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Transform gradient to reference element

Minimal example of the problem How can you transform the gradient to the reference element?
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Affine transformation step by step

So I have the before and after 3d coordinates of an object that has been translated and rotated. I need to calculate the matrix to return the object to it's original position. I've been reading ...
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fixed point projective geometry

I am thinking about the following: Let $\sigma:\mathbb C P^n\rightarrow\mathbb C P^n$ be a projectivity with $\sigma\circ\sigma=id_{\mathbb C P^n}$. I define the set of all fix points by ...
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V is an affine subspace iff for any two distinct points V contains the line dtermined by these points

Since it can be shown that the barycenter of n weighted points can be obtained by repeated computations of barycenters of two weighted points, a nonempty subset V of E is an affine subspace iff for ...
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the set $V$ of barycenters ${\Sigma}_{i\in I}{\lambda}_ia_i$ is the smallest affine subspace containing $(a_i)_{i\in I}$

Given an affine space $(E,E^{\to})$, for any family ${(a_i)}_{i\in I}$ of points in E, the set V of barycenters ${\Sigma}_{i\in I}{\lambda}_ia_i$ is the smallest affine subspace containing ...
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Let $a,b$ be affine combinations of points from a set $S$. Then is the affine combination of $a,b$ also an affine combination of points from $S$?

Let A be an affine space, $a,b$ affine combinations of points from a finite subset $S$ of A. Then is the affine combination of $a,b$ also an affine combination of points from $S$? I found it ...
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Is there any difference between a flat manifold and an affine space?

What is the difference, if any, between a flat manifold (in which the Riemann tensor vanished identically) and an affine space?
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What are differences between affine space and vector space?

I know smilar questions have been asked and I have looked at them but none of them seems to have satisfactory answer. I am reading the book a course in mathematics for student of physics vol. 1 by ...
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An easy definition of an $n$-dimensional affine cube

In a few weeks I'm giving a presentation on the History of Ramsey Theory and I want to start off with Hilbert's cube lemma. The only problem is that the pre-requisites for this course is only ...
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Alternative characterization of a finite dimensional affine set

As the definition in the S. Boyd's textbook: My question is the following representation: What is the relationship between this representation and the definition above it? EX: sum of elements ...
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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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Dumb question regarding affine transformations

So, we can write an affinity $\phi$ as $$\phi(x) = Ax + b$$ for some linear transformation $A$ and vector $b$. What exactly does it mean for an affinity to be a "scaling"? Is this a mapping of the ...
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Prove that this affinity is the identity mapping

Let $\phi : K^n \to K^n$ be an affinity, such that all lines are parallel to their image under $\phi$. Prove that if $\phi$ has two fixed points, then $\phi$ is the identity mapping. My attempt: I ...
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Interesting observation WRT 1,2,3-dimensional convex polytopes and higher dimensional ones as counterpart

When I experimenting with qhull utility and Quickhull Algorithm, I found that in $\mathbb{R}^d, d \in \{1,2,3\}$ space the number $F$ of convex hull's $(d - ...
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Adjacency of convex hull facets

Let $C$ be a $d$-dimensional convex polytope and $p$ is a point outside of it. $C=\{f_c\}$ defined by set of facets $f_c=\{p_c,A_c\}$ where $p_c$ is a tuple of vertices and $A_c$ is a set of ...
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A confusion regarding Affine spaces

Take an Affine space $\Bbb{A}$ over the field $K$. How would you determine the points satisfying any polynomial $f(x)$? If there is no fixed origin, points can be given names with reference to ANY ...
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Number of parameters to specify an affine transformation in n dimensions

In general, how many parameters does it take to specify an affine transformation in $n$ dimensions, and how does one go about proving this? For example, in 2 dimensions it takes 6 parameters, and in ...
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Formula of signed distance from hyperplane to point

Let $H$ be a hyperplane defined by the points $p_1, p_2, ..., p_n$ and single point $x$ generally out of the hyperplane. Is there any formula to calculate the signed distance between $x$ and $H$? I ...
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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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linearization of $\log(|x|)$

I am trying to convexify $\log(|x|)$. I think its concave. So I am trying to get an affine upper bound through linearization. But the problem is there are two concave functions because of the absolute ...
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Is a similarity map necessarily affine linear?

My text on fractal geometry introduces the following definition: A map $S: \mathbb R^n \to \mathbb R^n$ is called a similarity map if $$\exists c>0 \ \forall x,y \in \mathbb R^n: ...
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Computing the Zariski cotangent space

I'm an extreme beginner with algebraic geometry and am trying to get used to things. Say I have some (algebraically closed) field $k$, in $k^2$ I want to compute the Zariski cotangent space, let's say ...
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Why are affine subspaces also sometimes called linear manifolds?

According to Wikipedia, an affine subspace is a subset of a vector space closed under affine linear combinations. That is, linear combinations whose scalar coefficients sum to 1. It's not clear to ...
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Affine Bundles vs Affine Spaces

I went through the wiki article on affine spaces and had a quick look on the affine bundle wiki article but I don't understand what the affine map is in the case of affine bundles over vector bundles. ...
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equiaffine arc length, moving frame, and affine curvature

I am trying to learn affine geometry, and I'm having some trouble getting started with the following problem. Compute (a) the equiaffine arc length, (b) the moving frame, and (c) the affine ...
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Angle of two planes in $\mathbb E_4$

I have two planes (given in parametric form) in $\mathbb E_4$: $\alpha$: (7,3,5,1) + t(0,0,1,0) + s(3,3,0,1) and $\beta$: (1,5,4,1) + r(0,0,0,-1) + p(2,0,0,1), and I have to find angle between them. I ...
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Newbie with barycentric coordinates: why one is zero when on a vertex?

