Polylogarithmic additive inapproximability of the radio broadcast problem

Michael Elkin, Guy Kortsarz

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The input for the radio broadcast problem is an undirected n-vertex graph G and a source node s. The goal is to send a message from s to the rest of the vertices in the minimum number of rounds. In a round, a vertex receives the message only if exactly one of its neighbors transmits. The radio broadcast problem admits an O(log 2 n) approximation [I. Chlamtac and O. Weinstein, in Proceedings of the IEEE INFOCOM, 1987, pp. 874-881; D. Kowalski and A. Pelc, in APPROX-RANDOM, Lecture Notes in Comput. Sci. 3122, Springer, Berlin, 2004, pp. 171-182]. In this paper we consider the additive approximation ratio of the problem. We prove that there exists a constant c so that the problem cannot be approximated within an additive term of c log 2 n, unless N P ⊆ BTIME(n O(log log n)).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-899
Number of pages19
JournalSIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Approximation
  • Broadcast
  • Radio


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