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Being Fat and Friendly is Not Enough

Sariel Har-Peled.

We show that there is no $(1+\eps)$-approximation algorithm for the problem of covering points in the plane by minimum number of fat triangles of similar size (with the minimum angle of the triangles being close to $45$ degrees). Here, the available triangles are prespecified in advance. Since a constant factor approximation algorithm is known for this problem \cite{cv-iaags-07}, this settles the approximability of this problem. We also investigate some related problems, including cover by friendly fat shapes, and independent set of triangles in three dimensions.
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