Questions tagged [computational-geometry]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Efficient root finding algorithm for monotonic function

This is my first time asking a question here, so I may not be asking this in the right place. I am trying to find the roots of a monotonic function with as few function evaluations as possible. I ...
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Minimum axis aliged bounding box of convex polytope

I need to compute a $n-$dimensional integral with $n<10$ on a convex polytope. Since most numerical integration libraries (e.g. Cuba) expect the function to be integrated defined inside an axis ...
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Approximate the largest simplex in N-dimensional Delaunay triangulation

I am working on determining the spatial information of a set of $M$ points in $N$-dimensional space. It is well-known that the construction of Delaunay triangulation is expensive in high dimensional ...
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Uniformly sample a point per polytope

I want to uniformly sample a point within each of $10^5$ convex polytopes in each iteration of a solver. The polytopes in one iteration are completely different from the polytopes in another iteration....
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Which free library should I use to perform cutting/clipping operation?

I have a set of points which forms a closed loop, and I want to perform cutting/clipping a 3D model using this loop. I have used VTK but in some cases, it has a "Cannot follow edges" problem. Is ...
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How to numerically optimize affine transformations?

I need to optimize affine transformations for of a set of triangles using energy function based on the connectivity. The energy of an edge $e_j$ between triangles $T_a, T_b$ is given by $$ E_j = \...
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Compute outward normal and surface area for 8 noded brick element in FEA

I have a cube which is divided into 8 small cubes by bisecting each edge, I am trying to find out the surface area of each of the faces and the corresponding outward normals for them. This operation ...
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Connectivity matrix in Finite Element Method in Triangular elements

Imagine a simple triangular base mesh in finite element method with an unknown number of elements (varying by the user). How can connectivity matrix be coded to be generated automatically?
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Putting N hard spheres randomly in given volume

I need to put $N$ spheres with given radius $R$ randomly in a Volume $[-0.5,0.5]^3$, without any overlap of spheres. If I choose values so that all the spheres will occupy ~57% of the total volume, I ...
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Use of Morton Key to reduce number of grid points

I asked a question on Stack Overflow Performance Issue with VP Trees and Nearest Neighborsand I was not satisfied with the answer and so I thought I would reword my question for this site and post ...
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Computational science contests. Why arent there any?

I was wondering why there are no online or offline computational science contests? At least I couldn't find much by googling. I mean, like a topcoder for computational sciences. I assume one reason is ...
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Can the Power Method be used here?

Given a set of $n$ points on which a triangulation is performed, it is possible to construct coefficients $\lambda_{ij}>0$ such that each point $x_i$ is a convex combination of the points connected ...
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Simultaneous update to barycenters

Suppose a tiling is given in 2D (an embedding of a planar triangulated graph), with all faces convex. Now suppose one moves each point, one by one, to the barycenter of its neighbors. I think that ...
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What Derivative-free optimization method should I use when my initial guess is very good?

I am trying to minimize a function where my initial guess is quite close to the minimum. I'm trying to minimize $$f(q) = \text{angle}(qw_1q*, v_1) + \text{angle}(qw_2q*, v_2) + \text{angle}(qw_3q*, ...
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3D contour mesh computation

I have the value of a function in three dimensions, $f(x, y, z)$, which varies smoothly. I would like to compute a 3D mesh where $f(x, y, z)$ has a particular value. Are there algorithms to do this? ...
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Algorithm to construct all distances of a system described by $3N-6$ distances

A non-linear molecule has $3N-6$ degrees of freedom ($N$ is the number of atoms; ignoring translation and rotation). Therefore, a set of $3N-6$ distances and/or angles is enough, to describe the whole ...
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Integrating/Implementing NURBS-related calculations

Recently, I started to develop some codes that use NURBS (general things I intend to use/already using: spline generation, interpolation, grids, isolines, closest-point find, and many others), both ...
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How do I find the smallest set of elements that covers a given shape?

Suppose I have a mesh consisting of a set $M$ of conformal elements that fill the region $R=[0,1]\times[0,1]$. Suppose that I also have a 2D shape $S\subset R$ whose boundary $\partial S$ is ...
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Polygon approximation with a circle

There is an article describing how to detect a pupil from an eye photo. A.-H. Javadi, Z. Hakimi, M. Barati, V. Walsh, and L. Tcheang, "SET: a pupil detection method using sinusoidal approximation," ...
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Some good reading on polygon algorithms

What are some good resources (books, articles, sites) about polygon intersection and union algorithms?
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Selecting most scattered points from a set of points

Is there any (efficient) algorithm to select subset of $M$ points from a set of $N$ points ($M < N$) such that they "cover" most area (over all possible subsets of size $M$)? I assume the points ...
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Fast Algorithms for the Simplicial Decomposition of a Convex Polytope in N-Dimensions

I'm in the process of constructing an algorithm which computes the Voronoi diagram of a set of points, but I now need a method to decompose each Voronoi cell into simplices. The information we have is:...
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Efficient initial identification of solid or liquid domains for a block structured Cartesian grid generation system

INTRO Within the last 5 days I was able to generate a block structured Cartesian grid generation system with a combination of Fortran,C++ and Python. I am running intersection tests of the ...
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Expanding Winding Number algorithm to arcs

I have a problem that I have been attempting to solve for a few days now. I was wondering if I would be able to get some assistance from the community. In order to detect if a point is in a polygon, ...
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Efficiently finding all (x,y,z) points within certain distance of point P

I am using Python, and I have a Pandas dataframe with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of $(x,y,z)$ coordinates. I am looking to find an efficient method to index the original dataframe so that ...
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Gmsh exporting wrong mesh DATA [closed]

so hopefully I'll be using gmsh to make meshes out of 2-D cross sections with o thickness. I tried to make a structured mesh with quad elements of a rectangular ...
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Does some form of documentation of GMSH exist?

I am looking to implement GMSh into a simualtor that I am going to create. I am looking to integrate the geo, mesh, and post processor modules. However, looking online, it appears the documentation ...
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Fastest Delaunay triangulation libraries for sets of 3D points

Which is the fastest library for performing delaunay triangulation of sets with millions if 3D points? Are there also GPU versions available? From the other side, having the voronoi tessellation of ...
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Compute mesh of the projection of a 3D surface triangulation

Given a triangulated surface in $\Bbb{R}^3$ we can simply project it on a plane. This will result in a family of triangles which do not form a mesh of the projection for the following reasons: each ...