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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...
Recent work connected with the Kakeya problem
 Prospects in mathematics (Princeton, NJ
, 1996
"... A Kakeya set in R n is a compact set E ⊂ R n containing a unit line segment in every direction, i.e. ∀e ∈ S n−1 ∃x ∈ R n: x + te ∈ E ∀t ∈ [ − 1 1 ..."
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A Kakeya set in R n is a compact set E ⊂ R n containing a unit line segment in every direction, i.e. ∀e ∈ S n−1 ∃x ∈ R n: x + te ∈ E ∀t ∈ [ − 1 1
Geometric matching under noise: combinatorial bounds and algorithms
 ACMSIAM SYMPOSIUM ON DISCRETE ALGORITHMS
, 1999
"... In geometric pattern matching, we are given two sets of points P and Q in d dimensions, and the problem is to determine the rigid transformation that brings P closest to Q, under some distance measure. More generally, each point can be modelled as a ball of small radius, and we may wish to nd a tran ..."
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In geometric pattern matching, we are given two sets of points P and Q in d dimensions, and the problem is to determine the rigid transformation that brings P closest to Q, under some distance measure. More generally, each point can be modelled as a ball of small radius, and we may wish to nd a transformation approximating the closest distance between P and Q. This problem has many applications in domains such as computer vision and computational chemistry In this paper we present improved algorithms for this problem, by allowing the running time of our algorithms to depend not only on n, (the number of points in the sets), but also on, the diameter of the point set. The dependence on also allows us to e ectively process point sets that occur in practice, where diameters tend to be small ([EVW94]). Our algorithms are also simple to implement, in contrast to much of the earlier work. To obtain the abovementioned results, we introduce a novel discretization technique to reduce geometric pattern matching to combinatorial pattern matching. In addition, we address various generalizations of the classical problem rst posed by Erdos: \Given a set of n points in the plane, how many pairs of points can be exactly a unit distance apart?". The combinatorial bounds we prove enable us to obtain improved results for geometric pattern matching and may have other applications.
On the Number of Incidences Between Points and Curves
 Combinatorics, Probability and Computing 7
"... We apply an idea of Sz'ekely to prove a general upper bound on the number of incidences between a set of m points and a set of n "wellbehaved" curves in the plane. ..."
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We apply an idea of Sz'ekely to prove a general upper bound on the number of incidences between a set of m points and a set of n "wellbehaved" curves in the plane.
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
Improving the Crossing Lemma by Finding More Crossings in Sparse Graphs
, 2006
"... Twenty years ago, Ajtai et al. and, independently, Leighton discovered that the crossing number of any graph with v vertices and e> 4v edges is at least ce3 /v2, where c> 0 is an absolute constant. This result, known as the “Crossing Lemma, ” has found many important applications in discrete and com ..."
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Twenty years ago, Ajtai et al. and, independently, Leighton discovered that the crossing number of any graph with v vertices and e> 4v edges is at least ce3 /v2, where c> 0 is an absolute constant. This result, known as the “Crossing Lemma, ” has found many important applications in discrete and computational geometry. It is tight up to a multiplicative constant. Here we improve the best known value of the constant by showing that the result holds with c> 1024/31827> 0.032. The proof has two new ingredients, interesting in their own right. We show that (1) if a graph can be drawn in the plane so that every edge crosses at most three others, then its number of edges cannot exceed 5.5(v − 2); and (2) the crossing number of any graph is at least 7 25 e − (v − 2). Both bounds are tight upt o
Extremal Problems for Geometric Hypergraphs
 Discrete Comput. Geom
, 1998
"... A geometric hypergraph H is a collection of idimensional simplices, called hyperedges or, simply, edges, induced by some (i + 1)tuples of a vertex set V in general position in dspace. The topological structure of geometric graphs, i.e., the case d = 2; i = 1, has been studied extensively, and it ..."
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A geometric hypergraph H is a collection of idimensional simplices, called hyperedges or, simply, edges, induced by some (i + 1)tuples of a vertex set V in general position in dspace. The topological structure of geometric graphs, i.e., the case d = 2; i = 1, has been studied extensively, and it proved to be instrumental for the solution of a wide range of problems in combinatorial and computational geometry. They include the kset problem, proximity questions, bounding the number of incidences between points and lines, designing various efficient graph drawing algorithms, etc. In this paper, we make an attempt to generalize some of these tools to higher dimensions. We will mainly consider extremal problems of the following type. What is the largest number of edges (isimplices) that a geometric hypergraph of n vertices can have without containing certain forbidden configurations? In particular, we discuss the special cases when the forbidden configurations are k intersecting edges...
Cutting Circles into Pseudosegments and Improved Bounds for Incidences
 Geom
, 2000
"... We show that n arbitrary circles in the plane can be cut into O(n 3/2+# ) arcs, for any # > 0, such that any pair of arcs intersect at most once. This improves a recent result of Tamaki and Tokuyama [20]. We use this result to obtain improved upper bounds on the number of incidences between m poi ..."
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We show that n arbitrary circles in the plane can be cut into O(n 3/2+# ) arcs, for any # > 0, such that any pair of arcs intersect at most once. This improves a recent result of Tamaki and Tokuyama [20]. We use this result to obtain improved upper bounds on the number of incidences between m points and n circles. An improved incidence bound is also obtained for graphs of polynomials of any constant maximum degree. 1 Introduction Let P be a finite set of points in the plane and C a finite set of circles. Let I = I(P, C) denote the number of incidences between the points and the circles. Let I(m, n) denote the maximum value of I(P, C), taken over all sets P of m points and sets C of n circles, and let I # (m, n, X) denote the maximum value of I(P, C), taken over all sets P of m points and sets C of n circles with at most X intersecting pairs. In this paper we derive improved upper bounds for I(m, n) and I # (m, n, X). The previous best upper bounds were I(m, n) = O(m 3/5 n 4/5 ...