Number-Theoretic Construction of Digital Circles

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This is a construction of a digital circle. The algorithm used for the construction is based on number theory. It relates the run length to the number of square numbers in a certain interval that is calculated using a formula given in the Details section.

Contributed by: Aniket Jha (BTech Student IIT KGP), Partha Bhowmick (IIT KGP), and B. B. Bhattacharya (ISI Kolkata) (January 2009)
After work by: Partha Bhowmick and B. B. Bhattacharya
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



The Demonstration has been prepared based on the paper:

P. Bhowmick and B. B. Bhattacharya, "Number-Theoretic Interpretation and Construction of a Digital Circle," Discrete Applied Mathematics, 156(12), 2008, pp. 2381–2399.

The main idea:

Let be the radius of the circle and the run number from the top (starting from 0).

The squares of the abscissas of the grid points lying on the digital circle corresponding to radius and having ordinate lie in the interval , where and are defined by:

if if if if if .

So the algorithm goes on calculating the consecutive square numbers, adding a point to the current run for each square number. It changes the run when the square number moves to the next interval.

It may be noted that the square number can be obtained easily (without using any multiplication) from the previous square number , since , which is equivalent to adding a "gnomon".

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