[R] Finding a 3D convex hull in R

Greg Jefferis jefferis at stanford.edu
Sat Sep 22 06:28:31 CEST 2001

Dear List Members,

I'm presently carrying out morphological analysis of a data set of neuronal
structures.  These are essentially 3D binary trees.  In due course I will be
trying to use discriminant analysis or other methods to classify these
neurons based on morphological variables such as total tree length, segment
number etc.

I would like to calculate a 3D convex hull for a set of X,Y,Z data points
which define the tips of my neurons.  I have found the R function chull
which finds a 2D convex hull, but not have found any 3D routines.  I
wondered if there were any packages / publicly available code I could use.
Having found the convex hull, it would be handy if there were also functions
to find the centroid, volume etc.  I've only been using R for 10 days and am
not much of a programmer, so I would rather not have to write code to
interface to external C routines etc if possible.

Very many thanks for any suggestions,


P.S. I'm running R 1.3.1 on MacOS 9.1

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