Polygons with prescribed angles in 2D and 3D

Alon Efrat, Radoslav Fulek, Stephen Kobourov, Csaba D. Tóth

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We consider the construction of a polygon P with n vertices whose turning angles at the vertices are given by a sequence A = (α0, . . ., αn−1), αi ∈ (−π, π), for i ∈ {0, . . ., n− 1}. The problem of realizing A by a polygon can be seen as that of constructing a straight-line drawing of a graph with prescribed angles at vertices, and hence, it is a special case of the well studied problem of constructing an angle graph. In 2D, we characterize sequences A for which every generic polygon P ⊂ R2 realizing A has at least c crossings, for every c ∈ N, and describe an efficient algorithm that constructs, for a given sequence A, a generic polygon P ⊂ R2 that realizes A with the minimum number of crossings. In 3D, we describe an efficient algorithm that tests whether a given sequence A can be realized by a (not necessarily generic) polygon P ⊂ R3, and for every realizable sequence the algorithm finds a realization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Aug 24 2020


  • Angle graph
  • Crossing number
  • Polygon
  • Spherical polygon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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