Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications
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Straight-Line Drawings on Restricted Integer Grids in Two and Three Dimensions
Vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 363-398, 2003. Regular paper.
Abstract This paper investigates the following question: Given a grid ϕ, where ϕ is a proper subset of the integer 2D or 3D grid, which graphs admit straight-line crossing-free drawings with vertices located at (integral) grid points of ϕ? We characterize the trees that can be drawn on a strip, i.e., on a two-dimensional n×2 grid. For arbitrary graphs we prove lower bounds for the height k of an n×k grid required for a drawing of the graph. Motivated by the results on the plane we investigate restrictions of the integer grid in 3D and show that every outerplanar graph with n vertices can be drawn crossing-free with straight lines in linear volume on a grid called a prism. This prism consists of 3n integer grid points and is universal - it supports all outerplanar graphs of n vertices. We also show that there exist planar graphs that cannot be drawn on the prism and that extension to an n ×2 ×2 integer grid, called a box, does not admit the entire class of planar graphs.