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The Number of Holes in the Union of Translates of a Convex Set in Three Dimensions

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Abstract

We show that the union of translates of a convex body in three dimensional space can have a cubic number holes in the worst case, where a hole in a set is a connected component of its compliment. This refutes a 20-year-old conjecture. As a consequence, we also obtain improved lower bounds on the complexity of motion planning problems and of Voronoi diagrams with convex distance functions.

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@InProceedings{aronov_et_al:LIPIcs:2016:5902,
  author =	{Boris Aronov and Otfried Cheong and Michael Gene Dobbins and Xavier Goaoc},
  title =	{{The Number of Holes in the Union of Translates of a Convex Set in Three Dimensions}},
  booktitle =	{32nd International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2016)},
  pages =	{10:1--10:16},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-009-5},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2016},
  volume =	{51},
  editor =	{S{\'a}ndor Fekete and Anna Lubiw},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2016/5902},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-59024},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2016.10},
  annote =	{Keywords: Union complexity, Convex sets, Motion planning}
}

Keywords: Union complexity, Convex sets, Motion planning
Seminar: 32nd International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2016)
Issue date: 2016
Date of publication: 2016


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