# Creating and Editing Delaunay Triangulations

This example shows how to create, edit, and query Delaunay triangulations using the `delaunayTriangulation`

class. The Delaunay triangulation is the most widely used triangulation in scientific computing. The properties associated with the triangulation provide a basis for solving a variety of geometric problems. Construction of constrained Delaunay triangulations is also shown, together with an applications covering medial axis computation and mesh morphing.

### Example One: Create and Plot 2-D Delaunay Triangulation

This example shows you how to compute a 2-D Delaunay triangulation and then plot the triangulation together with the vertex and triangle labels.

```
rng default
x = rand(10,1);
y = rand(10,1);
dt = delaunayTriangulation(x,y)
```

dt = delaunayTriangulation with properties: Points: [10x2 double] ConnectivityList: [11x3 double] Constraints: []

triplot(dt)

Display the vertex and triangle labels on the plot.

hold on vxlabels = arrayfun(@(n) {sprintf('P%d', n)}, (1:10)'); Hpl = text(x,y,vxlabels,'FontWeight','bold','HorizontalAlignment',... 'center','BackgroundColor','none'); ic = incenter(dt); numtri = size(dt,1); trilabels = arrayfun(@(x) {sprintf('T%d',x)}, (1:numtri)'); Htl = text(ic(:,1),ic(:,2),trilabels,'FontWeight','bold', ... 'HorizontalAlignment','center','Color','blue'); hold off

### Example Two: Create and Plot 3-D Delaunay Triangulation

This example shows you how to compute and plot a 3-D Delaunay triangulation.

```
rng default
X = rand(10,3);
dt = delaunayTriangulation(X)
```

dt = delaunayTriangulation with properties: Points: [10x3 double] ConnectivityList: [18x4 double] Constraints: []

tetramesh(dt) view([10 20])

To display large tetrahedral meshes, use the `convexHull`

method to compute the boundary triangulation and plot it using `trisurf`

. For example:

triboundary = convexHull(dt); trisurf(triboundary, X(:,1), X(:,2), X(:,3),'FaceColor','cyan')

### Example Three: Access Triangulation Data Structure

There are two ways to access the triangulation data structure. One way is via the `Triangulation`

property, the other way is using indexing.

Create a 2-D Delaunay triangulation from 10 random points.

```
rng default
X = rand(10,2);
dt = delaunayTriangulation(X)
```

dt = delaunayTriangulation with properties: Points: [10x2 double] ConnectivityList: [11x3 double] Constraints: []

One way to access the triangulation data structure is with the `ConnectivityList`

property.

dt.ConnectivityList

`ans = `*11×3*
2 8 5
7 6 1
3 7 8
8 7 5
3 8 2
6 7 3
7 4 5
5 9 2
2 9 10
5 4 9
⋮

Indexing is a shorthand way to query the triangulation. The syntax is `dt(i,j)`

, where `j`

is the `j`

th vertex of the `i`

th triangle. Standard indexing rules apply.

Query the triangulation data structure with indexing.

dt(:,:)

`ans = `*11×3*
2 8 5
7 6 1
3 7 8
8 7 5
3 8 2
6 7 3
7 4 5
5 9 2
2 9 10
5 4 9
⋮

The second triangle is:

dt(2,:)

`ans = `*1×3*
7 6 1

The third vertex of the second triangle is:

dt(2,3)

ans = 1

The first three triangles are:

dt(1:3,:)

`ans = `*3×3*
2 8 5
7 6 1
3 7 8

### Example Four: Edit Delaunay Triangulation to Insert or Remove Points

This example shows you how to use index-based subscripting to insert or remove points. It is more efficient to edit a `delaunayTriangulation`

to make minor modifications as opposed to recreating a new `delaunayTriangulation`

from scratch, this is especially true if the data set is large.

