Questions on constructing graphical objects using relatively complex computations relating to the mathematical structures defining those objects. Examples include convex hulls, mathematical constructions, symmetries, genuses of curves and graphs and programmatic constructions of polyhedra.

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Finding minimal region with padding and linear map to circle

Suppose I have n ordered points. I would like to find a simple region that contains all the points and is close to the smallest region that contains the points except it is smooth and has some ...
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Possible Bug in DiscretizeRegion with Option MaxCellMeasure

fixed in 10.0.2 Consider the following ImplicitRegion: reg = ImplicitRegion[x^2 + y^2 + z^2 == 16, {x, y, z}]; We can ...
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Insphere for Irregular Tetrahedron

I am looking for existing Mathematica code to compute the unique sphere inscribed inside an irregular tetrahedron. I can write it myself, but I would love to find that someone already performed this ...
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Randomly packing spheres of fixed radius within a cube

How can I have Mathematica randomly place spheres in a cube so they won't overlap? The cube is $20 \times 20 \times 20$, and the spheres have a radius of $0.7$.
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How can I decide whether a closed surface is intersected by a triangle?

A closed surface consisted of Polygons or GraphicsComplex and a triangle made by 3 points are in a 3D space. How can I decide ...
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Torus triangulation

I'd like to plot something similar to this but with a triangle instead of a pentagon. Also, I'd like to triangulate the faces, that is, to insert the diagonals for each face of the 3 prisms used. In ...
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Convex hull of a 3D object?

I am trying to find a convex hull command for a Graphics3D object. Does it exist in Mathematica? ...
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How to get UV mapping of 3D tube

Here is cylinder data: file We can mesh the surface, thanks to lalmei, Belisarius and Simon (link) How to achieve uv mapping from a 3d straight and curved tube? Working code: ...
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How can I only draw outer common tangent to two circles?

I have code worked for drawing common tangent lines to two circles(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangent_lines_to_circles), now I want to delete the inner common tangent lines, how? ...
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Imposing a Periodic Boundary Condition in Nearest Neighbour Search

I am trying to find first nearest neighbour distributions of randomly dispersed point-like objects in an infinite system. To do this I make a finite sized box unit cell with a chosen concentration of ...
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How to ensure that Polygon[list] plots a simple polygon?

Consider the following code which plots a triangle. p = {{0, 0}, {.2, 0}, {0, .2}}; {Cyan, Polygon[Dynamic[p]]} // Graphics Then adding (for example) ...
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Decomposition of a semialgebraic set into connected components

Is there any built-in function for doing decomposition of a semialgebraic set into connected components? The only way I now can think of is to use ...
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Distances between points in periodic cube

How can one implement more efficiently/elegantly/memory savvily the following function which returns a matrix of all Euclidian distances between points in 3D within a cube of width ...
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How do I draw a hemisphere?

I want to draw a solid or partially transparent hemisphere above a partially transparent cuboid object in Graphics3D. However, I do not know how to do this s.t. only half the sphere is drawn. Here's ...
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I can't understand FindShortest Tour

I can't understand the function FindShortestTour because of the result: FindShortestTour[{ {0, 1}, {5, 1}, {2, 1}, {10, 1}}] ...
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Delaunay Triangulation for 3D Surface Data

I want to do a Delaunay triangulation on scattered 3D surface data. Mathematica itself does it only for 2D through the command DelaunayTriangulation[], which gives ...
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How to check if a 3D point is in a planar polygon?

Following up on ndroock1's question, I naively tried to apply the solutions to a 3D point and polygon and they didn't work. For example, functions involving ArcTan ...
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Probable Bug in HighlightMesh with 2D Convex Hulls created via ConvexHullMesh

One nice way to view the new and exciting Mesh objects introduced in Version 10 is by utilizing the function HighlightMesh, so ...
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A question regarding “DiscretizeGraphics”

I want to find the volume of a torus torus = RevolutionPlot3D[{2 + Cos[t], Sin[t]}, {t, 0, 2 Pi}] ...
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User-defined DistanceFunction for RegionNearest

In the function Nearest , I can define my custom function using the DistanceFunction option. e.g: ...
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Can't plot rotated region

I was experimenting with the code from this question when I ran into another problem with regions. ...
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How to draw quantum circuit with mathematica?

How to draw quantum circuit as the following one with mathematica? I only find the quantum package which is designed for MMA 7.0 as the author said. But the version of my Mathematica is 9.0 and when ...
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How to check if a line segment intersects with a polygon?

