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Multiresolution analysis on irregular surface meshes

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1 Author(s)
Bonneau, G.-P. ; LMC, CNRS, Grenoble, France

Wavelet-based methods have proven their efficiency for visualization at different levels of detail, progressive transmission, and compression of large data sets. The required core of all wavelet-based methods is a hierarchy of meshes that satisfies subdivision-connectivity. This hierarchy has to be the result of a subdivision process starting from a base mesh. Examples include quadtree uniform 2D meshes, octree uniform 3D meshes, or 4-to-1 split triangular meshes. In particular, the necessity of subdivision-connectivity prevents the application of wavelet-based methods on irregular triangular meshes. In this paper, a “wavelet-like” decomposition is introduced that works on piecewise constant data sets over irregular triangular surface meshes. The decomposition/reconstruction algorithms are based on an extension of wavelet-theory allowing hierarchical meshes without property. Among others, this approach has the following features: it allows exact reconstruction of the data set, even for nonregular triangulations, and it extends previous results on Haar-wavelets over 4-to-1 split triangulations

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Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 4 )