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  2. Czumaj, Artur ; Xin, Qin (Ed.)
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  3. Let T be a set of n planar semi-algebraic regions in R^3 of constant complexity (e.g., triangles, disks), which we call _plates_. We wish to preprocess T into a data structure so that for a query object gamma, which is also a plate, we can quickly answer various intersection queries, such as detecting whether gamma intersects any plate of T, reporting all the plates intersected by gamma, or counting them. We also consider two simpler cases of this general setting: (i) the input objects are plates and the query objects are constant-degree algebraic arcs in R^3 (arcs, for short), or (ii) the input objects are arcs and the query objects are plates in R^3. Besides being interesting in their own right, the data structures for these two special cases form the building blocks for handling the general case. By combining the polynomial-partitioning technique with additional tools from real algebraic geometry, we obtain a variety of results with different storage and query-time bounds, depending on the complexity of the input and query objects. For example, if T is a set of plates and the query objects are arcs, we obtain a data structure that uses O^*(n^(4/3)) storage (where the O^*(...) notationmore »hides subpolynomial factors) and answers an intersection query in O^*(n^(2/3)) time. Alternatively, by increasing the storage to O^*(n^(3/2)), the query time can be decreased to O^*(n^(rho)), where rho = (2t-3)/(3(t-1)) < 2/3 and t≤3 is the number of parameters needed to represent the query arcs.« less
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