NPike NPike - 1 year ago 205
Java Question

How to determine if a point is inside a 2D convex polygon?

I have a convex polygon (typically just a rotated square), and I know all of 4 points. How do I determine if a given point (yellow/green) is inside the polygon?

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EDIT: For this particular project, I don't have access to all of the libraries of the JDK, such as AWT.

Answer Source

This page: shows how to do this for any polygon.

I have a Java implementation of this, but it is too big to post here in its entirety. However, you should be able to work it out:

class Boundary {
    private final Point[] points; // Points making up the boundary

     * Return true if the given point is contained inside the boundary.
     * See:
     * @param test The point to check
     * @return true if the point is inside the boundary, false otherwise
    public boolean contains(Point test) {
      int i;
      int j;
      boolean result = false;
      for (i = 0, j = points.length - 1; i < points.length; j = i++) {
        if ((points[i].y > test.y) != (points[j].y > test.y) &&
            (test.x < (points[j].x - points[i].x) * (test.y - points[i].y) / (points[j].y-points[i].y) + points[i].x)) {
          result = !result;
      return result;

And here is a sketch of the Point class

 * Two dimensional cartesian point.
public class Point {
  public final double x;
  public final double y;
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