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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Can Mathematica solve Plateau's problem (finding a minimal surface with specified boundary)?

Given a closed curve $\mathcal C$ in three dimensions, is it possible to use Mathematica's built-in functionality to compute a minimal surface whose boundary is $\mathcal C$? For simplicity, let us ...
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population of dots with normal distribution of pitch [migrated]

I want to generate a plot that shows a rectangle populated with dots, where the dot-to-dot distance (pitch) distribution is a lognormal (or a gaussian). I want to be able to change the mean dot-to-dot ...
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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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Distinguishing left from right adjacent triangles in triangle mesh

What I'm trying to do: I'm trying to create a path-drawing function which will produce a path like the one I-P in the diagram below. The way this path was generated requires me to swap between the ...
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Convex hull of a large data set of 3D points

I recently needed to deal with a large data set of 600.000 points in three dimensions. My task was to find a convex hull for this data. I have Mathematica 10, so I could use the function ...
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Find the nearest locations for multiple points

Assume that there are many holes with their locations fixed, and the same number of balls distributed randomly. What is the smallest total distance for the balls fitting into the holes on the ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I define a metric in xAct?

I'm using "xAct" package and I want to define a my metric, that is a non standard metric. For example, my metric is diagonal ...
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Extracting ragged array from an image

I have a list of points, which represent positions of peaks in an image. The nature of the image itself shouldn't matter, as I already have the peak positions. As a simple example, consider the ...
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Bug in ArcLength?

With Mathematica 10.0.2: ArcLength[Line[{{0, 0}, {1, 0}, {2, 0}}]] ArcLength[Line[{{0}, {1}, {2}}]] (* 2 *) (* 2 *) However, ...
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Cut a polygon by a line

I have a polygon, says, Polygon[{0,0},{10,0},{10,10}{0,10}]. I would like to cut it by a line (through two points) and take one half of it. Could you please suggest ...
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Only show part of a cube below an intersecting plane

I plot a cube and a plane. I just want to show the part below the plane. The code: ...
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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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How to check if a 2D point is in a polygon?

Background: I use code from An Efficient Test For A Point To Be In A Convex Polygon Wolfram Demonstration to check if a point ( mouse pointer ) is in a ( convex ) polygon. Clearly this code fails for ...
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Test existence of a path from one side of a graph to another

I'm trying to determine how I can test if a path exists from one side of a graph to another as efficiently as possible. If I have the Lines given by: ...
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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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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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Cropping a Voronoi diagram

Someone know how can I get the correct crop of this Voronoi image using RegionFunction? As you can see, there is a lot of undesired white regions inside the left ...
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Using TetGen in Mathematica to get 3D Voronoi diagram

In this post, the use of TetGen for 3D Voronoi tesselation has been briefly discussed. However there is still no info about the use of TetGen to generate a 3D Voronoi diagram. The TetGen documentation ...
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How to determine if a point is within a geopositioned RegionMember

I have a KML file which contains an area of interest, I also have a number of lat/long geo positions. I'm trying to filter out the points not within my AOI. So I have my KML file. I convert it to a ...
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RegionUnion issues with many Regions

The new RegionUnion[] function is just what I needed if only I could get it to work. I have many non-overlapping regions that I will need to use as plotting domains ...
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Finding the surface area of a 3D convex hull

I have noted several instances here and here where ConvexHullMesh, introduced in v10 has been used to greatly simplify some geometry problems. Determining the ...
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projecting a RegionProduct into 3D space

Apparently, RegionProduct should allow you to generate convolution-generated shapes. For instance, take a 1D curve and a sphere, and the region product I would ...
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Movable text on a curve

Having an arbitrary curve defined as InterpolatingFunction, what is the best way to place a text on this curve? The text generally has two rows, for example: ...
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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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Rotating a plane about an arbitrary axis

I would like to rotate a plane by $k$ degrees about an arbitrary axis. How should I do it using RotationTransform? hmm i realise if I do the following ...
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Create triangular mesh from random list of points

I have a list of points. I would like to take these points and create a mesh of triangles from them, making sure triangles don't overlap. So here's a list of points: ...
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Circuit drawing in Mathematica

This past semester I taught an introductory electromagnetism course and had quite a nice time using Mathematica to draw all sorts of figures and diagrams (mostly for problems and etc.). However, I was ...
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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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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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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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Region plot of transformed region giving odd result

I tried applying a transformation to a rectangle: RegionPlot[TransformedRegion[Rectangle[{0, 0}, {1, 1}], {#1^(1/3) + #2, 1 + #2} &]] giving In reality, ...
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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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How can I define a 3D version of the built-in VoronoiDiagram (VoronoiMesh in V10) function?

Can anybody point me in a direction that will guide me to extend the VoronoiDiagram function in Mathematica to handle 3D (three dimensional) situations (i.e. points in 3D)? Any help will be greatly ...
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Finding length of intersection of two surfaces

I would like to know how we find the length of the intersection of two surfaces. For instance, in the following example,a surface intersects with a plane: How do we find the length of intersection ...
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Use of Mathematica to put equation into vector form

Is there a way to put the following equation of a line into vector form using Mathematica (or a Mathematical package)? $\displaystyle ...
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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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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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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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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 find the vector intersection in a collection of triangulated 3D points?

I'm trying to calculate the 3D point coordinates for the intersection of a vector with a plane. I have been using the following code to do this: ...
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Implementing an algorithm for finding the largest circle that contains a single point in a set (and no other point)

This question concerns the implementation of an algorithm proposed by Rahul Narain on a former question of mine that was migrated to math.stackexchange: ...
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Object separation from a 2.5D surface

I'm trying to identify the shape and the boundaries of objects. The data was generated with a laser scanner and represent the surface of an area in which many boulders lay on the ground and making up ...
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Ordering the Boundary points of a Polygon

I feel like this should be simple, but I keep running into walls. Say someone gives you the coordinates of the vertices of a pentagon and the center point of the hexagon. Is there any way to get an ...