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Geometric Range Searching and Its Relatives
 CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS
"... ... process a set S of points in so that the points of S lying inside a query R region can be reported or counted quickly. Wesurvey the known techniques and data structures for range searching and describe their application to other related searching problems. ..."
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... process a set S of points in so that the points of S lying inside a query R region can be reported or counted quickly. Wesurvey the known techniques and data structures for range searching and describe their application to other related searching problems.
Geometric Shortest Paths and Network Optimization
 Handbook of Computational Geometry
, 1998
"... Introduction A natural and wellstudied problem in algorithmic graph theory and network optimization is that of computing a "shortest path" between two nodes, s and t, in a graph whose edges have "weights" associated with them, and we consider the "length" of a path to ..."
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Introduction A natural and wellstudied problem in algorithmic graph theory and network optimization is that of computing a "shortest path" between two nodes, s and t, in a graph whose edges have "weights" associated with them, and we consider the "length" of a path to be the sum of the weights of the edges that comprise it. Efficient algorithms are well known for this problem, as briefly summarized below. The shortest path problem takes on a new dimension when considered in a geometric domain. In contrast to graphs, where the encoding of edges is explicit, a geometric instance of a shortest path problem is usually specified by giving geometric objects that implicitly encode the graph and its edge weights. Our goal in devising efficient geometric algorithms is generally to avoid explicit construction of the entire underlying graph, since the full induced graph may be very large (even exponential in the input size, or infinite). Computing an optimal
RAY SHOOTING AND PARAMETRIC SEARCH
, 1993
"... Efficient algorithms for the ray shooting problem are presented: Given a collection F of objects in d, build a data structure so that, for a query ray, the first object of F hit by the ray can be quickly determined. Using the parametric search technique, this problem is reduced to the segment emptin ..."
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Efficient algorithms for the ray shooting problem are presented: Given a collection F of objects in d, build a data structure so that, for a query ray, the first object of F hit by the ray can be quickly determined. Using the parametric search technique, this problem is reduced to the segment emptiness problem. For various ray shooting problems, space/querytime tradeoffs of the following type are achieved: For some integer b and a parameter m (n _< m < n b) the queries are answered in time O((n/m /b) log <) n), with O(m!+) space and preprocessing time (t> 0 is arbitrarily small but fixed constant), b Ld/2J is obtained for ray shooting in a convex dpolytope defined as an intersection of n half spaces, b d for an arrangement of n hyperplanes in d, and b 3 for an arrangement of n half planes in 3. This approach also yields fast procedures for finding the first k objects hit by a query ray, for searching nearest and farthest neighbors, and for the hidden surface removal. All the data structures can be maintained dynamically in amortized time O (m + / n) per insert/delete operation.
Evaluation of Collision Detection Methods for Virtual Reality FlyThroughs
 In Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry
, 1995
"... We consider the problem of preprocessing a scene of polyhedral models in order to perform collision detection very efficiently for an object that moves amongst obstacles. This problem is of central importance in virtual reality applications, where it is necessary to check for collisions at realtime ..."
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We consider the problem of preprocessing a scene of polyhedral models in order to perform collision detection very efficiently for an object that moves amongst obstacles. This problem is of central importance in virtual reality applications, where it is necessary to check for collisions at realtime rates. We give an algorithm for collision detection that is based on the use of a mesh (tetrahedralization) of the free space that has (hopefully) low stabbing number. The algorithm has been implemented and tested, and we give experimental results comparing its performance against three other algorithms that we implemented, based on standard data structures. A preliminary version of this paper appeared in the proceedings of the 7 th Canad. Conf. Computat. Geometry, Qu'ebec, Aug 1013, 1995. y held@ams.sunysb.edu; Supported by NSF Grant DMS9312098. On sabbatical leave from Universitat Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria. z jklosow@ams.sunysb.edu; Supported by NSF grants ECSE8857642 and C...
Optimal OutputSensitive Convex Hull Algorithms in Two and Three Dimensions
, 1996
"... We present simple outputsensitive algorithms that construct the convex hull of a set of n points in two or three dimensions in worstcase optimal O(n log h) time and O(n) space, where h denotes the number of vertices of the convex hull. ..."
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We present simple outputsensitive algorithms that construct the convex hull of a set of n points in two or three dimensions in worstcase optimal O(n log h) time and O(n) space, where h denotes the number of vertices of the convex hull.
QuerySensitive Ray Shooting
 IN PROC. 10TH ANNU. ACM SYMPOS. COMPUT. GEOM
, 1994
"... Ray (segment) shooting is the problem of determining the first intersection between a ray (directed line segment) and a collection of polygonal or polyhedral obstacles. In order to process queries efficiently, the set of obstacle polyhedra is usually preprocessed into a data structure. In this pa ..."
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Ray (segment) shooting is the problem of determining the first intersection between a ray (directed line segment) and a collection of polygonal or polyhedral obstacles. In order to process queries efficiently, the set of obstacle polyhedra is usually preprocessed into a data structure. In this paper, we propose a querysensitive data structure for ray shooting, which means that the performance of our data structure depends on the "local" geometry of obstacles near the query segment. We measure the complexity of the local geometry near the segment by a parameter called the simple cover complexity , denoted by scc(s) for a segment s. Our data structure consists of a subdivision that partitions the space into a collection of polyhedral cells of O(1) complexity. We answer a segment shooting query by walking along the segment through the subdivision. Our first result is that, for any fixed dimension d, there exists a simple hierarchical subdivision in which no query segment s int...
