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What is the difference between linear and affine function

I am a bit confused. What is the difference between a linear and affine function? Any suggestions will be appreciated
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Projective geometry well defined bijection

I consider the sphere $\mathbb S^n:=\{x\in\mathbb R^{n+1}: \|x\|=1 \}$ and the equivalence relation $x\sim y:\Leftrightarrow x=\pm y$. How can it be shown that the inclusion $\mathbb ...
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projective geometry hyperplane

For $j=0,\ldots,n$ consider the affine hyperplane $A_j:=e_j+\langle e_0,\ldots,e_{j-1},e_{j+1},\ldots,e_n\rangle$ in $\mathbb K^{n+1}$ and the associated embedding $\tau_j:\mathbb ...
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Showing that a rigid motion preserves distances

For a linear map $\Phi : \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^m$ which has the form $[ x \mapsto Ax]$ for an $n \times m$ matrix $A$. A rigid motion is an affine map where $A$ is orthogonal. How would you ...
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What does affinity means? (In categorical terms)

I know that traditionally, an affine space is "what is left from a vector space, after removing the origin". Given any set $X$ and a ring $K$, we can consider the set of all formal affine linear ...
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Difference between Projective Geometry and Affine Geometry

I recently started reading the book Multiple View Geometry by Hartley and Zisserman. In the first chapter I came across the following concepts.. Projective geometry is an extension of Euclidean ...
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Distance between affine space and point

Let $A,A'$ two affine subspaces of a finite Euclidean Vectorspace $V$. Let $p,p'$ two points, such that $d(A,p)=d(A',p')$. $\dim(A)=\dim(A')$ I would like to show that there exists a movement ...
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Motion in affine geometry

$V$ is a finite euclidean vectorspace and $\sigma:V->V$ is a motion, this means that $d(\sigma(a_i),\sigma(a_j))=d(a_i,a_j)$ for an affine coordinate system $a_0,...,a_n$ I know the following two ...
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Centre of a quadric

I found the following sentence in my linear linear algebra book (affine and projective geometry): $Q:V \to \mathbb{K}$ is a quadric (quadratic function) and $\alpha\in Aff(V)$. $Aff(V)$ is the set of ...
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Affine Transformation ― correct direction of scale

due to the fact that I am not mathematician I hope the question wont be ejected cause of triviality. But here we go: what is given: In an svg graphic, I have an element on which several are ...
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$\alpha$ affine iff graph is affine subspace

I am just checking different analogous of $\alpha:V \longrightarrow W$ being affine. I have problems with this one: $\alpha:V \longrightarrow W$ affine $\iff$ $G_\alpha=\{(v,\alpha(v): v\in V)\}$ is ...
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Affine subspace iff statement

I cannot find a proof for the following statement, though the statement itself seems common enough: $X$ is an affine subspace of $\mathbb{R}^n \iff \forall a\in X: X - \{a\}$ is a linear subspace. ...
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How to get around non-commutativity of matrix multiplication?

I have a problem with a matrix equation/transformation problem which I need solving. I have two transformations $A_1$ and $A_2$, both of which can be expressed as $A_i = R_i \times B_i$, $R_i$ ...
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The Mean Value Property and Affine Functions

I need some hints to solve the following: A function $f(t)$ on an interval $I = (a,b)$ has the mean value property if $f(\frac{s+t}{2}) = \frac{f(s)+f(t)}{2}$ where $s,t\in{I}$. Show that any ...
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Detecting the type of singularity with the Jacobian

Say we have a plane curve $\mathcal{C} = V(f(x,y)) \subset \mathbb{A}^2_{\mathbb{C}}$. The partial derivatives tell us about the singularities: if they all vanish at a point $p \in\mathcal{C}$ then ...
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Set of all affine maps between two polytopes

Let $V$ be a finite-dimensional real vector space, let $P, Q \subseteq V$ be polytopes with $P \subseteq Q$. (Let a polytope be defined as the convex hull of finitely many points.) I'm interested in ...
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Fitting Shape in Circle for Shape Classification

I need to classify arbitrary 2D shapes. The classification should be invariant to at least affine transform. To achieve this invariance, I decided to "normalize" each shape by fitting it to a unit ...
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Applications of the fundamental theorems of affine and projective geometry.

