Discrete & Computational Geometry

, Volume 59, Issue 1, pp 226–237 | Cite as

An Obstruction to Delaunay Triangulations in Riemannian Manifolds

  • Jean-Daniel Boissonnat
  • Ramsay DyerEmail author
  • Arijit Ghosh
  • Nikolay Martynchuk


Delaunay has shown that the Delaunay complex of a finite set of points \(P\) of Euclidean space \(\mathbb {R}^m\) triangulates the convex hull of \(P,\) provided that \(P\) satisfies a mild genericity property. Voronoi diagrams and Delaunay complexes can be defined for arbitrary Riemannian manifolds. However, Delaunay’s genericity assumption no longer guarantees that the Delaunay complex will yield a triangulation; stronger assumptions on \(P\) are required. A natural one is to assume that \(P\) is sufficiently dense. Although results in this direction have been claimed, we show that sample density alone is insufficient to ensure that the Delaunay complex triangulates a manifold of dimension greater than 2.


Delaunay complex Triangulation Riemannian manifold 

Mathematics Subject Classification

57R05 (Primary) 54B15 53B20 (Secondary) 



We thank Gert Vegter for suggesting that we look for an obstruction that can exist at all scales. We also thank David Cohen-Steiner and Mathijs Wintraecken for illuminating discussions. This research has been partially supported by the 7th Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission, under FET-Open Grant Number 255827 (CGL Computational Geometry Learning). Partial support has also been provided by the Advanced Grant of the European Research Council GUDHI (Geometric Understanding in Higher Dimensions). Arijit Ghosh is supported by Ramanujan Fellowship Number SB/S2/RJN-064/2015. Part of this work was done when he was a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics, Germany supported by the IndoGerman Max Planck Center for Computer Science (IMPECS). Part of this work was also done while he was a Visiting Scientist at the Advanced Computing and Microelectronics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Côte d’AzurInriaFrance
  2. 2.Collège de FranceParisFrance
  3. 3.ACM UnitIndian Statistical InstituteKolkataIndia
  4. 4.Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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