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The Quickhull algorithm for convex hulls
 ACM TRANSACTIONS ON MATHEMATICAL SOFTWARE
, 1996
"... The convex hull of a set of points is the smallest convex set that contains the points. This article presents a practical convex hull algorithm that combines the twodimensional Quickhull Algorithm with the generaldimension BeneathBeyond Algorithm. It is similar to the randomized, incremental algo ..."
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The convex hull of a set of points is the smallest convex set that contains the points. This article presents a practical convex hull algorithm that combines the twodimensional Quickhull Algorithm with the generaldimension BeneathBeyond Algorithm. It is similar to the randomized, incremental algorithms for convex hull and Delaunay triangulation. We provide empirical evidence that the algorithm runs faster when the input contains nonextreme points and that it uses less memory. Computational geometry algorithms have traditionally assumed that input sets are well behaved. When an algorithm is implemented with floatingpoint arithmetic, this assumption can lead to serious errors. We briefly describe a solution to this problem when computing the convex hull in two, three, or four dimensions. The output is a set of “thick ” facets that contain all possible exact convex hulls of the input. A variation is effective in five or more dimensions.
Applications of Random Sampling in Computational Geometry, II
 Discrete Comput. Geom
, 1995
"... We use random sampling for several new geometric algorithms. The algorithms are "Las Vegas," and their expected bounds are with respect to the random behavior of the algorithms. These algorithms follow from new general results giving sharp bounds for the use of random subsets in geometric algorithms ..."
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We use random sampling for several new geometric algorithms. The algorithms are "Las Vegas," and their expected bounds are with respect to the random behavior of the algorithms. These algorithms follow from new general results giving sharp bounds for the use of random subsets in geometric algorithms. These bounds show that random subsets can be used optimally for divideandconquer, and also give bounds for a simple, general technique for building geometric structures incrementally. One new algorithm reports all the intersecting pairs of a set of line segments in the plane, and requires O(A + n log n) expected time, where A is the number of intersecting pairs reported. The algorithm requires O(n) space in the worst case. Another algorithm computes the convex hull of n points in E d in O(n log n) expected time for d = 3, and O(n bd=2c ) expected time for d ? 3. The algorithm also gives fast expected times for random input points. Another algorithm computes the diameter of a set of n...
Programming Parallel Algorithms
, 1996
"... In the past 20 years there has been treftlendous progress in developing and analyzing parallel algorithftls. Researchers have developed efficient parallel algorithms to solve most problems for which efficient sequential solutions are known. Although some ofthese algorithms are efficient only in a th ..."
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In the past 20 years there has been treftlendous progress in developing and analyzing parallel algorithftls. Researchers have developed efficient parallel algorithms to solve most problems for which efficient sequential solutions are known. Although some ofthese algorithms are efficient only in a theoretical framework, many are quite efficient in practice or have key ideas that have been used in efficient implementations. This research on parallel algorithms has not only improved our general understanding ofparallelism but in several cases has led to improvements in sequential algorithms. Unf:ortunately there has been less success in developing good languages f:or prograftlftling parallel algorithftls, particularly languages that are well suited for teaching and prototyping algorithms. There has been a large gap between languages
ExternalMemory Computational Geometry
, 1993
"... In this paper, we give new techniques for designing efficient algorithms for computational geometry problems that are too large to be solved in internal memory, and we use these techniques to develop optimal and practical algorithms for a number of important largescale problems. We discuss our algor ..."
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In this paper, we give new techniques for designing efficient algorithms for computational geometry problems that are too large to be solved in internal memory, and we use these techniques to develop optimal and practical algorithms for a number of important largescale problems. We discuss our algorithms primarily in the contex't of single processor/single disk machines, a domain in which they are not only the first known optimal results but also of tremendous practical value. Our methods also produce the first known optimal algorithms for a wide range of twolevel and hierarchical muir{level memory models, including parallel models. The algorithms are optimal both in terms of I/0 cost and internal computation.
Indexing of Moving Objects for LocationBased Services
, 2001
"... With the continued proliferation of wireless networks, e.g., based on such evolving standards as WAP and Bluetooth, visionaries predict that the Internet will soon extend to billions of wireless devices, or objects. A substantial fraction of these will offer their changing positions to the (locati ..."
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With the continued proliferation of wireless networks, e.g., based on such evolving standards as WAP and Bluetooth, visionaries predict that the Internet will soon extend to billions of wireless devices, or objects. A substantial fraction of these will offer their changing positions to the (locationbased) services, they either use or support. As a result, software technologies that enable the management of the positions of objects capable of continuous movement are in increasingly high demand. This paper assumes what we consider a realistic Internetservice scenario where objects that have not reported their position within a specified duration of time are expected to no longer be interested in, or of interest to, the service. In this scenario, the possibility of substantial quantities of "expiring" objects introduces a new kind of implicit update, which contributes to rendering the database highly dynamic. The paper presents an Rtree based technique for the indexing of the current positions of such objects. Extensive performance experiments explore the properties of the types of bounding regions that are candidates for being used in the internal entries of the index, and they show that, when compared to the approach where the objects are not assumed to expire, the new indexing technique can improve the search performance by as much as a factor of two or more without sacrificing update performance.
