The Traveling Salesman Problem Under Squared Euclidean Distances

Abstract : Let $P$ be a set of points in $\mathbb{R}^d$, and let $\alpha \ge 1$ be a real number. We define the distance between two points $p,q\in P$ as $|pq|^{\alpha}$, where $|pq|$ denotes the standard Euclidean distance between $p$ and $q$. We denote the traveling salesman problem under this distance function by TSP($d,\alpha$). We design a 5-approximation algorithm for TSP(2,2) and generalize this result to obtain an approximation factor of $3^{\alpha-1}+\sqrt{6}^{\alpha}/3$ for $d=2$ and all $\alpha\ge2$. We also study the variant Rev-TSP of the problem where the traveling salesman is allowed to revisit points. We present a polynomial-time approximation scheme for Rev-TSP$(2,\alpha)$ with $\alpha\ge2$, and we show that Rev-TSP$(d, \alpha)$ is APX-hard if $d\ge3$ and $\alpha>1$. The APX-hardness proof carries over to TSP$(d, \alpha)$ for the same parameter ranges.
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Jean-Yves Marion and Thomas Schwentick. 27th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science - STACS 2010, Mar 2010, Nancy, France. pp.239-250, 2010, Proceedings of the 27th Annual Symposium on the Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science
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Mark De Berg, Fred Van Nijnatten, Rene Sitters, Gerhard J. Woeginger, Alexander Wolff. The Traveling Salesman Problem Under Squared Euclidean Distances. Jean-Yves Marion and Thomas Schwentick. 27th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science - STACS 2010, Mar 2010, Nancy, France. pp.239-250, 2010, Proceedings of the 27th Annual Symposium on the Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science. <inria-00455193>

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