## Abstract

We consider several problems involving points and planes in three dimensions. Our main results are: (i) The maximum number of faces bounding m distinct cells in an arrangement of n planes is O(m^{2/3}n log n +n^{2}); we can calculate m such cells specified by a point in each, in worst-case time O(m^{2/3}n log^{3}n+n^{2} log n). (ii) The maximum number of incidences between n planes and m vertices of their arrangement is O(m^{2/3}n log n+n^{2}), but this number is only O(m^{3/5-δ}n^{4/5+2 δ}+m+n log m), for any δ>0, for any collection of points no three of which are collinear. (iii) For an arbitrary collection of m points, we can calculate the number of incidences between them and n planes by a randomized algorithm whose expected time complexity is O((m^{3/4-δ}n^{3/4+3 δ}+m) log^{2}n+n log n log m) for any δ>0. (iv) Given m points and n planes, we can find the plane lying immediately below each point in randomized expected time O([m^{3/4-δ}n^{3/4+3 δ}+m] log^{2}n+n log n log m) for any δ>0. (v) The maximum number of facets (i.e., (d-1)-dimensional faces) bounding m distinct cells in an arrangement of n hyperplanes in d dimensions, d>3, is O(m^{2/3}n^{d/3} log n+n^{d-1}). This is also an upper bound for the number of incidences between n hyperplanes in d dimensions and m vertices of their arrangement. The combinatorial bounds in (i) and (v) and the general bound in (ii) are almost tight.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 197-216 |

Number of pages | 20 |

Journal | Discrete and Computational Geometry |

Volume | 5 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Dec 1990 |