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Consider the edges sorted by $f_e(t)$ for some $t$. Two quadratic polynomials can intersect at most two times. When the cost function of two edges $e_1$ and $e_2$ cross at time $t$, it means that $f_{e_1}(t-\epsilon) < f_{e_2}(t-\epsilon)$ and $f_{e_1}(t+\epsilon) > f_{e_2}(t+\epsilon)$. Since there are $m$ edges and each pair of edges crosses at ...

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