Construct a Delaunay triangulation from 10 random points within a unit square.

```
rng default
x = rand(10,1);
y = rand(10,1);
dt = delaunayTriangulation(x,y)
```

dt = delaunayTriangulation with properties: Points: [10x2 double] ConnectivityList: [11x3 double] Constraints: []

Insert 5 additional random points.

dt.Points(end+(1:5),:) = rand(5,2)

dt = delaunayTriangulation with properties: Points: [15x2 double] ConnectivityList: [20x3 double] Constraints: []

Replace the fifth point.

dt.Points(5,:) = [0 0]

dt = delaunayTriangulation with properties: Points: [15x2 double] ConnectivityList: [20x3 double] Constraints: []

Remove the fourth point.

dt.Points(4,:) = []

dt = delaunayTriangulation with properties: Points: [14x2 double] ConnectivityList: [18x3 double] Constraints: []

### Example Five: Create Constrained Delaunay Triangulation

This example shows you how to create a constrained Delaunay triangulation and illustrates the effect of the constraints.

Create and plot a constrained Delaunay triangulation.

X = [0 0; 16 0; 16 2; 2 2; 2 3; 8 3; 8 5; 0 5]; C = [1 2; 2 3; 3 4; 4 5; 5 6; 6 7; 7 8; 8 1]; dt = delaunayTriangulation(X,C); subplot(2,1,1) triplot(dt) axis([-1 17 -1 6]) xlabel('Constrained Delaunay triangulation','FontWeight','b')

Plot the constrained edges in red.

hold on plot(X(C'),X(C'+size(X,1)),'-r','LineWidth',2) hold off

Now delete the constraints and plot the unconstrained Delaunay triangulation.

dt.Constraints = []; subplot(2,1,2) triplot(dt) axis([-1 17 -1 6]) xlabel('Unconstrained Delaunay triangulation','FontWeight','b')

### Example Six: Create Constrained Delaunay Triangulation of Geographical Map

Load a map of the perimeter of the conterminous United States. Construct a constrained Delaunay triangulation representing the polygon. This triangulation spans a domain that is bounded by the convex hull of the set of points. Filter out the triangles that are within the domain of the polygon and plot them. Note: The data set contains duplicate data points; that is, two or more datapoints have the same location. The duplicate points are rejected and the `delaunayTriangulation`

reformats the constraints accordingly.

```
clf
load usapolygon
```

Define an edge constraint between two successive points that make up the polygonal boundary and create the Delaunay triangulation.

nump = numel(uslon); C = [(1:(nump-1))' (2:nump)'; nump 1]; dt = delaunayTriangulation(uslon,uslat,C);

Warning: Duplicate data points have been detected and removed. The Triangulation indices and constraints are defined with respect to the unique set of points in delaunayTriangulation.

Warning: Intersecting edge constraints have been split, this may have added new points into the triangulation.

io = isInterior(dt); patch('Faces',dt(io,:),'Vertices',dt.Points,'FaceColor','r') axis equal axis([-130 -60 20 55]) xlabel('Constrained Delaunay Triangulation of usapolygon','FontWeight','b')

### Example Seven: Curve Reconstruction from Point Cloud

This example highlights the use of a Delaunay triangulation to reconstruct a polygonal boundary from a cloud of points. The reconstruction is based on the elegant Crust algorithm.

Reference: N. Amenta, M. Bern, and D. Eppstein. The crust and the beta-skeleton: combinatorial curve reconstruction. *Graphical Models and Image Processing*, 60:125-135, 1998.

Create a set of points representing the point cloud.

numpts = 192; t = linspace( -pi, pi, numpts+1 )'; t(end) = []; r = 0.1 + 5*sqrt( cos( 6*t ).^2 + (0.7).^2 ); x = r.*cos(t); y = r.*sin(t); ri = randperm(numpts); x = x(ri); y = y(ri);

Construct a Delaunay Triangulation of the point set.

dt = delaunayTriangulation(x,y); tri = dt(:,:);

Insert the location of the Voronoi vertices into the existing triangulation.

