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The study of efficient algorithms and data structures to solve various problems involving point sets, line segments, polygons, polyhedra, simplices, etc.

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Finding points inside cells of power (generalized Voronoi) diagram

Suppose we have a set of points $p_1,\ldots,p_n\in\mathbb R^d$ as well as a set of weights $w_1,\ldots,w_n\in\mathbb R$. Recall that the power cell associated to the pair $(p_k,w_k)$ is given by: $$\...
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Why does the naive barycentric hodgestar fail?

The discrete exterior calculus is defined first using circumcentric dual cells, because the primal and dual edges are orthogonal and thus the dual cells are convex. This leads to a diagonal hodge star ...
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Good examples of “two is easy, three is hard” in computational sciences

I recently encountered a formulation of the meta-phenomenon: "two is easy, three is hard" (phrased this way by Federico Poloni), which can be described, as follows: When a certain problem is ...
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Applying weak form

I have two dimensional equation and I want to solve it using Finite Element Methods. $$ \nabla . (\alpha(x,y)\nabla u(x,y)) + \dfrac{\partial u(x,y)}{\partial x}+\dfrac{\partial u(x,y)}{\partial y}+u(...
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How to minimize $(x-a)^2+(y-b)^2$ subject to $ \sqrt{a}+\sqrt{b}=\sqrt{2}$?

I am not sure if this is on-topic here, but I am trying. Let $x,y$ be positive real numbers. I am trying to find $$ \min_{\sqrt{a}+\sqrt{b}=\sqrt{2}}(x-a)^2+(y-b)^2$$ I tried using Mathematica for ...
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How do I find the portion of a cell/voxel lying within a defined surface?

We have a 3-dimensional grid of voxels (or cells), with individual voxels being of volume $dx\,dy\,dz$ where $dx=dy=dz=1$. A cone-like surface is defined by some function, $z = f(x, y)$, which in ...
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Systematically outputting sign vectors of restricted hyperplane arrangement

(I previously asked this question on Sage's dedicated Q&A site, but got no response, so I figured it would be worth trying here.) I have a way of constructing hyperplane arrangements in Sage, ...
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How can one prove the duality of Voronoi and Delaunay?

Hoping I'm not misunderstanding the concept here, but it is my understanding that Voronoi Diagrams and Delaunay Tesselations are 'dual' to one another, owing to the fact that each' solution makes ...
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How to determine the Jacobian Ratio for triangle element?

I am trying to implement an algorithm to find the Jacobian ratio for each triangle in mesh as a part of mesh quality check. Let's say that I have vertices of the triangle: $P_1(x_1, y_1, z_1)$, $P_2(...
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Desmos saying there are too many variables [closed]

I wasn't sure if this is a Computational Science SE question or a Stack Overflow question but I think it's more of this one. I wanted to make a graph where I can rotate a hyperbola (not parabola or ...
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Detecting degenerate triangles with very thin structures

Between the two ears in the following bunny images, there are some degenerate triangles I want to detect. It looks like a volume-less thin slits. If the question is not clear, please let me know.
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How to get all intersections between two simple polygons in O(n+k)

Basically the formulation of the problem I'd like to solve is very simple. Given 2 simple polygons (without self-intersections) report all intersecting edge pairs in O(n+k) time, where n - is a total ...
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How to sample points in hyperbolic space?

Hyperbolic space in the Poincaré upper half space model looks like ordinary $\Bbb R^n$ but with the notion of angle and distance distorted in a relatively simple way. In Euclidean space I can sample a ...
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Mesh with constraints

Is it possible to construct a constrained tetrahedral mesh of a domain using Tetgen or similar software? What I mean by constrained is that there are some nodes or edges that are not free but are ...
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Simplification of vertices and dihedral angle relations of a polygonal chain

I am trying to understand the generation of Cartesian coordinates of polygonal system or poly line with fixed bond angles and fixed link lengths. I assumed the bond angle to be the same and link ...
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Packing spheres inside a geometry

I am looking for packing spheres (can be monodisperse or polydisperse with known radii distribtuions) inside a geometry. I am sure this is a well explored scientific problem with applications in ...
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Is the similar subdivision of a delaunay mesh still delaunay?

