Computing depth orders for fat objects and related problems

Pankaj K. Agarwal, Matthew J. Katz, Micha Sharir

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Abstract

Let K be a set of n non-intersecting objects in 3-space. A depth order of K, if it exists, is a linear order < of the objects in K such that if K, L ε{lunate} K and K lies vertically below L then K < L. We present a new technique for computing depth orders, and apply it to several special classes of objects. Our results include: (i) If K is a set of n triangles whose xy-projections are all 'fat', then a depth order for K can be computed in time O(n log5n). (ii) If K is a set of n convex and simply-shaped objects whose xy-projections are all 'fat' and their sizes are within a constant ratio from one another, then a depth order for K can be computed in time O(nλs 1 2(n) log4n), where s is the maximum number of intersections between the boundaries of the xy-projections of any pair of objects in K, and λs(n) is the maximum length of (n,s) Davenport-Schinzel sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-206
Number of pages20
JournalComputational Geometry: Theory and Applications
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1995
Externally publishedYes

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