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DavenportSchinzel Sequences and Their Geometric Applications
, 1998
"... An (n; s) DavenportSchinzel sequence, for positive integers n and s, is a sequence composed of n distinct symbols with the properties that no two adjacent elements are equal, and that it does not contain, as a (possibly noncontiguous) subsequence, any alternation a \Delta \Delta \Delta b \Delta \ ..."
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An (n; s) DavenportSchinzel sequence, for positive integers n and s, is a sequence composed of n distinct symbols with the properties that no two adjacent elements are equal, and that it does not contain, as a (possibly noncontiguous) subsequence, any alternation a \Delta \Delta \Delta b \Delta \Delta \Delta a \Delta \Delta \Delta b \Delta \Delta \Delta of length s + 2 between two distinct symbols a and b. The close relationship between DavenportSchinzel sequences and the combinatorial structure of lower envelopes of collections of functions make the sequences very attractive because a variety of geometric problems can be formulated in terms of lower envelopes. A nearlinear bound on the maximum length of DavenportSchinzel sequences enable us to derive sharp bounds on the combinatorial structure underlying various geometric problems, which in turn yields efficient algorithms for these problems.
Data structures for mobile data
 JOURNAL OF ALGORITHMS
, 1997
"... A kinetic data structure (KDS) maintains an attribute of interest in a system of geometric objects undergoing continuous motion. In this paper we develop a conceptual framework for kinetic data structures, propose a number of criteria for the quality of such structures, and describe a number of fund ..."
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A kinetic data structure (KDS) maintains an attribute of interest in a system of geometric objects undergoing continuous motion. In this paper we develop a conceptual framework for kinetic data structures, propose a number of criteria for the quality of such structures, and describe a number of fundamental techniques for their design. We illustrate these general concepts by presenting kinetic data structures for maintaining the convex hull and the closest pair of moving points in the plane; these structures behavewell according to the proposed quality criteria for KDSs.
Kinetic Data Structures  A State of the Art Report
, 1998
"... ... In this paper we present a general framework for addressing such problems and the tools for designing and analyzing relevant algorithms, which we call kinetic data structures. We discuss kinetic data structures for a variety of fundamental geometric problems, such as the maintenance of convex hu ..."
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... In this paper we present a general framework for addressing such problems and the tools for designing and analyzing relevant algorithms, which we call kinetic data structures. We discuss kinetic data structures for a variety of fundamental geometric problems, such as the maintenance of convex hulls, Voronoi and Delaunay diagrams, closest pairs, and intersection and visibility problems. We also briefly address the issues that arise in implementing such structures robustly and efficiently. The resulting techniques satisfy three desirable properties: (1) they exploit the continuity of the motion of the objects to gain efficiency, (2) the number of events processed by the algorithms is close to the minimum necessary in the worst case, and (3) any object may change its `flight plan' at any moment with a low cost update to the simulation data structures. For computer applications dealing with motion in the physical world, kinetic data structures lead to simulation performance unattainable by other means. In addition, they raise fundamentally new combinatorial and algorithmic questions whose study may prove fruitful for other disciplines as well.
Scalable Parallel Computational Geometry for Coarse Grained Multicomputers
 International Journal on Computational Geometry
, 1994
"... We study scalable parallel computational geometry algorithms for the coarse grained multicomputer model: p processors solving a problem on n data items, were each processor has O( n p ) AE O(1) local memory and all processors are connected via some arbitrary interconnection network (e.g. mesh, hype ..."
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We study scalable parallel computational geometry algorithms for the coarse grained multicomputer model: p processors solving a problem on n data items, were each processor has O( n p ) AE O(1) local memory and all processors are connected via some arbitrary interconnection network (e.g. mesh, hypercube, fat tree). We present O( Tsequential p + T s (n; p)) time scalable parallel algorithms for several computational geometry problems. T s (n; p) refers to the time of a global sort operation. Our results are independent of the multicomputer's interconnection network. Their time complexities become optimal when Tsequential p dominates T s (n; p) or when T s (n; p) is optimal. This is the case for several standard architectures, including meshes and hypercubes, and a wide range of ratios n p that include many of the currently available machine configurations. Our methods also have some important practical advantages: For interprocessor communication, they use only a small fixed numb...
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.
Compaction and Separation Algorithms for NonConvex Polygons and Their Applications
 European Journal of Operations Research
, 1995
"... Given a two dimensional, nonoverlapping layout of convex and nonconvex polygons, compaction can be thought of as simulating the motion of the polygons as a result of applied "forces." We apply compaction to improve the material utilization of an already tightly packed layout. Compaction can be mo ..."
