We give a lower bound on the following problem, known as simplex range reporting: Given a collection P of n points in d-space and an arbitrary simplex q, find all the points in P ∩ q. It is understood that P is fixed and can be preprocessed ahead of time, while q is a query that must be answered on-line. We consider data structures for this problem that can be modeled on a pointer machine and whose query time is bounded by O(nδ + r), where r is the number of points to be reported and δ is an arbitrary fixed real. We prove that any such data structure of that form must occupy storage Ω(nd(1-δ)-ε), for any fixed ε > 0. This lower bound is tight within a factor of nε.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Geometry and Topology
- Control and Optimization
- Computational Theory and Mathematics
- Computational Mathematics