The naive method is to bisect the line segment iteratively as asked here, and then check the bisection points using How to check if a 2D point is in a polygon?. Would there be an other way? I'm ...
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Choosing $n$ equidistant points on a circle with given radius and center

I would like to have a function circle which takes two inputs: a tuple {x,y} and a real number ...
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Mathematica function intersection points with 3D grid

I need to produce a 3-dimensional equispaced grid over a given function in a way, that I can calculate intersection points of the function with the grids edges. So my first question is how to produce ...
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Speed of ConvexHullMesh

Pick $N$ random points on the surface of the sphere, then use ConvexHullMesh[] to compute their convex hull. Empirically, this takes time quadratic time in $N,$ ...
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Generating a non-convex polyhedron from a list of vertex coordinates

I want to include a figure in a paper I am writing on Combinatorial Geometry which features a non-convex polyhedron given by the following vertices, EDIT: I was unaware that Mathematica could convert ...
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Voronoi Diagram: Displaying site specific color in a voronoi diagram

I am using Voronoi Poligonization as a support form simulating island erosion; my data are the output of VoronoiDiagram, ...
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Discretizing regions with pointy boundaries

I'm trying to discretize a region with "pointy" boundaries to study dielectric breaking on electrodes with pointy surfaces. So far I've tried 3 types of boundaries, but the meshing functions stall ...
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“The function DiscretizeGraphics is not implemented for GraphicsComplex” confusion

Why does DiscretizeGraphics seems to work on one GraphicsComplex and not the other? Here is an example that works: ...
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Finding corresponding vertex from 3d to 2d

I have this simple 3d data points: ...
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Collision detection algorithm (discrete) with sweep and prune algorithm

For a more complex collision detection approach, I need an efficient (aka fast) algorithm to prune the elements by using boundary boxes. A classical algorithm is the so called sweep and prune (SAP) ...
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Construct a simple mesh or tetrahedral mesh from 3D image surface

I have a 3D Y-Shape hollow tube, not so good surface. Import["http://dl.dropbox.com/u/68983831/tube02.vtk", "Graphics3D"] I tried to use following vertex data ...
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Calculating a minimum bounding box for a set of 3-space coordinates / spheres

I have a set of 3-space coordinates for the atoms of a molecule (I could also transform them into spheres with radii corresponding to the atoms they represent). I would like to place this molecule ...
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Behavior of Graphics`Mesh`InPolygonQ with self-intersecting polygons

Playing around with some of the answers in the question How to check if a 2D point is in a polygon? I noticed that: Graphics`Mesh`InPolygonQ[poly,pt] Displays ...
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Numerical Functions Compatible with Regions Fail with MeshRegions and BoundaryMeshRegions

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.2 Given a MeshRegion: region = DelaunayMesh[RandomReal[1, {50, 3}]] We can ...
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Obtain polygons describing all intersections of many polygons

I have 6894 polygons describing zones in a state plane (i.e., cartesian) coordinate system. Most are not very complex, and I believe none have holes. A random example is Polygon[{{351633., ...
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Computing Ehrhart's polynomial for a convex polytope

Is there a Mathematica implementation for computing the Ehrhart polynomial of a convex polytope which is specified either by its vertices or by a set of inequalities? I am interested in knowing this ...
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Point belonging to a Disk in a Cartesian Coordinate System

The image below represents a human subject fixations while observing this abstract pattern for 3 seconds. I would like to know how much time they spent looking at the actual disk. That is a red point ...
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How to create a planar graph from a set of random points

Question Given a set of points in the plane, how can you create a planar graph in the standard graph representation of Mathematica (version 9 or higher), from these points? Background A planar ...
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How to measure cross sectional area of Tube

I have modified my question to a simple version. I have vertex clusters, polygons and a list of center points. Attached pts and polygons of 3d tube are: ...
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Extracting polygons from 3D contour plot surface

Edit: This question turned out to be two parts so I am going to make this question about only the first part a kguler provided an excellent answer. Here is a better representation. My actual data ...
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Finding concave hull for separated small clusters

Data : data3D = Import[file, "VertexData"]; Graphics3D[Point[data3D]] How to find concave polygon for separated small clusters.
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Areas of Voronoi cells from image file

I have an binary image with non-point objects. Does anyone have any suggestions how to determine area of each Voronoi cell in Voronoi diagram (goal is area distribution)? Thank you in advance.
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Finding an optimal overlay of two point clouds

Imagine I have two sets of points: ...
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How to use a ConvexHull as RegionFunction?

I have a set of data supported over a region in 2D. I want to use RegionPlot and ContourPlot on interpolations of my data, but want to restrict the Plots to the region over which my data is supported. ...
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Triangulated Mesh from Voronoi Diagram

I want to generate a mesh (using Mathematica 10) in the following manner: Generate a Voronoi diagram, like so: and then triangulate each individual Voronoi grain, were an edge is formed by ...
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How do I get a MeshRegion from an obj file, or from Geometry3D

How do I read in an obj file as a MeshRegion so I can e.g. compute its area? If I just import the object and try Area[O] it ...
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Find Unconnected Subregions

If I have a region, how can I identify sub regions that may be disconnected, if any exist? region defines a rectangular region given two diagonally opposed ...