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MGH_POLYCLIP2

MGH_POLYCLIP2

Purpose

Clip an arbitrary polygon on the X-Y plane to a line of arbitrary
orientation using the Sutherland-Hodgman algorithm.

Category

Graphics, Region of Interest, Geometry

Calling Sequence

result = MGH_POLYCLIP2(clip, poly, COUNT=count)

Return Value

The function returns the clipped polygon as a [2,n] array. The
second dimension will equal the value of the COUNT argument, except
where COUNT is 0 in which case the return value is -1.
POSITIONAL ARGUMENTS
poly (input, floating array)
A [2,m] vector defining the polygon to be clipped.
clip (input, 3-element numeric vector)
This parameter describes the line to be clipped to. The polygon is
clipped to the half-plane (clip[0] x + clip[1] y + clip[2]) < 0.

Keyword Parameters

COUNT (output, integer)
The number of vertices in the clipped polygon.

Procedure

The polygon is clipped using the Sutherland-Hodgman algorithm.
This function is similar to MGH_POLYCLIP, which was written first
& clips to vertical or horizontal lines only. It turns out that
MGH_POLYCLIP2 is competitive with MGH_POLYCLIP in terms of speed
so the former may supersede the latter.
Both polygon-clipping functions are based on JD Smith's
implementation of the Sutherland-Hodgman algorithm in his POLYCLIP
function. He can take most of the credit and none of the blame.
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