Encyclopedia of Database Systems

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Triangulated Irregular Network

  • Leila De FlorianiEmail author
  • Paola Magillo
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_437


TIN; Triangulated terrains


A Triangulated Irregular Network (TIN) is a special case of a Digital Elevation Model (DEM).

A terrain can be mathematically modeled as a function z = f (x, y) mapping a point (x, y) in a domain D in the plane to its elevation value f (x, y). In practice, the value of function f is known at a finite set S of points within D. A DEM provides an estimated value for function f at any point (x, y) of the domain, based on the values at the points of S. A DEM consists of a subdivision of the domain into cells and of a piece-wise interpolating function defined on such cells.

A TIN is a DEM in which the domain subdivision is a triangle mesh, i.e., a set T of triangles such that: (i) the set of vertices of T is S, (ii) the interiors of any two triangles of T do not intersect, (iii) if the boundaries of two triangles intersect, then the intersection is either a common vertex, or a common edge.

Usually, a linear interpolating function is defined on...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GenovaGenoaItaly

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  1. 1.Computer ScienceUniversity of HagenHagenGermany