Triangulate the Domain where 0 <= F(X,Y)

SHORELINE, a MATLAB library which tries to identify and triangulate the 2D domain over which some function F(X,Y) is nonnegative.

It does this by starting with a set of sample points, where the function is evaluated. Triangles are dropped from the triangulation if all 3 vertices have negative functions. Triangles with 3 positive vertices are assumed (to within the requested resolution) to be part of the region. Therefore, a more accurate answer can be sought by refining those triangles whose vertices include both positive and negative values.

This results in a refined "shoreline" around the positive triangles. The function is evaluated at the new nodes, and again the negative triangles are dropped, the positive ones kept, and the intermediate triangles can be further refined, if desired.

It is also possible to estimate the integral of some function g(x,y) over the region implicitly defined by 0 <= f(x,y).


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


SHORELINE is available in a MATLAB version.

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shoreline, a MATLAB program which tries to identify and triangulate the 2D domain over which some function f(x,y) is nonnegative.


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Source Code:

SHORELINE_TEST simply uses shoreline with 1, 2, 3, and 4 refinement steps, comparing the estimates of the area of the region for a centered circle, an off-center circle, a centered ellipse, and a slanted ellipse.

SHORELINE_INTEGRAL_TEST uses shoreline with 1, 2, 3, and 4 refinement steps to triangulate a region implicitly defined by 0 < F(X,Y), and then uses the resulting triangulation to estimate the integral over that region of a circular Gaussian function, for a centered circle and an off-center circle, with initial uniform grids of 11x11 and 21x21 points.

A number of functions are available to define the F(X,Y):

Last modified on 24 March 2019.