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Spatial and Temporal Modeling and Analysis

  1. Frederic Paik Schoenberg

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vat004

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

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Schoenberg, F. P. 2006. Tessellations. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 6.

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  1. University of California at Los Angeles, CA, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


A tessellation may be defined as a division of a space into convex polygonal regions; divisions of the plane (R2) are most often discussed. While geometrists centuries ago reserved the term tessellation merely for divisions of the plane into regular polygons of equal size, most authors now define tessellations very broadly so as to include any arrangements of nonoverlapping shapes covering Rd, as well as partitions of other metric spaces.