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Thread: Fast Adjacent Triangle Identification

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    Fast Adjacent Triangle Identification

    Identifying adjacent triangles:

    One approach is to loop over each vertex and to compare it with all the other vertices. This can be optimized a bit:
    - A triangle may at most have 3 adjacent triangles
    - All adjacent vertices will be after the current vertex (Because the previous vertices already found the current vertex!)

    But, it will still be a quadratic time algorithm, which can be quite slow.

    A linear time algorithm:
    We will use keys to quickly find adjacent vertices. (Input: vertex, Output: an array of triangles that share the vertex)

    1) Create an object that can have keys and values
    Make sure that a single key can store multiple values/an array.

    2) For each vertex, store it in your object as a key and store the vertex' triangle as the value. (Linear time)

    Code :
    object adjacencyInfo;
    foreach(vertex in mesh){
        //If the keys is already present, just add the triangle to the key
        //Otherwise, we will have to create the key and add the triangle
        adjacencyInfo["vertex"] = vertex.triangle;

    3) Now you can simply loop over each vertex and look it up in the object (Also linear time)

    Code :
    foreach(vertex in mesh){
       adjacencyInfo["vertex"] //All adjacent vertices

    For finding a triangle with a common edge, a slightly modified algorithm can be used:
    Last edited by stefnotch; 05-07-2016 at 08:21 AM. Reason: Added a link

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