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For a visibility algorithm I want to remove verts of polygon that are guaranteed not visible from a vert S. The idea is to remove pockets that points are on the backside of a plane formed by the vector n, the perpendicular vector between S and 0, and a point S.

The prerequisites are:

  • the points of a polygon are in ccw order
  • the labeled points are the cutting-points between g(t) and the edges of the polygon
    • sorted by occurrence with respect to S
    • only the points with a positive t are retained
    • the points are part of a new created polygon, we are working with

The difficult task is to identify a pocket respectively the pair of indices a pocket starts and ends.

Here are my approaches:

  1. Use the natural order of cutting-points and remove items with a smaller t to their previous ones (works on I, III and IV).
  2. Sort the cutting-points by t. If the second point has the highest index in the original order, then all other cutting-points are part of the pocket and can be ignored (works on II).

Now the questions are:

  1. When should I use the first and when the second approach (I can't see it)?
  2. Is there an easier way?
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I solved it myself. Here is a result:

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The example is out of this post: here

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    $\begingroup$ It would be great to have a summary of what made the difference and how it helped. $\endgroup$ – trichoplax Mar 19 '17 at 15:13

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