Marc Pouget and Frédéric Cazals
This package allows the estimation of local differential quantities of a surface from a point sample, given either as a mesh or as point cloud.
Note that this package needs the third party libraries Lapack and Blas to be installed to compile the example code.
Consider a sampled smooth surface, and assume we are given a collection of points P about a given sample p. We aim at estimating the differential properties up to any fixed order of the surface at point p from the point set P^{+} = P ∪ { p}  we denote N=  P^{+}  . More precisely, first order properties correspond to the normal or the tangent plane; second order properties provide the principal curvatures and directions, third order properties provide the directional derivatives of the principal curvatures along the curvature lines, etc. Most of the time, estimating first and second order differential quantities is sufficient. However, some applications involving shape analysis require estimating third and fourth order differential quantities. Many different estimators have been proposed in the vast literature of applied geometry [Pet01] (section 3, page 7), and all of them need to define a neighborhood around the point at which the estimation is computed. Our method relies on smooth differential geometry calculations, carried out on smooth objects fitted from the sample points. Datasets amenable to such a processing are naturally unstructured point clouds, as well as meshes  whose topological information may be discarded.
Estimating differential properties from discrete date always raises a philosophical issue. On one hand, estimating differential quantities subsumes a smooth surface does exist. In this spirit one wishes to recover its differential properties, so that any estimation method must come with an asymptotic convergence analysis of the results returned. For the method developed in this Cgal package, the interested will find such an analysis in [CP05a], (Theorem 3)  it should be stressed the error bounds proved therein are optimal.
On the other hand, any estimation method may be applied to arbitrarily data  surface unknown, surface piecewise smooth etc. In such a case, no analysis can be carried out, and it is up to the users to check the results match their needs.
Unlike most of the Cgal packages, this package uses approximation methods and is not intended to provide an exact canonical result in any sense. This is why internal computations are performed with a number type possibly different from that of the input data, even if for convenience the results are returned with this original number type. A reasonable choice for this internal number type is for example the double type.
To present the method, we shall need the following notions. Consider a smooth surface. About one of its points, consider a coordinate system whose zaxis does not belong to the tangent space. In such a frame, the surface can locally be written as the graph of a bivariate function. Letting h.o.t. stand for higher order terms, one has :
z(x,y)=J_{B,d}(x,y) + h.o.t. ; J_{B,d}(x,y)= 
 . 
Recall that an umbilical point of a surface  or umbilic for short, is a point where both principal curvatures are identical. At any point of the surface which is not an umbilic, principal directions d_{1}, d_{2} are well defined, and these (non oriented) directions together with the normal vector n define two direct orthonormal frames. If v_{1} is a unit vector of direction d_{1}, there exists a unique unit vector v_{2} so that (v_{1},v_{2},n) is direct; and the other possible frame is (v_{1},v_{2},n). Both these coordinate systems are known as the Monge coordinate systems. In both these systems, the surface is said to be given in the Monge form and its jet has the following canonical form :

The coefficients k_{1}, k_{2} are the principal curvatures, b_{0},b_{3} are the directional derivatives of k_{1},k_{2} along their respective curvature line, while b_{1},b_{2} are the directional derivatives of k_{1},k_{2} along the other curvature lines.
The Monge coordinate system can be computed from any djet (d ≥ 2), and so are the Monge coefficients. These informations characterize the local geometry of the surface in a canonical way, and are the quantities returned by our algorithm.
Further details can be found in section 56.4 and in [CP05a] (section 6).
As usual, the fitting procedure may run into (almost) degenerate cases:
The fitting strategy performed by the class Monge_via_jet_fitting requires the following parameters:
As explained in Section 56.1, the output consists of a coordinate system, the Monge basis, together with the Monge coefficients which are stored in the Monge_form class. In addition, more information on the computational issues are stored in the Monge_via_jet_fitting class.
The Monge_form class provides the following information.
