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Getting Euler (Tait-Bryan) Angles from Quaternion representation

Apologies if this has already been answered, but I haven't been able to get a clear answer from looking on Stack Exchange so-far. I'm trying to solve a camera stabilization problem. I have a 2-axis ...
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How can I find a unit velocity vector between two quaternions?

I have two quaternions, $Q_0$ and $Q_1$. I want to find the unit angular velocity vector $w$ that rotates $Q_0$ in the direction of $Q_1$ (shortest path). How can I do this? The analog of what I ...
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Quaternion derivative w.r.t. its angle

The following quaternion represents a rotation by $\theta$ around the z-axis: \begin{align} q &= (\cos(\frac{1}{2}\theta), \vec{u}\cdot\sin(\frac{1}{2}\theta)), \\ \vec{u}&=(0,0,1)^t ...
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Indefinite quaternion algebra over Q

Let $D$ be an indefinite quaternion algebra over $\Bbb Q$. We have a chosen isomorphism $\iota \colon D \otimes_{\Bbb Q} {\Bbb R} \cong {\mathrm{M}}_2({\Bbb R})$. Q: If we choose another isomorphism ...
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Preimage of a point by a power map in quaternions

Suppose we have a point $x_0\in{\bf H}$ (where by $\bf H$ I denote the ring of quaternions). What I'm curious about is what can the set of solutions of $x^2=x_0$ look like? From what I've checked, ...
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Quaternion Decomposition

I'm having trouble decomposing a unit quaternion into euler angles (or roll, pitch and yaw). The overall goal is to tell how a phone is rotated with respect to the world. I'm given a unit quaternion ...
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About the derivation of a composite quaternion

This problem has been bothering me for several days, hence I decided to ask you for help. I am reading the book "Quaternions and Rotation Sequence" written by Jack B. Kuipers. In section 6.4, the ...
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Dual quaternion derivation

I'd like to derivate a dual quaternion \begin{align} \hat{q}&=(1 + \frac{1}{2}\epsilon\vec{t})q \end{align} where \begin{align} q &= e^\vec{w} , \\\vec{w}&=(0, w_1,w_2,w_3)^t ...
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Unit quaternions as rotations

How would one represent the map $f$ such that $f(1) = i, f(i) = -1$ and keeping $j$ and $k$ fixed as a quaternion representation of rotations?
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Differentiation and angular velocity of quaternions

I have a list of quaternions that I obtained from a motion capture recording, the sampling rate is 100 Hertz. I need to calculate the regression coefficients for each quaternion, which I can do with ...
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Normalization of Euler angle data

I have head motion data for several speakers. Because not every speaker sat in the exact same position during recording I have to normalize the data. One option to do this, I think, would be to ...
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Quaternions and critically damped spring

I would like to apply critically damped spring smoothing method to smooth movement on the unit sphere to a desired orientation. I have two quaternions, one that represent current orientation and one ...
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How to find angle difference in quatenions?

How does one find the angle difference between two quaternions. There was an answer to this post which says the angle difference between $x$ and $y$ is $z=x\ast \mathrm{conj}(y)$. Is that the ...
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smooth orientation change with quaternions

My camera orientation is looking in the $v_1$ direction. Something happens on direction $v_2$ and I want the camera to move smoothly to look at that direction. So, to find the quaternion to go from ...
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Quarternionic Analysis

What is/are the current understanding/opinions about Quarternionic Analysis as a generalization of Complex Analysis with respect to a "Quarternionic Residue Calculus" (if such a thing exists)? i.e. ...
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What specific algebraic properties are broken at each Cayley-Dickson stage beyond octonions?

