Lower bound on Computation of 2d voronoi diagrams

Gill Barequet barequet at cs.Technion.AC.IL
Sun Jul 15 12:23:30 PDT 2001

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> From: Mantena V Raju <mra5577 at cis.ksu.edu>
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> Subject: Lower bound on Computation of 2d voronoi diagrams
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> The lower bound for computing voronoi diagrams is bigomega(n log n). The
> reason cited for this is that
> The problem of sorting n real number is reducible to the problem of
> computing Voronoi diagrams. This is stated on page 151 of the book
> 2nd EDITION by M. de Berg, M. van Kreveld, M. Overmars, O. Schwarzkopf
> I don't quite figure out how sorting of n real number is reducible to
> finding the voronoi diagram of n sites.
> Thanks,
> Raju

Given a set I of n integer numbers, construct a set S of 2D points in the
following manner: for each number i in I, put the point (i,0) in S.
Now, from VD(S) you can obtain the sorted I in O(n) time: find the minimum
in I in O(n) time, find its counterpart in S and its record in VD(S) in
O(1) time, and follow the neighborhood relations in VD(S), each in O(1)
time for a total of O(n) time. This will give you the sorted I.


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