Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning. More precisely, an algorithm is an effective method expressed as a finite list of well-defined instructions for calculating a function.

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How can I detect connected (but logically distinct) bodies of water in a 2D map?

I have a 2D hexagonal grid map. Each hex cell has a height value used to determine if it's water or ocean. I'm trying to think of a good way to determine and label bodies of water. Oceans and inland ...
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How can I tell if an object in a tile grid is surrounded?

I'm making a game which uses a 10x20 matrix to store the position of the objects. I have a castle object, represented by a number in a matrix. It is randomly deployed in some cell of the matrix. I ...
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Match-three puzzle games algorithm

I am trying to write a match-three puzzle game like 'call of Atlantis' myself. The most important algorithm is to find out all possible match-three possibilities. Is there any open source projects ...
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Quick algorithm to identify undrawn rectangles inside a map

I already have a working algorithm for this but it's home-made and there is some redundancy in the things it checks, so I'm looking for a fast algorithm (or the name of it) that would detect undrawn ...
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Need help creating points in an array

I'm creating a lightning geometry shader using hlsl that creates an array of points based on an arbitrary number of generations. The gist of what I want to accomplish is here: ...
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Bevel outline algorithm in 2D

I'm writing a program that creates animated blobs in 2D, to simulate cells. In order to beautify these objects, I'd like to give them a 3D look by adding a bevel-effect. How can this be achieved? ...
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Movement Algorith in 2D [duplicate]

I'm making a game in a 600x600 screen. When i click the mouse, i want to move object from an (x,y) position (pre-determinated) to the (x,y) of the mouse. I'm having some problems finding and ...
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Fastest way to find closest triangle of mesh from specified point

I have two triangle meshes (let me call them A and B). The meshes may be really big (10.000 - 100.000 polygons). I want to find for every point in A the closest triangle from mesh B. Is there fast ...
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Algorithm for staying “alive” forever

I am implementing a game where the player is playing(sliding) the little red rectangle and the purpose is to not hit the black rectangles and to not move out of the inner blue rectangle. The black ...
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Acceleration based on current speed?

The faster an object goes, the slower it will accelerate, going from 0 to 50 takes a lot less time then going from 50 to 100, How do I calculate that, though? EDIT: Extra details, This specific ...
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Decomposing a concave mesh into a set of convex meshes

I'd like to be able to decompose a concave mesh into a set of convex meshes for 2 reasons: Transparent rendering Physics shapes Is there an algorithm that takes a set of triangles (concave) as ...
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Finding a moving target in a maze

I'm making a game that is a bit of a mix of snake and pacman. Basically, two players go through the maze and each time they pick up a piece of candy, a cube is added to their tail. If one player ...
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How to order points on a 3D grid such that we can connect them in a line loop correctly

I want to recreate an effect as close as possible to X-Com: Enemy Unkown's movement range feedback: The blue line delimits the tiles which the soldier can reach using a single action. We also are ...
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Smooth path/direct movement

I have a tile based isometric map and an A* algorithm that returns a path. I am looking to smooth this path efficiently but with good aesthetics. Basically i am using my grid for building the map and ...
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AI algorithm for avoiding bullets in a shoot-em-up game

I am working on a shoot-up-game in XNA, it is going to be my final project in school. I was thinking of utilizing the minimax algorithm for AI agents for making tactics. However, I realized that the ...
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Algorithm that cover one mesh by another mesh

Suppose I have two meshes (Let call me first MeshShirt and second - MeshBody) Meshes are aligned (if i render both MeshShirt "covers" MeshBody). But some parts of the body are not "under" the ...
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How can I ensure a grid can be filled with Tetris-like pieces?

I'm thinking of making a puzzle game where the objective is to fill a grid with shaped puzzle pieces (for example, the classic Tetris shapes). How can I go about generating a set of pieces that can ...
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Determining a sensible gear-like hierarchy for a series of connected objects

I would like a series of objects to behave in similar manner to a series of connected gears. This means that each black object in the diagram below will rotate at a speed based on the ratio of their ...
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How can I generate Sudoku puzzles?

I'm trying to make a Sudoku puzzle generator. It's a lot harder than I expected and the more I get into it, the harder it gets! My current approach is to split the problem into 2 steps: Generate a ...
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Finding which tiles are intersected by a line, without looping through all of them or skipping any

I've been staring at this problem for a few days now. I rigged up this graphic to help me visualise the issue: (from the graph, we know that the line intersects [1, 1], [1, 2], [2, 2], [2, 3], ending ...
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Triangular Mesh Collision/ Resolution

I've been trying some different approaches for collision detection and now I want to try to implement simple Mesh-Mesh collision detection for triangular meshes. I'm wondering if I'm on the right ...
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How manage target selection in a high speed brawler?

I'm thinking of games like Batman Arkham Asylum and the Assassin's Creed series, in which landing the first blow gives you a soft lock that automatically rotates you to continue facing the target as ...
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Create player rankings?

I recently created a tournament system that will soon lead into player rankings. Basically, after players are done with the tournament, they are given a rank based on how they did in the tournament. ...
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Chamfered cube geometry generator

I'm trying to create a geometry generator for a "Chamfered Cube". I've got the vertices working, but I'm stuck with creating the faces. I don't really know how I could re-arrange my algorithm to ...
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Maximum Number of Bends - Snake [closed]

A naive Snake game implementation works by using a queue data structure to store the position of every single square that the snake is a part of. You can reduce the amount of memory by only storing ...
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Given seams, how do I unfold a mesh?

