Smale-Like Decomposition and Forman Theory for Discrete Scalar Fields

  • Lidija Čomić
  • Mohammed Mostefa Mesmoudi
  • Leila De Floriani
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6607)


Forman theory, which is a discrete alternative for cell complexes to the well-known Morse theory, is currently finding several applications in areas where the data to be handled are discrete, such as image processing and computer graphics. Here, we show that a discrete scalar field f, defined on the vertices of a triangulated multidimensional domain Σ, and its gradient vector field Grad f through the Smale-like decomposition of f [6], are both the restriction of a Forman function F and its gradient field Grad F that extends f over all the simplexes of Σ. We present an algorithm that gives an explicit construction of such an extension. Hence, the scalar field f inherits the properties of Forman gradient vector fields and functions from field Grad F and function F.


Morse Theory Forman Theory Morse Decomposition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lidija Čomić
    • 1
  • Mohammed Mostefa Mesmoudi
    • 2
  • Leila De Floriani
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of Novi SadSerbia
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of GenovaItaly

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