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Title:Computing Interesting Topological Features
Author(s):Chambers, Erin Wolf
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Jeff Erickson
Department / Program:Computer Science
Discipline:Computer Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Computer Science
Abstract:Finally, we examine a more fundamental homotopy problem in a different setting. A Rips complex is a simplicial complex defined by a set of points from some metric space where every pair of points within distance 1 is connected by an edge, and every (k + 1)-clique in that graph forms a k-simplex. We prove that the projection map which takes each k-simplex in the Rips complex to the convex hull of the original points in the plane induces an isomorphism between the fundamental groups of both spaces. Since the union of these convex hulls is a polygonal region in the plane, possibly with holes, our result implies that the fundamental group of a planar Rips complex is a free group, allowing us to design efficient algorithms to answer homotopy questions in planar Rips complexes.
Issue Date:2008
Description:98 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3337719
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008

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