Designing approximate all-pairs distance oracles in the fully dynamic setting is one of the central problems in dynamic graph algorithms. Despite extensive research on this topic, the first result breaking the O(√n) barrier on the update time for any non-trivial approximation was introduced only recently by Forster, Goranci and Henzinger [SODA'21] who achieved m^{1/ρ+o(1)} amortized update time with a O(log n)^{3ρ-2} factor in the approximation ratio, for any parameter ρ ≥ 1. In this paper, we give the first constant-stretch fully dynamic distance oracle with small polynomial update and query time. Prior work required either at least a poly-logarithmic approximation or much larger update time. Our result gives a more fine-grained trade-off between stretch and update time, for instance we can achieve constant stretch of O(1/(ρ²))^{4/ρ} in amortized update time Õ(n^{ρ}), and query time Õ(n^{ρ/8}) for any constant parameter 0 < ρ < 1. Our algorithm is randomized and assumes an oblivious adversary. A core technical idea underlying our construction is to design a black-box reduction from decremental approximate hub-labeling schemes to fully dynamic distance oracles, which may be of independent interest. We then apply this reduction repeatedly to an existing decremental algorithm to bootstrap our fully dynamic solution.

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Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics
31st Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2023)

Forster, S., Goranci, G., Nazari, Y., & Skarlatos, A. (2023). Bootstrapping dynamic distance oracles. In Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (pp. 50:1–50:16). doi:10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2023.50