Shrinking Process (contd) zPolygon hierarchy during shrinking
Events zTwo events can occur: yEdge event: an edge shrinks to zero, making its neighboring edges adjacent. ySplit event: A reflex vertex runs to an edge and splits it, thus splitting the whole polygon. New adjacencies occur between the split edge and each of the two edges incident to the reflex vertex.
Formal Definitions zThe straight skeleton, S(P), of polygon, P, is the union of the pieces of the angular bisectors traced out by the polygon vertices during the shrinking process. zEach edge, e, sweeps out a certain area called the face of e. zBisector pieces are called arcs, and their endpoints which are not vertices of P are called nodes of S(P).
Properties zIf P is an n-gon, then S(P): yrealizes 2n -3 arcs yrealizes n -2 nodes yDivides P into n monotone polygons
Why straight skeleton? zThe straight skeleton has a lower combinatorial complexity than the medial axis for non-convex polygons. yMedial axis has 2n+r –3 arcs (with r parabolically curved) -vs- 2n –3 for straight skeleton
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