A probabilistic result on multi-dimensional Delaunay triangulations, and its application to the 2D case

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This paper exploits the notion of "unfinished site", introduced by Katajainen and Koppinen (1998) in the analysis of a two-dimensional Delaunay triangulation algorithm, based on a regular grid. We generalize the notion and its properties to any dimension k≥2: in the case of uniform distributions, the expected number of unfinished sites in a k-rectangle is O(N1-1/k). This implies, under some specific assumptions, the linearity of a class of divide-and-conquer schemes based on balanced k-d trees. This general result is then applied to the analysis of a new algorithm for constructing Delaunay triangulations in the plane. According to Su and Drysdale (1995, 1997), the best known algorithms for this problem run in linear expected time, thanks in particular to the use of bucketing techniques to partition the domain. In our algorithm, the partitioning is based on a 2-d tree instead, the construction of which takes Θ(NlogN) time, and we show that the rest of the algorithm runs in linear expected time. This "preprocessing" allows the algorithm to adapt efficiently to irregular distributions, as the domain is partitioned using point coordinates, as opposed to a fixed, regular basis (buckets or grid). We checked that even for the largest data sets that could fit in internal memory (over 10 million points), constructing the 2-d tree takes noticeably less CPU time than triangulating the data. With this in mind, our algorithm is only slightly slower than the reputedly best algorithms on uniform distributions, and is even the most efficient for data sets of up to several millions of points distributed in clusters. © 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

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Lemaire, C., & Moreau, J. M. (2000). A probabilistic result on multi-dimensional Delaunay triangulations, and its application to the 2D case. Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications, 17(1–2), 69–96. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0925-7721(00)00017-1

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