Tech Report CS-91-40

A Simplified Technique for Hidden-Line Elimination in Terrains

Franco P. Preparata and Jeffrey Scott Vitter

June 1991


In this paper we give a simple and efficient output-sensitive algorithm for constructing the display of a polyhedral terrain. It runs in $O((d + n)\log^2 n)$ time, where $d$ is the size of the final display. The main data structure maintains an implicit representation of the convex hull of a set of points that can be dynamically updated in $O(\log^2 n)$ time. It is especially simple and fast in our application since there are no rebalancing operations required in the tree.

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