A QPTAS for the base of the number of crossing-free structures on a planar point set
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The number of triangulations of a planar n point set S is known to be cn, where the base c lies between 2.43 and 30. Similarly, the number of crossing-free spanning trees on S is known to be dn, where the base d lies between 6.75 and 141.07. The fastest known algorithm for counting triangulations of S runs in 2(1+o(1))nlog n time while that for counting crossing-free spanning trees runs in O (7.125n) time. The fastest known, non-trivial approximation algorithms for the number of triangulations of S and the number of crossing-free spanning trees of S, respectively, run in time subexponential in n. We present the first non-trivial approximation algorithms for these numbers running in quasi-polynomial time. They yield the first quasi-polynomial approximation schemes for the base of the number of triangulations of S and the base of the number of crossing-free spanning trees on S, respectively.
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Journal||Theoretical Computer Science|
|Early online date||2017 Nov 16|
|Publication status||Published - 2018 Feb|