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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.
Efficient algorithms for geometric optimization
 ACM Comput. Surv
, 1998
"... We review the recent progress in the design of efficient algorithms for various problems in geometric optimization. We present several techniques used to attack these problems, such as parametric searching, geometric alternatives to parametric searching, pruneandsearch techniques for linear progra ..."
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We review the recent progress in the design of efficient algorithms for various problems in geometric optimization. We present several techniques used to attack these problems, such as parametric searching, geometric alternatives to parametric searching, pruneandsearch techniques for linear programming and related problems, and LPtype problems and their efficient solution. We then describe a variety of applications of these and other techniques to numerous problems in geometric optimization, including facility location, proximity problems, statistical estimators and metrology, placement and intersection of polygons and polyhedra, and ray shooting and other querytype problems.
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...
Vertical decomposition of shallow levels in 3dimensional arrangements and its applications
 SIAM J. Comput
"... Let F be a collection of n bivariate algebraic functions of constant maximum degree. We show that the combinatorial complexity of the vertical decomposition of the ≤klevel of the arrangement A(F) is O(k 3+ε ψ(n/k)), for any ε> 0, where ψ(r) is the maximum complexity of the lower envelope of a subse ..."
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Let F be a collection of n bivariate algebraic functions of constant maximum degree. We show that the combinatorial complexity of the vertical decomposition of the ≤klevel of the arrangement A(F) is O(k 3+ε ψ(n/k)), for any ε> 0, where ψ(r) is the maximum complexity of the lower envelope of a subset of at most r functions of F. This bound is nearly optimal in the worst case, and implies the existence of shallow cuttings, in the sense of [52], of small size in arrangements of bivariate algebraic functions. We also present numerous applications of these results, including: (i) data structures for several generalized threedimensional rangesearching problems; (ii) dynamic data structures for planar nearest and farthestneighbor searching under various fairly general distance functions; (iii) an improved (nearquadratic) algorithm for minimumweight bipartite Euclidean matching in the plane; and (iv) efficient algorithms for certain geometric optimization problems in static and dynamic settings.
Computing the Smallest kEnclosing Circle and Related Problems
, 1999
"... We present an efficient algorithm for solving the "smallest kenclosing circle " ( kSC) problem: Given a set of n points in the plane and an integer k ^ n, find the smallest disk containing k of the points. We present two solutions. When using O(nk) storage, the problem can be solved in ..."
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We present an efficient algorithm for solving the "smallest kenclosing circle " ( kSC) problem: Given a set of n points in the plane and an integer k ^ n, find the smallest disk containing k of the points. We present two solutions. When using O(nk) storage, the problem can be solved in time O(nk log2 n). When only O(n log n) storage is allowed, the running time is O(nk log2 n log nk). This problem
Applications of forbidden 01 matrices to search tree and path compression based data structures
, 2009
"... In this paper we improve, reprove, and simplify a variety of theorems concerning the performance of data structures based on path compression and search trees. We apply a technique very familiar to computational geometers but still foreign to many researchers in (nongeometric) algorithms and data s ..."
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In this paper we improve, reprove, and simplify a variety of theorems concerning the performance of data structures based on path compression and search trees. We apply a technique very familiar to computational geometers but still foreign to many researchers in (nongeometric) algorithms and data structures, namely, to bound the complexity of an object via its forbidden substructures. To analyze an algorithm or data structure in the forbidden substructure framework one proceeds in three discrete steps. First, one transcribes the behavior of the algorithm as some combinatorial object M; for example, M may be a graph, sequence, permutation, matrix, set system, or tree. (The size of M should ideally be linear in the running time.) Second, one shows that M excludes some forbidden substructure P, and third, one bounds the size of any object avoiding this substructure. The power of this framework derives from the fact that M lies in a more pristine environment and that upper bounds on the size of a Pfree object M may be reused in different contexts. All of our proofs begin by transcribing the individual operations of a dynamic data structure
Origins of nonlinearity in DavenportSchinzel sequences. Manuscript in submission. Avalabile from http://www.eecs.umich.edu/~pettie
, 2009
"... A generalized DavenportSchinzel sequence is one over a finite alphabet that excludes subsequences isomorphic to a fixed forbidden subsequence. The fundamental problem in this area is bounding the maximum length of such sequences. Following Klazar, we let Expσ, nq be the maximum length of a sequence ..."
