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Bezier Curve Function

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Vectorized function to calculate Bezier Curve

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Description

This function constructs a Bezier curve from given control points. P is a vector of control points. N is the number of points to calculate.

Example:

P = [0 0; 1 1; 2 5; 5 -1];
x = (0:0.0001:5);
y = BezierCurve(length(x), P);
plot(x, y, P(:, 1), P(:, 2), 'x-', 'LineWidth', 2); set(gca, 'FontSize', 16)

Acknowledgements

Bezier Curve Plotter inspired this file.

MATLAB release MATLAB 7.11 (R2010b)
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04 Jun 2014 Jason Kurtz

Here is modified code that works. Note that the function now returns two sets of variables.

function [x y] = BezierCurve(N, P)
% This function constructs a Bezier curve from given control points. P is a
% vector of control points. N is the number of points to calculate.
%
% Example:
%
% P = [0 0; 1 1; 2 5; 5 -1];
% y = BezierCurve(1000, P);
% plot(x, y, P(:, 1), P(:, 2), 'x-', 'LineWidth', 2); set(gca, 'FontSize', 16)
%
% Prakash Manandhar, pmanandhar@umassd.edu

Np = size(P, 1);
u = linspace(0, 1, N);
B = zeros(N, Np);
for i = 1:Np
B(:,i) = nchoosek(Np-1,i-1).*u.^(i-1).*(1-u).^(Np-i); %B is the Bernstein polynomial value
end
S = B*P;
x = S(:, 1);
y = S(:, 2);

02 Dec 2013 Gaute Hope

Yes, there is a problem with this function.

16 Feb 2012 Joey  
16 Feb 2012 Joey

I don't understand the math well enough to pick out exactly what's wrong, but the curve that this code gives for certain sets of points is definitely not right.

Try this and you'll see:
P = [0 2; 4.38 6.38; 5.32 5.32; 9.7 9.7];
x = (0:0.01:9.7);
y = BezierCurve(length(x), P);
plot(x, y, P(:, 1), P(:, 2), 'x-', 'LineWidth', 2); set(gca, 'FontSize', 16)

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