Program to sort given set of Cartesian points based on polar angles in Python

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Suppose we have a set of Cartesian points in a list called points. We have to sort them based on their polar angles. The polar angles vary in range 0 and 2*PI. If some points have same polar angles, then arrange them based on the distance of that point from the origin.

So, if the input is like points = [(1,1), (1,-2),(-2,2),(5,4),(4,5),(2,3),(-3,4)],

then the output will be [(5, 4), (1, 1), (4, 5), (2, 3), (-3, 4), (-2, 2), (1, -2)]

To solve this, we will follow these steps −

  • Define a comparator function key() . This will take x
  • atan := tan-inverse of x[1]/x[0]
  • return pair (atan, x[1]^2+x[0]^2) if atan >= 0 otherwise (2*pi + atan, x[0]^2+x[1]^2)
  • then sort points using comparator function key()

Example

Let us see the following implementation to get better understanding −

import math
def solve(points):
   def key(x):
      atan = math.atan2(x[1], x[0])
      return (atan, x[1]**2+x[0]**2) if atan >= 0 else (2*math.pi + atan, x[0]**2+x[1]**2)

   return sorted(points, key=key)

points = [(1,1), (1,-2),(-2,2),(5,4),(4,5),(2,3),(-3,4)]
print(solve(points))

Input

[(1,1), (1,-2),(-2,2),(5,4),(4,5),(2,3),(-3,4)]

Output

[(5, 4), (1, 1), (4, 5), (2, 3), (-3, 4), (-2, 2), (1, -2)]
raja
Updated on 11-Oct-2021 07:05:51

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