The fundamental theorem of affine/projective geometry says that a bijection between two finite dimensional spaces that preserves the relation of collinearity is a (semi-) affine/projective ...
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non-affine functions

it is obvious that if $f$ is an affine function, then $f$ has this property: there exist two function $g$ and $h$ such that $f(t+s)=g(t)+h(s)$ for all $t,s \in\mathbb{R}$. My question is: is there ...
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Finding a coset

I'm given $V$ a vector space over a field $\mathbb{F}$. Letting $v_1$ and $v_2$ be distinct elements of $V$, define the set $L\subseteq V$: $L=\{rv_1+sv_2 | r,s\in \mathbb{F}, r+s=1\}$. (This is the ...
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Affine Subspace Confusion

I'm having some trouble deciphering the wording of a problem. I'm given $V$ a vector space over a field $\mathbb{F}$. Letting $v_1$ and $v_2$ be distinct elements of $V$, define the set $L\subseteq ...
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Affine Spaces and Affine transformations

Can anyone please recommend a book that describes Affine Spaces and Affine Transformations? Many books i saw described it very briefly. Can anyone please suggest a book that deals with it in detail? ...
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Why is the affine hull of the unit circle $\mathbb R^2$?

In Boyd's "Convex Optimization" it defines the affine hull of a subset $C$ of $\mathbb R^n$ as $$\text{aff} C = \left\{\theta_1 x_1 + \ldots +\theta_k x_k \mid x_1, \ldots x_k \in C, \theta_1 + ...
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Measuring Similarity of Affine Transformations

I am currently working on a problem where a calibration Algorithm provides me with an Affine Transformation that transforms a 2D Image to it's assumed Position in a 3D Volume. To evaluate the accuracy ...
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How to precisely distinguish vectors and points? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Distinction between vectors and points I have a doubt about the distinction between points and vectors. I know there's already a topic about that here in the web site, ...
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What are affine spaces for?

I'm studying affine spaces but I can't understand what they are for. Could you explain them to me? Why are they important, and when are they used? Thanks a lot.
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use homography to rotate around x/y axes

I need to construct a homography out of a 3x3 rotation matrix. I am fundamentally misunderstanding some part of how homographies are constructed. I have been assuming that a homography is ...
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Turning affine planes into projective planes

How can we show that an affine plane of order $n$ can always be turned into a projective plane of order $n$? Say I start with an affine plane, and split it into $n+1$ parallel classes, add a point ...
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Affine plane of order 4?

I cannot seem to construct an affine plane of order 4. I have the construction for order 3- but cannot seem to come up with or find the construction for 4 anywhere. Could someone show me a picture of ...
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n-dimensional affine space that is not isomorphic with the n-dimensional real space

I'm looking for an example of $n$-dimensional affine space that is isomorphic with $\mathbb{R}^n$ as affine space but not with respect to other properties (for example it has different ordering etc.) ...
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Confusion regarding convex and affine set

I am a bit confused regarding convex and affine set. When they mention set, does it mean the set consisting of all the points belonging to the line or shape respectively?
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Polar form of (univariate) polynomials: looking for a proof

Recently I stumbled upon the following theorem — I'd like to read a comprehensible (i.e. understandable for an engineer) proof for it: Given a polynomial $F(t)$ of degree $n$, there exists a ...
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Minimising a matrix equation to find 'best fit' affine matrix

Here is my problem: I have an image divided into segments. Each segment consists of pixels with coordinates (x,y) called vector $v$, each pixel has a length 3 vector RGB called $I(v)$. I want to ...
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distance of an affine subspace to a polytope

I wonder how to prove the following statement. Let $V$ be a $d$-dimensional normed space with $d \geq 3$, let $P \subset V$ be a $(d-2)$-dimensional polytope. Then there is an $\epsilon > 0$ such ...
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Projective Geometry: Why is multiplication defined this way?

