Smale-Like Decomposition and Forman Theory for Discrete Scalar Fields


Forman theory, which is a discrete alternative for cell complexes to the well-known Morse theory, is currently finding several applications in areas where the data to be handled are discrete, such as image processing and computer graphics. Here, we show that a discrete scalar field f, defined on the vertices of a triangulated multidimensional domain Σ, and its gradient vector field Grad f through the Smale-like decomposition of f [6], are both the restriction of a Forman function F and its gradient field Grad F that extends f over all the simplexes of Σ. We present an algorithm that gives an explicit construction of such an extension. Hence, the scalar field f inherits the properties of Forman gradient vector fields and functions from field Grad F and function F.

Discrete Geometry for Computer Imagery - 16th IAPR International Conference, DGCI 2011, Nancy, France, April 6-8, 2011. Proceedings