A light metric spanner

It has long been known that $d$-dimensional Euclidean point sets admit $(1+\epsilon)$-stretch spanners with lightness $W_E = \epsilon^{-O(d)}$, that is total edge weight at most $W_E$ times the weight of the minimum spaning tree of the set [DHN93]. Whether or not a similar result holds for metric spaces with low doubling dimension has remained an important open problem, and has resisted numerous attempts at resolution... (read more)

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