I'm starting to come around to an understanding of hypercomplex numbers, and I'm particularly fascinated by the fact that certain algebraic properties are broken as we move through each of the $2^n$ ...
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Show by Example that $\mathbb{H}^n$ to $\mathbb{H}^n$ is not necessarily $\mathbb{H}$-linear

Show by example that for$ A \in M_n \mathbb{H}, L_A : \mathbb{H}^n \rightarrow\mathbb{H}^n $ is not necessarily $\mathbb{H}$-linear So I thought it would be linear by definition. Because if we have $ ...
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Quaternions as an Algebra

I'm lacking some vital understanding about quaternions and algebras in general. If we first define $V=\{a+bi+cj+dk|a,b,c,d\in\mathbb{R}\}$. Then we define scalar multiplication, vector multiplication, ...
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How to define a quaternion group of order 8

I'm having problems to understand the way this group (Q8) is represented. I have seen definitions using the elements i,j and k, but these same letters don't appear in another definition where each ...
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Relative rotations using quaternions [duplicate]

I have a sensor at some arbitrary orientation (non-zero roll, yaw, pitch) given by quaternion $q_{0}$. I then pitch the sensor to orientation $q_{1}$. When I compute the relative rotation between the ...
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Is there much theory developed for analytic functions of quaternions or of octonions?

The quaternions are associative, so nonnegative integer powers of quaternions are well-defined, and one can consider analytic functions on $\mathbb{H}$ (functions that are given locally by power ...
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Quaternion techniques for a geometric description of the composition of two rotations

Let $q \in S^3$. Therefore $q$ can be represented as $q=\cos(\alpha/2) + \sin(\alpha/2)u$ for some $\alpha \in \mathbb{R}$ and some $u \in S^3$ with it's real part zero. Recall that the quaternions ...
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Magnitude of rotation between two quaternions

I have a quaternion for an object's starting rotation, and a quaternion for an object's ending rotation, and I am SLERPing the shortest rotation between the two. How can I figure out the magnitude of ...
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Every element with finite conjugates in the ring of real quaternions is a real number

Let $H$ be the ring of real quaternions and let $x$ be a member of $H$ having finite conjugates. Prove that $x$ is a real number. I worked a lot on this question, but no progress! :|
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Relative rotation between quaternions

Say I have a quaternion q which describes how to get from frame 0 to frame 1, and a quaternion r which describes how to get from frame 0 to frame 2. To get the "quaternion difference" between q and r, ...
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Using quaternions to represent an affine transformation?

I have never used quaternions, so before trying on my problem I would like to know whether this is a good idea: I want to interpolate an affine transformation: I have a set of points in a first 2D ...
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Show that for $\forall a\in\mathbb{H}, \ \exists b \in\mathbb{H}: ab =ba = 1$.

Show that $\forall a\in\mathbb{H}, \ \exists b \in\mathbb{H}: ab =ba = 1.$ I am pretty sure I can easily google the multiplicative inverse in $\mathbb{H}$, but can you give me a hint on how to ...
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Difference between quaternions and rotation matrices

This is a really simple question, I guess. Do quaternions cover the same set of rotations as rotation matrices? I assume the answer is yes, they both can represent SO(3), but I'm unsure about the ...
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Enumeration of Hurwitz quaternions of norm p

In "on Quaternions and Octonions" by Conway and Smith, they quote a result by which for each prime norm $p$ there are exactly $p+1$ Hurwitz quaternions of norm $p$. I haven't found any proof of that. ...
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Hamilton's letter to his son

I'm looking for a better reference on this letter from Hamilton to his son where he wrote about his discovering on Quaternions. I'd like to read, if it is possible, a scanned version of the letter. ...
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Polar form of Bi-Quatenrion

I have a complex Quaternion(Bi-quaternion) and i want to convert that to Polar form (Euler). Let say we have Fourier transform of a ( bi-quaternion ) like, then how can we get a polar form ...
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Are there any methods to exponentiate a real number with a number from an arbitrary field?

How can I take the following exponent, for some real-valued number a? $$a^{3+2j-9k+3i}$$ over the field of quaternions, or any field for that matter? On wikipedia we are given the following formula, ...
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Why do we start losing algebraic properties when dealing with hypercomplex numbers? [duplicate]

Every form of hypercomplex number I have seen (including the complex numbers) lose some important algebraic property. Why is that? Is there a pattern to what we lose?
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How stable is my quaternion interpolation?

after some experimentation to optimize slerp I found that finding the middle between quaternion is rather cheap (for $t=0.5$) in particular: (with $\theta$ the angle between $q_1$ and $q_1$) ...
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Examples of a non commutative division ring

What are some examples of a non commutative division ring other than quaternions?
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Conjugation classes and disjoint union

i have a question about group theory. Given the group $SU_2(\Bbb{C})$, then we have the (spin) homomorphism form $SU_2(\Bbb{C})$ to $SO_3(\Bbb{R})$, call it $\pi$, given by $\pi(q)x=qxq^{-1}$. I can ...
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Why and how are quaternions 'bilinear'?

