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How to solve explicit equation of ellipse

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cody Waldecker
cody Waldecker on 20 Oct 2020
Commented: cody Waldecker on 20 Oct 2020
I have the following equation:
Where all of the coefficients are already known and I am trying to find all values of x and y that satify the equation for the rotated ellipse. I cannot use fimplicit because it is not accurate enough, I need on the order of machine precision. I also tried to use solve(), but it only gives me two solutions for x and y. Do you guys know what other options I could try to solve this?


James Tursa
James Tursa on 20 Oct 2020
What do you mean you want "all values"? For an ellipse this is an infinite set. Do you mean you want the ellipse reoriented along principle axes? And you want to find the rotation? Or ...? Can you post some example sets of coefficients?
cody Waldecker
cody Waldecker on 20 Oct 2020
By all values, I mean the I would like enough to be able to accurately draw the ellipse if I needed to. I do not care about reorienting the ellipse or finding the rotation, I just would like to extract the exact values for x and y. However, I do understand that it may be necessary to rotate the ellipse back to the principal axis. Also, the coefficients are all fairly small for my situation, on the order of 10^-3.

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Answers (2)

Matt J
Matt J on 20 Oct 2020
If you convert the ellipse to its polar representation
that will give you an explicit formula with which to generate sample points.

Bruno Luong
Bruno Luong on 20 Oct 2020
Edited: Bruno Luong on 20 Oct 2020
There is a function EllAlg2Geo ready to use in this FEX
% Random coefficients for test:
A = 0.5+rand;
D = 0.5+rand;
B = rand;
C = rand;
E = rand;
F = -rand;
H = [A, B/2;
B/2, D];
g = 0.5*[C; E];
c = F;
[radii, U, x0] = EllAlg2Geo(H, g, c);
% points on ellipse, parametric
Ea = U*diag(radii);
theta = linspace(0,2*pi,181);
ellipse = x0 + Ea*[cos(theta); sin(theta)];
% implicit function on grid
[minxy, maxxy] = bounds(ellipse,2);
x = linspace(minxy(1),maxxy(1));
y = linspace(minxy(2),maxxy(2));
[X,Y] = meshgrid(x,y);
XY = [X(:) Y(:)]';
Z = reshape(sum(XY.*(H*XY + g),1) + c, size(X)); % == (A*x^2)+(B*x*y)+(C*x)+(D*y^2)+(E*y)+F
Z = reshape(Z, size(X));
hold on
% implicit curve
% contour(x,y,Z,[0 0],'ro'); % gives also points on ellipse
axis equal;


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