Arrangements and Their Applications
 Handbook of Computational Geometry
, 1998
"... The arrangement of a finite collection of geometric objects is the decomposition of the space into connected cells induced by them. We survey combinatorial and algorithmic properties of arrangements of arcs in the plane and of surface patches in higher dimensions. We present many applications of arr ..."
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The arrangement of a finite collection of geometric objects is the decomposition of the space into connected cells induced by them. We survey combinatorial and algorithmic properties of arrangements of arcs in the plane and of surface patches in higher dimensions. We present many applications of arrangements to problems in motion planning, visualization, range searching, molecular modeling, and geometric optimization. Some results involving planar arrangements of arcs have been presented in a companion chapter in this book, and are extended in this chapter to higher dimensions. Work by P.A. was supported by Army Research Office MURI grant DAAH049610013, by a Sloan fellowship, by an NYI award, and by a grant from the U.S.Israeli Binational Science Foundation. Work by M.S. was supported by NSF Grants CCR9122103 and CCR9311127, by a MaxPlanck Research Award, and by grants from the U.S.Israeli Binational Science Foundation, the Israel Science Fund administered by the Israeli Ac...
OutputSensitive Results on Convex Hulls, Extreme Points, and Related Problems
, 1996
"... . We use known data structures for rayshooting and linearprogramming queries to derive new outputsensitive results on convex hulls, extreme points, and related problems. We show that the f face convex hull of an npoint set P in a fixed dimension d # 2 can be constructed in O(n log f + (nf) ..."
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. We use known data structures for rayshooting and linearprogramming queries to derive new outputsensitive results on convex hulls, extreme points, and related problems. We show that the f face convex hull of an npoint set P in a fixed dimension d # 2 can be constructed in O(n log f + (nf) 11/(#d/2#+1) log O(1) n) time; this is optimal if f = O(n 1/#d/2# / log K n) for some sufficiently large constant K . We also show that the h extreme points of P can be computed in O(n log O(1) h + (nh) 11/(#d/2#+1) log O(1) n) time. These results are then applied to produce an algorithm that computes the vertices of all the convex layers of P in O(n 2# ) time for any constant #<2/(#d/2# 2 + 1). Finally, we obtain improved time bounds for other problems including levels in arrangements and linear programming with few violated constraints. In all of our algorithms the input is assumed to be in general position. 1. Introduction Let P be a set of n points in ddimen...
Computing the Width of a Set
 IEEE Trans. Pattern Anal. Mach. Intell
, 1988
"... Given a set of points P = {p 1 , p 2 ,..., p n } in three dimensions, the width of P, W(P), is defined as the minimum distance between parallel planes of support of P. It is shown that W(P) can be computed in O(n log n + I) time and O(n) space, where I is the number of antipodal pairs of edges ..."
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Given a set of points P = {p 1 , p 2 ,..., p n } in three dimensions, the width of P, W(P), is defined as the minimum distance between parallel planes of support of P. It is shown that W(P) can be computed in O(n log n + I) time and O(n) space, where I is the number of antipodal pairs of edges of the convex hull of P, and in the worst case I = W(n 2 ). For convex polyhedra, the time complexity becomes O(n + I). If P is a set of points in the plane, the complexity can be reduced to O(n log n). Finally, for simple polygons linear time suffices. Index Terms  Algorithms, antipodal pairs, artificial intelligence, computational geometry, convex hull, geometric complexity, geometric transforms, image processing, minimax approximating line, minimax approximating plane, pattern recognition, rotating calipers, width. 1. Introduction The width of a set of points P (or a simple polygon P) in two dimensions is the minimum distance between parallel lines of support of P (or P). In three d...
Backwards Analysis of Randomized Geometric Algorithms
 Trends in Discrete and Computational Geometry, volume 10 of Algorithms and Combinatorics
, 1992
"... The theme of this paper is a rather simple method that has proved very potent in the analysis of the expected performance of various randomized algorithms and data structures in computational geometry. The method can be described as "analyze a randomized algorithm as if it were running backwards in ..."
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The theme of this paper is a rather simple method that has proved very potent in the analysis of the expected performance of various randomized algorithms and data structures in computational geometry. The method can be described as "analyze a randomized algorithm as if it were running backwards in time, from output to input." We apply this type of analysis to a variety of algorithms, old and new, and obtain solutions with optimal or near optimal expected performance for a plethora of problems in computational geometry, such as computing Delaunay triangulations of convex polygons, computing convex hulls of point sets in the plane or in higher dimensions, sorting, intersecting line segments, linear programming with a fixed number of variables, and others. 1 Introduction The curious phenomenon that randomness can be used profitably in the solution of computational tasks has attracted a lot of attention from researchers in recent years. The approach has proved useful in such diverse area...