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Methods for Achieving Fast Query Times in Point Location Data Structures
, 1997
"... Given a collection S of n line segments in the plane, the planar point location problem is to construct a data structure that can efficiently determine for a given query point p the first segment(s) in S intersected by vertical rays emanating out from p. It is well known that linearspace data struc ..."
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Given a collection S of n line segments in the plane, the planar point location problem is to construct a data structure that can efficiently determine for a given query point p the first segment(s) in S intersected by vertical rays emanating out from p. It is well known that linearspace data structures can be constructed so as to achieve O(log n) query times. But applications, such as those common in geographic information systems, motivate a reexamination of this problem with the goal of improving query times further while also simplifying the methods needed to achieve such query times. In this paper we perform such a reexamination, focusing on the issues that arise in three different classes of pointlocation query sequences: ffl sequences that are reasonably uniform spatially and temporally (in which case the constant factors in the query times become critical), ffl sequences that are nonuniform spatially or temporally (in which case one desires data structures that adapt to s...