We consider the problem of determining the path-distance-width for AT-free graphs and graphs in related classes such as k-cocomparability graphs, proper interval graphs, cobipartite graphs, and cochain graphs. We first show that the problem is NP-hard even for cobipartite graphs, and thus for AT-free graphs. Next we present simple approximation algorithms with constant approximation ratios for AT-free graphs and graphs in the related graph classes mentioned above. For instance, our algorithm for AT-free graphs has approximation factor 3 and runs in linear time. We also show that the problem is solvable in polynomial time for cochain graphs, which form a subclass of the class of proper interval graphs.
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