Discrete & Computational Geometry

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 17–35 | Cite as

Quickest Paths, Straight Skeletons, and the City Voronoi Diagram



The city Voronoi diagram is induced by quickest paths in the L 1plane, made faster by an isothetic transportation network. We investigate the rich geometric and algorithmic properties of city Voronoi diagrams, and report on their use in processing quickest-path queries. In doing so, we revisit the fact that not every Voronoi-type diagram has interpretations in both the distance model and the wavefront model. Especially, straight skeletons are a relevant example where an interpretation in the former model is lacking. We clarify the relationship between these models, and further draw a connection to the bisector-defined abstract Voronoi diagram model, with the particular goal of computing the city Voronoi diagram efficiently.


Voronoi Diagram Transportation Network Distance Model Diagram Model Algorithmic Property 
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© Springer-Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical Computer Science, Graz University of Technology, Inffeldgasse 16b, A-8010 GrazAustria
  2. 2.Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación, Universidad Alcalá de Henares, MadridSpain

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