# [R] Any orthnormal matrix can keep the curve's shape and size unchnaged?

Spencer Graves spencer.graves at pdf.com
Fri Jul 30 03:39:27 CEST 2004

```  How do you define "size and shape"? The answer is probably yes.
However, if you have an essentially 2-d circle embedded in a 3-d space,
and "size and shape" are defined in terms of a 2-d projection, this
circle could be rotated into an ellipse in any orientation and even to a
line.

Also, if f is an N x d dimensional matrix approximating your object and
A is a d x d orthogonal matrix, then I think your transformation in R
would be written "f %*% A".

hope this helps. spencer graves

Giovanni Petris wrote:

>Any orthogonal transformation preserves angles between vectors and
>their length. Therefore, I guess shape and size are preserved -- of
>course a precise answer depends on how you define these two features
>of a curve.
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>I am missing what has all this to do with R, though.
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>Giovanni
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>>Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 15:08:52 -0500
>>From: Fred <fzh113 at hecky.it.northwestern.edu>
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>>Dear R users,
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>>I want to know, given a curve f in d-dimensional space,
>>It is possible to keep the curve’s shape and size unchanged by
>>an arbitrary dxd orthnormal matrix A?
>>That is, the new curve g = A*f is still the same shape and size as f?
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>>Fred
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