Find intersection point of lines inside a section

Given N lines in two-dimensional space in y = mx + b form and a vertical section. We need to find out whether there is an intersection point inside the given section or not.

In below diagram four lines are there,
L1 :    y = x + 2
L2 :    y = -x + 7
L3 :    y = -3
L4 :    y = 2x – 7
and vertical section is given from x = 2 to x = 4

We can see that in above diagram, the 
intersection point of line L1 and L2 
lies between the section.

We can solve this problem using sorting. First, we will calculate intersection point of each line with both the boundaries of vertical section and store that as a pair. We just need to store y-coordinates of intersections as a pair because x-coordinates are equal to boundary itself. Now we will sort these pairs on the basis of their intersection with left boundary. After that, we will loop over these pairs one by one and if for any two consecutive pairs, the second value of the current pair is less than that of the second value of the previous pair then there must be an intersection in the given vertical section.
The possible orientation of two consecutive pairs can be seen in above diagram for L1 and L2. We can see that when the second value is less, intersection lies in vertical section.

Total time complexity of solution will be O(n logn)

// C++ program to check an intersection point
// inside a given vertical section
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
// structure to represent a line
struct line {
    int m, b;
    line()  { }
    line(int m, int b) : m(m), b(b)  { }
// Utility method to get Y-cordinate 
// corresponding to x in line l
int getYFromLine(line l, int x)
    return (l.m * x + l.b);
// method returns true if two line cross
// each other between xL and xR range
bool isIntersectionPointInsideSection(line lines[], 
                            int xL, int xR, int N)
    pair<int, int> yBoundary[N];
    // first calculating y-values and putting 
    // in boundary pair
    for (int i = 0; i < N; i++) 
        yBoundary[i] = make_pair(getYFromLine(lines[i], xL), 
                               getYFromLine(lines[i], xR));
    // sorting the pair on the basis of first
    // boundary intersection
    sort(yBoundary, yBoundary + N);
    // looping over sorted pairs for comparison
    for (int i = 1; i < N; i++) {
        // if current pair's second value is smaller
        // than previous pair's then return true
        if (yBoundary[i].second < yBoundary[i - 1].second) 
            return true;        
    return false;
// Driver code to test above methods
int main()
    int N = 4;
    int m[] = { 1, -1, 0, 2 };
    int b[] = { 2, 7, -3, -7 };
    // copy values in line struct
    line lines[N];
    for (int i = 0; i < N; i++) {
        lines[i] = line(m[i], b[i]);
    int xL = 2;
    int xR = 4;
    if (isIntersectionPointInsideSection(lines, xL, xR, N)) {
        cout << "Intersection point lies between " 
             << xL << " and " << xR << endl;
    } else {
        cout << "No Intersection point lies between " 
             << xL << " and " << xR << endl;


Intersection point lies between 2 and 4

Please write comments if you find anything incorrect, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.

This article is attributed to GeeksforGeeks.org

You Might Also Like

leave a comment



load comments

Subscribe to Our Newsletter