Embedding the dual complex of hyper-rectangular partitions

Michael Kerber


A rectangular partition is the partition of an (axis-aligned) rectangle into interior-disjoint rectangles. We ask whether a rectangular partition permits a nice drawing of its dual, that is, a straight-line embedding of it such that each dual vertex is placed into the rectangle that it represents. We show that deciding whether such a drawing exists is NP-complete. Moreover, we consider the drawing where a vertex is placed in the center of the representing rectangle and consider sufficient conditions for this drawing to be nice. This question is studied both in the plane and for the higher-dimensional generalization of rectangular partitions.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20382/jocg.v4i1a2

ISSN: 1920-180X