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Discrete Jordan curve theorem
Author(s): Li Chen
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Paper Abstract

According to a general definition of discrete curves, surfaces, and manifolds (Li Chen, 'Generalized discrete object tracking algorithms and implementations, ' In Melter, Wu, and Latecki ed, Vision Geometry VI, SPIE Vol. 3168, pp 184 - 195, 1997.). This paper focuses on the Jordan curve theorem in 2D discrete spaces. The Jordan curve theorem says that a (simply) closed curve separates a simply connected surface into two components. Based on the definition of discrete surfaces, we give three reasonable definitions of simply connected spaces. Theoretically, these three definition shall be equivalent. We have proved the Jordan curve theorem under the third definition of simply connected spaces. The Jordan theorem shows the relationship among an object, its boundary, and its outside area. In continuous space, the boundary of an mD manifold is an (m - 1)D manifold. The similar result does apply to regular discrete manifolds. The concept of a new regular nD-cell is developed based on the regular surface point in 2D, and well-composed objects in 2D and 3D given by Latecki (L. Latecki, '3D well-composed pictures,' In Melter, Wu, and Latecki ed, Vision Geometry IV, SPIE Vol 2573, pp 196 - 203, 1995.).

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1999
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3811, Vision Geometry VIII, (23 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.364115
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Li Chen, Scientific and Practical Computing and Wuhan Univ. (China) (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3811:
Vision Geometry VIII
Longin Jan Latecki; Robert A. Melter; David M. Mount; Angela Y. Wu, Editor(s)

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