I have a delaunay triangulation for a 2d box with say an airfoil inside. If I uniformly refine this mesh by subdividing each triangle in the mesh into 4 triangles by halving each edge, is the ...
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Minimal surface solution in Python

Note: this question was also posted in StackOverflow and math.stackexchange. I have a set of 3D points defining a 3D contour, as shown below. The points in this contour lie in their best-fit plane ...
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How to divide points on a 3D complex surface into two regions based on a closed curve defined on this surface?

My problem seems simple but I can't find an algorithm that will do that for me for any 3D complex surface. I have a really complex shape 3D surface and a closed curve on it defined by some points (...
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Produce vertex displacements from volumetric shrinkage data on unstructured meshes

I was wondering what would be an efficient way to produce compatible displacements for mesh nodes/vertices if the computed data is volume shrinkage of each element/cell in the unstructured mesh? ...
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Fitting Implicit Surfaces to Oriented Point Sets

I have a question regarding quadric fit to a set of points and corresponding normals (or equivalently, tangents). Fitting quadric surfaces to point data is well explored. Some works are as follows: ...
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How to approach geographic data interpolation by distance?

let's say I have a set of geographic locations (lat, lng) resulting from a query. Those locations have some kind of internal ranking, my set is sorted by this number in a descending order. Now I'm ...
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How to find the nearest point inside a list in a given direction

Being $\bar{\mathbf{x}} \in \mathbb{R}^3$ a point and $S =\{\mathbf{x}\}_{i=1}^N \in \mathbb{R}^3$ a sample of N points. I am looking for a simple algorithm to determine the nearest point in $S$ in ...
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Find shortest path around a cylinder represented by 3d triangular mesh

Suppose I have a 3d triangular mesh with the topology of a finite cylinder. Let $C$ be a vertex on that mesh. How can I find the shortest path from $C$ to itself that goes around the cylinder? By ...
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Maximum and Minimum distance from query point within bounding box

I'm reading an article regarding approximating sums using KD-trees (similar to FMM). As part of the effort I'm trying to make sense of this article , which is cited. I'm having trouble understanding ...
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Derivatives over a Finite Element mesh

I have a data extracted from Comsol on some node points and I know the coordinates of each node. Does anyone know how Comsol calculate the partial derivative from the values at each node and also ...
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Shape measure for C-shaped objects

There are many well defined measures for many basic geometrical objects such as rectangularity (area coverage of minimum bounding rectangle), triangularity (area coverage of minimum enclosing triangle)...
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Volume of 3D convex hull of small point sets all on the hull

I have a question that is similar to this one asked before except in 3D, and I only need the volume, not the actual shape of the hull. More precisely, I'm given a small set of points (say, 10-15) in ...
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Dividing Point Cloud into voxels

I am reading a paper on implementing convolution neural network for a 3D point cloud. In this paper, they are dividing the point cloud into voxels. Is there any easy way to do it using point cloud ...
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Check if two points are symmetrics/asymmetrics

I am working on an Android app which lets a group of children draw whatever they want in a specific area. I need to check if the lines and figure that they draw are symmetric. The problem is that ...
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Efficient algorithm to determine the intersection volume of simple convex polyhedra

TLDR: Is there an efficient algorithm to compute the intersection of polyhedra with 8 or fewer vertices? I have two sets of FEM meshes for one geometry (one exhibiting a skin effect). I have to ...
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Algorithm to join hexahedra and obtain outline volume

I would like to join several hexahedra and obtain an outline volume. First, I started with 2D implementation. In 2D, there are non-intersecting quadrangles which always touch each other as shown in ...
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How to read data from simply formatted text file (c++)?