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Given a two dimensional, nonoverlapping layout of convex and nonconvex polygons, compaction can be thought of as simulating the motion of the polygons as a result of applied "forces." We apply compaction to improve the material utilization of an already tightly packed layout. Compaction can be modeled as a motion of the polygons that reduces the value of some functional on their positions. Optimal compaction, planning a motion that reaches a layout that has the global minimum functional value among all reachable layouts, is shown to be NPcomplete under certain assumptions. We first present a compaction algorithm based on existing physical simulation approaches. This algorithm uses a new velocitybased optimization model. Our experimental results reveal the limitation of physical simulation: even though our new model improves the running time of our algorithm over previous simulation algorithms, the algorithm still can not compact typical layouts of one hundred or more polygons in ...
Arrangements
, 1997
"... INTRODUCTION Given a finite collection S of geometric objects such as hyperplanes or spheres in R d , the arrangement A(S) is the decomposition of R d into connected open cells of dimensions 0; 1; : : :; d induced by S. Besides being interesting in their own right, arrangements of hyperplanes ..."
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INTRODUCTION Given a finite collection S of geometric objects such as hyperplanes or spheres in R d , the arrangement A(S) is the decomposition of R d into connected open cells of dimensions 0; 1; : : :; d induced by S. Besides being interesting in their own right, arrangements of hyperplanes have served as a unifying structure for many problems in discrete and computational geometry. With the recent advances in the study of arrangements of curved (algebraic) surfaces, arrangements have emerged as the underlying structure of geometric problems in a variety of `physical world' application domains such as robot motion planning and computer vision. This chapter is devoted to arrangements of hyperplanes and of curved surfaces in lowdimensional Euclidean space, with an emphasis on combinatorics and algorithms. In the first section we in
Compaction Algorithms for NonConvex Polygons and Their Applications
, 1994
"... Given a twodimensional, nonoverlapping layout of convex and nonconvex polygons, compaction refers to a simultaneous motion of the polygons that generates a more densely packed layout. In industrial twodimensional packing applications, compaction can improve the material utilization of already ti ..."
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Given a twodimensional, nonoverlapping layout of convex and nonconvex polygons, compaction refers to a simultaneous motion of the polygons that generates a more densely packed layout. In industrial twodimensional packing applications, compaction can improve the material utilization of already tightly packed layouts. Efficient algorithms for compacting a layout of nonconvex polygons are not previously known. This dissertation offers the first systematic study of compaction of nonconvex polygons. We start by formalizing the compaction problem as that of planning a motion that minimizes some linear objective function of the positions. Based on this formalization, we study the complexity of compaction and show it to be PSPACEhard. The major contribution of this dissertation is a positionbased optimization model that allows us to calculate directly new polygon positions that constitute a locally optimum solution of the objective via linear programming. This model yields the first ...
A quasiNewton approach to nonsmooth convex optimization
 In ICML
, 2008
"... We extend the wellknown BFGS quasiNewton method and its limitedmemory variant LBFGS to the optimization of nonsmooth convex objectives. This is done in a rigorous fashion by generalizing three components of BFGS to subdifferentials: The local quadratic model, the identification of a descent direc ..."
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We extend the wellknown BFGS quasiNewton method and its limitedmemory variant LBFGS to the optimization of nonsmooth convex objectives. This is done in a rigorous fashion by generalizing three components of BFGS to subdifferentials: The local quadratic model, the identification of a descent direction, and the Wolfe line search conditions. We apply the resulting subLBFGS algorithm to L2regularized risk minimization with binary hinge loss, and its directionfinding component to L1regularized risk minimization with logistic loss. In both settings our generic algorithms perform comparable to or better than their counterparts in specialized stateoftheart solvers. 1.
Fast Horizon Computation at All Points of a Terrain with Visibility and Shading Applications
, 1998
"... A terrain is most often represented with a digital elevation map consisting of a set of sample points from the terrain surface. This paper presents a fast and practical algorithm to compute the horizon, or skyline, at all sample points of a terrain. The horizons are useful in a number of application ..."
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A terrain is most often represented with a digital elevation map consisting of a set of sample points from the terrain surface. This paper presents a fast and practical algorithm to compute the horizon, or skyline, at all sample points of a terrain. The horizons are useful in a number of applications, including the rendering of selfshadowing displacement maps, visibility culling for faster flight simulation, and rendering of cartographic data. Experimental and theoretical results are presented which show that the algorithm is more accurate that previous algorithms and is faster than previous algorithms in terrains of more than 100,000 sample points. Keywords terrain, digital elevation map, horizon, skyline, visibility, shadows, rendering, GIS I. Introduction Terrains are most often represented with a digital elevation map which consists of a set of sample points from the terrain surface. The sample points are typically taken over a regular square grid and the terrain surface is in...