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DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2023.6
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A. Akitaya, Hugo ; Gonczi, Andrei ; Souvaine, Diane L. ; Tóth, Csaba D. ; Weighill, Thomas

Reconfiguration of Polygonal Subdivisions via Recombination

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Motivated by the problem of redistricting, we study area-preserving reconfigurations of connected subdivisions of a simple polygon. A connected subdivision of a polygon ℛ, called a district map, is a set of interior disjoint connected polygons called districts whose union equals ℛ. We consider the recombination as the reconfiguration move which takes a subdivision and produces another by merging two adjacent districts, and by splitting them into two connected polygons of the same area as the original districts. The complexity of a map is the number of vertices in the boundaries of its districts. Given two maps with k districts, with complexity O(n), and a perfect matching between districts of the same area in the two maps, we show constructively that (log n)^O(log k) recombination moves are sufficient to reconfigure one into the other. We also show that Ω(log n) recombination moves are sometimes necessary even when k = 3, thus providing a tight bound when k = 3.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{A. Akitaya, Hugo and Gonczi, Andrei and Souvaine, Diane L. and T\'{o}th, Csaba D. and Weighill, Thomas},
  title =	{{Reconfiguration of Polygonal Subdivisions via Recombination}},
  booktitle =	{31st Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2023)},
  pages =	{6:1--6:16},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-295-2},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2023},
  volume =	{274},
  editor =	{G{\o}rtz, Inge Li and Farach-Colton, Martin and Puglisi, Simon J. and Herman, Grzegorz},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-186598},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2023.6},
  annote =	{Keywords: configuration space, gerrymandering, polygonal subdivision, recombination}

Keywords: configuration space, gerrymandering, polygonal subdivision, recombination
Collection: 31st Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2023)
Issue Date: 2023
Date of publication: 30.08.2023

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