## Abstract

Let p and q be two imprecise points, given as probability density functions on R
^{2}
, and let O be a set of disjoint polygonal obstacles in R
^{2}
. We study the problem of approximating the probability that p and q can see each other; i.e., that the segment connecting p and q does not cross any obstacle in O. To solve this problem, we first approximate each density function by a weighted set of polygons. Then we focus on computing the visibility between two points inside two of such polygons, where we can assume that the points are drawn uniformly at random. We show how this problem can be solved exactly in O((n+ m)
^{2}
) time, where n and m are the total complexities of the two polygons and the set of obstacles, respectively. Using this as a subroutine, we show that the probability that p and q can see each other amidst a set of obstacles of total complexity m can be approximated within error ε in O(1 / ε
^{3}
+ m
^{2}
/ ε
^{2}
) time.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 2682–2715 |

Number of pages | 34 |

Journal | Algorithmica |

Volume | 81 |

Issue number | 7 |

Early online date | 16 Feb 2019 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1 Jul 2019 |

## Keywords

- Gaussian distribution
- Probability distribution
- Visibility in polygonal domains