Counting Triangulations of Planar Point Sets

  • Micha Sharir
  • Adam Sheffer


We study the maximal number of triangulations that a planar set of $n$ points can have, and show that it is at most $30^n$. This new bound is achieved by a careful optimization of the charging scheme of Sharir and Welzl (2006), which has led to the previous best upper bound of $43^n$ for the problem.

Moreover, this new bound is useful for bounding the number of other types of planar (i.e., crossing-free) straight-line graphs on a given point set. Specifically, it can be used to derive new upper bounds for the number of planar graphs ($207.84^n$), spanning cycles ($O(68.67^n)$), spanning trees ($O(146.69^n)$), and cycle-free graphs ($O(164.17^n)$).

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