Title

Weight-Equitable Subdivision of Red and Blue Points in the Plane

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Abstract

Let R and B be two disjoint sets of red points and blue points, respectively, in the plane in general position. Assign a weight α to each red point B to each blue point, where a and B are positive integers. Define the weight of a region in the plane as the sum of the weights of red and blue points in it. We give necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a line that bisects the weight of the plane whenever the total weight aR + BB is 2w, for some integer w ≥ 1. Moreover, we look closely into the special case where a=2 and B=1 since this case is important to generate a weight-equitable subdivision of the plane. Among other results, we show that for any configuration of R ∪ B with total weight 2|R| + |B|= nw, for some integer n ≥ 2 and odd integer w ≥ 1, the plane can be subdivided into n convex regions of weight w if and only if |B| ≥ n. Using the proofs of the main result, we also give a polynomial time algorithm in finding a weight-equitable subdivision in the plane.

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