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Math::Curve::Hilbert
Perl Implementation of Hilberts space filling Curve

Math::Curve::Hilbert - Perl Implementation of Hilberts space filling Curve


NAME

Math::Curve::Hilbert - Perl Implementation of Hilberts space filling Curve


SYNOPSIS


  use Math::Curve::Hilbert;

  # get object representing 8x8 curve with a step of 10 (i.e. draw 80x80 pixels)

  my $hilbert = Math::Curve::Hilbert->new( direction=>'up', max=>3, clockwise=>1, step=>10);

  # get a point from coordinates

  my $point = $hilbert->PointFromCoordinates(20,60);

  # get coordinates from a point

  my ($x,$y) = $hilbert->CoordinatesFromPoint($point);

  # get range(s) from box

  my @ranges = $hilbert->RangeFromCoordinates($x1,$y1,$x2,$y2);

  #

  # draw image representing curve

  use GD;

  # create a new image

  my $im = new GD::Image(300,300);

  my $black = $im->colorAllocate(0,0,0);

  my $blue = $im->colorAllocate(0,0,255);

  my $count = 0;

  my ($x1,$y1) = $hilbert->CoordinatesFromPoint($count++);

  while ( ($hilbert->CoordinatesFromPoint($count))[0] ) {

      my ($x2,$y2) = $hilbert->CoordinatesFromPoint($count++);

      $im->line($x1,$y1,$x2,$y2,$black);

      ($x1,$y1) = ($x2,$y2);

  }


DESCRIPTION

The Hilbert Curve module provides some useful functions using Hilberts Space-filling Curve. This is handy for things like Dithering, Flattening n-dimensional data, fractals - all kind of things really.

``A Space Filling Curve is a special fractal curve which has the following basic characteristics: ­ it covers completely an area, a volume or a hyper-volume in a 2-d, 3-d or N-d space respectively, ­ each point is visited once and only once (the curve does not cross itself), and ­ neighbor points in the native space are likely to be neighbors in the space filling curve.'' definition from Multiple Range Query Optimization in Spatial Databases, Apostolos N. Papadopoulos and Yannis Manolopoulos

Other space filling curves include The Peano and Morton or Z-order curves. There is also the Hilbert II curve which has an 'S' shape rather than a 'U' shape. The Hilbert curve can also be applied to 3 dimensions, but this module only supports 2 dimensions.

Like most space filling curves, the area must be divided into 2 to the power of N parts, such as 8, 16, 32, etc

EXPORT

None by default.


METHODS

new


  # get object representing 8x8 curve with a step of 10 (i.e. draw 80x80 pixels)

  my $hilbert = Math::Curve::Hilbert->new( direction=>'up', max=>3, clockwise=>1, step=>10);

  direction specifies which direction the curve follows :

  up (clockwise) : up, right, down

  down (clockwise ) : down, right, up

  left (clockwise) : left, up, right

  right (clockwise) : right, down, left

  clockwise specifies if the curve moves clockwise or anti-clockwise, the default is clockwise

  max specifies the size of the grid to plot in powers of 2 - max=>2 would be a 4x4 grid, max=>4 would be 16 x 16 grid

  step specifies how large a step should be (used in drawing the curve), the default is 1

  X and Y allow you to specify a starting X and Y coordinate by passing a reference to a the value

PointFromCoordinates


  my $point = $hilbert->PointFromCoordinates(20,60);

CoordinatesFromPoint


  my ($x1,$y1) = $hilbert->CoordinatesFromPoint($point);

RangeFromCoordinates


  # get range(s) from box

  my @ranges = $hilbert->RangeFromCoordinates($x1,$y1,$x2,$y2);


AUTHOR

A. J. Trevena, <teejay@droogs.org>


SEE ALSO

perl.

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/HilbertCurve.html

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