I would like to define some simple geometric primitives (e.g. points and lines) and see what happens when I transform them by a non-linear transformation (in my case $(x,y)\mapsto (\sqrt x,\sqrt y)$). The result should be an image showing $\{(\sqrt x, \sqrt y)|(x,y)\in X\}$, where $X$ is some set I defined before, like union of points and lines.


I tried playing with TransformedRegion. I can apply it to a single line, but for example {Line[p1,p2],Line[p2,p3]} is not a correctly specified region. Also, putting TransformedRegion[Line[p1,p2],F] (for some defined function F) to Graphics does not work, since "TransformedRegion is not a Graphics primitive or directive".


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There are a couple things to discuss here.

TransformedRegion output

The output of TransformedRegion is a region object. In general, to view a region object, you need to use Region or DiscretizeRegion on it. The exception is if TransformedRegion returns a primitive region, e.g., Point, Line, etc., in which case you can just use Graphics to view it. For example, here is a trivial transformation where TransformedRegion is able to return a primitive region:

reg = Line[{{1, 0}, {5, 1}}];
new = TransformedRegion[reg, RotationTransform[Pi/4]]

Line[{{{1/Sqrt[2], 1/Sqrt[2]}, {2 Sqrt[2], 3 Sqrt[2]}}}]

You can use Graphics to view this primitive:


enter image description here

Here is your square root transformation, where TransformedRegion is unable to create a primitive region:

new = TransformedRegion[reg, Sqrt]

TransformedRegion[Line[{{1, 0}, {5, 1}}], Sqrt]

For this kind of output, you need to use Region or DiscretizeRegion:


enter image description here

TransformedRegion input

The input to TransformedRegion should be a region object. This is why Line[p1, p2] works and {Line[p1, p2], Line[p2, p3]} does not work. If you want to transform the union of the two lines, use RegionUnion:

reg = RegionUnion[
    Line[{{1, 0}, {3, 1}}],
    Line[{{0, 2}, {3, 0}}]
new = TransformedRegion[reg, Sqrt];
Region[new, PlotRange -> {{0,Sqrt[3]},{0,Sqrt[2]}}]

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! I can put together what I need with these. Another question is, however, whether using Region is actually the best way to go. Are there also some other nice possibilities? $\endgroup$ Sep 12, 2019 at 12:34
  • $\begingroup$ Also, is there a way to increase the precision? I tried the following code: a = {.1, .2}; b = {.15, .1}; c = {.3, .6}; d = {.4, .5}; Region[TransformedRegion[ RegionUnion[Line[{a, b}], Line[{a, c}], Line[{b, c}], Line[{c, d}], Line[{b, d}]], {Indexed[#, 1]^2, Indexed[#, 2]^2} &]]. The result does not show the transformed edge (a,b). I can see this edge if I remove, e.g., Line[{b,d}] from the union. $\endgroup$ Sep 12, 2019 at 12:54
  • $\begingroup$ @OnDragi I think the issue is that Region is having difficulty figuring out the region bounds. If you include something like PlotRange -> {{0, .2}, {0, .4}} to your Region call, it should show the missing line. $\endgroup$
    – Carl Woll
    Sep 12, 2019 at 15:44

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