The One-Round Voronoi Game Replayed

  • Sándor P. Fekete
  • Henk Meijer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2748)


We consider the one-round Voronoi game, where player one (“White”, called “Wilma”) places a set of n points in a rectangular area of aspect ratio ρ ≤ 1, followed by the second player (“Black”, called “Barney”), who places the same number of points. Each player wins the fraction of the board closest to one of his points, and the goal is to win more than half of the total area. This problem has been studied by Cheong et al. who showed that for large enough n and ρ = 1, Barney has a strategy that guarantees a fraction of 1/2+α, for some small fixed α.

We resolve a number of open problems raised by that paper. In particular, we give a precise characterization of the outcome of the game for optimal play: We show that Barney has a winning strategy for n ≥ 3 and \(\rho > \sqrt{2}/n\), and for n=2 and \(\rho > \sqrt{3}/2\). Wilma wins in all remaining cases, i.e., for n ≥ 3 and \(\rho \leq \sqrt{2}/n\), for n=2 and \(\rho \leq \sqrt{3}/2\), and for n=1. We also discuss complexity aspects of the game on more general boards, by proving that for a polygon with holes, it is NP-hard to maximize the area Barney can win against a given set of points by Wilma.


Computational geometry Voronoi diagram Voronoi game Competitive facility location NP-hardness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sándor P. Fekete
    • 1
  • Henk Meijer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematical OptimizationTU BraunschweigBraunschweigGermany
  2. 2.Department of Computing and Information ScienceQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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