Combinatorial complexity of translating a box in polyhedral 3-space

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We study the space of free translations of a box amidst polyhedral obstacles with n vertices. We show that the combinatorial complexity of this space is O(n2α(n)), where α(n) is the inverse Ackermann function. Our bound is within an α(n) factor off the lower bound, and it constitutes an improvement of almost an order of magnitude over the best previously known (and naive) bound for this problem, O(n3). For the case of a convex polygon of fixed (constant) size translating in the same setting (namely, a two-dimensional polygon translating in three-dimensional space), we show a tight bound Θ(n2α(n)) on the complexity of the free space. © 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.




Halperin, D., & Yap, C. K. (1998). Combinatorial complexity of translating a box in polyhedral 3-space. Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications, 9(3), 181–196.

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