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Voronoi diagrams  a survey of a fundamental geometric data structure
 ACM COMPUTING SURVEYS
, 1991
"... This paper presents a survey of the Voronoi diagram, one of the most fundamental data structures in computational geometry. It demonstrates the importance and usefulness of the Voronoi diagram in a wide variety of fields inside and outside computer science and surveys the history of its development. ..."
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This paper presents a survey of the Voronoi diagram, one of the most fundamental data structures in computational geometry. It demonstrates the importance and usefulness of the Voronoi diagram in a wide variety of fields inside and outside computer science and surveys the history of its development. The paper puts particular emphasis on the unified exposition of its mathematical and algorithmic properties. Finally, the paper provides the first comprehensive bibliography on Voronoi diagrams and related structures.
Voronoi Diagrams
 Handbook of Computational Geometry
"... Voronoi diagrams can also be thought of as lower envelopes, in the sense mentioned at the beginning of this subsection. Namely, for each point x not situated on a bisecting curve, the relation p x q defines a total ordering on S. If we construct a set of surfaces H p , p S,in3space such t ..."
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Voronoi diagrams can also be thought of as lower envelopes, in the sense mentioned at the beginning of this subsection. Namely, for each point x not situated on a bisecting curve, the relation p x q defines a total ordering on S. If we construct a set of surfaces H p , p S,in3space such that H p is below H q i# p x q holds, then the projection of their lower envelope equals the abstract Voronoi diagram.
Spanning Trees Short Or Small
 SIAM JOURNAL ON DISCRETE MATHEMATICS
"... We study the problem of finding small trees. Classical network design problems are considered with the additional constraint that only a specified number k of nodes are required to be connected in the solution. A prototypical example is the kMST problem in which we require a tree of minimum weight s ..."
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We study the problem of finding small trees. Classical network design problems are considered with the additional constraint that only a specified number k of nodes are required to be connected in the solution. A prototypical example is the kMST problem in which we require a tree of minimum weight spanning at least k nodes in an edgeweighted graph. We show that the kMST problem is NPhard even for points in the Euclidean plane. We provide approximation algorithms with performance ratio 2 p k for the general edgeweighted case and O(k 1=4 ) for the case of points in the plane. Polynomialtime exact solutions are also presented for the class of treewidthbounded graphs which includes trees, seriesparallel graphs, and bounded bandwidth graphs, and for points on the boundary of a convex region in the Euclidean plane. We also investigate the problem of finding short trees, and more generally, that of finding networks with minimum diameter. A simple technique is used to prov...
ClosestPoint Problems in Computational Geometry
, 1997
"... This is the preliminary version of a chapter that will appear in the Handbook on Computational Geometry, edited by J.R. Sack and J. Urrutia. A comprehensive overview is given of algorithms and data structures for proximity problems on point sets in IR D . In particular, the closest pair problem, th ..."
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This is the preliminary version of a chapter that will appear in the Handbook on Computational Geometry, edited by J.R. Sack and J. Urrutia. A comprehensive overview is given of algorithms and data structures for proximity problems on point sets in IR D . In particular, the closest pair problem, the exact and approximate postoffice problem, and the problem of constructing spanners are discussed in detail. Contents 1 Introduction 1 2 The static closest pair problem 4 2.1 Preliminary remarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2.2 Algorithms that are optimal in the algebraic computation tree model . 5 2.2.1 An algorithm based on the Voronoi diagram . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2.2.2 A divideandconquer algorithm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2.2.3 A plane sweep algorithm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2.3 A deterministic algorithm that uses indirect addressing . . . . . . . . . 7 2.3.1 The degraded grid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...
Iterated Nearest Neighbors and Finding Minimal Polytopes
, 1994
"... Weintroduce a new method for finding several types of optimal kpoint sets, minimizing perimeter, diameter, circumradius, and related measures, by testing sets of the O(k) nearest neighbors to each point. We argue that this is better in a number of ways than previous algorithms, whichwere based o ..."
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Weintroduce a new method for finding several types of optimal kpoint sets, minimizing perimeter, diameter, circumradius, and related measures, by testing sets of the O(k) nearest neighbors to each point. We argue that this is better in a number of ways than previous algorithms, whichwere based on high order Voronoi diagrams. Our technique allows us for the first time to efficiently maintain minimal sets as new points are inserted, to generalize our algorithms to higher dimensions, to find minimal convex kvertex polygons and polytopes, and to improvemany previous results. Weachievemany of our results via a new algorithm for finding rectilinear nearest neighbors in the plane in time O(n log n+kn). We also demonstrate a related technique for finding minimum area kpoint sets in the plane, based on testing sets of nearest vertical neighbors to each line segment determined by a pair of points. A generalization of this technique also allows us to find minimum volume and boundary measure sets in arbitrary dimensions.
