Matching Polygonal Curves with Respect to the Fréchet Distance

  • Helmut Alt
  • Christian Knauer
  • Carola Wenk
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2010)


We provide the first algorithm for matching two polygonal curves P and Q under translations with respect to the Fréchet distance. If P and Q consist of m and n segments, respectively, the algorithm has runtime O((mn)3(m+n)2log(m+n)). We also present an algorithm giving an approximate solution as an alternative. To this end, we generalize the notion of a reference point and observe that all reference points for the Hausdorff distance are also reference points for the Fréchet distance. Furthermore we give a new reference point that is substantially better than all known reference points for the Hausdorff distance. These results yield a (1 + ∈)-approximation algorithm for the matching problem that has runtime O(∈-2 mn).


Computational geometry Shape matching Fréchet distance Parametric search Approximation algorithm Reference point Steiner point 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmut Alt
    • 1
  • Christian Knauer
    • 1
  • Carola Wenk
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für InformatikFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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