Approximating the metric 2-Peripatetic Salesman Problem

Federico Della Croce, Vangelis Th. Paschos, Roberto Wolfler Calvo


This paper deals with the 2-Peripatetic Salesman Problem for the case where costs respect the triangle inequality. The aim is to determine 2 edge disjoint Hamiltonian cycles of minimum total cost on a graph. We first present a straightforward 9/4 approximation algorithm based on the well known Christofides algorithm for the travelling salesman problem. Then we propose a 2(n-1)/n-approximation polynomial time algorithm based on the solution of the minimum cost two-edge-disjoint spanning trees problem. Finally, we show that by partially combining these two algorithms, a 15/8 approximation ratio can be reached if a 5/4 approximation algorithm can be found for the related problem of finding two edge disjoint subgraphs consisting in a spanning tree and an hamiltonian cycle of minimum total cost.


Peripatetic salesman, approximation algorithm

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Algorithmic Operations Research. ISSN: 1718-3235