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transforming 2D plots to the surface of a sphere

asked 2011-07-20 17:48:57 -0600

araichev gravatar image

Hi there Sagers:

I'm trying to use a cartographic projection $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to S^2\subset\mathbb{R}^3$ to map Sage 2D graphics objects onto the sphere $S^2$. Projecting points is easy, but how can i project polygons or function plots? Do i somehow grab the graphics object points and use point3d and $f$?

Thanks for your attention. Alex

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answered 2011-07-22 02:48:21 -0600

niles gravatar image

I don't think there's a way to do this just from the 2D graphics objects. Probably the most straightforward resolution would be to modify the way you're producing the 2D objects, to have them output 3D coordinates directly.

There has been some related work implementing Cylindrical and Spherical coordinates for 3D function plots, which might give you some other ideas too (although they were a little counterintuitive to me at first).

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