Dimension Spectra of Lines

  • Neil Lutz
  • D. M. StullEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10307)


This paper investigates the algorithmic dimension spectra of lines in the Euclidean plane. Given any line L with slope a and vertical intercept b, the dimension spectrum \({{\mathrm{sp}}}(L)\) is the set of all effective Hausdorff dimensions of individual points on L. We draw on Kolmogorov complexity and geometrical arguments to show that if the effective Hausdorff dimension \(\dim (a, b)\) is equal to the effective packing dimension \({{\mathrm{Dim}}}(a, b)\), then \({{\mathrm{sp}}}(L)\) contains a unit interval. We also show that, if the dimension \(\dim (a, b)\) is at least one, then \({{\mathrm{sp}}}(L)\) is infinite. Together with previous work, this implies that the dimension spectrum of any line is infinite.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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