Light spanners for bounded treewidth graphs imply light spanners for $H$-minor-free graphs

Glencora Borradaile, Hung Le

Grigni and Hung~\cite{GH12} conjectured that H-minor-free graphs have $(1+\epsilon)$-spanners that are light, that is, of weight $g(|H|,\epsilon)$ times the weight of the minimum spanning tree for some function $g$. This conjecture implies the {\em efficient} polynomial-time approximation scheme (PTAS) of the traveling salesperson problem in $H$-minor free graphs; that is, a PTAS whose running time is of the form $2^{f(\epsilon)}n^{O(1)}$ for some function $f$. The state of the art PTAS for TSP in H-minor-free-graphs has running time $n^{1/\epsilon^c}$. We take a further step toward proving this conjecture by showing that if the bounded treewidth graphs have light greedy spanners, then the conjecture is true. We also prove that the greedy spanner of a bounded pathwidth graph is light and discuss the possibility of extending our proof to bounded treewidth graphs.

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