3-piercing of d-dimensional boxes and homothetic triangles

Eyal Assa, Matthew J. Katz

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In the p-piercing problem, a set S of n d-dimensional objects is given, and one has to compute a piercing set for S of size p, if such a set exists. We consider several instances of the 3-piercing problem that admit linear or almost linear solutions: (i) If S consists of axis-parallel boxes in Rd, then a piercing triplet for S can be found (if such a triplet exists) in O(n log n) time, for 3 ≤ d ≤ 5, and in O(n [d/3] log n) time, for d ≥ 6. Based on the solutions for 3 ≤ d ≤ 5, efficient solutions are obtained to the corresponding 3-center problem - Given a set P of n points in Rd, compute the smallest edge length λ such that P can be covered by the union of three axis-parallel cubes of edge length λ. (ii) If S consists of homothetic triangles in the plane, or of 4-oriented trapezoids in the plane, then a piercing triplet can be found in O(n log n) time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-259
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999


  • Geometric optimization
  • Piercing set
  • p-center

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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