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# Plot an ellipse in "center form"

### Nima Moshtagh (view profile)

02 Feb 2007 (Updated )

Draws 2D and 3D ellipses that are given in "center form".

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Ellipse_plot(A,c)

This function draws an N-dimensional ellipse (N = 2,3) that is given in "center form":

(x - C)' A (x - C) <= 1

where C is the center of the ellipse, and A is an NxN positive definite symmetric matrix.

A and C could be the outputs of the function: "MinVolEllipse.m", which computes the minimum volume enclosing ellipsoid containing a set of points in an N-dimensional space. For example, you can use this function as follows:

P = rand(3,100);
t = 0.001;
[A , C] = MinVolEllipse(P, t)
figure
plot3(P(1,:),P(2,:),P(3,:),'*')
hold on
Ellipse_plot(A,C)

Acknowledgements

Minimum Volume Enclosing Ellipsoid inspired this file.

This file inspired Amvidc and Ellipsoid Method.

MATLAB release MATLAB 6.5 (R13)
28 Aug 2013 lan

### lan (view profile)

wonderful！！

08 Mar 2012 Sepehr Farhand

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12 Oct 2011 Kwame

### Kwame (view profile)

Can you please show me an example of the function inputs? I keep getting errors about my inputs.

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06 Sep 2011 Ahmed Fasih

### Ahmed Fasih (view profile)

To plot just circles with "r" radius, pass in eye(2)*(r)^-2 as the covariance matrix. A plot function like this shouldn't change the plot more than it needs to: I disabled the "grid" and "axis" commands. It should also return handles to the plot objects it creates: I had to add this as well. But this code gets me 95% there, thanks.

20 Aug 2011 LIAO xj

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14 Dec 2010 Jimmy

### Jimmy (view profile)

Error appears when I use your function.
I found that there is another ellipsoid.m in my external toolbox.
Maybe this ellipsoid.m is called instead of that in Matlab.
So, how to solve this problem?

17 Aug 2010 Nima Moshtagh

### Nima Moshtagh (view profile)

Here is a link to the (unpublished) paper describing the algorithm and math behind the code:

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17 Jul 2010 Bismark Nkansah

### Bismark Nkansah (view profile)

Is it possible that in determining the minimum volume we can assign weights to the points such that the farther away a point is from the main 'cloud' the smaller its weight?
Thanks a lot.

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18 Jun 2009 Nima Moshtagh

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Here is a paper describing the "minimum volume enclosing ellipse" algorithm and the math behind the code: http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~nima/papers/Mim_vol_ellipse.pdf

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15 Feb 2009 Tony Mei

### Tony Mei (view profile)

Terrific!
Well, good programs! However, Nima, could you please show me some reference link to the mathematical basis of your algorithm ? Thanks a lot.

04 Sep 2008 Santanu Ghorai

Earlier I was doing only maths! But this has given me the joy of visualization.

27 May 2008 Gergely Takacs

Exactly what I was searching for! Thanks!:)

08 Apr 2008 david torres

works like a charm

20 Oct 2007 Blake Richards

I found it quite easy to use and read.

22 Mar 2007 nima moshtagh

Function ellipsoid.m is an standard MATLAB command. It is included in version R13.

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18 Mar 2007 John Huddleston

The ellipsoid.m function is missing

[X,Y,Z] = ellipsoid(0,0,0,a,b,c,N);