The study of computer algorithms which admit geometric descriptions, and geometric problems arising in association with such algorithms. The two major classes of problems are (a) efficient design of algorithms and data classes using geometric concepts and (b) representation and modelling of curves ...

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Avoiding gimbal lock

I am not really sure if I understand the phenomenon of gimbal lock correctly. Say I have a vector $\begin{pmatrix} x\\ y\\ z \end{pmatrix}$. And I want to keep the vector's length fixed but move it ...
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Determining points on a circle in a particular plane

This is more of a computer graphics question really, but I was just wondering the efficient way to determine n equally spaced points on a circle, given a normal vector to the circle and the radius of ...
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Applications of logarithmic functions in shapes and geometries

As I understand this logarithmic functions are a family of functions where the equation for $f(x)$ is written like so $$\begin{align} f(x) = & \log_{a} x \\ & \mathtt{where\ }a\mathtt{\ is\ ...
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Given four points, verify if they form a Tetrahedron

As per the title, I've been requested to build a program that -given 4 points in space- determine if they form a 3D shape and if this is case to present it's volume. For the volume part of the ...
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Visual illustrations of circle packing theorem?

Circle packing theorem states: For every connected simple planar graph G there is a circle packing in the plane whose intersection graph is (isomorphic to) G. Paper Collins, Stephenson: A circle ...
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What does $E^d$ mean?

I was reading the paper "Cutting Hyperplanes for Divide-and-Conquer" by B. Chazelle and in the introduction I came across the following: "Let $H$ be a set of $n$ hyperplanes in $E^d$." What does $E^d$ ...
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What is inside and outside of complex polygon?

I am reading this paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1207.3502.pdf Given a complex polygon. Its edges may intersect. The algorithm finds out if given point is inside of polygon or not. It draws a line from ...
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Why are rectangular cartograms hard to generate?

I was reading this paper on rectangular cartograms - ...
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Prove that volume of a ball in a polytope is very small

An exercise in a book asks to prove that for a bounded convex polytope $P\subseteq\mathbb{R}^n$ defined as an intersection of $k$ closed halfspaces and for a unit ball $B^n$ contained in $P$ the ...
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Schwarz–Christoffel-like mapping on differentiable simple cubic spline boundary

For a concept of a computer game I have in mind I came to need that. I have a 2D pond, which has a boundary that is a simple differentiable cubic spline. There are ducks floating around, looking at ...
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Altitudes of Triangle

I have a triangle defined as 3 lines, each defined by two coordinate points A and B. I have the area of the triangle but need to calculate the 3 altitudes and their respective sides A and B points. ...
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how many unit balls are needed to cover a unit sphere (1-dense set on a unit sphere)

There is an exercise in a geometry textbook to prove that "any $1$-dense set in the unit sphere $S^{n-1}$ has at least $\frac{1}{2}e^{n/8}$ points". It is supposed to be easy. A set $T$ is ...
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Equation of hyperplane in Matlab

Given $n$ points in $n$-dimensions, using MatLab, how should we find the equation of the $(n-1)$-dimensional hyperplane passing through these $n$ points.
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Collinear points in 3dimension

Given three $3D$ points: $A,B$ and $C$, what is the procedure to check if they are collinear? In general, given $n$ points in $m$-dimension, how should one find out, if these $n$-points defines a ...
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How do I most efficiently find the perpendicular distance from a point to the convex hull of a collection of circles?

I have a collection of one or more line segments for which I know the (x,y) coordinates of the endpoints. The segments may or may not be parallel and may or may not intersect. Each segment endpoint ...
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How to test for a polygon witn n vertices if it's nonintersecting polygon or not?

How can you design an algorithm to know if an n-vertex polygon nonintersecting ? On what criteria is the test going to be
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is there an efficient algorithm for comparing collections of points?

Let's say you have two sets of M points $p_1...p_M$, and $q_1...q_M$, which reside in $\mathbb{R}^N$. Is there an efficient (e.g. polynomial in M and N) algorithm to determine if the point-sets are ...
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Find equation of line without using division

I need an algorithm to find equation of a line without using division. Given a line by two points on it, with coordinates: $(x_1, y_1),\ (x_2, y_2)$. We can simply get the line equation by the ...
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Using cartesian coordinates how to get the segment overlapping two lines/segments?

There must be an algorithm to find the coordinates of the segment overlapping (fully or partially) two lines/segments but my googling does not produce any significant result. Maybe I don't use the ...
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Is there a way to compute the empty area between a group of touching polygons?

Given a bunch of convex polygons layed out like a house truss, is there a way to compute the empty area, or get a polygon for each of those "holes" between the polygons? I tried starting from any ...
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T-shaped polygons

Is there any coefficient that can indicate T-shaped polygons ? Examples of T-shaped polygons:
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Best closed convex surface fitting N points in 3D

First. It's easier to understand the problem by describing the application where it arises from. We have a convex body $B$ in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$ and measure points on its surface. The measurements are ...
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Point as an element of an affine space vs point as an element of a topological space?

I am searching for the "most natural" definition of a (geometrical/space) point as an element of "something" in mathematics (I am trying to design a small computational geometry library on strong ...
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Computationnal geometry: vector, basis, point and coordinate system?

I am trying to build a small geometrical library in C++, that is mathematically consistent (not so false). The goal here is to construct two concepts: vectors and points. I am not sure that the ...
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How many edges is sufficient to check to prove polyhedron convexity?

