user3602179 - 5 months ago 25

Python Question

I'm am working on a project at the moment where I am trying to create a Hilbert curve using the Python Imaging Library. I have created a function which will generate new coordinates for the curve through each iteration and place them into various lists which then I want to be able to move, rotate and scale. I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips or a way to do this as I am completely clueless. Still working on the a lot of the code.

`#! usr/bin/python`

import Image, ImageDraw

import math

# Set the starting shape

img = Image.new('RGB', (1000, 1000))

draw = ImageDraw.Draw(img)

curve_X = [0, 0, 1, 1]

curve_Y = [0, 1, 1, 0]

combinedCurve = zip(curve_X, curve_Y)

draw.line((combinedCurve), fill=(220, 255, 250))

iterations = 5

# Start the loop

for i in range(0, iterations):

# Make 4 copies of the curve

copy1_X = list(curve_X)

copy1_Y = list(curve_Y)

copy2_X = list(curve_X)

copy2_Y = list(curve_Y)

copy3_X = list(curve_X)

copy3_Y = list(curve_Y)

copy4_X = list(curve_X)

copy4_Y = list(curve_Y)

# For copy 1, rotate it by 90 degree clockwise

# Then move it to the bottom left

# For copy 2, move it to the top left

# For copy 3, move it to the top right

# For copy 4, rotate it by 90 degrees anticlockwise

# Then move it to the bottom right

# Finally, combine all the copies into a big list

combinedCurve_X = copy1_X + copy2_X + copy3_X + copy4_X

combinedCurve_Y = copy1_Y + copy2_Y + copy3_Y + copy4_Y

# Make the initial curve equal to the combined one

curve_X = combinedCurve_X[:]

curve_Y = combinedCurve_Y[:]

# Repeat the loop

# Scale it to fit the canvas

curve_X = [x * xSize for x in curve_X]

curve_Y = [y * ySize for y in curve_Y]

# Draw it with something that connects the dots

curveCoordinates = zip(curve_X, curve_Y)

draw.line((curveCoordinates), fill=(255, 255, 255))

img2=img.rotate(180)

img2.show()

Answer

Here is a solution working on matrices (which makes sense for this type of calculations, and in the end, 2D coordinates are matrices with 1 column!),

Scaling is pretty easy, just have to multiply each element of the matrix by the scale factor:

```
scaled = copy.deepcopy(original)
for i in range(len(scaled[0])):
scaled[0][i]=scaled[0][i]*scaleFactor
scaled[1][i]=scaled[1][i]*scaleFactor
```

Moving is pretty easy to, all you have to do is to add the offset to each element of the matrix, here's a method using matrix multiplication:

```
# Matrix multiplication
def mult(matrix1,matrix2):
# Matrix multiplication
if len(matrix1[0]) != len(matrix2):
# Check matrix dimensions
print 'Matrices must be m*n and n*p to multiply!'
else:
# Multiply if correct dimensions
new_matrix = zero(len(matrix1),len(matrix2[0]))
for i in range(len(matrix1)):
for j in range(len(matrix2[0])):
for k in range(len(matrix2)):
new_matrix[i][j] += matrix1[i][k]*matrix2[k][j]
return new_matrix
```

Then create your translation matrix

```
TranMatrix = zero(3,3)
TranMatrix[0][0]=1
TranMatrix[0][2]=Tx
TranMatrix[1][1]=1
TranMatrix[1][2]=Ty
TranMatrix[2][2]=1
translated=mult(TranMatrix, original)
```

And finally, rotation is a tiny bit trickier (do you know your angle of rotation?):

```
RotMatrix = zero(3,3)
RotMatrix[0][0]=cos(Theta)
RotMatrix[0][1]=-1*sin(Theta)
RotMatrix[1][0]=sin(Theta)
RotMatrix[1][1]=cos(Theta)
RotMatrix[2][2]=1
rotated=mult(RotMatrix, original)
```

Some further reading on what I've done:

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformation_matrix#Affine_transformations
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homogeneous_coordinates
- http://www.essentialmath.com/tutorial.htm (concerning all the algebra transformations)

So basically, it should work if you insert those operations inside your code, multiplying your vectors by the rotation / translation matrices

**EDIT**

I just found this Python library that seems to provide all type of transformations: http://toblerity.org/shapely/index.html