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Boris Aronov, Sariel Har-Peled, Christian Knauer, Yusu Wang, and Carola Wenk.

We revisit the problem of computing Fréchet distance between polygonal curves under $L_1$, $L_2$, and $L_\infty$ norms, focusing on discrete Fréchet distance, where only distance between vertices is considered. We develop efficient algorithms for two natural classes of curves. In particular, given two polygonal curves of $n$ vertices each, a $\eps$-approximation of their discrete Fréchet distance can be computed in roughly $O(n\kappa^3\log n/\eps^3)$ time in three dimensions, if one of the curves is \emph{$\kappa$-bounded}. Previously, only a $\kappa$-approximation algorithm was known. If both curves are the so-called \emph{\backbone~curves}, which are widely used to model protein backbones in molecular biology, we can $\eps$-approximate their Fréchet distance in near linear time in two dimensions, and in roughly $O(n^{4/3}\log nm)$ time in three dimensions. In the second part, we propose a pseudo--output-sensitive algorithm for computing Fréchet distance exactly. The complexity of the algorithm is a function of a quantity we call the \emph{\bwnumber{}}, which is quadratic in the worst case, but tends to be much smaller in practice.

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