Consider the set $\{u_{1}, u_{2}, \ldots, u_{n}\}$ of points on the spere in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$ (i. e. $||u_{i}|| = 1$) and their convex hull C = $Hull(u_{1}, \ldots, u_{n})$. It's obvious that each ...
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Mapping optimal sensor placement problem to Art Gallery Problem

I am trying to design an algorithm for optimal sensor placements in a given area. I researched in this domain and found ...
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How to compute surface normal pointing out of the object

An object has been approximated by a lot of triangles. Given the vertex positions of these triangles, how can I compute the normal of these vertices which pointing outside of the object. I know the ...
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Rotate the Points on a Plane $P = ax+by+cz + d = 0$ parallel to $z = 0$ plane

I have a plane $P = ax+by+cz + d = 0$ and many points on that plane. I want to rotate $P$ so that it becomes parallel to $z = 0$ plane. Which method should I use? I know that the normal vector of my ...
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Transforming a circle to get a parabola

On http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/COURSES/cs3621/NOTES/geometry/geo-tran.html I am unable to understand the following point Obviously, this transformation sends (x,y,w)=(1,0,1) to (x',y',w') = ...
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How to make sure that a given set of points lie on the boundary of a possible square?

Given a set of integral coordinates , check whether all the points given lie on side of a possible square such that axis of the square so formed lie parallel to both X-axis and Y-axis . Suppose ...
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Surface comparison using the vertex information and normal vectors

I have two point clouds with normal vector information. How can I use the normal vector information to measure the surface similarity of these two point clouds?
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Is there a well known algorithm for efficiently computing the vertices of a convex polytope?

A convex polytope, the one I'm talking about, is the hull around all points $x$ satisfying the matrix equation $Ax = b$ and $x \geq 0$. I've been digging around old papers from the 60's and 70's ...
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Finding point on ellipse equally distant from two other points on the ellipse

I have an ellipse with two points on it: A and C (with known coordinates). Point O is the center of the ellipse (coordinates are given). I need to find coordinates of point B which also lies on the ...
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Estimating the geometric shape of a point cloud without using the vertex information

Consider a point cloud format that describes 3D point clouds by vertices, triangle labels and normal vectors. If we miss the vertex information, is it possible to retrieve the lost data by triangle ...
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Desargues Theorem with integer coordinates

Desargues' theorem involves a set of ten points in a plane or in three-dimensional space. (It's true in higher dimensions, but the affine span of the ten points involved never has a dimension more ...
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find set of points for lots of triangulations

I should find a set of $n$ points $Q$ in a plane, so that $t(Q)$ (the number of possible triangulations) the following equation holds: $$t(Q) \ge 2^{n-2\sqrt{n}}$$ I solved the problem using the ...
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Room for computational geometry in advanced algorithms course

I am currently putting together an independent study in advanced algorithms and because of my interest in (computational) geometry, wanted to include as many interesting algorithms from this field as ...
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Flood algorithm - find polygon containing a given point.

I have some code that represents a set of a set of interconnected line segments in 2D, in pseudo-code it'd be like this: ...
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Polytope parametrization

How one could parametrize a convex polytope? By parametrization I mean something like in multiple integrals, when to integrate over an area one can integrate over one variable in an interval $[l,r]$ ...
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The Erdős-Szekeres problem on points in convex position

The Erdős-Szekeres problem on points in convex position and its proof using Ramsey theorem are well know. The problem goes like this: For every natural number $k$ there exists a number $n(k)$ such ...
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Geometric accuracy analysis of 2d rectangular models

I have reconstructed set of rectangular objects lie on a 2D plane (for ex. ABCD). All these objects are in a one coordinate system. On the other hand, I have reference models for all of them ...
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Shortest closed loop containing all extreme points of a convex set

Suppose $S\subset \mathbb{R}^2$ is compact and convex. Suppose $\Gamma:[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ is a continuous map with $\Gamma(0)=\Gamma(1)$. Suppose $\Gamma$ passes through all extreme points of $S$. ...
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Calculate base and coefficient for power curve through 3 non-linear points

I have a formula that takes a 0-based bounded single dimensional input and transforms it to a specific power curve. EDIT This is single dimensional. There is no $y$. In the image, I'm showing how ...
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Poisson point process (PPP) and Voronoi cells

Say we have a homogeneous PPP with rate $\lambda$ in the 2-D plane $\mathbb R^2$. In one realization of the PPP we get the points $\phi=\{x_1,x_2,...,x_i,...\}$. Now we generate the Voronoi cells ...
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Higher Order Voronoi Diagram of a Poisson Point Process: What do we know?

This question is looking for probabilistic results of the Voronoi diagrams of 2-D space when the points are distributed by a homogeneous Poisson point process. The results can be the distribution of ...
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Circumsphere of a tetrahedron undefined?

I am trying to find 3D alpha shapes from my data-set. In doing so, I am keeping only those tetrahedra that have circumradius below a certain threshold. However, while finding the circumradius of the ...
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Background required for Computational Geometry

I am hoping to enroll in Computational Geometry course this spring. This was the textbook used for the course in the past. I am trying to figure out if I have required math background for this ...
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Problem while constructing Delaunay triangulation

At the moment I'm implementing an algorithm to construct a Delaunay triangulation for a set of points. I'm using the algorithm described in Computational Geometry: Algorithms and Applications. The ...
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Generalization of Minkowski's theorem

I would like to prove a generalized version of the Minkowski's theorem, but I don't quite know how to do it. Here is what I would like to prove: Let $X\subset \mathbb{R}^d$ is convex, symmetric ...
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Reference for important results in linkage theory and their proofs

Are there books or lecture notes that comprehensively introduce the (geometric/topological) theory of mechanical linkages, as well as important results and their proofs? For instance, Kempe's ...