Deletion in Abstract Voronoi Diagrams in Expected Linear Time

Authors Kolja Junginger, Evanthia Papadopoulou

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Kolja Junginger
Evanthia Papadopoulou

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Kolja Junginger and Evanthia Papadopoulou. Deletion in Abstract Voronoi Diagrams in Expected Linear Time. In 34th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 99, pp. 50:1-50:14, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)


Updating an abstract Voronoi diagram in linear time, after deletion of one site, has been an open problem for a long time. Similarly for various concrete Voronoi diagrams of generalized sites, other than points. In this paper we present a simple, expected linear-time algorithm to update an abstract Voronoi diagram after deletion. We introduce the concept of a Voronoi-like diagram, a relaxed version of a Voronoi construct that has a structure similar to an abstract Voronoi diagram, without however being one. Voronoi-like diagrams serve as intermediate structures, which are considerably simpler to compute, thus, making an expected linear-time construction possible. We formalize the concept and prove that it is robust under an insertion operation, thus, enabling its use in incremental constructions.
  • Abstract Voronoi diagram
  • linear-time algorithm
  • update after deletion
  • randomized incremental algorithm


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