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An Algorithm to Improve Parameterizations of Rational Bézier Surfaces Using Rational Bilinear Reparameterization

The parameterization of rational Bézier surfaces greatly affects rendering and tessellation results. The uniformity and orthogonality of iso-parametric curves are two key properties of the optimal parameterization. The only rational Bézier surfaces with uniform iso-parametric curves are bilinear surfaces, and the only rational Bézier surfaces with uniform and orthogonal iso-parametric curves are rectangles. To improve the uniformity and orthogonality of iso-parametric curves for general rational Bézier surfaces, an optimization algorithm using the rational bilinear reparameterizations is presented, which can produce a better parameterization with the cost of degree elevation. Examples are given to show the performance of our algorithm for rendering and tessellation applications.

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