Efficient PiecewiseLinear Function Approximation Using the Uniform Metric
 Discrete & Computational Geometry
, 1994
"... We give an O(n log n)time method for finding a best klink piecewiselinear function approximating an npoint planar data set using the wellknown uniform metric to measure the error, ffl 0, of the approximation. Our method is based upon new characterizations of such functions, which we exploit to ..."
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We give an O(n log n)time method for finding a best klink piecewiselinear function approximating an npoint planar data set using the wellknown uniform metric to measure the error, ffl 0, of the approximation. Our method is based upon new characterizations of such functions, which we exploit to design an efficient algorithm using a plane sweep in "ffl space" followed by several applications of the parametric searching technique. The previous best running time for this problem was O(n 2 ). 1 Introduction Approximating a set S = f(x 1 ; y 1 ); (x 2 ; y 2 ); : : : ; (x n ; y n )g of points in the plane by a function is a classic problem in applied mathematics. The general goals in this area of research are to find a function F belonging to a class of functions F such that each F 2 F is simple to describe, represent, and compute and such that the chosen F approximates S well. For example, one may desire that F be the class of linear or piecewiselinear functions, and, for any parti...
Dynamic Ray Shooting and Shortest Paths in Planar Subdivisions via Balanced Geodesic Triangulations
 J. Algorithms
, 1997
"... We give new methods for maintaining a data structure that supports ray shooting and shortest path queries in a dynamicallychanging connected planar subdivision S. Our approach is based on a new dynamic method for maintaining a balanced decomposition of a simple polygon via geodesic triangles. We ma ..."
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We give new methods for maintaining a data structure that supports ray shooting and shortest path queries in a dynamicallychanging connected planar subdivision S. Our approach is based on a new dynamic method for maintaining a balanced decomposition of a simple polygon via geodesic triangles. We maintain such triangulations by viewing their dual trees as balanced trees. We show that rotations in these trees can be implemented via a simple "diagonal swapping" operation performed on the corresponding geodesic triangles, and that edge insertion and deletion can be implemented on these trees using operations akin to the standard split and splice operations. We also maintain a dynamic point location structure on the geodesic triangulation, so that we may implement ray shooting queries by first locating the ray's endpoint and then walking along the ray from geodesic triangle to geodesic triangle until we hit the boundary of some region of S. The shortest path between two points in the same ...
Sweeping simple polygons with a chain of guards
 In Proceedings of the 11th ACMSIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA
, 2000
"... Abstract We consider the problem of locating a continuouslymoving target using a group of guardsmoving inside a simple polygon. Our guards always form a simple polygonal chain within the polygon such that consecutive guards along the chain are mutually visible. We developalgorithms that sweep such ..."
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Abstract We consider the problem of locating a continuouslymoving target using a group of guardsmoving inside a simple polygon. Our guards always form a simple polygonal chain within the polygon such that consecutive guards along the chain are mutually visible. We developalgorithms that sweep such a chain of guards through a polygon to locate the target. Our two main results are the following: 1. an algorithm to compute the minimum number r * of guards needed to sweep an nvertexpolygon that runs in O(n3) time and uses O(n2) working space, and 2. a faster algorithm, using O(n log n) time and O(n) space, to compute an integer r suchthat max( r 16, 2) < = r * < = r and P can be swept with a chain of r guards. We develop two other techniques to approximate r*. Using O(n2) time and space, we show howto sweep the polygon using at most r * + 2 guards. We also show that any polygon can be sweptby a number of guards equal to two more than the link radius of the polygon. As a key component of our exact algorithm, we introduce the notion of the link diagramof a polygon, which encodes the link distance between all pairs of points on the boundary of the polygon. We prove that the link diagram has size \Theta (n3) and can be constructed in \Theta (n3)time. We also show link diagram provides a data structure for optimal twopoint linkdistance queries, matching an earlier result of Arkin et al.As a key component of our O(n log n)time approximation algorithm, we introduce the notionof the &quot;link width &quot; of a polygon, which may have independent interest, as it captures important
Touring a Sequence of Polygons
 In Proc. 35th Annu. ACM Sympos. Theory Comput
, 2003
"... Given a sequence of k polygons in the plane, a start point s, and a target point, t, we seek a shortest path that starts at s, visits in order each of the polygons, and ends at t. If the polygons are disjoint and convex, we give an algorithm running in time O(kn log(n/k)), where n is the total numbe ..."
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Given a sequence of k polygons in the plane, a start point s, and a target point, t, we seek a shortest path that starts at s, visits in order each of the polygons, and ends at t. If the polygons are disjoint and convex, we give an algorithm running in time O(kn log(n/k)), where n is the total number of vertices specifying the polygons. We also extend our results to a case in which the convex polygons are arbitrarily intersecting and the subpath between any two consecutive polygons is constrained to lie within a simply connected region; the algorithm uses O(nk log n) time. Our methods are simple and allow shortest path queries from s to a query point t to be answered in time O(k log n + m), where m is the combinatorial path length. We show that for nonconvex polygons this "touring polygons" problem is NPhard.