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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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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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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How to peel the labels from marmalade jars using Mathematica?

How can I detect and peel the label from the jar below (POV, cylinder radius, jar contents are all unknown) to get something like this, which is the original label before it was stuck on the jar? ...
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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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Efficiently determining if 3D points are within a surface composed of polygons

This is the 2nd part of a previous question which I edited to make into 2 separate questions: Extracting polygons from 3D contour plot surface As an extension of my earlier question involving simple ...
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How to speed up the function DelaunayTriangulation?

First define a function meshGrid to generate some points: ...
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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 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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Creating a 2D meshing algorithm in Mathematica

As what is proving to be a difficult, but entertaining task, I am attempting to adapt a 2D meshing algorithm created for MATLAB and port it to Mathematica. I understand meshing functions already exist ...
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Build a refined grid based on intersecting line

I honestly have no idea where to begin with this problem. In summary, I have a 2D coarse grid with an intersecting line. For an easy example, let's assume it's a 4x4 grid. I wish to pass through ...
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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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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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How to determine the convex hull of some text?

How can I get the co-ordinates of the convex hull of a piece of Text?
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Implementation of Balaban's Line intersection algorithm in Mathematica

I'm trying to implement a Brillouin Zone algorithm within Mathematica, including the generation of Brillouin zones of higher order in 2D and 3D. There is a nice implementation of generating these ...
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How to calculate volume of convex hull and volume of a 3D object

I have a random 3D data points. How to calculate volume of the convex hull and volume of the object.
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Graphics3D: Finding intersection of 3d objects and lines

I found these two nice links 1) intersecting graphics 2) Implementation of Balaban's Line intersection algorithm in Mathematica which works for 2d. However, I need to find whether a ray(line) ...
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Equidistant points on a polyline

Set of 2D-points connected by a polyline B-spline function: ...
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How to get actual triangles from DelaunayTriangulation[]?

The ComputationalGeometry package has a DelaunayTriangulation[] function. It returns a list of points connected to each point, ...
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Checking if a point is in a convex 3D polyhedron

Extending from these questions How to check if a 3D point is in a planar polygon? and How to check if a 2D point is in a polygon?. I'm trying to do this to render specific shapes made up of spheres. ...
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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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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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Selecting for 2D points that are within a threshold distance of an upper- and lower-bound number of points

I have a very large set of 2D points: numberOf2DPoints = 10^6; pointList = RandomReal[{0, 1000}, {numberOf2DPoints, 2}]; I'd like to find a way to quickly ...
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Animating a Voronoi Diagram

edit: Excellent answers have been provided and I made an animation which is suitable for my use, however, all the examples rely on bitmap/rasterized data; is there a vector based approach? I would ...
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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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Computing the genus of an algebraic curve

How-to compute the genus of an algebraic curve in Mathematica ? In my case the algebraic curve is explicitly defined by a polynomial.
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How can I define a 3D version of the built-in VoronoiDiagram 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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rule-based implementation of an algorithm

When I first started learning about rule-based programming with Mathematica, I tried to translate this algorithm for computing the convex hull of a set of 2-D points in $O(n \log(n))$ time, to use ...
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Arranging connector lines

Heike gave an absolutely wonderful answer to my question about arranging subplots around a main plot and including connector lines. This is the result: Starting from Heike's answer, what is the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Finding the perimeter, area and number of sides of a Voronoi cell

Does anyone have any suggestions how to determine the perimeter, area and number of sides of each Voronoi cell in Voronoi diagram?
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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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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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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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A Graphics`Mesh`ConvexHull[] peculiarity

I have been unable to explain the behavior of Graphics`Mesh`ConvexHull[] on the following (highly simplified) example: ...
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intersection between function and plane

I try to solve a ODE system of equations and i want to plot the intersection of the 3D solutions with a costant plane. To do this i use the follow code: ...
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Determining if a point is inside or outside a 3DS (.3ds) or 3DS MAX (.max) object?

Imagine I import some 3DS (i.e. 3D studio) file (http://reference.wolfram.com/mathematica/ref/format/3DS.html) or a 3DS MAX file. How could I place this model (say, the 747.3ds file in the ...