I am trying to understand this new way of multiplying in projective geometry. Why is it defined like this? Also does this have anything to do with multiplication using a slide ruler? (The picture ...
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Finding the singularities of affine and projective varieties

I'm having trouble calculating singularities of varieties: when my professor covered it it was the last lecture of the course and a shade rushed. I'm not sure if the definition I've been given is ...
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Affine transformation matrixes

I could use some advise with the following problem: Lets say there is a cuboid that has two distinguished points - that is one of its vertexes ($A$) and the other one is somewhere on the surface ...
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$\mathbb{A}^{2}$ not isomorphic to affine space minus the origin

Why is the affine space $\mathbb{A}^{2}$ not isomorphic to $\mathbb{A}^{2}$ minus the origin?
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Domain rotations in the Mellin integral transform

Let's consider the following form of the Mellin integral transform: $$m_{pq} =\iint\limits_{D_R} \! x^p y^q f(x,y) \, dx\; dy, \, D_R={\{(x,y)\,|\,x^2 + y^2 \le R^2\}}$$ If we scale the domain of the ...
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Proof $\mathbb{A}^n$ is irreducible, without Nullstellensatz

As the title suggests, could anyone either provide me with or direct me to a proof that affine n-space $\mathbb{A}^n$ is irreducible, without using the Nullstellensatz? This is an exercise in a ...
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Definition of an affine subspace

I am reading this introduction to Mechanics and the definition it gives (just after Proposition 1.1.2) for an affine subspace puzzles me. I cite: A subset $B$ of a $\mathbb{R}$-affine space $A$ ...
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What is the relation between complex numbers and transformation matrices?

I read addition and multiplication with complex numbers can be represented as translation and rotation in a 2D plane. I am using this to move around objects on the screen. I have an offset number, ...
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Equation of the line in an affine plane over a polynomial field

What are some examples of this? Say for $F_{4}$. I know this is a very simple question, but I can't find any info on it. Edit: Yes, I was thinking of $F_{2}[x]/(x^2+x+1)$. I was confused.
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finding two polynomials that their roots are a given line.

Given a field $F$ and $A = F^3$. we define $L$ to be the line that goes through the points: $(8,1,-1)$, $(5,0,-1)$. My object is to find two polynomials $q(X_1,X_2,X_3)$, $p(X_1,X_2,X_3)$ in ...
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Effect the zero vector has on the dimension of affine hulls and linear hulls

I am currently working through "An Introduction to Convex Polytopes" by Arne Brondsted and there is a question in the exercises that I would like a hint, or a nudge in the right direction, please no ...
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Definition of Affine Independence in Brondsted's Convex Polytopes?

At one point in the book (An Introduction to Convex Polytopes, by Arne Brondsted) a definition of affine independence is given as follows, An n-family $(x_{1},...,x_{n})$ of points from ...
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Meaning of affine transformation

From Wikipedia, I learned that an affine transformation between two vector spaces is a linear mapping followed by a translation. But in a book Multiple view geometry in computer vision by Hartley ...
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Equiangular polygon inscribed in rectangle

In a drawing application I am writing, I would like to offer the opportunity for a user to draw an equiangular n-sided polygon inscribed in rectangular bounds drawn by their finger (this application ...
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Is every convex-linear map an affine map?

Let's say that a map $f: V \rightarrow W$ between finite-dimensional real vector spaces is convex-linear if $f(\lambda x + (1-\lambda)y) = \lambda f(x) + (1-\lambda)f(y)$ for all $\lambda \in [0,1]$. ...
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Count points and lines in $\mathbb{A}^2(\mathbb{F}_p)$

Let $p$ be a prime, then $\mathbb{F}_p$ is a finite field. $\mathbb{A}^2(\mathbb{F}_p)$ is an affine plane. Number of points in $\mathbb{A}^2(\mathbb{F}_p)$ is $p^2$. I look at a line equation ...