Counting Triangulations of Planar Point Sets

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Sharir, Micha
Sheffer, Adam
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We study the maximal number of triangulations that a planar set of $n$ points can have, and show that it is at most $30^n$. This new bound is achieved by a careful optimization of the charging scheme of Sharir and Welzl (2006), which has led to the previous best upper bound of $43^n$ for the problem. Moreover, this new bound is useful for bounding the number of other types of planar (i.e., crossing-free) straight-line graphs on a given point set. Specifically, we derive new upper bounds for the number of planar graphs ($o(239.4^n)$), spanning cycles ($O(70.21^n)$), and spanning trees ($160^n$).
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Computer Science - Discrete Mathematics, F.2.2, G.2.1, G.2.2
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