A polygon is said to be a weak visibility polygon if every point of the polygon is visible from some point of an internal segment. In this paper we derive properties of shortest paths in weak visibility polygons and present a characterization of weak visibility polygons in terms of shortest paths between vertices. These properties lead to the following efficient algorithms: (i) an O(E) time algorithm for determining whether a simple polygon P is a weak visibility polygon and for computing a visibility chord if it exist, where E is the size of the visibility graph of P and (ii) an O(n2) time algorithm for computing the maximum hidden vertex set in an n-sided polygon weakly visible from a convex edge.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/0925-7721(93)90010-4
Journal Computational Geometry
Ghosh, S.K. (Subir Kumar), Maheshwari, A, Pal, S.P. (Sudebkumar Prasant), Saluja, S. (Sanjeev), & Veni Madhavan, C.E. (C. E.). (1993). Characterizing and recognizing weak visibility polygons. Computational Geometry, 3(4), 213–233. doi:10.1016/0925-7721(93)90010-4