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A generalized DavenportSchinzel sequence is one over a finite alphabet that excludes subsequences isomorphic to a fixed forbidden subsequence. The fundamental problem in this area is bounding the maximum length of such sequences. Following Klazar, we let Expσ, nq be the maximum length of a sequence over an alphabet of size n excluding subsequences isomorphic to σ. It has been proved that for every σ, Expσ, nq is either linear or very close to linear. In particular it is Opn2 αpnqOp1q q, where α is the inverseAckermann function and Op1q depends on σ. In much the same way that the complete graphs K5 and K3,3 represent the minimal causes of nonplanarity, there must exist a set ΦNonlin of minimal nonlinear forbidden subsequences. Very little is known about the size or membership of ΦNonlin. In this paper we construct an infinite antichain of nonlinear forbidden subsequences which, we argue, strongly supports the conjecture that ΦNonlin is itself infinite. Perhaps the most novel contribution of this paper is a succinct, humanly readable code for expressing the structure of forbidden subsequences. 1
On Nonlinear Forbidden 01 Matrices: A Refutation of a FürediHajnal Conjecture
"... A matrix A P t0, 1u m n is said to avoid a forbidden pattern P P t0, 1u k l if no k l submatrix of A matches P, where a 0 in P can match either a 0 or 1 in A. Let ExpP, nq be the maximum weight (i.e., number of 1s) of an n n matrix avoiding the pattern P or all patterns in the set P. The theory of f ..."
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A matrix A P t0, 1u m n is said to avoid a forbidden pattern P P t0, 1u k l if no k l submatrix of A matches P, where a 0 in P can match either a 0 or 1 in A. Let ExpP, nq be the maximum weight (i.e., number of 1s) of an n n matrix avoiding the pattern P or all patterns in the set P. The theory of forbidden submatrices subsumes many extremal problems in combinatorics and graph theory, including DavenportSchinzel sequences and their generalizations, Stanley and Wilf’s permutation avoidance problem, and Turántype subgraph avoidance problems. Forbidden submatrices have found many applications in discrete geometry and the analysis of both geometric and nongeometric algorithms. In general terms, to bound the complexity of an arrangement of objections or the running time of an algorithm, one transcribes the objects or operations as a 01 matrix that provably avoids some forbidden pattern or collection of patterns P. This method is useful only to the extent that ExpP, nq can be tightly bounded, for specific P s or whole classes of P s. A 01 matrix can be interpreted as the incidence matrix of a bipartite graph where vertices on either side of the bipartition are ordered. In 1992, Füredi and Hajnal conjectured that imposing
Algorithmic techniques for geometric optimization
 In Computer Science Today: Recent Trends and Developments, Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 1995
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Degrees of Nonlinearity in Forbidden 01 Matrix Problems
"... A 01 matrix A is said to avoid a forbidden 01 matrix (or pattern) P if no submatrix of A matches P, where a 0 in P matches either 0 or 1 in A. The theory of forbidden matrices subsumes many extremal problems in combinatorics and graph theory such as bounding the length of DavenportSchinzel sequen ..."
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A 01 matrix A is said to avoid a forbidden 01 matrix (or pattern) P if no submatrix of A matches P, where a 0 in P matches either 0 or 1 in A. The theory of forbidden matrices subsumes many extremal problems in combinatorics and graph theory such as bounding the length of DavenportSchinzel sequences and their generalizations, Stanley and Wilf’s permutation avoidance problem, and Turántype subgraph avoidance problems. In addition, forbidden matrix theory has proved to be a powerful tool in discrete geometry and the analysis of both geometric and nongeometric algorithms. Clearly a 01 matrix can be interpreted as the incidence matrix of a bipartite graph in which vertices on each side of the partition are ordered. Füredi and Hajnal conjectured that if P corresponds to an acyclic graph then the maximum weight (number of 1s) in an n × n matrix avoiding P is O(n log n). Our first result is a refutation of this conjecture. We exhibiting n × n matrices with weight Θ(n log n log log n) that avoid a relatively small acyclic matrix. The matrices are constructed via two complementary composition operations for 01 matrices. Our second result is a simplified proof that there is an infinite antichain (with respect