Questions on Bézier curves, curves that are frequently used in computer graphics.

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Arc Length of Bézier Curves

I posted this on gamedev.stackexchange.com earlier, but I didn't get any answers... and only a few views. EDIT: I've got two answers there (as of now), and I'm investigating them now. How can I find ...
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Is there an explicit form for cubic Bézier curves?

(See edits at the bottom) I'm trying to use Bézier curves as an animation tool. Here's an image of what I'm talking about: Basically, the value axis can represent anything that can be animated ...
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Polynomial approximation of circle or ellipse

Trying again, with a somewhat simpler sounding question, since my previous one (Generalizations of equi-oscillation criterion) got zero response: Let $F:[0,1] \to R^2$ be a parametric polynomial ...
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algorithm to calculate the control points of a cubic Bezier curve

I have all points where my curve pass through, but I need to get the coordinates of the control points to be able to draw the curve. How can I do to calculate this points?
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Is it possible to build a circle with quadratic Bézier curves?

i'm searching for a curve type with a minimum of functionality and maximum of usability. I run into quadratic Bézier curves and i wonder, if its possible to draw a circle with it.
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Control points of offset bezier curve

If I have a cubic Bezier segment specified by two endpoints and two control points, how can I find an offset curve which is "parallel" to the original at some given distance, after i have determined ...
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Find control point on piecewise quadratic Bézier curve

I need to write an OpenGL program to generate and display a piecewise quadratic Bézier curve that interpolates each set of data points: $$(0.1, 0), (0, 0), (0, 5), (0.25, 5), (0.25, 0), (5, 0), (5, ...
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Offseting a Bezier curve

I searched this site and I read that in general it is not possible to calculate offset of a Bezier curve. But is it possible to calculate the offset in some special cases? Obviously, if the Bezier ...
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Smoothest function which passes through given points?

I am trying to interpolate/extrapolate on the basis of a known collection of (finitely many) points. I'm wondering if there is a way to formalize this intuitive notion: find a 'smoothest' function ...
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Calculate control points of cubic bezier curve approximating a part of a circle

I'm not mathematically inclined, so please be patient with my question. Given $(x_0, y_0)$ and $(x_1, y_1)$ as the endpoints of a cubic Bezier curve. $(c_x, c_y)$ and r as the centerpoint and the ...
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Find value of '$t$' at a point on a cubic Bezier curve

I have a cubic Bezier curve, and I need to divide it and create same curve between point on the original curve and the end point of the original curve. From my research, I found the DeCasteljau ...
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What equation produces this curve?

I'm working on an engineering project, and I'd like to be able to input an equation into my CAD software, rather than drawing a spline. The spline is pretty simple - a gentle curve which begins and ...
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How do I find a Bezier curve that goes through a series of points?

When someone has the 4 control points P0, P1, P2, P3 of a 2D cubic Bézier curve, that person can calculate a series of hundreds of points along the curve that start from P0 at t=0 and end at P3 at t=1 ...
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Find points along a Bézier curve that are equal distance from one another

I'm trying to figure out a generic way of determining a series of points on a Bézier curve where all the points are the same distance from their neighboring points. By distance I mean direct distance ...
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Convert a B-Spline into Bezier curves

I have a B-Spline curve. I have all the knots, and the x,y coordinates of the Control Points. I need to convert the B-Spline curve into Bezier curves. My end goal is to be able to draw the shape on ...
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Parabolas through three points

We can draw an infinite number of parabolas that pass through three given points $A$, $B$, $C$ (in that order). For each such parabola, we take the tangent lines at $A$ and $C$, and intersect them to ...
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Why is the Convex Hull property (e..g of Bézier curves) so important?

Recently I read some course notes and articles on Bézier curves. They all sum up the properties of Bézier curves, like the partition-of-unity property of the basis functions (Bernstein polynomials), ...
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How can I tell when two cubic Bézier curves intersect?

I'm working a little program that converges on vector-based approximations of raster images, inspired by Roger Alsing's genetic Mona Lisa. (I started on this after his first blog post two years ago, ...
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How elliptic arc can be represented by cubic Bézier curve?

If I have an arc (which comes as part of an ellipse), can I represent it (or at least closely approximate) by cubic Bézier curve? And if yes, how can I calculate control points for that Bézier curve?
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Find coordinates of equidistant points in Bezier curve

I have to find points (say 10 points) in Bezier curve with 2 control points such that they are at equidistant positions in the curve. Currently I am using the following formula which gives me points ...
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maximum curvature of 2D Cubic Bezier

Given a 2D cubic Bezier segment defined by P0, P1, P2, P3, here's what I want: A function that takes the segment and outputs the maximum curvature without using an iterative approach. I have a ...
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Intersection of cubic bezier curve and circle

Let $B$ be a cubic Bézier curve with control points $P_0,P_1,P_2,P_3 \in \mathbb{R}^2$, and $C$ be a circle with center $P_C$ and radius $r$. How can I find all intersections of $B$ and $C$? Is ...
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Find sagitta of a cubic Bézier-described arc

I have a situation where I have an arc that was mangled (irrelevant: by c#'s GraphicsPath.AddArc() function). The original arc is guaranteed to be circular, and the new data I have describes the ...
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Convert quadratic bezier curve to parabola

A quadratic Bézier curve is a segment of a parabola. If the $3$ control points and the quadratic Bézier curve are known, how do you calculate the equation of the parabola (which is an $y=f(x)$ ...
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inflection point of cubic bezier with restrictions

Say you have this type of cubic Bézier curve: The 4 control points A,B,C,D have restrictions: A & B have the same Y-axis coordinate C & D have the same Y-axis coordinate B & C have ...
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Curve through four points — simple algebra??

