Given an n-edge convex subdivision of the plane, is it possible to report its k intersections with a query line segment in O(k + polylog(n)) time, using subquadratic storage? If the query is a plane and the input is a polytope with n vertices, can one achieve O(k + polylog(n)) time with subcubic storage? Does any convex polytope have a boundary dominant Dobkin-Kirkpatrick hierarchy? Can fractional cascading be generalized to planar maps instead of linear lists? We prove that the answer to all of these questions is no, and we derive near-optimal solutions to these classical problems.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Computational Theory and Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics