A Unified PTAS for Prize Collecting TSP and Steiner Tree Problem in Doubling Metrics

T. H. Hubert Chan, Haotian Jiang, Shaofeng H.C. Jiang

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We present a unified (randomized) polynomial-time approximation scheme (PTAS) for the prize collecting traveling salesman problem (PCTSP) and the prize collecting Steiner tree problem (PCSTP) in doubling metrics. Given a metric space and a penalty function on a subset of points known as terminals, a solution is a subgraph on points in the metric space whose cost is the weight of its edges plus the penalty due to terminals not covered by the subgraph. Under our unified framework, the solution subgraph needs to be Eulerian for PCTSP, while it needs to be a tree for PCSTP. Before our work, even a QPTAS for the problems in doubling metrics is not known. Our unified PTAS is based on the previous dynamic programming frameworks proposed in Talwar (STOC 2004) and Bartal, Gottlieb, Krauthgamer (STOC 2012). However, since it is unknown which part of the optimal cost is due to edge lengths and which part is due to penalties of uncovered terminals, we need to develop new techniques to apply previous divide-and-conquer strategies and sparse instance decompositions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number24
Number of pages23
JournalACM Transactions on Algorithms
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Doubling dimension
  • polynomial time approximation scheme
  • prize collecting
  • Steiner tree problem
  • traveling salesman problem


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