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Title: Towards a geometric interpretation of double-cross matrix-based similarity of polylines
Authors: KUIJPERS, Bart 
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: ACM New York, NY, USA
Source: Proceedings of the 16th ACM SIGSPATIAL international conference on Advances in geographic information systems. p. 280-287.
Abstract: One of the formalisms to qualitatively describe polylines in the plane are double-cross matrices. In a double-cross matrix the relative position of any two line segments in a polyline is described with respect to a double cross based on their start points. Two polylines are called DC-similar if their double-cross matrices are identical. Although double-cross matrices have been widely applied, a geometric interpretation of the similarity they express is still lacking. In this paper, we provide a first step in the geometric interpretation of this qualitative definition of similarity. In particular, we give an effective characterization of what DC-similarity means for polylines that are drawn on a grid. We also provide algorithms that, given a DC-matrix, check whether it is realizable by a polyline on a grid and that construct, if possible, in quadratic time example polylines that satisfy this matrix. We also describe algorithms to reconstruct polylines, satisfying a given double-cross matrix, in the two-dimensional plane, that is, not necessarily on a grid.
Keywords: double-cross calculus, polylines, similarity
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ISBN: 978-1-60558-323-5
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
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