Find intersection, union or set difference of two polygonal regions.
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Data specifying polygons. See Details.
Set operation to be performed to combine
Spatial resolution for coordinates.
Spatial origin for coordinates.
Polygon-filling rule for
This is an interface to the polygon-clipping library
Clipper written by Angus Johnson.
Given two polygonal regions
polyclip performs one of the following
op="intersection": set intersection of
op="union": set union of
op="minus": set subtraction (sometimes called set difference):
the region covered by
A that is not covered by
op="xor": exclusive set difference (sometimes called
exclusive-or): the region covered by exactly one of the sets
Each of the arguments
B represents a region in the
Euclidean plane bounded by closed polygons. The format of these
arguments is either
a list containing two components
giving the coordinates of the vertices of a single polygon.
The last vertex should
not repeat the first vertex.
list(x,y) structures giving
the coordinates of the vertices of several polygons.
Note that calculations are performed in integer arithmetic: see below.
The interpretation of the polygons
depends on the polygon-filling rule for
that is specified by the arguments
The default rule is even-odd filling, in which every polygon edge demarcates a boundary between the inside and outside of the region. It does not matter whether a polygon is traversed in clockwise or anticlockwise order. Holes are determined simply by their locations relative to other polygons such that outers contain holes and holes contain outers.
Under the nonzero filling rule, an outer boundary must be traversed in clockwise order, while a hole must be traversed in anticlockwise order.
positive filling rule, the filled region
consists of all points with positive winding number.
negative filling rule, the filled region
consists of all points with negative winding number.
Calculations are performed in integer arithmetic
x0,y0 from the coordinates,
eps, and rounding to the nearest integer.
eps is the effective spatial resolution.
The default values ensure reasonable accuracy.
Data specifying polygons, in the same format as
Angus Johnson. Ported to R by Adrian Baddeley Adrian.Baddeley@curtin.edu.au.
Clipper Website: http://www.angusj.com
Vatti, B. (1992) A generic solution to polygon clipping. Communications of the ACM 35 (7) 56–63. http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=129906
Agoston, M.K. (2005) Computer graphics and geometric modeling: implementation and algorithms. Springer-Verlag. http://books.google.com/books?q=vatti+clipping+agoston
Chen, X. and McMains, S. (2005) Polygon Offsetting by Computing Winding Numbers. Paper no. DETC2005-85513 in Proceedings of IDETC/CIE 2005 (ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference), pp. 565–575 http://www.me.berkeley.edu/~mcmains/pubs/DAC05OffsetPolygon.pdf
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