Computational geometry: Selected algorithms and paradigms

  • Th. Ottmann
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 203)


Computational geometry is a fascinating and rich area of current research. Our aim was first to give the reader an impression of the kind of problems studied in this field and a feeling for some application areas where these problems arise. Furthermore a few selected algorithms and data structures have been presented: Geometric divide and conquer, the scan-line paradigm and the zigzag paradigm are certainly already classic examples of algorithmic techniques. Moreover, range trees, segment and interval trees, and priority search trees belong to the very basic structures which everyone working in the field should know. Many more algorithmic techniques and clever data structures have been invented. It is not easy to structure the hundreds of isolated algorithmic solutions of geometric problems and to filter out the underlying principles and structures of paradigmatic character. Nevertheless we have no doubt that a considerable fraction of the ideas emerged in this area will quite soon become an integral part of any computer science curriculum.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Th. Ottmann
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  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale BeschreibungsverfahrenUniversität KarlsruheKarlsruhe

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