X/Y coordinate algorithm
- Status: Closed
- Prize: $90
- Entries Received: 3
- Winner: vietcompro
Math formula to create a list of 2D coordinate positions
I am a TV designer and I have been given a task to produce over 300 pre-prepared computer animations for a game show. The animation is going to be a 2D map "run", in which we see a map pointer traveling between predefined points ("nodes") on a map in a given number of "jumps". The goal is to create an entertaining animation sequence with some sense of suspense as the pointer jumps from location to another until it reaches it's location of the day (the target).
I try to avoid doing the animation by hand and would rather automate that process with a mathematical algorithm but I am not skilled enough to do it myself. I am under impression this could be done with some variant of "nearest neighbour" principle or something similar.
Goal is to create a utility program or a script, which would create a textfile (or spreadsheet) containing a sequence of node coordinates which I can use as my source data and create all 300+ animation permutations based on it.
I prepare a textfile containing node names and their coordinates for each permutation, for example:
node | X-pos | Y-pos
TAMP | 76.55 | 46.87
HELS | 50.67 | 97.73
OULU | 10.07 | 50.12
This source data will hold anything from 7 to 400 node coordinates. The program will prompt/ask for the amount of jumps and then it generates the outputfile in similar file format, containing a full node sequence in the given jumps. The generated output will be used in reverse order, so the starting coordinate then appears as the target position in the final animation.
- number of nodes in the input data: min=7, max=400
- number of jumps: min=number of nodes, max=400
- first node is the starting point
- each jump must be "a node close by" in the coordinate system, but it does not have to be the exact nearest neighbour
- each node has to appear in the sequence at least once
Please present me:
- your basic mathematical solution principle
- how can you deliver the algorithm for me to run
- when can you deliver
Looking forward to your proposals.
Thank you very much!
“\"Vietcompro\" understood my brief extremely well and delivered a high quality C++ utility program very quickly and using great communication along the way. Hope to work with him again. Recommended!”