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VERT2CON - vertices to constraints

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22 Jun 2005 (Updated )

Create inequality constraints to bound the convex hull of the given points.

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VERT2CON - convert a set of points to the set of inequality constraints which most tightly contain the points; i.e., create constraints to bound the convex hull of the given points

[A,b] = vert2con(V)

V = a set of points, each ROW of which is one point
A,b = a set of constraints such that A*x <= b defines the region of space enclosing the convex hull of the given points

For n dimensions:
V = p x n matrix (p vertices, n dimensions)
A = m x n matrix (m constraints, n dimensions)
b = m x 1 vector (m constraints)

NOTES:
NOTES:
(1) In higher dimensions, redundant constraints can appear. This program detects redundancy at 6 digits of precision (per dimension), then returns the unique constraints.
(2) See companion function CON2VERT.
(3) ver 1.0: initial version, June 2005.
(4) ver 1.1: enhanced redundancy checks, July 2005
(5) Written by Michael Kleder

Acknowledgements

This file inspired Representing Polyhedral Convex Hulls By Vertices Or (In)Equalities.

MATLAB release MATLAB 7.0.1 (R14SP1)
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Comments and Ratings (5)
17 Apr 2011 Jay Berger

Nice program. How do I enforce constraints for points to lie only on the boundary of the convex hull?

11 Feb 2011 Chris Z.  
04 Feb 2011 Sean de

Excellent program!
Very useful for calculating 3-dimensional convex masks.

A few speedups for newer versions replacing REPMAT with BSXFUN:
V = bsxfun(@minus,V,c);

and in the example:
p = bsxfun(@le,A*p,b);

10 Jul 2008 Vishal Narula

nice work..keep it up!

20 Jun 2008 GagoX GagoX

Thanx Michael,

great program! and very elegantly coded as well.

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