# triangulate: Triangulate a Planar Straight Line Graph In RTriangle: Triangle - A 2D Quality Mesh Generator and Delaunay Triangulator

 triangulate R Documentation

## Triangulate a Planar Straight Line Graph

### Description

Triangulate a planar straight line graph using the Triangle library (http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~quake/triangle.html). The triangulation is a constrained conforming Delaunay triangulation in which additional vertices, called Steiner points, can be inserted into segments to improved the quality of the triangulation. To prevent the insertion of Steiner points on boundary segments, specify `Y=TRUE`. If the maximum triangle area `a` is specified, the area of each triangle is not allowed to exceed this value. If the the minimum angle `q` is specified, no triangle angle is allowed to be below this value.

### Usage

```triangulate(p, a = NULL, q = NULL, Y = FALSE, j = FALSE,
D = FALSE, S = 10000, V = 0, Q = TRUE)
```

### Arguments

 `p` Planar straight line graph object; see `pslg`. `a` Maximum triangle area. If specified, triangles cannot be larger than this area. `q` Minimum triangle angle in degrees. `Y` If `TRUE` prohibits the insertion of Steiner points on the mesh boundary. `j` If `TRUE` jettisons vertices that are not part of the final triangulation from the output. `D` If `TRUE` produce a conforming Delaunay triangulation. This ensures that all the triangles in the mesh are truly Delaunay, and not merely constrained Delaunay. This option invokes Ruppert's original algorithm, which splits every subsegment whose diametral circle is encroached. It usually increases the number of vertices and triangles. `S` Specifies the maximum number of added Steiner points. If set to `Inf`, there is no limit on the number of Steine points added - but this can lead to huge amounts of memory being allocated. `V` Verbosity level. Specify higher values for more detailed information about what the Triangle library is doing. `Q` If `TRUE` suppresses all explanation of what the Triangle library is doing, unless an error occurs.

### Value

A object with class `triangulation`. This contains the information in the same format as the PSLG, `p`, with an updated list of points `P` and point attributes `PA`, along with the following variables:

 `T` Triangulation specified as 3 column matrix in which each row contains indices in `P` of vertices. `E` Set of edges in the triangulation. `EB` Boundary markers of edges. For each edge this is 1 if the point is on a boundary of the triangulation and 0 otherwise. `VP` The points of the Voronoi tessalation as a 2-column matrix `VE` Set of edges of the Voronoi tessalation. An index of -1 indicates an infinite ray. `VN` Directions of infinite rays of Voroni tessalation as a 2-column matrix with the same number of rows as `VP`. `VA` Matrix of attributes associated with the polygons of the Voronoi tessalation.

David Sterratt

### Examples

```## Create an object with a concavity
p <- pslg(P=rbind(c(0, 0), c(0, 1), c(0.5, 0.5), c(1, 1), c(1, 0)),
S=rbind(c(1, 2), c(2, 3), c(3, 4), c(4, 5), c(5, 1)))
## Plot it
plot(p)
## Triangulate it
tp <- triangulate(p)
plot(tp)
## Triangulate it subject to minimum area constraint
tp <- triangulate(p, a=0.01)
plot(tp)
## Load a data set containing a hole
A <- read.pslg(file.path(system.file(package = "RTriangle"), "extdata", "A.poly"))
plot(A)
## Produce a constrained Delaunay triangulation of the PSLG
tA <- triangulate(A, Y=TRUE)
plot(tA)
## Produce a conforming Delaunay triangulation of the PSLG
tA <- triangulate(A, D=TRUE)
plot(tA)
## Triangulate the PSLG with triangles in which no angle
## is smaller than 20 degrees
tA <- triangulate(A, q=20)
plot(tA)
## Triangulate the PSLG with triangles in which no triangle has
## area greater than 0.001
tA <- triangulate(A, a=0.001)
plot(tA)
```

RTriangle documentation built on Nov. 16, 2022, 1:12 a.m.