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2004

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Title

# On normals and projection operators for surfaces defined by point sets

Abstract

Levin's MLS projection operator allows defining a surface from a set of points and represents a versatile procedure to generate points on this surface. Practical problems of MLS surfaces are a complicated non-linear optimization to compute a tangent frame and the (commonly overlooked) fact that the normal to this tangent frame is not the surface normal. An alternative definition of Point Set Surfaces, inspired by the MLS projection, is the implicit surface version of Adamson & Alexa. We use this surface definition to show how to compute exact surface normals and present simple, efficient projection operators. The exact normal computation also allows computing orthogonal projections.

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