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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Catmull Rom Spline - Constant Speed

Given the equations found in the answer here: Determine arc-length of a Catmull-Rom spline How would one A) Apply this to a 3D Catmull-Rom Spline, and B) write A out programmatically (for the math ...
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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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Algorithm for Randomized Weather

I'm having a hard time modeling weather. Modeling a single aspect is trivial - some sinusoidal pattern + random noise. However more than 1 is blowing my mind. I cannot have wind, falling leaves, ...
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Displaying range around a unit [duplicate]

I'm looking to highlight a set of square tiles around a unit to signify its movable range. The concept should be quite familiar to those who have experienced the Fire Emblem series of game. I have ...
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A Star pathfinding algorithm, multiple node set optimization

I'm trying to determine if this is an optimization I should pursue or if this is way to complicated to be worth my time. I've successfully implemented the A Star Algorithm for my video game. I used ...
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What's the best way of transforming a 2D vector into the closest 8-way compass direction?

If you have a 2D vector expressed as x and y, what's a good way of transforming that into the closest compass direction? e.g. x:+1, y:+1 => NE x:0, y:+3 => N x:+10, y:-2 => E // ...
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Need help with algorithm for generating connected bricks in Pick A Brick clone

I want to make a clone of an Amiga 500 game, Pick A Brick, a 2D game where the goal is to clear a table of bricks by matching them up, following certain rules. I am getting nowhere when it comes to ...
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How to find a free patch of area in a tiled map?

I've been trying to formulate the question and try to find some information on Google, but didn't managed to, so here it is... We've got a nice tropic-themed game that is about to be released soon, ...
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Calculate required resolution

Lets say I have a rectangle with width x and height y. Then there is transformation matrix T. Now, how using only those data can I estimate minimal resolution of texture (that is its width and ...
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How to convert mouse coordinates to isometric indexes?

I draw isometric map with tile 64x32: const Offset = 160; int X, Y; for (int a=0; a < 6; a++) for (int b=0; b < 6; b++) { X = a * 32 - b * 32 + Offset; Y = a * 16 + b * 16; ...
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Algorithm to find average position

In the given diagram, I have the extreme left and right points, that is -2 and 4 in this case. So, obviously, I can calculate the width which is 6 in this case. What we know: The number of ...
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Timed player collision

I'm trying to make the player loose one heart then cool down for a second after being hit. For an example if(a.overlaps(b)) { p.health--; } would lower the health while being touched. In my old ...
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Can GJK be used with the same “direction finding method” every time?

In my deliberations on GJK (after watching http://mollyrocket.com/849) I came up with the idea that it ins not neccessary to use different methods for getting the new direction in the doSimplex ...
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Efficient way to calculate “vision cones” on 2D tile map?

I'm trying to calculate which tiles a particular unit can "see" if facing a certain direction on a tile map (within a certain range and angle of facing). The easiest way would be to draw a certain ...
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Algorithm to make entities closely follow one another?

I have a group of entities that I want to follow a leader very closely. A good example would be how the player's soldiers move in Cannon Fodder. Any suggestions for achieving movement like this?
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How do I avoid pathfinding characters getting stuck in corners?

I used A* pathfinding to return a list of Tiles to get from an enemy to the player. After that, I wasn't sure how to actually move the enemy. What I ended up doing was get the first Tile in the path. ...
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Algorithm to modify a color to make it less similar than background

I'm creating a demo of 20 balls bouncing each other, with a background filled with a solid color. Color for each ball is chosen randomly with randint(0, 255) for each R, G, B tuple component. Problem ...
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How do Raymarch shaders work?

I have been looking at shaders found here shadertoy.com and most of the cool ones have noise and raymarch in common. I do not understand the source code at all but I really want to. How do these ...
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How can I implement a percentage chance to perform some action? [duplicate]

Let's say that there is an X% chance that a character will shoot a target, or some other action. How do I determine if the action should be taken or not (how do I implement the percentage chance)?
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How to represent a map in a top-down perspective game with low algorithm complexity?

This is the first time I develop a video-game, and I am kind of lost. I would like to know about ways on representing 2D maps on a top-down perspective game... (Like this one: ...
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How do I generalise Bresenham's line algorithm to floating-point endpoints?

I'm trying to combine two things. I'm writing a game and I need to determine the grid squares lying on a line with the floating-point endpoints. Moreover I need it to include all the grid squares ...
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How can I create a random “world” in a tile engine?

I am designing a game that is working on a classic tile engine, but whose world is generated randomly. Are there existing games or algorithms that do this? The procedural generation algorithms I have ...
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Can I use an AI engine written in C++ in my Unity game? If yes, how can I do this?

I am studying some chess and others AI algorithms and the majority of these implementations are made in C and C++, my question is, if I make a chess board and all the graphic thing in Unity, can I ...
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Hash Distance & Angle To Produce Unique Value

I have many vertices drawn on my Unity3d C# application window (thousands). I am attempting to come up with a fast way to detect which vertex has been clicked. My idea is to use a sorted list. The ...
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Detect which object conceals another one

I've searched for a while for a good solution and if I'd have found one I wouldn't be here. So there are the details: I have been working on my 2D game using XNA, and I'm aware of the way XNA renders ...
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Bounds Queries for Simplex Noise Function

How do I construct a Bounds Query for 3D Simplex Noise? [This is more or less a follow-up to my last question] Simply put, for an arbitrary octree node (cube) in my volume (a section of Unity3d ...
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Best practice for organizing the physics of objects?

Apologies because this is a long post and I am inexperienced. I would really appreciate the input from some experienced developers. These are my two goals for this project: To learn the best ...
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Efficiently detecting objects inside multiple radius

I would like to create a game for mobile that require to calculate multiple time by seconds which moving objects are in the radius of moving points. The game is highly inspired from Gratuitous Space ...
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match 3 Shuffling

I'm interested in hearing about to implement similar functionality to Candy Crush's shuffling. I have an algorithm to determine if there are any matches available and if there aren't, I want to ...
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Procedural terrain generation

Currently I have a procedurally generated planet using multiple octaves of perlin noise. The thing is, that I don't generate heightmap, but rather get the values of perlin function and apply them ...
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How can I determine the extreme color values in a texture?

I am looking for a way to determine the most extreme color values for all of the texels in a texture. So for a texture consisting only of black and white texels, the extreme values should be (0,0,0) ...
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Is it more efficient to use an A* algorithm or a line system drawn in pathfinding in C#?

I was recently introduced to the A* algorithm when I asked a friend about making AI/NPC's in video games move to certain points and it sounded very interesting. I am building an FPS and it has AI that ...
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Understanding Perlin Noise

I'm toying with Perlin Noise after some work with Diamond Square. I followed the implementation by Hugo Elias that basically, makes a series of functions with x,y as input to throw each coordinate ...
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GA - Genetic Algorithm for Enemy

So I'm starting a project which aims to make a good AI for my game monsters. So far I have set up the GA and got some results. There's two genes, with one chromosome each. The monster either ...