# Tagged Questions

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

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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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### 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 can I calculate a jigsaw puzzle cut path?

I want to generate a path to cut an arbitrary shape into a set of jigsaw puzzle pieces. All pieces must be unique to preclude placing a piece in the wrong spot. Pieces must be interlocking such that ...
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### Intersecting graphics

Does the Mathematica graphics system have any concept of intersecting graphics? I've not found much in the documents so far. For example, if I want to show the intersection of two shapes: ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Voronoi diagrams for generators other than points

Any suggestions how to determine Voronoi diagram for sites other than points, as e.g. in the picture below? Input is a raster image.
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 create regular (planar) graphs?

How to programmatically create and plot regular planar graphs with $k = 3, 4$ or $6$ (not hypercubes) and regular nonplanar graphs of $k = 8$ (see figure)? Note that what matters is the average ...
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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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### Site - Cell Correspondence in Voronoi Diagram obtained via VoronoiMesh

Consider the following: ...
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### How can the {x,y,z} points that fall on the outer boundary of a set of values be selected and smoothly surfaced?

For a given set of x,y,z values, that may, or may not form a uniform shape, how can the center of the data cloud be found, and the surface points be located and a solid smooth surface created from ...
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### Generate a Random Polygon

Does some package exist with a function that takes a parameter $n$ and generates a random 2D $n$-sided simple polygon (convex or non-convex), possibly within a certain bounding box? It does not ...
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### Find the volume of Phobos and Deimos

How can we calculate the volume of a 3D object using the new-in-10 computational geometry functions? For simple objects this works: ...
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### Convert binary voxel image to geometric region

I have a binary voxel image which described a contiguous region in space. Example: ...
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### Regression /Bug in DelaunayMesh from 10.3.1 to 10.4

Bug introduced in V10.4 and persists through 10.4.1 In answering this question, I realized the OP and I were obtaining different results from the alphaShapes2D ...
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### How to calculate the volume of a convex hull?

Given a spatial curve represented by a parametric equation, is it possible in Mathematica 9 to calculate symbolically (or at least numerically) the volume of its convex hull?
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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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### Efficient way of finding shortest distance between two sets of points in mathematica

I have two sets of 3D points, say a = RandomReal[1, {10, 3}]; b = RandomReal[1, {10, 3}]; I wanna find the first N pairs that have shortest distance between the ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Is there a numerical method/built-in to calculate the boundary of a set of graphs?

Recently, I encounted a geometry problem in my work. For a curve-family that owns the following parametric equation: $$E(t,\theta)= \begin{pmatrix} x_E(t,\theta) \\ y_E(t,\theta) \end{pmatrix}$$ ...
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### Faster way to compute the distance from a point to a surface in 3D

I am trying to compute the shortest distance between a point and a triangle in 3D ...
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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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### Is there a simple strategy to determine whether a point is inside a boundary?

For a ellipse $E(\theta)$, which owns the parametric equation as follows: $\begin{cases} x = a \sin\theta + b \cos\theta + c \\ y = d \sin\theta + e \cos\theta + f \\ \end{cases}$ Now, I have a ...
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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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### How to calculate volume of convex hull and volume of a 3D object

I have a set of random 3D data points. How can I calculate the volume of the convex hull?
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### Procedure to find direction of triangle

I'm trying to write a procedure or function to find the direction in which a 2D triangle points. The triangle is assumed to be isosceles. While I can see the basic outline of what I want to do, making ...
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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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### Possible Bug in ArrayMesh

Bug introduced in V10.4 and fixed in 10.4.1 Suppose we have the following array from which we intend to create an ArrayMesh: ...
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### How to implement Bresenham’s algorithm as a system of equations?

Bresenham's line drawing algorithm is usually implemented via loops. But in Mathematica we can take advantage of its ability to solve Diophantine equations. From educational viewpoint it is quite ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...