I have a list of points {{4,5},{6,7},{9,8},...} in two-dimensions. I'd like to rotate these points some number of degrees $\theta$ around an arbitrary anchor point in a two-dimensional plane, and recover the transformed point list. Is there a straightforward way to do this? How about for three-dimensional rotations around an arbitrary point?

  • $\begingroup$ Have you checked the documentation center? is is very very easy to find in documentation and this question shows no research effort :/ $\endgroup$ – Kuba Sep 8 '13 at 15:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Kuba I've looked at Rotate, GeometricTransform, etc. but they all seem to apply to rotating graphical objects as opposed to point sets. $\endgroup$ – ZWei Sep 8 '13 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ If type in "rotation" the second result is RotationTransform. It is always good idea to check related links at the bottom of each documentation page because RotationTranform appears for example in Rotate page. $\endgroup$ – Kuba Sep 8 '13 at 15:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Kuba Is it necessary for me to manually enter in and multiply each point by the appropriate rotation matrix? Shouldn't there be a function that takes the point set, a rotation anchor, and then some rotation parameter? I can't seem to find it. $\endgroup$ – ZWei Sep 8 '13 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ RotationTransform[angle \[Degree], anchor] /@ set $\endgroup$ – Kuba Sep 8 '13 at 15:15

I think RotationTransform is what you are looking for.

data = {{4, 5}, {6, 7}, {9, 8}};
r[angle_?NumericQ, pivot:{_?NumericQ, _?NumericQ}] = RotationTransform[angle Degree, pivot];
r[45, {1, 1}] /@ data // N
{{0.292893, 5.94975}, {0.292893, 8.77817}, {1.70711, 11.6066}}


As Carl Woll points out in his comment below, the transformation function returned by RotationTransform acts if it has the Listable property, so

r[45, {1, 1}] /* N @ data

also works.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. For the purposes of my understanding, what is the purpose of angle?NumericQ? $\endgroup$ – ZWei Sep 8 '13 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Kuba. Thanks for pointing out the typos. I have corrected them. $\endgroup$ – m_goldberg Sep 8 '13 at 15:28
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    $\begingroup$ @ZWei angle_?NumericQ is a pattern test which will run the function only if you pass Numeric variable for the first argumen $\endgroup$ – Kuba Sep 8 '13 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ No need for Map, you can just use r[45, {1, 1}][data]. $\endgroup$ – Carl Woll Feb 21 '18 at 19:11
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    $\begingroup$ @anderstood. It is RightComposition $\endgroup$ – m_goldberg Feb 22 '18 at 0:28

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