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creating a curve from XYZ points (centreline) and then split curve into new points

Asked by HB
on 16 Jun 2019
Latest activity Commented on by Image Analyst
on 16 Jun 2019
Hi all,
I have X Y and Z coordinates which represent points along a centreline. There are for instance 60 but I need to be able to change the number of points along the centreline. Therefore I want to load the X Y Z coordinates as a text file, create a curve that precisley follows the points as much as possible and then split this curve into points (such as 100 points).
What is the best way of doing this in MATLAB?


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2 Answers

Answer by John D'Errico
on 16 Jun 2019
Edited by John D'Errico
on 16 Jun 2019

This is a simple problem of interpolation, except that you don't know how to do the interpolation. Standard tools like interp1 don't do it. And interp2 or interp3 are not designed to solve the problem either.
The trick is to use a tool designed to solve that specific problem. (Or to know how to write such a tool. Easier to download the tool itself.) interparc does exactly what you want. Download it from the FEX, here:
interparc can take any set of points that represents a completely general path in 2 or 3 or more dimensions. You tell it how many points to interpolate along the path, and it does so.
x = sort(rand(50,1));
y = sin(3*x);
z = cos(5*x);
xyzi = interparc(100,x,y,z,'spline');
ans =
100 3
hold on
box on
grid on
So initially, 50 points spaced arbitrarily along a path. Now 100 points, spaced equally in arclength along that curve and smoothly interpolated.

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Definitely an awesome answer John. +1 vote. Very useful function.
HB, attach your data if you still can't get interparc() to work.

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Answer by Matt J
on 16 Jun 2019
Edited by Matt J
on 16 Jun 2019

Use a curve fitting function, like lsqcurvefit().


Thanks. Any ideas about splitting the curve into points?
That part, I didn't understand.

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