Mesh information like points, faces and cells is to be stored into separate files: e.g. for points file: # points data: x y z N_Points 100 x1 y1 z1 x2 y2 z2 ... cell file: # cells data: ...
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Finding Shape Functions for a Triangle in 3D coordinate space

I have a Triangular Plane T given by three points in 3D space $$P_1 = (x_1,y_1,z_1)\\ P_2 = (x_2,y_2,z_2) \\ P_3 = (x_3,y_3,z_3)$$ I want to find the Shape Functions on this plane as $N_1(x,y,z),N_2(...
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How to create a random 3D domain representing a plant's root structure?

I would like to model laminar flow of water from roots to the stem of a plant. At the very end of the roots, the tubes vary from millimeter to centimeter scale in diameter and length. As we get closer ...
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Random placement of euclidean points with constrained inter-point distances in a fixed area

I'd like to place as many random points as possible in a 2D square $S=[0,1]x[0,1]$ such that the euclidean distance $d$ between any two points $d$ is greater than a given value $b$ (b is small). I'm ...
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Uniform dots distribution in a sphere

I'm trying to implement Barnes-Hut algorithm, with a binary tree. My initial conditions are a uniform mass distribution in a sphere with radius $R$. How can I create uniform dots distribution in a ...
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Smallest circumscribed circle in spherical geometry

I work in Python 3 on astrophysics projects. I need to compute the smallest circumscribed circle of a set of points in the sky (so described by Right Ascension and Declination). I have found a code ...
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Is it valid to assume the center of a bounding sphere to be also the center of the bounding box?

Computing an axis aligned bounding box of a point set is trivial. Computing a bounding sphere of a point set is also trivial when the center is known. Computing the center of the bounding sphere is ...
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How can I find a line segment with the most intersections along with the coordinates of the intersection points?

There are $n$ points in a 2-D plane and each is given by its $x$ and $y$ coordinates. They are stored in an array in an ascending order with respect to $x$. All points are connected together by line ...
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Calculating depth mask from different lighting

I have a object which is static, the camera is static and light source is moving. How can the depth mask be calculated ? Concept is to use - calculate height from shadow length Lets imagine a have ...
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Cover a polygon with least amount of parallelograms [closed]

I am solving the task that is as follows: Input: a polygon. Can be any kind of polygon without self intersections. Can be a non-convex and with holes inside. Goal: to cover it with 2 (at least) or ...
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How to calculate the geodesic curvature of a discrete 3D curve?

I have coordinates of a set of points that form a closed loop that lies in a 3D surface. I know the equation of the surface and I can calculate it's surface normal at any point. I found that for a ...
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Ordering points from X Y coordinates

I have series of points extracted from a regular grid, with their X/Y coordinates. A previous algorithm (that I cannot modified!) output a list of these coordinates, but the ordering of these point is ...
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Algorithms to extract trajectory lines out of 3D point clouds

I am looking for different approaches to extract 3D polylines out of Point Clouds. We are able to create these point clouds out of different data sources of real world surveys (LIDAR, RADAR, etc...) ...
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projective reconstruction from orthogonal views

This is a problem from projective geometry. Suppose I have a vector $z \in R^k$ of unit length $\| z \| =1$ inside a $k$-dimensional hypercube. I don't know its value but do know its projection upto ...
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Smoothness regularisation of a 2D field on a triangular mesh?

I'm working on an inverse problem where the solution is the values of a 2D scalar field at the vertices of a 2D triangular mesh, such that the field can be defined continuously inside the mesh via ...
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A robust algorithm to sort a non-convex polygon vertices

Let v_{0},...,v_{N-1} be N points in a Cartesian xy plane defining the vertices of closed polygon (i.e. v_{N} = v_{0}). Let P_{0}...
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Node renumbering in a 2D mesh

I have a 2D domain which is discretized using Q4 elements. I have the nodal positions and the element connectivity matrix. I would now like to renumber the nodes in such a way that all the interior ...
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How to generate a face list from vertices?

I have a little background in writing toy finite volume CFD codes. In 2D Cartesian scenarios, I typically take $x_{\min}$, $x_{\max}$, $y_{\min}$, $y_{\max}$, and the number of points in $x$ and $y$ ...

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