(data structure)

Definition: A binary tree that organizes multidimensional points by splitting off regular subintervals.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
binary tree, point access method.

Note: After [GG98].

Author: PEB

More information

Yutaka Ohsawa and Masao Sakauchi, BD-Tree: A New N-dimensional Data Structure with Efficient Dynamic Characteristics, Proc. 9th World Computer Congress, IFIP83, pp. 539-544, 1983.

"Bounded deformation" trees for collision resolution are described in
Doug L. James and Dinesh K. Pai, BD-Tree: Output-Sensitive Collision Detection for Reduced Deformable Models, ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2004), 23(3), August 2004.

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