Minimum-sum Dipolar Spanning Tree in R3

Published in Computational Geometry, 2012

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In this paper we consider finding a geometric minimum-sum dipolar spanning tree in R3, and present an algorithm that takes O(n2log22n) time using O(n2) space, thus almost matching the best known results for the planar case. Our solution uses an interesting result related to the complexity of the common intersection of n balls in R3, of possible different radii, that are all tangent to a given point p. The problem has applications in communication networks, when the goal is to minimize the distance between two hubs or servers as well as the distance from any node in the network to the closer of the two hubs.

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