Procrustes shape analysis of triangulations of a two coloured point pattern

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Abstract

Abstract

Consider a set of points in the plane with Gaussian perturbations about a regular mean configuration in which a Delaunay triangulation of the mean of the process is comprised of equilateral triangles of the same size. The points are labelled at random as “black” or “white” with variances of the perturbations possibly dependent on the colour. By investigating triangle subsets (with four sets of possible colour labels for the vertices) in detail we propose various test statistics based on a Procrustes shape analysis. A simulation study is carried out to investigate the relative merits and the adequacy of the approximations used in the distributional results, as well as a comparison with simulation methods based on nearest-neighbour distances. The methodology is applied to an investigation of regularity in human muscle fibre cross-sections.

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