The geometry package provides R with several geometry functions available in Octave, Matlab and SciPy. In particular, it provides an interface to the qhull library (which also underlies the corresponding Matlab and Octave functions). Currently only part of the qhull library is accessible and the interface for Delaunay triangulation differs from more modern versions of Matlab.
The geometry package also implements a simple technique to refine a given mesh and generate high quality meshes and surface triangulations. A description of the technique and a number of examples can be found at the site of its inventors Per-Olof Persson and Gilbert Strang.
The latest stable version is available from CRAN.
The latest development version is available on Github davidcsterratt/geometry.
Original qhull sources are included in the distribution. The distribution is subject to this license. The non-qhull sources are subject to the GPL version 2 or higher.
Please look at geometry’s Github tracker to view known bugs and to report bugs and feature requests.
If you have ideas for functions, or functions you made and think would
be of value to include in the geometry package (take into account that
the package is called
geometry and restricts itself to
functions directly related to computational geometry), you can e-mail
In older versions of the package, to obtain the volume and area of a convex hull, the procedure outlined in the next section had to be followed. Now it is possible to recover the area as follows:
> ps <-matrix(rnorm(30),,3) > convhulln(ps, "FA") > x $hull [,1] [,2] [,3] [1,] 6 9 10 [2,] 6 2 9 [3,] 7 6 10 [4,] 7 6 2 [5,] 1 9 10 [6,] 1 2 9 [7,] 1 7 10 [8,] 1 7 2 $area  32.55313 $vol  11.3083
Qhull provides many options. For instance you may request the
volume of a convex hull and its surface area by specifying the
option. Currently the output cannot be accessed directly. However,
Qhull has the option
TO filename which can be used to write
the output to a file which can then be parsed into R again. For
instance, if you want to compute the volume of a convex hull of a set
of points, if you have a matrix with 3 columns,
> ps <-matrix(rnorm(30),,3)
say, that might be something like:
> x <- convhulln(ps,"FS TO 'bla.txt'"); # use of the 'TO filename' option
This command created the text file
bla.txt that contains the
requested output (i.e. the output specified by the Qhull options).
For the Qhull option
FS this is the following: [from
the doc] “The first line consists of the number of integers
(“0”). The second line consists of the number of reals (“2”), followed
by the total facet area, and the total volume. Later versions of Qhull
may produce additional integers or reals.” You can then parse the text
in the file according to your needs; in your case it will be something
> qh.outp <- scan("bla.txt") > volume <- qh.outp