Geometric Hitting Sets and Their Variants

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Ganjugunte, Shashidhara Krishnamurthy

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This thesis explores a few geometric optimization problems that arise

in robotics and sensor networks. In particular we present efficient

algorithms for the hitting-set problem and the budgeted hitting-set problem.

Given a set of objects and a collection of subsets of the objects,

called ranges, the hitting-set problem asks for a minimum number of

objects that intersect all the subsets in the collection.

In geometric settings, objects are

typically a set of points and ranges are defined by a set of geometric

regions (e.g., disks or polygons), i.e., the subset of points lying in each

region forms a range.

The first result of this thesis is an efficient algorithm for an instance

of the hitting-set problem in which both the set of points and the set

of ranges are implicitly defined. Namely, we are given a convex

polygonal robot and a set of convex polygonal obstacles, and we wish

to find a small number of congruent copies of the robot that intersect

all the obstacles.

Next, motivated by the application of sensor placement in sensor networks,

we study the so-called ``art-gallery'' problem. Given a polygonal

environment, we wish to place the minimum number of guards so that

the every point in the environment is visible from at least one guard.

This problem can be formulated as a hitting-set problem. We present

a sampling based algorithm for this problem and study various extensions

of this problem.

Next, we study the geometric hitting-set problem in a dynamic setting,

where the objects and/or the ranges change with time and the goal is

to maintain a hitting set. We present algorithms

which maintain a small size hitting set with sub-linear update time.

Finally, we consider the budgeted hitting-set problem, in which we

are asked to choose a bounded number of objects that intersect as many

ranges as possible. Motivated by applications in network vulnerability

analysis we study this problem in a probabilistic setting.





Ganjugunte, Shashidhara Krishnamurthy (2011). Geometric Hitting Sets and Their Variants. Dissertation, Duke University. Retrieved from


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