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Niedermann, Benjamin ; Rutter, Ignaz ; Wolf, Matthias

Efficient Algorithms for Ortho-Radial Graph Drawing

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Orthogonal drawings, i.e., embeddings of graphs into grids, are a classic topic in Graph Drawing. Often the goal is to find a drawing that minimizes the number of bends on the edges. A key ingredient for bend minimization algorithms is the existence of an orthogonal representation that allows to describe such drawings purely combinatorially by only listing the angles between the edges around each vertex and the directions of bends on the edges, but neglecting any kind of geometric information such as vertex coordinates or edge lengths.
Barth et al. [2017] have established the existence of an analogous ortho-radial representation for ortho-radial drawings, which are embeddings into an ortho-radial grid, whose gridlines are concentric circles around the origin and straight-line spokes emanating from the origin but excluding the origin itself. While any orthogonal representation admits an orthogonal drawing, it is the circularity of the ortho-radial grid that makes the problem of characterizing valid ortho-radial representations all the more complex and interesting. Barth et al. prove such a characterization. However, the proof is existential and does not provide an efficient algorithm for testing whether a given ortho-radial representation is valid, let alone actually obtaining a drawing from an ortho-radial representation.
In this paper we give quadratic-time algorithms for both of these tasks. They are based on a suitably constrained left-first DFS in planar graphs and several new insights on ortho-radial representations. Our validity check requires quadratic time, and a naive application of it would yield a quartic algorithm for constructing a drawing from a valid ortho-radial representation. Using further structural insights we speed up the drawing algorithm to quadratic running time.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Benjamin Niedermann and Ignaz Rutter and Matthias Wolf},
  title =	{{Efficient Algorithms for Ortho-Radial Graph Drawing}},
  booktitle =	{35th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2019)},
  pages =	{53:1--53:14},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-104-7},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2019},
  volume =	{129},
  editor =	{Gill Barequet and Yusu Wang},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-104572},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.SoCG.2019.53},
  annote =	{Keywords: Graph Drawing, Ortho-Radial Graph Drawing, Ortho-Radial Representation, Topology-Shape-Metrics, Efficient Algorithms}

Keywords: Graph Drawing, Ortho-Radial Graph Drawing, Ortho-Radial Representation, Topology-Shape-Metrics, Efficient Algorithms
Collection: 35th International Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG 2019)
Issue Date: 2019
Date of publication: 11.06.2019

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