Date of Original Version

7-1998

Type

Article

Abstract or Description

Restricted-orientation convexity, also called O-convexity, is the study of geometric objects whose intersection with lines from some fixed set is empty or connected. The notion of O-convexity generalizes standard convexity and several types of nontraditional convexity. We introduce O-halfspaces, which are an analog of halfspaces in the theory of O-convexity. We show that this notion generalizes standard halfspaces, explore properties of these generalized halfspaces, and demonstrate their relationship to O-convex sets. We also describe directed O-halfspaces, which are a subclass of O-halfspaces that has some special properties. We first present some basic properties of O-halfspaces and compare them with the properties of standard halfspaces. We show that O-halfspaces may be disconnected, characterize an O- halfspace in terms of its connected components, and derive the upper bound on the number of components. We then study properties of the boundaries of O-halfspaces. Finally, we describe the complements of O-halfspaces and give a necessary and sufficient condition under which the complement of an O-halfspace is an O-halfspace

DOI

10.1007/BF01237603

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