author = {Luc Brun and Walter Kropatsch}, title = {Construction of Combinatorial Pyramids}, booktitle = {Graph based Representations in Pattern Recognition}, pages = {1-12}, year = 2003, editor = {Edwin Hancock and Mario Vento}, volume = 2726, series = {LNCS}, address = {York, UK}, month = {June}, organization = {IAPR-TC15}, url = {article:=https://brunl01.users.greyc.fr/ARTICLES/gbr2003.pdf,slides:=https://brunl01.users.greyc.fr/ARTICLES/slides_gbr2003.pdf}, abstract = "Irregular pyramids are made of a stack of successively reduced graphs embedded in the plane. Each vertex of a reduced graph corresponds to a connected set of vertices in the level below. One connected set of vertices reduced into a single vertex at the above level is called the reduction window of this vertex. In the same way, a connected set of vertices in the base level graph reduced to a single vertex at a given level is called the receptive field of this vertex. The graphs used in the pyramid may be region adjacency graphs, dual graphs or combinatorial maps. This last type of pyramids are called Combinatorial Pyramids. Compared to usual graph data structures, combinatorial maps encode one graph and its dual within a same formalism and offer an explicit encoding of the orientation of edges around vertices. This paper describes the construction scheme of a Combinatorial Pyramid. We also provide a constructive definition of the notions of reduction windows and receptive fields within the Combinatorial Pyramid framework.", theme = {hierarchical}