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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Numerically solving Helmholtz equation in 3D for arbitrary shapes

Context While studying manifold Learning I got interested in finding the eigenvectors of the Laplacian. (also in connection to this problem of solving the heat equation) Following this and that ...
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Create a torus with a hexagonal mesh for 3D-printing

I am new to Mathematica, and I'm looking for a way to create patterns on the surface of 3D objects. One thing I have not been able to do is create a hexagonal mesh on a torus. What I would like to ...
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VoronoiMesh without edges

How can I remove the edges of a VoronoiMesh? I would like to display only the closed cells not touching the border of the image. This is my binarized source image (imgbw): I am doing this: ...
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Meshing of a cube

I want to mesh a cube and what I use is ToElementMesh[Cuboid[ {-1, -1, -1}, {1, 1, 1}]]. This creates a regular grid of the cube. Is there a way to specify that ...
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MaxCellMeasure fails in 3D?

Question How come MaxCellMeasure works in 2D but fails in 3D? Indeed if I try ...
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How to split compound polygons into convex polygons?

Is it possible to split non-convex polygons into convex plygons with Mathematica 9? For example: ...
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Distinguishing left from right adjacent triangles in triangle mesh [closed]

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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How to convert a surface into a solid

Context I am interested in converting surfaces into solids (so I can make a 3D mesh out of them using ToElementMesh) Say I have the following cool surface ...
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ToElementMesh fails on DodecahedronIcosahedronCompound

Context I would like to compute the eigenmodes of a DodecahedronIcosahedronCompound. Why? Because it is cool! and I wonder how it rings… Starting with: ...
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ConvexHullMesh sometimes excludes valid points from convex hull

I have a sequence of polytopes that I am trying to visualize, and I find that ConvexHullMesh sometimes excludes points from the convex hull, and it does so inconsistently. In particular, notice these ...
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Defining a region from combination of data and geometric region

I would like to define a region in (x,y) by combining the region RegionPlot[ ImplicitRegion[ Sqrt[x^2 + y^2] <= 0.99, {{x, 0.01, 0.99}, {y, 0.01, 0.99}}]] ...
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Difference (or intersection) of two convex polyhedra

I have two convex polyhedra stored in the following form: a set of vertices vertices = {{x1,y1,z1},...}, a set of faces, where each face is a convex polygon ...
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ToElementMesh problem on Ball defined by ImplicitRegion?

Could any one please confirm the following bug in mathematica 10.0.2 ? If I define this ball Ω = ImplicitRegion[0 <= x^2 + y^2 + z^2 <= 1, {x, y, z}]; and ...
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How to fill the closed region by ParametricPlot with solid color?

I am interested in the following implicit curve with parametric equation: $$ \left\{\quad \begin{array}{rl} x=& 9 \sin 2 t+5 \sin 3 t \\ y=& 9 \cos 2 t-5 \cos 3 t \\ \end{array} \right. $$ ...
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Region Intersection for MeshRegion objects embedded in 3D

How can I create a logical intersection of MeshRegion objects that are three-dimensional? The RegionIntersection function will ...
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Need help on the proper use of a formula to produce a cambered airfoil

Following the book on "The Theory of Thin Wing Sections" page #112 describes the method to combine a camber line (i.e Mean Line) and a thickness distribution to form a cambered wing section. Data ...
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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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Parse notation recursively

For a special notation I would like to get the help of Mathematica to expand complex expressions through a set of Notation rules. However since this tasks involves applying the notation recursively ...
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Generating convex polyhedron from face planes?

Suppose I have lists of normals and points for planes. There's a convex polyhedron whose faces lie on these planes and are bounded by plane intersections. What would be the easiest way to produce an ...
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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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Package for symbolic computation of christoffel symbols and parallel transports in Riemannian geometry, given the metric

I've no knowledge in mathematica (but I do in matlab), but I'd really appreciate if someone could mention what is/are the best and easy to learn mathematica package(s) for symbolic and numerical ...
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How to speed up geometric Resolve query involving $\exists$ and $\forall$?

I would want to test connectedness of semialgebraic sets with naive code like this: ...
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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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Solve on parametric equation produces inequal results

I have a parametric (parameter t) equation in two dimensions (vectors). s = Solve[pt[t] == qt[t], {a, b}] Both pt and qt are parametric lines using a and b as ...
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Finding a Concave Hull

I have a 3d clustered data: Is there any other way to get concavehull of 3D data points?
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Region bounded by Ellipse and Line

I have an ellipse defined either as algebraic or geometric: algebraic: ax^2 + bxy +cy^2 + dx +ey +f = 0 geometric: major Axis, minor Axis, x center, y center, ...
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Broad Phase Collision Detection with Mathematica and using CUDA

In this and this post, I asked the question about a fast sweep and prune algorithm implementation for broad phase collision detection. To further speed up things a CUDA implementation would be even ...
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Bug in ArcLength?

fixed in 10.1 (windows) 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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Differential Geometry on a MeshRegion

For many many years (honestly, since 1987) I've had my own MMa computational geometry code for dealing with 3D meshes. I principally (there's a joke there somewhere) use it to calculate coordinate ...
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How to create word clouds?

Word clouds are rather useless fancy and visually appealing plots, where words are plotted with different sizes according to their frequency in a corpus. Many applications exist out there (Wordle, ...
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Collision detection algorithm (discrete) with sweep and prune algorithm for periodic boundary conditions

EDIT: Question Updated with solution approach, but solution much slower than original implementation. Any ideas to speed up implementation? In the discussion on collision detection (see here) I asked ...
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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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Surface area of a cylinder [closed]

Evaluating expr = {Sin[t], Cos[t], Sin[p]}; ParametricPlot3D[expr, {t, 0, 2 π}, {p, 0, 2 π}] Area[expr, {t, 0, 2 π}, {p, 0, 2 π}] gives an area of ...
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Finding if a point is in a region bounded by a curve and the axes (curve made of discrete points)

Here's a small example this is not the real curve but a simple example I made for this question. Here's the plot of a list with a point A of known coordinates. Now I need to find if the point A ...
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Implementation of Lubaehevsky-Stillinger Algorithm to pack hard spheres

To generate a model of a polycrystalline material with specified grain size distribution (e.g coming from a Monte Carlo Grain Growth simulation) the Paper "Effects of grain size distribution and ...
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Fitting a rotated ellipse to data points [closed]

I have a bunch of x,y scatter data and I am trying to fit an ellipse through them. I understand that this question has been asked before and there are resources for this, e.g.: Fitting ellipse to 5 ...
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Von Neumann's method to generate points uniformly distributed on a region of a n-sphere surface

I am trying to generate points uniformly distributed on a region of a single n-sphere surface (all angles in hyperspheric coordinates are between 0 and Pi/2). I decided to use von Neumann's method ...
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How to simulate the true reflective movement of a particle bouncing around in an ellipse?

Please help me to simulate the movement of a particle inside a region with elliptical walls such that particle is reflected from the walls and continues to move. A friend was able write code to ...
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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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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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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 ...