Topologically sweeping visibility complexes via pseudotriangulations

M. Pocchiola, G. Vegter

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This paper describes a new algorithm for constructing the set of free bitangents of a collection of n disjoint convex obstacles of constant complexity. The algorithm runs in time O(n log n + k), where k is the output size, and uses O(n) space. While earlier algorithms achieve the same optimal running time, this is the first optimal algorithm that uses only linear space. The visibility graph or the visibility complex can be computed in the same time and space. The only complicated data structure used by the algorithm is a splittable queue, which can be implemented easily using red-black trees. The algorithm is conceptually very simple, and should therefore be easy to implement and quite fast in practice. The algorithm relies on greedy pseudotriangulations, which are subgraphs of the visibility graph with many nice combinatorial properties. These properties, and thus the correctness of the algorithm, are partially derived from properties of a certain partial order on the faces of the visibility complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-453
Number of pages35
JournalDiscrete & computational geometry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec-1996
Event11th Annual ACM Symposium on Computational Geometry - , Canada
Duration: 1-Jun-1995 → …


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