Geometric Applications of a Randomized Optimization Technique
 Discrete Comput. Geom
, 1999
"... We propose a simple, general, randomized technique to reduce certain geometric optimization problems to their corresponding decision problems. These reductions increase the expected time complexity by only a constant factor and eliminate extra logarithmic factors in previous, often more complicated, ..."
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We propose a simple, general, randomized technique to reduce certain geometric optimization problems to their corresponding decision problems. These reductions increase the expected time complexity by only a constant factor and eliminate extra logarithmic factors in previous, often more complicated, deterministic approaches (such as parametric searching). Faster algorithms are thus obtained for a variety of problems in computational geometry: finding minimal kpoint subsets, matching point sets under translation, computing rectilinear pcenters and discrete 1centers, and solving linear programs with k violations. 1 Introduction Consider the classic randomized algorithm for finding the minimum of r numbers minfA[1]; : : : ; A[r]g: Algorithm randmin 1. randomly pick a permutation hi 1 ; : : : ; i r i of h1; : : : ; ri 2. t /1 3. for k = 1; : : : ; r do 4. if A[i k ] ! t then 5. t / A[i k ] 6. return t By a wellknown fact [27, 44], the expected number of times that step 5 is execut...
Finding Minimum Area kgons
 DISCRETE & COMPUTATIONAL GEOMETRY
, 1992
"... Given a set P of n points in the plane and a number k, we want to find a polygon ~ with vertices in P of minimum area that satisfies one of the following properties: (1) cK is a convex kgon, (2) ~ is an empty convex kgon, or (3) ~ is the convex hull of exactly k points of P. We give algorithms ..."
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Given a set P of n points in the plane and a number k, we want to find a polygon ~ with vertices in P of minimum area that satisfies one of the following properties: (1) cK is a convex kgon, (2) ~ is an empty convex kgon, or (3) ~ is the convex hull of exactly k points of P. We give algorithms for solving each of these three problems in time O(kn3). The space complexity is O(n) for k = 4 and O(kn 2) for k> 5. The algorithms are based on a dynamic ptogramming approach. We generalize this approach to polygons with minimum perimeter, polygons with maximum perimeter or area, polygons containing the maximum or minimum number of points, polygons with minimum weight (for some weights added to vertices), etc., in similar time bounds.
Finding the k Smallest Spanning Trees
, 1992
"... We give improved solutions for the problem of generating the k smallest spanning trees in a graph and in the plane. Our algorithm for general graphs takes time O(m log #(m, n)+k 2 ); for planar graphs this bound can be improved to O(n + k 2 ). We also show that the k best spanning trees for a set of ..."
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We give improved solutions for the problem of generating the k smallest spanning trees in a graph and in the plane. Our algorithm for general graphs takes time O(m log #(m, n)+k 2 ); for planar graphs this bound can be improved to O(n + k 2 ). We also show that the k best spanning trees for a set of points in the plane can be computed in time O(min(k 2 n + n log n, k 2 + kn log(n/k))). The k best orthogonal spanning trees in the plane can be found in time O(n log n + kn log log(n/k)+k 2 ).
Enclosing Many Boxes By an Optimal Pair of Boxes
 In A. Finkel and M. Jantzen (Eds.), Proc. STACS'92 , Number 525 in LNCS, Berlin/Heidelberg/New York
, 1992
"... We look at the problem: Given a set M of n ddimensional intervals, find two d dimensional intervals S, T , such that all intervals in M are enclosed by S or by T , the distribution is balanced and the intervals S and T fulfill a geometric criterion, e.g. like minimum area sum. ..."
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We look at the problem: Given a set M of n ddimensional intervals, find two d dimensional intervals S, T , such that all intervals in M are enclosed by S or by T , the distribution is balanced and the intervals S and T fulfill a geometric criterion, e.g. like minimum area sum. Up to now no polynomial time algorithm was known for that problem. We present an O(dn log n + d 2 n 2d\Gamma1 ) algorithm for finding an optimal solution. 1 Introduction Throughout the years, several fast heuristics have been proposed for a combinatorial optimization problem that is important in the area of spatial data structures. Given a set of (axisparallel) rectangles in the plane, the problem is to find two rectangles, say S and T , such that each given rectangle is enclosed by S or by T (or both), each of S and T enclose at least a certain number of given rectangles, and S and T together minimize some measure, e.g. the sum of their areas. This problem must be solved whene...
On enclosing k points by a circle
 INFORMATION PROCESSING LETTER
, 1995
"... We consider the problem of finding, for a given npoint set P in the plane and an integer k < n, a smallest circle enclosing at least k points of P. We present randomized algorithms with O(nk) space and O(n log II + nk) expected running time, resp. O(n) space and O(n log n + nk log k) time. This imp ..."
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We consider the problem of finding, for a given npoint set P in the plane and an integer k < n, a smallest circle enclosing at least k points of P. We present randomized algorithms with O(nk) space and O(n log II + nk) expected running time, resp. O(n) space and O(n log n + nk log k) time. This improves on previous results by logarithmic factors, and our algorithms are simpler and easier to implement.