In addition, the class Monge_via_jet_fitting stores
This concept provides the types for the input sample points, together with 3d vectors and a number type. It is used as template for the classe Monge_via_jet_fitting<DataKernel, LocalKernel = Cartesian<double>, SvdTraits = lapack_svd> . Typically, one can use CGAL::Cartesian<double>.
Input points of type DataKernel::Point_3 are converted to LocalKernel::Point_3. For output of the Monge_form class, these types are converted back to Data_Kernel ones. Typically, one can use CGAL::Cartesian<double> which is the default.
This concept provides the number, vector and matrix types for algebra operations required by the fitting method in Monge_via_jet_fitting<DataKernel, LocalKernel = Cartesian<double>, SvdTraits = lapack_svd> . The main method is a linear solver using a singular value decomposition.
To solve the fitting problem, the sample points are first converted from the DataKernel to the LocalKernel (this is done using the CGAL::Cartesian_converter). Then change of coordinate systems and linear algebra operations are performed with this kernel. This implies that the number types LocalKernel::FT and SvdTraits::FT must be identical. Second the Monge basis and coefficients, computed with the LocalKernel, are converted back to the DataKernel (this is done using the CGAL::Cartesian_converter and the CGAL::NT_converter).
The first example illustrates the computation of the local differential quantities from a set of points given in a text file as input. The first point of the list is the one at which the computation is performed. The user has to specify a file for the input points and the degrees d and d'.
File: examples/Jet_fitting_3/Single_estimation.cpp
#include <CGAL/Cartesian.h> #include <fstream> #include <vector> #include <CGAL/Monge_via_jet_fitting.h> typedef double DFT; typedef CGAL::Cartesian<DFT> Data_Kernel; typedef Data_Kernel::Point_3 DPoint; typedef CGAL::Monge_via_jet_fitting<Data_Kernel> My_Monge_via_jet_fitting; typedef My_Monge_via_jet_fitting::Monge_form My_Monge_form; int main(int argc, char *argv[]) { size_t d_fitting = 4; size_t d_monge = 4; const char* name_file_in = "data/in_points_d4.txt"; //check command line if (argc<4) { std::cout << " Usage : " << argv[0] << " <inputPoints.txt> <d_fitting> <d_monge>" << std::endl << "test with default arguments" << std::endl; } else { name_file_in = argv[1]; d_fitting = std::atoi(argv[2]); d_monge = std::atoi(argv[3]); } //open the input file std::ifstream inFile(name_file_in); if ( !inFile ) { std::cerr << "cannot open file for input\n"; exit(1); } //initalize the in_points container double x, y, z; std::vector<DPoint> in_points; while (inFile >> x) { inFile >> y >> z; DPoint p(x,y,z); in_points.push_back(p); } inFile.close(); // fct parameters My_Monge_form monge_form; My_Monge_via_jet_fitting monge_fit; monge_form = monge_fit(in_points.begin(), in_points.end(), d_fitting, d_monge); //OUTPUT on std::cout CGAL::set_pretty_mode(std::cout); std::cout << "vertex : " << in_points[0] << std::endl << "number of points used : " << in_points.size() << std::endl << monge_form; std::cout << "condition_number : " << monge_fit.condition_number() << std::endl << "pca_eigen_vals and associated pca_eigen_vecs :" << std::endl; for (int i=0; i<3; i++) std::cout << monge_fit.pca_basis(i).first << std::endl << monge_fit.pca_basis(i).second << std::endl; return 0; }
Figs. 56.1 and 56.2 provide illustrations of principal directions of curvature.
Input : samples
Output : fittingbasis
Performing a PCA requires diagonalizing a symmetric matrix. This analysis gives an orthonormal basis whose zaxis is provided by the eigenvector associated to the smallest eigenvalue.^{1} Note one may have to swap the orientation of a vector to get a direct basis.
Let us denote P_{W → F} the matrix that changes coordinates from the worldbasis (w_{x},w_{y},w_{z}) to the fittingbasis (f_{x},f_{y},f_{z}). The rows of P_{W → F} are the coordinates of the vectors (f_{x},f_{y},f_{z}) in the worldbasis. This matrix represents a orthogonal transformation hence its inverse is its transpose. To obtain the coordinates of a point in the fittingbasis from the coordinates in the worldbasis, one has to multiply by P_{W → F}.