I'm trying to calculate if a 2D point lies inside a triangle and I solved the following system: ...
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intersection multiplicity from Shafarevich

In Basic Algebraic Geometry, Shafaravich proves the following theorem: Theorem. If $X$ is an irreducible affine curve, and $P \in X$ is a nonsingular point, then there is a function $t$, regular at ...
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local parameter on an irreducible affine algebraic curve

On page 14 of Shafarevich's Basic Algebraic Geometry 1, it is stated that for an irreducible affine algebraic curve $X: f(x,y) = 0$, and a nonsingular point $P \in X$, there is a regular function $t$ ...
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Dual representations of affine span of a set of affine transformers.

I am not well versed in the literature of affine transformers or Farkas' Lemma. I just know the basics of the two concepts. Are there any dual representation of affine span of a set of affine ...
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Computing irreducible components of algebraic set

Consider the algebraic set $V(X^2-YZ,X-XZ)$. Find the irreducible components of this set and show that $I(V)=(X^2-YZ,X-XZ)$. I reasoned that $X-XZ=0$ iff $X=0$ or $Z=1$. If $X=0$, we get $Y=0$ or ...
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intersection multiplicity at non-zero point

Compute the intersection multiplicity of $f=x+y-2$ and $g=x^2+y^2-2$ at $(1,1)$. Is this the same as the intersection multiplicity of $f(x+1)$ and $g(x+1)$ at $(0,0)$ which I have computed to be 2? ...
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Find intersection multiplicities

Let curves $A$ and $B$ be defined by $x^2-3x+y^2=0$ and $x^2-6x+10y^2=0$. Find the intersection multiplicities of all points of intersection of $A$ and $B$. If we let $f=x^2-3x+y^2$ and ...
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5 Parameter Affine Transformation

I am working on computing affine transformation using Gradient Ascent Method, so the Inverse compositional algorithm. However, I am stuck in one probably simple step but I fail to understand them. ...
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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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Non constant function of two points invariant under Affine transformation proof

Here is the question; Prove that there does not exist any nonconstant function of pairs of distinct points $P,Q\in\mathbb{R}^2$ or of triples of distinct non collinear points $P,Q,R\in\mathbb{R}^2$ ...
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What if segments are not infinitely divisible?

I almost got myself mixed up I a philosophical discussion again. Somebody was talking about the Planck time and length which are, according to him, the minimal possible time and distance, and how ...
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alternative definition of Affine map

Let $f:X\longrightarrow Y$ be a function on real vector spaces (note that $X,Y$ have arbitrary dimensions). If $T(x)=f(x)-f(0)$ is linear, $f$ is called an affine map. Prove that $f$ is affine if ...
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A question for epigraph and affine function

I'm working with a problem the epigraph of a real-valued function $f$ is a halfspace $\iff$ $f$ is a real-valued affine fuction. First, I quickly recall some definitions: A (closed) halfspace is a ...
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Finding the number of solutions to two equations

I have a question: For the following system of linear equations, using Gaussian elimination, decide whether it has at least one solution. If it does, represent the general solution as an affine map ...
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Preservation of aligned points

If a mapping transforms aligned points into aligned points is necessarily an affine application? In other words, are there any mapping with that property without preserve the ratios between aligned ...
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Constructing a similarity matrix between points

I have two images with two sets of corresponding points. In order to align the images I'm trying to compute the similarity matrix that describes the relationship between the corresponding points. I ...
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Affine Transformation matrix for mapping a triangle to another

I'm trying to write a function in Matlab that will give me a matrix T that can be used to multiply points in homogeneous coordinates. This is achieved my mapping a ...
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Find any affine transformation that swaps affine lines

The task is to find any affine transformation that will swap the following two lines: $$L_1:(1,1,1) + span((1,0,2))$$ $$L_2:(1,0,1) + span((1,0,-1))$$ From what I understand there is a number of ...
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Find 2D affine transform matrix given a pair of points

I have the coordinates of two points in an initial 2d coordinate system and the corresponding coordinates in a target system. Is is possible to determine the affine transform matrix from these values? ...
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How do we define affine combinations in affine spaces?

Suppose we're given a field $A$ and a vector space $X$ over it. Then an affine space over that is a set $P$ (of "points") equipped with an action $$+ : X \times P \rightarrow P$$ such that $0_X+p ...
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About affine map on three dimensional euclidean space

An affine map $(t,M)$ with $t\in R^3$ and matrix $M$ maps $x\in R^3$ into $t+Mx$. It has property $P$ if for any $x$ with $|x|\leq 1$ then $|t+Mx|\leq 1$. Our goal is to characterize the set of such ...
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Affine variety example.

I know how to show the statement. But I cannot find an example (the part I underlined by a yellow pen) please help me for finding an example. Note: For example, can I consider the following ...
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Example: Irreducible component - affine varieties

Again, I know how to prove the statement. But, I cannot find any example. Please help me for finding an example. Thank you:)
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Relations between an affine space and a topological space

What is the relation between an affine space and a topological space? Is one a specialization of the other? Moreover, what do we call a point in geometry: an element of a topological space or an ...