The $k$-center problem is to choose a subset of size $k$ from a set of $n$ points such that the maximum distance from each point to its nearest center is minimized. Let $Q=\{Q_1,\ldots,Q_n\}$ be a set of polygons or segments in the region-based uncertainty model, in which each $Q_i$ is an uncertain point, where the exact locations of the points in $Q_i$ are unknown. The geometric objects segments and polygons can be models of a point set. We define the uncertain version of the $k$-center problem as a generalization in which the objective is to find $k$ points from $Q$ to cover the remaining regions of $Q$ with minimum or maximum radius of the cluster to cover at least one or all exact instances of each $Q_i$, respectively. We modify the region-based model to allow multiple points to be chosen from a region and call the resulting model the aggregated uncertainty model. All these problems contain the point version as a special case, so they are all NP-hard with a lower bound 1.822. We give approximation algorithms for uncertain $k$-center of a set of segments and polygons. We also have implemented some of our algorithms on a data-set to show our theoretical performance guarantees can be achieved in practice.

Source: arXiv.org:2111.13989

Volume: Volume 184, Issue 3

Published on: January 27, 2022

Accepted on: January 11, 2022

Submitted on: November 30, 2021

Keywords: Computer Science - Computational Geometry

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