We show that the total combinatorial complexity of all non-convex cells in an arrangement of n (possibly intersecting) triangles in 3-space is O(n7/3 log n) and that this bound is almost tight in the worst case. Our bound significantly improves a previous nearly cubic bound of Pach and Sharir. We also present a (nearly) worst-case optimal randomized algorithm for calculating a single cell of the arrangement and an alternative less efficient, but still subcubic algorithm for calculating all non-convex cells, analyze some special cases of the problem where improved bounds (and faster algorithms) can be obtained, and describe applications of our results to translational motion planning for polyhedra in 3-space.
- AMS subject classification (1980): 51-04, 52A37, 68R05
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
- Computational Mathematics