As mentioned above, the eigenvalues are returned, from which the sampling quality can be assessed. For a good sampling, the eigenvector associated to the smallest eigenvalue should roughly give the normal direction.
Input : samples, fittingbasis
Output : coefficients A_{i,j}
of the bivariate fitted polynomial in the fittingbasis
Computations are done in the fittingbasis and the origin is the point p. First, one has to transform coordinates of sample points with a translation (p) and multiplication by P_{W → F}.
The fitting process consists of finding the coefficients A_{i,j} of the degree d polynomial
J_{A,d}= 
 . 
Denote p_{i}=(x_{i},y_{i},z_{i}), i=1, … , N the coordinates of the sample points of P^{+}. For interpolation the linear equations to solve are A(x_{i},y_{i})=z_{i} i=1, … ,N, and for approximation one has to minimize ∑_{i=1}^{N} (A(x_{i},y_{i})z_{i})^{2}. The linear algebra formulation of the problem is given by

In any case, there is a preconditioning of the matrix M so as to improve the condition number. Assuming the {x_{i}}, {y_{i}} are of order h, the preconditioning consists of performing a column scaling by dividing each monomial x_{i}^{k}y_{i}^{l} by h^{k+l}  refer to Eq. (56.4.2). Practically, the parameter h is chosen as the mean value of the {x_{i}} and {y_{i}}. In other words, the new system is M'Y=(MD^{1})(DA)=Z with D the diagonal matrix D=(1,h,h,h^{2}, … ,h^{d},h^{d}), so that the solution A of the original system is A=D^{1}Y.
There is always a single solution since for under constrained systems we also minimize A_{2}. The method uses a singular value decomposition of the N × N_{d} matrix M= U S V^{T}, where U is a N × N orthogonal matrix, V is a N_{d} × N_{d} orthogonal matrix and S is a N × N_{d} matrix with the singular values on its diagonal. Denote r the rank of M, we can decompose S= (
D_{r}  0_{r, Ndr} 
0_{Nr, r}  0_{Nr, Ndr} 
A= V ( 
 ) U^{T}Z. 
Implementation details. We assume a solve function is provided by the traits SvdTraits. This function solves the system MX=B (in the least square sense if M is not square) using a Singular Value Decomposition and gives the condition number of M.
Remark: as an alternative, other methods may be used to solve the
system. A QR decomposition can be substituted to the SVD. One can
also use the normal equation M^{T}MX=MTB and apply methods for square
systems such as LU, QR or Cholesky since M^{T}M is symmetric
definite positive when M has full rank.
The advantages of the SVD
is that it works directly on the rectangular system and gives the
condition number of the system. For more on these alternatives, see
[GvL83] (Chap. 5).
Input : coefficients of the fit A_{i,j},
fittingbasis
Output : Monge basis wrt fittingbasis and worldbasis
In the fitting basis, we have determined a height function expressed by Eq. (56.4.2). Computations are done in the fittingbasis. The partial derivatives, evaluated at (x,y)=(0,0), of the fitted polynomial J_{A,d}(x,y) are A_{i,j}=(∂^{i+j}J_{A,d})/(∂^{i}x ∂^{j}y) Expanding Eq. (56.4.2) yields:

Input : coefficients of the fit, Monge basis wrt fittingbasis (P_{F
→ M})
Output : third and fourth order coefficients of Monge
We use explicit formula. The implicit equation of the fitted polynomial surface in the fittingbasis with origin the point (0,0,A_{0,0}) is Q=0 with
Q=wA_{0,0} + 
 . 
f(x,y,z)=0 ⇔ z=g(x,y) 

^{1}  Another possibility is to choose as zaxis the axis of the worldbasis with the least angle with the axis determined with the PCA. Then the change of basis reduces to a permutation of axis. 