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Levente Hunyadi


26 Apr 2010 (Updated )

Draw, manipulate and reconstruct B-splines.

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The package comprises of a graphical utility to place uniform B-spline control points and see how the B-spline is redrawn as control points or control point weights are adjusted, and functions to estimate B-splines with known knot vector, given a set of noisy data points either with known or unknown associated parameter values.

As regards the interactive interface, the user is shown a figure window with axes in which to choose control points of a uniform B-spline. As points are placed in the axes, the B-spline of specified order is drawn progressively. The user may terminate adding control points by pressing ENTER or ESC, or may place the last control point with a right mouse button click.

Once done, control points may be adjusted with drag-and-drop. Hold down the left mouse button over any control point and drag it to another location. Control point adjustment works in 3D; use the rotation tool to set a different camera position. It is also possible to explicitly set the x, y and z coordinates as well as the weight of a control point: click on the point, enter new values and hit ENTER.

As regards the non-interactive interface, functions include calculating and drawing basis functions, computing points of a (weighted or unweighted) B-spline curve with de Boor's algorithm, and estimating B-spline control points given noisy data, either with or without parameter values associated with the observed data points.

From a programmers' perspective, this example illustrates how to use nested functions to extend variable scope, implement drag-and-drop operations, combine normalized and pixel units for control docking and register multiple callbacks for a single event in an interactive user interface.


The simplest way to get started is to run "bspline_gui", which activates the figure window to place B-spline control points interactively. Examples are bundled to illustrate various B-spline curve computation and approximation methods.

MATLAB release MATLAB 7.6 (R2008a)
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16 Jan 2015 Ligong Han

Ligong Han

helpful and interesting, thanks!

29 Mar 2014 karlosgk


27 Jun 2012 Henry Le

Henry Le

Hi, thank you for this! I have a question. I'm quite new to bsplines and matlab and I was wondering if there's anything out there in the matlab world that lets me measure the length of a cubic bspline generated in matlab from say this bspline package?

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22 Nov 2011 Fer


07 Oct 2011 Jim


Great work!
I found a bug in bspline_basis.m. The last line in
function y = bspline_basis_recurrence(j,n,t,x)
should be:

y(:) = t(j+1) <= x & x < t(j+2);

There should not be an equal in the second term x<t(j+2). If you plot the basis function using knot vector [0 1 2 3 4 5 6] and order 3, you will see the error.

02 Jun 2011 Tom Lintern

Tom Lintern

Great code. I am pretty new with working with B-splines and am wondering if there is a way you would reccomend (with your code) to find the derivative of a given spline with a given set of control points?

01 Jun 2011 Ben Fishler

Ben Fishler

Scratch last comment, got the control points to work...

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01 Jun 2011 Ben Fishler

Ben Fishler

Excellent code! 5 stars...
Only thing I can't seem to get to work is altering the control point locations post-zooming or rotating of the plot (the control points seem to change to non-interactive graph points after using any tools on the figure or camera toolbars) -- any suggestions?

07 Jan 2011 Henry


Agree with Evgeny Pr with the problem. Otherwise it's good!

03 Oct 2010 Jaykumar Shah

Jaykumar Shah

27 Jun 2010 Evgeny Pr

Evgeny Pr

Thank you for good job!

I found one error in the function "bspline_wdeboor". The problem in if statement (if nargin > 5).
Must be:
if (nargin < 5)
[Y,u] = bspline_deboor(n,t,P);
[Y,u] = bspline_deboor(n,t,P,u);

The same approximation is unstable. Strongly depends on the knots vector.

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24 Jun 2010 Evgeny Pr

Evgeny Pr

02 May 2010

Added control point weights and control point approximation from data.

10 May 2010

Added estimation without known B-spline curve parameter values.

21 May 2011

Added computing knot vector and control points associated with derivative of B-spline curve (contributed by Joe Hays).

14 Nov 2012

Fixed an issue with the last element in the knot vector (reported by Jolyn Loo).

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