V = voronoiDiagram(dt);

Remove the infinite vertex and filter out duplicate points using `unique`

.

```
V(1,:) = [];
numv = size(V,1);
dt.Points(end+(1:numv),:) = unique(V,'rows');
```

The Delaunay edges that connect pairs of sample points represent the boundary.

delEdges = edges(dt); validx = delEdges(:,1) <= numpts; validy = delEdges(:,2) <= numpts; boundaryEdges = delEdges((validx & validy),:)'; xb = x(boundaryEdges); yb = y(boundaryEdges); clf triplot(tri,x,y) axis equal hold on plot(x,y,'*r') plot(xb,yb,'-r') xlabel('Curve reconstruction from point cloud','FontWeight','b') hold off

### Example Eight: Compute Approximate Medial Axis of Polygonal Domain

This example shows how to create an approximate Medial Axis of a polygonal domain using a constrained Delaunay triangulation. The *Medial Axis* of a polygon is defined by the locus of the center of a maximal disk within the polygon interior.

Construct a constrained Delaunay triangulation of a sample of points on the domain boundary.

```
load trimesh2d
dt = delaunayTriangulation(x,y,Constraints);
inside = isInterior(dt);
```

Construct a triangulation to represent the domain triangles.

tr = triangulation(dt(inside,:),dt.Points);

Construct a set of edges that join the circumcenters of neighboring triangles. The additional logic constructs a unique set of such edges.

numt = size(tr,1); T = (1:numt)'; neigh = neighbors(tr); cc = circumcenter(tr); xcc = cc(:,1); ycc = cc(:,2); idx1 = T < neigh(:,1); idx2 = T < neigh(:,2); idx3 = T < neigh(:,3); neigh = [T(idx1) neigh(idx1,1); T(idx2) neigh(idx2,2); T(idx3) neigh(idx3,3)]';

Plot the domain triangles in green, the domain boundary in blue, and the medial axis in red.

clf triplot(tr,'g') hold on plot(xcc(neigh), ycc(neigh), '-r','LineWidth',1.5) axis([-10 310 -10 310]) axis equal plot(x(Constraints'),y(Constraints'),'-b','LineWidth',1.5) xlabel('Medial Axis of Polygonal Domain','FontWeight','b') hold off

### Example Nine: Morph 2-D Mesh to Modified Boundary

This example shows how to morph a mesh of a 2-D domain to accommodate a modification to the domain boundary.

**Step 1:** Load the data. The mesh to be morphed is defined by `trife`

, `xfe`

, and `yfe`

, which is a triangulation in face-vertex format.

load trimesh2d clf triplot(trife,xfe,yfe) axis equal axis([-10 310 -10 310]) axis equal xlabel('Initial Mesh','FontWeight','b')

**Step 2:** Construct a background triangulation - a Constrained Delaunay triangulation of the set of points representing the mesh boundary. For each vertex of the mesh, compute a descriptor that defines its location with respect to the background triangulation. The descriptor is the enclosing triangle together with the barycentric coordinates with respect to that triangle.

dt = delaunayTriangulation(x,y,Constraints); clf triplot(dt) axis equal axis([-10 310 -10 310]) axis equal xlabel('Background Triangulation','FontWeight','b')

descriptors.tri = pointLocation(dt,xfe,yfe); descriptors.baryCoords = cartesianToBarycentric(dt,descriptors.tri,[xfe yfe]);

**Step 3:** Edit the background triangulation to incorporate the desired modification to the domain boundary.

cc1 = [210 90]; circ1 = (143:180)'; x(circ1) = (x(circ1)-cc1(1))*0.6 + cc1(1); y(circ1) = (y(circ1)-cc1(2))*0.6 + cc1(2); tr = triangulation(dt(:,:),x,y); clf triplot(tr) axis([-10 310 -10 310]) axis equal xlabel('Edited Background Triangulation - Hole Size Reduced','FontWeight','b')

**Step 4:** Convert the descriptors back to Cartesian coordinates using the deformed background triangulation as a basis for evaluation.

Xnew = barycentricToCartesian(tr,descriptors.tri,descriptors.baryCoords); tr = triangulation(trife,Xnew); clf triplot(tr) axis([-10 310 -10 310]) axis equal xlabel('Morphed Mesh','FontWeight','b')