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The study of computer algorithms which admit geometric descriptions, and geometric problems arising in association with such algorithms. The two major classes of problems are (a) efficient design of algorithms and data classes using geometric concepts and (b) representation and modelling of curves ...

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What is inside and outside of complex polygon?

I am reading this paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1207.3502.pdf Given a complex polygon. Its edges may intersect. The algorithm finds out if given point is inside of polygon or not. It draws a line from ...
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How to test any 2 line segments (3D) are collinear or not?

if we have two line segments in 3D, what would be the way to test whether these two lines are collinear or not? (I fogot to mentioned that my line segments are 3D. So, I edited the original post. ...
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How to multiply vector 3 with 4by4 matrix, more precisely position * transformation matrix

All geometry in computer graphics are transformed by position * transform matrix; The issue is the fact that position is a vector with 3 components (x,y,z); And transform matrix is a 4 by 4 with one ...
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Determine the locus

Let $0<a<b$. Consider two circles with radii $a$ and $b$ and centres $(a, 0)$ and $(b,0)$ respectively with $0<a<b$. Let $c$ be the center of any circle in the crescent shaped region $M$ ...
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Proof of correctness of a formula for the area of a polygon

Let $P$ be a $n$-gon with vertices $(x_1,y_1),\ldots,(x_n,y_n)$ enumerated clockwise. Then the area $\text{Area}(P)$ of $P$ is $$\text{Area}(P) = \sum_{i=1}^n\frac{1}{2}(x_{i+1}-x_i)(y_{i+1}+y_i).$$ ...
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Drying blood - an algorithm for calculating the geometry of blood stains

Motivation A bucket full of blood gets spilled over the floor. Question: What shape will the dried blood stains have? Abstraction The blood is modeled by a set of interacting particles (e.g. SPH). ...
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Voronoi average number of vertices $< 6$

My text says "the average number of vertices of the Voronoi cells is less than six". Then it creates the vertex "at infinity", connects the half-infinite edges to this vertex and shows the equation: ...
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Finding the/a point within an irregular polygon which is furthest from polygon's line segments?

I'd like to determine which point(s) within an irregular polygon are furthest from the edges. Is there an existing algorithm to determine this? Also, if it's already out there, I'd like to do a ...
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Find polygon with smallest perimeter that encompasses all points

Given a random set of points in 2D space such as: How would one go about finding the smallest perimeter polygon that encompasses all points and has a point as each one of its vertices? For the ...
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Minkowski sum of two polytopes via the halfspace representation

If i have two polytopes denoted by $P_1, P_2 \subset \mathbb{R}^d$, suppose their halfspace representations are respectively $H_1x \leq K_1$ and $H_2x \leq K_2$. Now, considering their Minkowski sum, ...
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Collinear points in 3dimension

Given three $3D$ points: $A,B$ and $C$, what is the procedure to check if they are collinear? In general, given $n$ points in $m$-dimension, how should one find out, if these $n$-points defines a ...
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Flood algorithm - find polygon containing a given point.

I have some code that represents a set of a set of interconnected line segments in 2D, in pseudo-code it'd be like this: ...
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Finding the tangents common to two rotated ellipses?

Is there a way to find the four tangents that two rotated ellipses share? I believe that if two ellipses do not intersect and do not contain one another, they will have four tangents in common and I ...
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Approximating Euclidean geometry, restricted to $\mathbb{Q}$

I'm having trouble putting this into a fully coherent question, so I'll give the broad question, then a few bullet points to give you a better idea of what I'm asking. I'm looking for a line of ...
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Determing the distance from a line segment to a point in 3-space

Imagine I have a line segment defined by endpoints $p_1$ and $p_2$, and some 3-space coordinate $q$. Is there a robust (in the sense of never giving divide-by-zero errors) way to quickly determine ...
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What is the mathematical relationship between the number of faces in a mesh and its vertices?