What does it mean when we say that quaternion composition is 'bilinear'? I have observed that some authors write quaternion multiplication as: While others specify: Excuse the poor images, ...
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Show that the the multipliction and inverse operations on the quaternion unit sphere are continuous

This is a bit of a tricky question, we define the real Quaternions as: $$H=\left\{ a+bi+cj+dk\mid a,b,c,d\in\mathbb{R}\right\}$$ With the rule that: $$ij=-ji=k\:,\: jk=-kj=i\:,\: ki=-ik=\, j\;,\: ...
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Rotation by quaternion conjugation and quaternion matrix

A rotation of vector $v$ can be done by matrix multiplication $Q^{*}Qv$ where $Q=\begin{pmatrix}w & -z & y & x \\ z & w & -x & y \\ -y &x &w& z\\ -x& -y ...
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Reference for the polar parameterization of quaternions

I would like to find the original reference in which the polar parameterization of quaternions was given (i.e. the relationship between the components of a unit quaternion and the polar angles of an ...
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Automorphism of $Q_8$ [duplicate]

Is there anyone could help me to prove that $Aut(Q_8)=S_4$? Someone told me that there's an isomorphism between the rigid motions of cube and $Aut(Q_8)$, any ideas? Thank you!
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Show exponential function maps any line through the origin onto a circle of radius 1 in $\mathbb{S}^3$.

Show that the exponential function maps any line through the origin in $\mathbb{R}$i +$\mathbb{R}$j + $\mathbb{R}$k onto a circle of radius 1 in $\mathbb{S}^3$. I know that for any element v $\in$ ...
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How to rotate one vector about another?

Breif Having given 2 non-parallel vectors: a and b, is there any way by which I may rotate a about b such that b acts as the axis about which a is rotating. Question Given: vector a and b To find: ...
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Solving intersection of 4 quadratic equation with constraints

I want to find the intersection of 4 quadratic equation with the constraint that $\left[\begin{matrix}q_0 \\ q_1 \\ q_2 \\ q_3 \end{matrix} \right]$,$\left[\begin{matrix}p_0 \\ p_1 \\ p_2 \\ p_3 ...
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Is it possible to use the imaginary components of quaternions to facilitate calculation of vector cross products?

It has come to my attention that the cross products of the vectors $\mathbf{i}$, $\mathbf{j}$, and $\mathbf{k}$ are almost identical to the products of the imaginary components of quaternions $i$, ...
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Optimization of quaternion / Rotation of form Q*P*Qbar=R

I wish to find out a unit quaternion $Q$ (with complement $\bar Q$, s.t. $Q\bigotimes \bar Q = \bar Q\bigotimes Q$=[1 0 0 0]) that will satisfy the following equation $Q\bigotimes P \bigotimes \bar Q ...
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Set of rotations necessary to connect two points in R³ using a thin cylinder

I have been scratching my head for days trying to answer this question. Suppose i have 2 points on three-dimensional space, say, $A(x_1, y_1, z_1)$ and $B(x_2, y_2, z_2)$, and they are separated by ...
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Present-day uses of quaternions [duplicate]

"Everybody knows" that quaternions are not used for the purposes for which they were originally intended. They are, however, used in computer graphics, and perhaps in astrogation. Besides that, what ...
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Understanding quaternions & gradient descent in a paper on inertial / magnetic sensor arrays

I hope this question is appropriate here! I and a friend at work are trying to understand Sebastian Madgwick's paper, "An efficient orientation for inertial and inertial/magnetic sensor arrays" ...
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Relationship between two maps from $SU(2)$ to $SO(3)$

I have two maps from $SU(2) \to SO(3)$. For the first map, think of $SU(2)$ as the group of unit quaternions. Under this identification, we can give a map $f: SU(2) \to SO(3)$ given by $SU(2)$ ...