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Method of orienting curves for determining the convex hull of a finite set of points in the plane

An, P. T.

Optimization: A Journal of Mathematical Programming and Operations Research, 59(2) (2010), 175-179

In this article, we present an efficient algorithm to determine the convex hull of a finite planar set using the idea of the Method of Orienting Curves (introduced by Phu in Zur Lösung einer regulären Aufgabenklasse der optimalen Steuerung in Großen mittels Orientierungskurven, Optimization, 18 (1987), pp. 65–81, for solving optimal control problems with state constraints). The convex hull is determined by parts of orienting lines and a final line. Two advantages of this algorithm over some variations of Graham's convex hull algorithm are presented.