An experimental study of point location in general planar arrangements

Idit Harald, Dan Halperin

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Abstract

We study the performance in practice of various point-location algorithms implemented in CGAL, including a newly devised Landmarks algorithm. Among the other algorithms studied are: a naïve approach, a "walk along a line" strategy and a trapezoidal-decomposition based search structure. The current implementation addresses general arrangements of arbitrary planar curves, including arrangements of non-linear segments (e.g., conic arcs) and allows for degenerate input (for example, more than two curves intersecting in a single point, or overlapping curves). All calculations use exact number types and thus result in the correct point location. In our Landmarks algorithm (a.k.a. Jump & Walk), special points, "landmarks", are chosen in a preprocessing stage, their place in the arrangement is found, and they are inserted into a data-structure that enables efficient nearest-neighbor search. Given a query point, the nearest landmark is located and then the algorithm "walks" from the landmark to the query point. We report on extensive experiments with arrangements composed of line segments or conic arcs. The results indicate that the Landmarks approach is the most efficient when the overall cost of a query is taken into account, combining both preprocessing and query time. The simplicity of the algorithm enables an almost straightforward implementation and rather easy maintenance. The generic programming implementation allows versatility both in the selected type of landmarks, and in the choice of the nearest-neighbor search structure. The end result is a highly effective point-location algorithm for most practical purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th Workshop on Algorithm Engineering and Experiments and the 3rd Workshop on Analytic Algorithms and Combinatorics
Pages16-25
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2006
Event8th Workshop on Algorithm Engineering and Experiments and the 3rd Workshop on Analytic Algorithms and Combinatorics - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: 21 Jan 200621 Jan 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 8th Workshop on Algorithm Engineering and Experiments and the 3rd Workshop on Analytic Algorithms and Combinatorics
Volume2006

Conference

Conference8th Workshop on Algorithm Engineering and Experiments and the 3rd Workshop on Analytic Algorithms and Combinatorics
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL
Period21/01/0621/01/06

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