NAME
Math::Polygon::Calc  Simple polygon calculations
INHERITANCE
Math::Polygon::Calc
is a Exporter
SYNOPSIS
my @poly = ( [1,2], [2,4], [5,7], [1, 2] );
my ($xmin, $ymin, $xmax, $ymax) = polygon_bbox @poly;
my $area = polygon_area @poly;
MY $L = polygon_perimeter @poly;
if(polygon_is_clockwise @poly) { ... };
my @rot = polygon_start_minxy @poly;
DESCRIPTION
This package contains a wide variaty of relatively easy polygon calculations. More complex calculations are put in separate packages.
FUNCTIONS
 polygon_area(LISTof$points)

Returns the area enclosed by the polygon. The last point of the list must be the same as the first to produce a correct result.
The algorithm was found at http://mathworld.wolfram.com/PolygonArea.html, and sounds:
A = abs( 1/2 * (x1y2x2y1 + x2y3x3y2 ...)
 polygon_bbox(LISTof$points)

Returns a list with four elements: (xmin, ymin, xmax, ymax), which describe the bounding box of the polygon (all points of the polygon are within that area.
 polygon_beautify([HASH], LISTof$points)

Polygons, certainly after some computations, can have a lot of horrible artifacts: points which are double, spikes, etc. This functions provided by this module beautify The optional HASH contains the OPTIONS:
Option Default remove_between <false> remove_spikes <false>
 remove_between => BOOLEAN

Simple points inbetween are always removed, but more complex points are not: when the line is not parallel to one of the axes, more intensive calculations must take place. This will only be done when this flags is set. NOT IMPLEMENTED YET
 remove_spikes => BOOLEAN
 polygon_centroid(LISTof$points)

Returns the centroid location of the polygon. The last point of the list must be the same as the first to produce a correct result.
The algorithm was found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centroid#Centroid_of_polygon
 polygon_clockwise(LISTof$points)

Be sure the polygon points are in clockwise order.
 polygon_contains_point($point, LISTof$points)

Returns true if the point is unside the closed polygon.
 polygon_counter_clockwise(LISTof$points)

Be sure the polygon points are in counterclockwise order.
 polygon_equal(ARRAYof$points, ARRAYof$points, [$tolerance])

Compare two polygons, on the level of points. When the polygons are the same but rotated, this will return false. See polygon_same().
 polygon_is_clockwise(LISTof$points)
 polygon_is_closed($points)
 polygon_perimeter(LISTof$points)

The length of the line of the polygon. This can also be used to compute the length of any line: of the last point is not equal to the first, then a line is presumed; for a polygon they must match.
This is simply Pythagoras.
$l = sqrt((x1x0)^2 + (y1y0)^2) + sqrt((x2x1)^2+(y2y1)^2) + ...
 polygon_same(ARRAYof$points, ARRAYof$points, [$tolerance])

Compare two polygons, where the polygons may be rotated wrt each other. This is (much) slower than polygon_equal(), but some algorithms will cause un unpredictable rotation in the result.
 polygon_start_minxy(LISTof$points)

Returns the polygon, where the point which is closest to the leftbottom corner of the bounding box is made first.
 polygon_string(LISTof$points)
SEE ALSO
This module is part of MathPolygon distribution version 1.03, built on January 21, 2014. Website: http://perl.overmeer.net/geo/
LICENSE
Copyrights 2004,20062014 by [Mark Overmeer]. For other contributors see ChangeLog.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. See http://www.perl.com/perl/misc/Artistic.html