maple_boundary, a MATLAB code which takes an image of a maple leaf and determines the pixels that form the boundary.

For a discussion of quasirandom sampling, Brian Hayes published a picture of a maple leaf and considered how its area could be estimated using a regular grid of points, random sampling, or quasirandom sampling.

For various reasons, it will be interesting to have a copy of this maple leaf image accessible. The MAPLE_BOUNDARY functions use various MATLAB procedures to turn the maple leaf image into a polygonal curve definining the boundary, following which various calculations may be made.


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


maple_boundary is available in a MATLAB version.

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Last revised on 10 February 2019.