The motivation for this is Bezier curves. But, if you don't know what these are, you can skip down to the last paragraph, where the problem is described in purely algebraic terms. Suppose I want to ...
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Polynomial root finding: Bernstein vs Budan

Budan's and Vincent's theorems can be used to isolate the real roots of a real polynomial. I have read papers which compared it favorably to other root finding methods. However, roots can also be ...
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Approximate arc length of cubic bezier curve?

I want to divide a cubic bezier curve, with 4 points, start, end and 2 control points, into segments that are not bigger then a certain distance. So, am looking for a computationally quick way to ...
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Equation for subsection of Bezier curve

Say I have a cubic Bezier curve, with a starting point s, an ending point e and control points ...
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Bezier unit tangent

What is the explicit formula for a unit tangent vector to a Bezier curve? I.e. if the formula for a Bezier curve is $\mathbf{B}(t) = \sum_{i=0}^n\binom{n}i(1-t)^{n-i}t^i\mathbf{P}_i$, what is its unit ...
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Determining the result of Boolean shape operations on closed Bézier shapes

Given two closed shapes made up of Bézier curves (and/or straight lines), I'm looking for an efficient way of calculating the resulting shape of the following Boolean operations: union difference ...
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Changing a bezier curve by dragging a point on the curve itself rather than a control point

I'm developing an iPhone app that allows users to cut out part of an image from its background. In order to do this, they'll connect a bunch of bezier curves together to form the clipping path. Rather ...
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bézier to f(x) polynomial function

I've got a 2D quadratic Bézier curve which, by construction, is a f(x) function : no loops, a single solution for each defined x. Is there a common mean to convert this curve to a 3rd degree ...
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Equivalent operations on Bezier curve points as control points?

In this question Explicit Bezier Curves: Lerping between curves same as lerping control points?, it shows that linearly interpolating between the result of evaluating two explicit bezier curves is the ...
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Explicit Bezier Curves: Lerping between curves same as lerping control points?

Let's say that you have two explicit (one dimensional) quadratic Bezier curves: $f(t) = A(1-t)^2+B(1-t)t+Ct^2$ $g(t) = D(1-t)^2+E(1-t)t+Ft^2$ Where $A, B, C, D, E, F$ are scalar constants. Then, ...
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Fastest way to obtain the parametric value t of a bezier curve, for a given set x coordinates.

The problem is the following: Having a bezier curve B(t) we have coordinate x from the curve, and we need to obtain the y values from it, hence we need to compute the t values. What is the fastest ...
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Computing the coordinates of a Bezier Curve

I just started messing with Bezier Curves over the past couple days and I'm trying to get some of the basics down. I have this problem. ...
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Intersect Ray (Line) vs Quadratic Bezier Triangle

I'm trying to find the intersection between a line segment and a quadratic bezier triangle for my OpenCL real time raytracer. The main recomendations I've seen are to try subdivision, or tensor ...
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Formula to get a control point closest for a given point what belongs to this quadratic curve

We have a quadratic bezier curve, with control point A (red start), control point B (red end), and yellow point X what belongs to the curve and what you actually "drag" - so it should be the closest ...
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Convert segment of parabola to quadratic bezier curve

How do I convert a segment of parabola to a cubic Bezier curve? The parabola segment is given as a polynomial with two x values for the edges. My target is to convert a quadratic piecewise ...
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Finding point of inflection on a Bézier Curve

I need to determine the first point of inflection on a Bézier curve, if it exists, for a computer graphics application. My original idea was to iteratively walk the curve, evaluating 2nd derivatives ...
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Is it possible to generate a circle with a Bezier curve?

I am designing an algorithm that generates shapes of bezier curves. Each output are control points for a single curve. In some cases, it should return a circle. Which control points does the ...
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Degree elevation of weighted Bezier curve

I'm having difficulty understanding the derivation of the formula for degree elevation of a weighted Bezier curve given here. The only information that's given is to project a Bezier curve info affine ...
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Forcing Bezier Interpolation

I found this very informative site that discusses forcing bezier interpolation and the site gives formulae for calculating the control points so that the curve goes through a set of four points, y0, ...
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Finding two Bézier control points given three points

My apologies if this is asked in the wrong spot, I believe that this problem has a fairly simple solution... but it is beyond me. Given three points (A,B,C) drawn at random, how do you figure out the ...
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Calculating points on the curve

I want to get the x and y coordinates of a curve..How can i do that... In the above image.Is it possible to calculate the intermediate points(one side) by knowing starting and ending point