Chvátal theorem

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Chvátal watchman theorem

The following question was posed by V. Klee: How many guards are necessary (and sufficient) to guard (visually cover) a polygonal room (an art gallery) of vertices?

The question was answered by V. Chvátal [a1]. He proved that guards are sometimes necessary and always sufficient to guard a polygonal room of vertices.

A concise proof was later found by S. Fisk [a2]. See also Art gallery theorems.


[a1] V. Chvátal, "A combinatorial theorem in plane geometry" J. Combin. Th. B , 18 (1975) pp. 39–41
[a2] S. Fisk, "A short proof of Chvátal's watchman theorem" J. Combin. Th. B , 24 (1978) pp. 374
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This article was adapted from an original article by J. O'Rourke (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article