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Convex Hull

Authors: Benjamin Qi, Neo Wang

Smallest convex polygon containing a set of points on a grid.


The Convex Hull is the subset of points that forms the smallest convex polygon which encloses all points in the set. To visualize this, imagine that each point is a pole. Then, imagine what happens if you were to wrap a rope around the outside of all the poles, and then pull infinitely hard, such that the connections between any two points that lie on the edge of the rope are lines. The set of points that touch the rope is the convex hull.

Convex Hull Visualization

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With Graham Scan



The Graham Scan algorithm works in 3 steps. First, it sorts all of the nn points by their counterclockwise angle around a pivot P0P_0, breaking ties by distance. This algorithm uses the leftmost (and bottommost if there is a tie), point as P0P_0.

We maintain a stack containing the points such that the following invariant holds: every three consecutive points a,b,ca,b,c of the stack form a counterclockwise turn. In other words, cc lies to the left of the line from aa to bb. This condition implies that the points of the stack form the vertices of a convex polygon.

To start the creation of the convex hull, we choose 2 points. The pivot (first point), and the second point based on our initial sorting. After that, we attempt to add each point in cand\texttt{cand} to the stack.

Denote our stack as hull\texttt{hull}, the top element of hull\texttt{hull} as hull[i]\texttt{hull}[i] and cand[j]\texttt{cand}[j] as the jj-th sorted candidate point. Before adding cand[j]\texttt{cand}[j] to the stack, we check whether hull[i1]hull[i]cand[j]\texttt{hull}[i-1] \rightarrow \texttt{hull}[i] \rightarrow \texttt{cand}[j] forms a counterclockwise turn.

  • If so, then we add cand[j]\texttt{cand}[j] to the stack and the invariant holds. Continue with cand[j+1]\texttt{cand}[j+1].
  • Otherwise, hull[i]\texttt{hull}[i] lies within the convex hull of the other points in the stack along with cand[j]\texttt{cand}[j], so we pop hull[i]\texttt{hull}[i] from the stack and continue with cand[j]\texttt{cand}[j].


Worked Example

#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
#define FOR(i, a, b) for (int i = (a); i < (b); i++)
#define FORE(i, a, b) for (int i = (a); i <= (b); i++)
#define F0R(i, a) for (int i = 0; i < (a); i++)
#define trav(a, x) for (auto &a : x)
#define f first

With Monotone Chain


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Rotating Caliphers

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StatusSourceProblem NameDifficultyTags
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Old GoldNormal
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ACVery Hard
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