Visibility-monotonic polygon deflation

Prosenjit Bose, Vida Dujmovic, Nima Hoda, Pat Morin


A deflated polygon is a polygon with no visibility crossings.  We answer a question posed by Devadoss et al. (2012) by presenting a  polygon that cannot be deformed via continuous visibility-decreasing  motion into a deflated polygon.  We show that the  least n for which there exists such an n-gon is seven.  In  order to demonstrate non-deflatability, we use a new combinatorial  structure for polygons, the directed dual, which encodes the  visibility properties of deflated polygons.  We also show that any  two deflated polygons with the same directed dual can be deformed,  one into the other, through a visibility-preserving deformation.


Polygons; reconfiguration; deflation

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Contributions to Discrete Mathematics. ISSN: 1715-0868