If a user marks a seam on a mesh, how do 3D modelling programs (like Blender or Maya) unfold the mesh on to a 2D surface? I can only find papers trying to automate the seaming for you. Given ...
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Sweep and prune vs quad tree when all objects are dynamic (moving)

As I understand it there are 3 popular strategies for spatial partitioning: sweep and prune, quad/oct tree and uniform grid. Uniform grid is problematic for me because I have not set an upper limit on ...
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How do I avoid “too” lucky / unlucky streaks in random number generation?

I'm currently dealing with a multiplayer combat system where the damage dealt by the players is always multiplied by a random factor between 0.8 and 1.2. In theory, a truly random RNG may eventually ...
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Tower Defense Search Enemies Efficiently

I had a problem with the build of a TD. I got a slow - non efficient search for towers find targets to shoot. PD: enemies[] got all the active & non-active enemies (death and alive) ->Im using ...
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Raycast algorithm fails to collide with diagonal walls in specific locations

I'm having a problem with my ray-cast algorithm in a 2D tile-based universe. I feel the situation would be best explained with a picture, so here it is: The ray, represented by the blue line, is ...
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Algorithm/ Logic of identifying a circle in Go game

I'm trying to create a 2 players Go-like game. Unfortunately I can't get the capturing system to act correctly. At the moment the system is half done, however I cannot think of a perfect way for it to ...
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What is the fastest way to know if the current coordinate in screen-space is odd or even in GLSL/GLES2 frag shader?

I want to make a post-effect where every second column of pixels is colored differently, and I want to implement this as a GLSL fragment shader on GLES2. The question is what is the most effective way ...
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Surface creation algorithm using points cloud

I am looking for a realtime algorithm to create a 2D mesh using points. But I am quite confused. It seems that Delaunay triangulation can help me create mesh using point clouds, but Meta-balls seems ...
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Static evaluation function for Checkers using Minimax

I have correctly implemented Minimax for my checkers AI till depth of 3 ( well at least that is what I think ). However I am confused on evaluating my game boards at depth 3 with heuristics. Currently ...
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Collision detection in 3d

what is the simplest algorithm for collision detection that respects the following requirements: The collision is only between cubes that are always aligned with the axis of the world (not rotated). ...
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Finding next AI move using MinMax algorithm for Checkers [duplicate]

I am currently working on a Checkers game using Unity ( human vs computer ) I am done with the base architecture of the game ie defining the rules, moves, jumps etc. I am currently stuck in ...
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Voxel sparse octrees for indirect illumination

I don't understand the use of voxel sparse octrees for indirect illumination calculations. First of all, what exactly is happing? We're rendering the scene as usual with diffuse lighting. In the ...
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Random/Procedural vs. Previously Made Level Generation

What the advantages/disadvantages of using random/procedural generation vs. pre-made levels? There seems to be few that I can think of, other than the fact that items may be a problem to distribute ...
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How do I convert a partially transparent image into polygons?

I'm using GLEE2D, a level editor allowing me to import images, scale them, rotate them, and position them onto layers and export the data into XML format. However, it does not tell me objects' ...
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Rotate an arrow on a plane?

I'm creating a display for a GPS-based embedded system and would like to have an arrow indicating the current bearing. I'd love the arrow to have a 3d appearance by rotating it on a plane tilted up ...
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How to write an adjacency algorithm that compares position data?

I have a list of indexed triangles for which I need to generate adjacency data. I've already written a brute force algorithm that creates 3 edge data structures for each triangle and then compares the ...
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Fighting Game Camera Positioning in SDL

I'm working on a 2D fighting game (using SDL) much like the original Killer Instinct on SNES. I want the camera to keep both players an equal distance from the left and right sides of the viewport. ...
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How can I optimize this flood fill algorithm?

I'm creating a sprite and animation editor like this one. I'm having performance issues with my flood-fill algorithm. Basically, I open an image with the different modules that are part of a frame of ...
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Swarm Algorithms [closed]

I have been asked to deliver a presentation for my university course on ant, bee and particle swarm algorithms. Therefore I am attempting to learn more about swarm algorithms and their uses within ...
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Algorithm for creating tree-like network structures

I'm trying to procedurally model tree-like network structures with the following properties: A root with variable number of nodes A variable depth of nodes When graphically laid out, edges or nodes ...
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How can I do a weighted cascade down a path in a 3D environment?

I am trying to perform a weighted cascade down a path in a 3D environment. Now, what I am trying to do is have one object(a cube) in the environment scan from its coords 1 in every direction for ...
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How to implement a hint-system for nearby matches (in a Match-3 puzzle game)?

Taking Candy Crush as an example: In a Match-3 game, how would you figure out which nearby tiles are 1 move away from creating a match? Do you basically have to do it by trial-and-error on every ...
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In what instances would you want to use path-finding algorithms other than A*?

I am familiar with how the common ones technically work (BFS, DFS, Dijkstra, A*) but as far as their realistic benefits I don't quite see the need for them. Considering that, given the right ...
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Calculating velocity needed to hit target in parabolic arc

If I have a point which I want to hit at the end or during a parabolic arc, how would I calculate the needed x and y velocity?
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Point to coordinate function

I am working on a game in which I need an enemy ship to point towards the player. Here is the equation I came up with: angle = sin-1(abs(y1 - y2)/√(x1 - x2)2-(y1 - y2)2) This essentially takes ...