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The Covering Canadian Traveller Problem Revisited

Niklas Hahn
Michalis Xefteris


In this paper, we consider the k-Covering Canadian Traveller Problem (k-CCTP), which can be seen as a variant of the Travelling Salesperson Problem. The goal of k-CCTP is finding the shortest tour for a traveller to visit a set of locations in a given graph and return to the origin. Crucially, unknown to the traveller, up to k edges of the graph are blocked and the traveller only discovers blocked edges online at one of their respective endpoints. The currently best known upper bound for k-CCTP is O(√k) which was shown in [Huang and Liao, ISAAC '12]. We improve this polynomial bound to a logarithmic one by presenting a deterministic O(log k)-competitive algorithm that runs in polynomial time. Further, we demonstrate the tightness of our analysis by giving a lower bound instance for our algorithm.
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hal-04208886 , version 1 (15-09-2023)



Niklas Hahn, Michalis Xefteris. The Covering Canadian Traveller Problem Revisited. International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science, Aug 2023, Bordeaux, France. ⟨10.4230/LIPIcs.MFCS.2023.53⟩. ⟨hal-04208886⟩
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