Sierpinski carpet

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• Subject: [mg76741] Sierpinski carpet
• From: "Anolethron" <theverybastard at tin.it>
• Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 04:47:22 -0400 (EDT)

```What I'm trying to do is basically constructing a Sierpinski's carpet with
an algorithm that can be generalized to the construction of a Menger Sponge.

e1 = {1, 0}; e2 = {0, 1}; p1 = {0, 0}; p2 = {1, 0}; p3 = {1, 1}; p4 = {0,
1};

Sierpinski[{p1_, p2_, p3_, p4_}] :=
Delete[Flatten[
Table[{p1 + m e1 + n e2, p2 + m e1 + n e2, p3 + n e2 + m e1,
p4 + m e1 + n e2}, {n, 0, 2}, {m, 0, 2}], 1], 5];

Sierpinski1 = Sierpinski[{p1, p2, p3, p4}]

Sierpinski2[ls_] := Flatten[Map[Sierpinski, ls], 1]

S2 = Sierpinski2[Sierpinski1]

Sierpinski3[n_] := Nest[Sierpinski2, {{p1, p2, p3, p4}}, n]

Sierpinski3[3]

Now, I'm not good enough to think of a much more complicated construction
and the problem is that with this algorithm the lengths of the squares I
construct at each step does not scale down with the level of the carpet I'm
constructing: e.g. He builds 9 squares from the big one at the beginning and
deletes the central one, it's ok. But as I Iterate the process at each
smaller square It builds squares of the same size, so what I get is just a
big black figure. It obviously does this way because in the algorithm
there's no instruction to decrease the size of the base vectors (e1,e2).
Thing is I can't think of a way to give mathematica that instruction inside
the Nest or in the definition of  the basic "Sierpinski" function. I need
some help. Thanks in advance. This is the expected result:
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/SierpinskiCarpet.html

```

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