Center and distinguisher for strings with unbounded alphabet

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-400
Journal / PublicationJournal of Combinatorial Optimization
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002


Consider two sets B and G of strings of length L with characters from an unbounded alphabet Σ, i.e., the size of Σ is not bounded by a constant and has to be taken into consideration as a parameter for input size. A closest string s* of B is a string that minimizes the maximum of Hamming1 distance(s, s*) over all string s : s ∈ B. In contrast, a farthest string t* from G maximizes the minimum of Hamming distance(t*, t) over all elements t : t ∈ G. A distinguisher of B from G is a string that is close to every string in B and far away from any string in G. We obtain polynomial time approximation schemes to settle the above problems.

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  • Approximation algorithm, Center string selection, Computational molecular biology, Distinguishing string selection, Unbounded alphabet size