Efficient minimum spanning tree construction without Delaunay triangulation

Hai Zhou*, Narendra Shenoy, William Nicholls

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Given n points in a plane, a minimum spanning tree is a set of edges which connects all the points and has a minimum total length. A naive approach enumerates edges on all pairs of points and takes at least Ω(n2) time. More efficient approaches find a minimum spanning tree only among edges in the Delaunay triangulation of the points. However, Delaunay triangulation is not well defined in rectilinear distance. In this paper, we first establish a framework for minimum spanning tree construction which is based on a general concept of spanning graphs. A spanning graph is a natural definition and not necessarily a Delaunay triangulation. Based on this framework, we then design an O(nlogn) sweep-line algorithm to construct a rectilinear minimum spanning tree without using Delaunay triangulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalInformation Processing Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 16 2002


  • Computational geometry
  • Graph algorithms
  • Minimal spanning tree
  • Wire routing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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