include approximating the Voronoi diagram of (additively or multiplicatively) weighted points. Our technique also works for more general distance functions, such as metrics induced by convex bodies, and the nearest furthest-neighbor distance to a set of point sets. Interestingly, our framework works also for distance functions that do not obey the triangle inequality. For many of these functions no near-linear size approximation was known before. Copyright © 2013 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

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Proceedings - Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS