If one is given a finite graph $(V, E)$, which we are guaranteed came from discretizing a grid, can we recover a global sense of orientation?
• More formally, assume the grid was of dimensions $W \times H$. So we have the vertex set as $V \equiv \{ (w, h) 1 \leq w \leq W, 1 \leq h \leq H \}$. We have in the edge set all elements of the form $((w, h), (w \pm 1, h \pm 1))$as long as respective elements $(w, h)$ and $(w \pm 1, h \pm 1)$ belong to $V$.
• We lose the information about the grid as comprising of elements of the form $(w, h)$. That is, we are no longer allowed to "look inside". All we have is a pile of vertices and edges $V, E$.
• Can we somehow "re-label" the edges $e \in E$ as "north", "south", "east", and "west" to regain a sense of orientation?