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RE: Convex Hull

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  • Subject: [mg20866] RE: [mg20839] Convex Hull
  • From: "Ersek, Ted R" <ErsekTR at>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 01:09:42 -0500 (EST)
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Virgil Stokes  wrote:
I have two ellipses that in general are different (lengths of minor/major
axes may differ) and are positioned at random in the XY-plane with the
condition that they do not overlap or touch at any point along their

The problem is to find the convex hull for these two ellipses -- fast. Any
ideas/suggestions would be appreciated. Please reply direct to my email
since I am still unable to get messages generated from the MathGroup list.

I suppose the ellipses are represented as lists of points inside Line. If
not you could use ParametricPlot to make the lists of points. You could then
use the convex hull algorithm at:

I don't know if this algorithm can find the convex hull of multiple
polygons. If that's a problem you could find a way to connect the polygons
into one polygon. I doubt this will run lightning fast, but I don't know how
you can do much better.

Ted Ersek

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