MADALGO seminar

MADALGO Theory Seminar: Karl Bringmann (ETH Zurich)

2015.02.18 | Katrine Østerlund Rasmussen

Date Wed 25 Feb
Time 14:15 15:00
Location Building 5335, Nygaard-327


Quadratic Conditional Lower Bounds for String Problems and Dynamic Time Warping



We study similarity measures on strings, such as longest common subsequence and edit distance, and on curves, such as Fréchet distance and dynamic time warping. All of these measures have simple quadratic time dynamic programs (at least the decision versions). Recently quadratic-time lower bounds based on the Strong Exponential Time Hypothesis have been shown for Fréchet distance and edit distance. We extend these lower bounds by building a framework for proving quadratic-time hardness of similarity measures. We use this framework to obtain quadratic-time lower bounds for longest common subsequence (on binary strings) and dynamic time warping (on time-series). Moreover, we improve the hardness of edit distance by proving it on binary strings and for any non-trivial costs of the edit distance operations.