NAME
Math::PlanePath::OctagramSpiral  integer points drawn around an octagram
SYNOPSIS
use Math::PlanePath::OctagramSpiral;
my $path = Math::PlanePath::OctagramSpiral>new;
my ($x, $y) = $path>n_to_xy (123);
DESCRIPTION
This path makes a spiral around an octagram (8pointed star),
29 25 4
 \ / 
30 28 26 24 ...5655 3
 \ /  /
333231 7 27 5 232221 54 2
\ \ /  / /
34 9 8 6 4 3 20 53 1
\ \ / / /
35 10 12 19 52 < Y=0
/ / \ \
36 1112 14 161718 51 1
/ / \  \
373839 13 43 15 47484950 2
 / \ 
40 42 44 46 3
/ \ 
41 45 4
^
4 3 2 1 X=0 1 2 3 4 5 ...
Each loop is 16 longer than the previous. The 18gonal numbers 18,51,100,etc fall on the horizontal at Y=1.
The inner corners like 23, 31, 39, 47 are similar to the SquareSpiral path, but instead of going directly between them the octagram takes a detour out to make the points of the star. Those excursions make each loops 8 longer (1 per excursion), hence a step of 16 here as compared to 8 for the SquareSpiral.
FUNCTIONS
See "FUNCTIONS" in Math::PlanePath for the behaviour common to all path classes.
$path = Math::PlanePath::OctagramSpiral>new ()

Create and return a new octagram spiral object.
($x,$y) = $path>n_to_xy ($n)

Return the X,Y coordinates of point number
$n
on the path.For
$n < 1
the return is an empty list, it being considered the path starts at 1. $n = $path>xy_to_n ($x,$y)

Return the point number for coordinates
$x,$y
.$x
and$y
are each rounded to the nearest integer, which has the effect of treating each N in the path as centred in a square of side 1, so the entire plane is covered.
FORMULAS
X,Y to N
The symmetry of the octagram can be used by rotating a given X,Y back to the first star excursion such as N=19 to N=23. If Y is negative then rotate back by 180 degrees, then if X is negative rotate back by 90, and if Y>=X then by a further 45 degrees. Each such rotation, if needed, is counted as a multiple of the sidelength to be added to the final N. For example at N=19 the side length is 2. Rotating by 180 degrees is 8 side lengths, by 90 degrees 4 sides, and by 45 degrees is 2 sides.
SEE ALSO
Math::PlanePath, Math::PlanePath::SquareSpiral, Math::PlanePath::PyramidSpiral
HOME PAGE
http://user42.tuxfamily.org/mathplanepath/index.html
LICENSE
Copyright 2010, 2011 Kevin Ryde
This file is part of MathPlanePath.
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