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I have an arbitrary collection of nodes connected by edges. I am trying to find a good way to tell if an edge/vertex is on the border or not.

The red nodes and blue lines are considered on border. Black lines and black nodes are considered interior.

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All nodes are fixed to points on the Cartesian plane. It is a planar graph (no edges will cross over each other. They will intersect only at a node). Always one graph / connected shape in total (as opposed to multiple independently connected components).

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  • $\begingroup$ Will your vertices always correspond to lattice points? If so, you could say that a vertex is interior iff it has degree 4. If not, I don't think there's a way to define the border/interior. $\endgroup$ – DylanSp Feb 2 '16 at 21:26
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    $\begingroup$ An "arbitrary collection of nodes connected by edges" is otherwise known as a graph. Is the graph planar, and are you given an embedding? If you're not given an embedding, there's no way to answer this question, because a graph may have multiple embeddings in which different nodes and edges are interior/exterior. $\endgroup$ – Tom van der Zanden Feb 2 '16 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ @DylanSp What do you mean by "always correspond to lattice points"? It will look like a bunch of squares, yes. But as for degree four, look at the graph above, middle row, far right; those vertices have degree 4, do they not? $\endgroup$ – user213846 Feb 2 '16 at 21:27
  • $\begingroup$ @TomvanderZanden What do you mean by embedding? It will always look something like the picture above (like a grid graph, or at least part of one), square-like structure. I don't know the formal terminology. $\endgroup$ – user213846 Feb 2 '16 at 21:28
  • $\begingroup$ @TomvanderZanden Okay I googled it. Yes it will be planar (no edges cross over each other; they always intersect at a node/vertex) $\endgroup$ – user213846 Feb 2 '16 at 21:29

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