An "open and planar quad mesh" (more description below) with 4 mesh faces has 9 vertices, the same mesh with 8 faces has 15 vertices (2 faces at every X-axis row, 4 faces at every Y-axis column)...etc....
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Volume of n-dimensional convex hull

I have 2 algorithms for a problem. A solution to the problem is a set of n-dimensional vectors of 0/1's. A given solution covers any point inside the convex hull of the n-dimensional solution vectors. ...
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Equality of Voronoi diagram

What can we say about two sets $A$ and $B$ if both of them have the same Voronoi diagram. First, I thought if the Voronoi diagram are equal so the sets also should be equal, but by definition, ...
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How do I calculate the unique k-dimensional hypersphere's center from k+1 points?

I'm working with the Bowyer-Watson algorithm to determine the Delaunay tessellation of stochastic points in k-dimensional space. This algorithm assumes that the center of a simplex can be used as the ...
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Computing the point which is closest to many Planar surfaces

Suppose, i have been given different planes which orients to different direction (i.e. i know only the plane parameter of those planes). If i am able to find out planes (probably more than 3 planes) ...
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Prove ( or disprove) that for all kinds of simple polygon, the centroid lies inside the polygon

Is it possible to prove that for all kinds of simple polygon, regardless of whether it is convex or concave and with no opening, the centroid of the polygon must ( or may not) lie inside the polygon? ...
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Largest enclosed (inscribed) circle in cloud of points

I have a set of points that approximately lie on a circle. I would like to compute the largest circle that does not contain any of the points. Of course, one could draw the circle far away from the ...
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Area of Convex hull

For every point set $A \subset R^2$, prove that in general the sum of the coordinates of $\phi(T)$ is independent of a triangulation T and is associated to the area of the Convexv_Hull(A). We define ...
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Fastest computation to find out if two vectors intersect (programming problem)

I'm trying to write a program that should solve a 12x12 rush hour problem: I won't go in the details of this program to much. The program already works for 6x6 puzzles, but for 12x12 puzzles, it is ...
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What's wrong with this pseudocode for Forster-Overfelt's version of the Greiner-Horman polygon clipping algorithm?

The Problem I'm trying to understand and implement the Forster-Overfelt version of the Greiner-Horman polygon clipping algorithm. I've read the other Stackoverflow post about clarifying this ...
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How can I define a measure of similarity between two line segments in $\mathbb{R}^2$?

I have two segments in $\mathbb{R}^2$ and I would like to define a measure of similarity between the two segments. My idea is that I can apply: a scale transformation $s$ in order to equate the ...
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What does $E^d$ mean?

I was reading the paper "Cutting Hyperplanes for Divide-and-Conquer" by B. Chazelle and in the introduction I came across the following: "Let $H$ be a set of $n$ hyperplanes in $E^d$." What does $E^d$ ...
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how many unit balls are needed to cover a unit sphere (1-dense set on a unit sphere)

There is an exercise in a geometry textbook to prove that "any $1$-dense set in the unit sphere $S^{n-1}$ has at least $\frac{1}{2}e^{n/8}$ points". It is supposed to be easy. A set $T$ is $\epsilon$-...
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Room for computational geometry in advanced algorithms course

I am currently putting together an independent study in advanced algorithms and because of my interest in (computational) geometry, wanted to include as many interesting algorithms from this field as ...
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Polytope parametrization

How one could parametrize a convex polytope? By parametrization I mean something like in multiple integrals, when to integrate over an area one can integrate over one variable in an interval $[l,r]$ ...
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Reference for important results in linkage theory and their proofs

Are there books or lecture notes that comprehensively introduce the (geometric/topological) theory of mechanical linkages, as well as important results and their proofs? For instance, Kempe's ...
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How to extract the indeterminates from a set of polynomial?

I am a biologist and I am facing a huge problem. I would like to extract the indeterminates of a set of polynomials, for example, I have: \$f_{1} = \{\\x_{3}^{2} + x_{1}*x_{2} + x_{1} + x_{1}*x_{3},\\ ...
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How to find whether the line is inside the polygon or outside.

I have a polygon How can i prove whether the black color line lies outside the polygon or inside the polygon . Given the coordinates of the black line and all the vertices of the polygon.