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Extremal Polygon Containment Problems

By Micha Sharir and Sivan Toledo


Given a convex polygonal object P and an environment consisting of polygonal obstacles, we seek a placement for the largest copy of P that does not intersect any of the obstacles, allowing translation, rotation and scaling. We employ the parametric search technique of Megiddo [Me], and the fixed size polygon placement algorithms developed by Leven and Sharir [LS, LS1], to obtain an algorithm that runs in time O(k 2 n# 4 (kn) log 3 (kn) log log(kn)). We also present several other e#cient algorithms for restricted variants of the extremal polygon containment problem, using the same ideas. These variants include: placement of the largest homothetic copies of one or two convex polygons in another convex polygon and placement of the largest similar copy of a triangle in a convex polygon. 1 Introduction Let P be a convex polygon having k vertices and edges, and let Q be a closed two dimensional space bounded by a collection of polygonal obstacles (the "environment") having alt..

Year: 1991
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