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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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### Solving general (dis)entanglement puzzles

What is the state of the art in (modelling and) solving a general (dis)entanglement puzzle? The following picture shows a nice example: There is a project called "The Untangler", which seems to be ...
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### How to measure the irregularity of a hexagon?

I need to evaluate the quality of a list of machine parts, which roughly has one center point surrounded by 6 exterior points. If the quality is good, then the 6 exterior points will form a regular ...
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### 'Unrolling' the neighbourhood of a space curve

I have a space curve $\gamma : \mathbb{R} \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$, sampled at $n$ discrete points. I have implemented an algorithm that gives me an approximation to $\gamma$'s tangent, normal ...
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### For which coverings by “geometrically nice” sets does the nerve admit “Vietoris-Rips-like” approximations?

It is well known that the nerve (or Čech complex) of a covering by metric balls is nicely approximated by the Vietoris-Rips complex. Being a flag complex on its 1-simplices, the latter is ...
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### Turning radius of a vehicle

What's the minimum turning radius of a vehicle, rectangular in shape, with length l units and width w units? One key point to consider, would be that, the inclination of the front wheels can be ...
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### How can I find a maximal inscribed ellipsoid to a *concave* set of points, in 3D?

I have a set of points which describe the surface of an irregular, natural (i.e., occurs in nature) object. This point set is not necessarily convex, and contains occasional indentations so parts of ...
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### Circle Packing Algorithm

I have question related to circle-packing. The problem is to find the circle of minimum radius enclosing four non-overlapping circles of arbitrary radius. I have to write a program in C for this ...
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### Detecting Planes through Point Cloud

Having a point cloud say (10000 points) which are randomly dispersed in 3D unit cube, the question is how to find planes within the cube that include more points with an acceptable tolerance (user ...
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### What are the techniques one can used for rule based plane generation?

I've asked the question here at gamedev SE, but the response wasn't too encouraging. So I try to reask again, from a slightly difference perspective. I have a terrain, which is defined by mesh. And ...
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### The $n$-shortest lattice vectors problem in $\mathcal{R}^2$

I am looking for an algorithm to compute the $n$ shortest lattice vectors in $\mathcal{R}^2$. The problem statement is as follows: Given a lattice $L: \{ m \vec{u}+n\vec{v} \} \in \mathcal{R}^2$, a ...
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### Tracing the faces of a convex polyhedron from edges and vertices

I have a set of vertices and edges that by construction, form a convex polyhedron. I would like to know how to trace out the faces of such a polyhedron i.e. find a list comprised of set of edges that ...
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### Polyhedra from number fields

A question on the disnub mentions golden ($x^2-x-1=0$) gives the dodecahedron + much more. tribonacci ($x^3-x^2-x-1=0$) gives the snub cube. plastic ($x^3-x-1=0$) gives the snub ...
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### Bound on “width” of points in a plane

Suppose we define width $w(P)$ of point set $P$ in a plane to be the ratio of the maximum distance to the minimum distance between the points in $P$. (Assume unique coordinates so that $w(p)$ is ...
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### Calculate the shortest continuous path between shapes without passing thru other shapes in a specific order?

I have the following points, shapes and paths I would like to calculate how to go thru: We do not have to move in a diagonal direction if that poses a problem. Here would be the movement with just ...
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### packing problem of semicircles into rectangle

I have problem. How can I get the maximum amount of semicircles (for example radius $35\;mm$) into rectangle $(485\times 185\:mm)$. I found many articles about packing of circles but nothing about ...
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### Intersecting convex figures

Take in the real plane a finitely long horizontal line segment and connect the two endpoints by a convex path, above the segment, with the property that the only extreme points of the convex hull of ...
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### Sum of distances of points in unit closed disk

Let $D$ be the closed unit disk in the plane, and let $p_1, p_2, \dots, p_n$ be fixed points in $D$. My question is, does there necessarily exist a point $p$ in $D$ such that the sum of the distances ...
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### 3D kinematic geometry problem motivated by chemistry

It is well known that six carbon atoms can form a ring called cyclohexane. Since the angle between bonds is $\cos^{-1}\left(\frac{-1}{3}\right)\approx 109^\circ$, the ring is not a planar hexagon. ...
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### Compute volume of the tetrahedron from circumsphere test

I'm working on a computational geometry algorithm. In every iteration I solve the matrix below, where (a,b,c,d) are the vertices of a tetrahedron, and e is an arbitrary point. Solving the determinant ...
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### Understanding BlowUp Computation in Singular

Many of us might know that "Singular" is a computer algebra system for Algebraic Geometry, Commutative Algebra and Non-commutative algebra. This is a procedure in "Singular" for computing blowups. ...
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### Efficient algorithm for calculating hypervolume

Given a $d$-dimensional hyperrectangle that spans from the origin to the integer coordinates $l_1,l_2,l_3,\cdots,l_d$. If $V$ is the hypervolume of the solid formed by all points in the ...
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### Similarity of Polyhedra: What is the measure?

When comparing two convex polyhedra, how can one determine if they are geometrically similar. Is there any algorithm to determine if one is the distorted or truncated version of the other? Vertex, ...
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### Geometric Median and Voronoi Diagrams

Is there a relationship between Voronoi Diagrams and the geometric median? I know that it is impossible to find a closed expression for the geometric median, but the two concepts seem related.
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Let $K$ be a simplicial complex in $R^2$ such that $|K|$ is a simple polygon with inside. An internal edge $ab \in K$ is an edge such that both of its two endpoints a and b are NOT on the boundary of ...
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### How do I most efficiently find the perpendicular distance from a point to the convex hull of a collection of circles?

I have a collection of one or more line segments for which I know the (x,y) coordinates of the endpoints. The segments may or may not be parallel and may or may not intersect. Each segment endpoint ...
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### Best closed convex surface fitting N points in 3D

First. It's easier to understand the problem by describing the application where it arises from. We have a convex body $B$ in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$ and measure points on its surface. The measurements are ...
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### Algorithm for Collection of Shortest Paths in a Grid without any clash at a point of time.

The efficient algorithm needs to be done and proved for the best solution for the given problem: User inputs: (#) Size of the NxN Grid. (N); (#) No. of Paths: Z; (#) Source and Destination ...