Simple Vector Library |

Contents |

- Description
- Classes
- Element Access
- Arithmetic Operators and Functions
- Constants
- Constructors
- Input and Output
- Transformations
- Compiling with SVL
- Using SVL With OpenGL
- Author

Description |

The Simple Vector Library (SVL) provides vector and matrix classes, as well as a number of functions for performing vector arithmetic with them. Equation-like syntax is supported via class operators, for example:

#include "SVL.h" Vec3 v(1.0, 2.0, 3.0); Mat3 m(1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0); v = 2 * v + m * v; v *= (m / 3.0) * norm(v); cout << v << endl;Both generic (arbitrarily-sized), and fixed-size (2, 3 and 4 element) vectors and matrices are supported. The latter are provided for the efficient manipulation of vectors or points in 2D or 3D space, and make heavy use of inlining for frequently-used operations. (One of the design goals of SVL was to ensure that it was as fast as the C-language, macro-based libraries it was written to replace.)

SVL is a subset of VL, a more extensive vector library, which in addition contains classes for sparse vector/matrices, sub-vector/matrices, and implementations of some iterative solvers. Whereas with SVL the component type of vectors and matrices is defined with a compile-time switch, with VL you specify the type explicitly (Vec2f, Vec2d) and can, for example, mix matrices of doubles with vectors of floats.

SVL requires C++. It is known to compile under CC/DCC (Irix), g++, and
Metrowerks C++. The latest version can be retrieved from http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ajw/public/dist/svl.tar.gz.
This documentation can be found online at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ajw/doc/svl.html.

Classes |

SVL contains the following types and classes:

Fixed-size: Real component type (float or double) Vec2 2-vector Vec3 3-vector Vec4 4-vector Mat2 2 x 2 matrix Mat3 3 x 3 matrix Mat4 4 x 4 matrix Generic: Vec n-vector Mat n x m matrix

Element
Access |

The elements of a vector or matrix are accessed with standard C array notation:

v[2] = 4.0; // set element 2 of the vector m[3][4] = 5.0 // set row 3, column 4 of the matrix m[2] = v; // set row 2 of the matrixFor the resizeable vector types, the current size can be obtained from the

for (i = 0; i < v.Elts(); i++) v[i] = i;

for (i = 0; i < m.Rows(); i++) for (j = 0; j < m.Cols(); j++) m[i][j] = i + j;Though it seems slightly unintuitive, if you have a pointer to a vector or matrix, you must dereference it first before indexing it:

(*vPtr)[20] = 3.0;If you need a pointer to the data belonging to a vector or matrix, use the Ref() method. (Matrices are stored by row.)

Real *vecDataPtr = v.Ref(), *matDataPtr = m.Ref();

**Note**: If you compile with -DVL_CHECKING,
index range checks will be performed on all element accesses.

Arithmetic
Operators and Functions |

Basic arithmetic: + - * / Accumulation arithmetic: += -= *= /= Comparison: ==, !=Vector multiplication and division is pairwise: (a * b)[i] = a[i] * b[i]. (See below for how to form the dot product of two vectors with dot().) Matrix multiplication is defined as usual, and matrix division is undefined.

For both matrices and vectors, multiplication and division by a scalar is also allowed. Matrices can be multiplied either on the left or the right by a vector. In the expression m * v, v is treated as a column vector; in the expression v * m, it is treated as a row vector.

Real dot(const VecN &a, const VecN &b); // inner product of a and b Real len(const VecN &v); // length of v: || v || Real sqrlen(const VecN &v); // length of v, squared VecN norm(const VecN &v); // v / || v || Vec2 cross(const Vec2 &a); // vector orthogonal to a Vec3 cross(const Vec3 &a, const Vec3 &b); // vector orthogonal to a and b Vec4 cross(const Vec4 &a, const Vec4 &b, const Vec4 &c); // vector orthogonal to a, b and c Vec2 proj(const Vec3 &v); // homog. projection: v[0..1] / v[2] Vec3 proj(const Vec4 &v); // homog. projection: v[0..2] / v[3]In the above, VecN is either a Vec or a Vec[234], and Real is a Float or a Double, depending on the argument type. For more on the use of the

MatN trans(const MatN &m); // Transpose of m Real trace(const MatN &m); // Trace of m MatN adj(const MatN &m); // Adjoint of m Real det(const MatN &m); // Determinant of m MatN inv(const MatN &m); // Inverse of m, if it exists.In the above, MatN is any matrix type, a, though the

Constants |

There are a number of 'magic' constants in VL that can be used to initialise vectors or matrices with simple assignment statements. For example:

Vec3 v; Mat3 m; Vec v8(8); v = vl_0 [0, 0, 0] v = vl_y [0, 1, 0] v = vl_1 [1, 1, 1] m = vl_0; 3 x 3 matrix, all elts. set to zero. m = vl_1; 3 x 3 identity matrix m = vl_B; 3 x 3 matrix, all elts. set to one. v8 = vl_axis(6); [0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0]Below is a summary of the constants defined by SVL.

vl_one/vl_1/vl_I vector of all 1s, or identity matrix vl_zero/vl_0/vl_Z vector or matrix of all 0s vl_B matrix of all 1s vl_x, vl_y, vl_z, vl_w x, y, z and w axis vectors vl_axis(n) zero vector with element n set to 1 vl_pi pi! vl_halfPi pi/2

Constructors |

In general, a vector or matrix constructor should be given either one of the initialiser constants listed above, or a list of values for its elements. If neither of these is supplied, the variable will be uninitialised. The first arguments to the constructor of a generic vector or matrix should always be the required size. Thus matrices and vectors are declared as follows:

Vec[234] v([initialisation_constant | element_list]); Vec v([elements, [initialisation_constant | element_list]]); Mat[234] m([initialisation_constant | element_list]); Mat m([rows, columns, [initialisation_constant | element_list]]);If generic vectors or matrices are not given a size when first created, they are regarded as empty, with no associated storage. This state persists until they are assigned a matrix/vector or the result of some computation, at which point they take on the dimensions of that result.

Examples:

Vec3 v(vl_1); Vec3 v(1.0, 2.0, 3.0); Vec v(6, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0); Vec v(20, vl_axis(10)); Mat2 m(1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0); Mat m(10, 20, vl_I);

Finally, to set the size of a empty matrix or vector explicitly, or resize an existing matrix or vector, use the SetSize method:

v.SetSize(23); m.SetSize(10, 20);

Input and
Output |

All of the vector and matrix types in SVL can be used in iostream-type expressions. For example:

#include <iostream.h> Vec3 v(vl_1); cout << v << 2 * v << endl; cin >> v;will output

[1 1 1][2 2 2]and then prompt for input. Vectors and matrices are parsed in the same format that they are output: vectors are delimited by square brackets, elements separated by white space, and matrices consist of a series of row vectors, again delimited by square brackets.

Transformations |

The following are the transformations supported by SVL.

Mat2 Rot2(Real theta) // rotate a 2d vector CCW by theta Mat2 Scale2(const Mat2 &s) // scale by s around the origin Mat3 HRot3(Real theta) // rotate a homogeneous 2d vector CCW by theta Mat3 HScale3(const Mat2 &s) // scale by s around the origin, in homogeneous 2d coords. Mat3 HTrans3(const Mat2 &t) // translate a homogeneous 2d vector by t Mat3 Rot3(const Mat3 &axis, Real theta) // rotate a 3d vector CCW around axis by theta Mat3 Rot3(const Mat4 &q) // rotate a 3d vector by the quaternion q Mat3 Scale3(const Vec3 &s) // scale by s around the origin Mat4 HRot4(const Mat3 &axis, Real theta) // rotate a homogeneous 3d vector CCW around axis by theta Mat4 HRot4(const Mat4 &q) // rotate a homogeneous 3d vector by the quaternion q Mat4 HScale4(const Mat3 &s) // scale by s around the origin, in homogeneous 3d coords Mat4 HTrans4(const Mat3 &t) // translate a homogeneous 3d vector by tTransformations with a prefix of 'H' operate in the homogeneous coordinate system, which allows translation and shear transformations, as well as the usual rotation and scale. In this coordinate system an n-vector is embedded in a (n+1)-dimensional space, e.g., a homogeneous point in 2d is represented by a 3-vector.

To convert from non-homogeneous to homogeneous vectors, make the extra coordinate (usually 1) the second argument in a constructor of/cast to the next-higher dimension vector. To project from a homogeneous vector down to a non-homogeneous one (doing a homogeneous divide in the process), use the proj() function. This process can be simplified by the use of the xform() function, which applies a transform to a vector, doing homogeneous/nonhomogeneous conversions if necessary. For example:

Vec3 x,y; // apply homogeneous transformations to a 3-vector x = proj(Scale4(...) * Rot4(...) * Trans4(...) * Vec4(y, 1.0)); // do the same thing with xform() x = xform(Scale4(...) * Rot4(...) * Trans4(...), y);By default, SVL assumes that transformations should operate on column vectors (v = T * v), though it can be compiled to assume row vectors instead (v = v * T).

Compiling
with SVL |

VL_FLOAT - use floats instead of doubles VL_CHECKING - turn on index checking and assertions VL_ROW_ORIENT - transformations operate on row vectors instead of column vectors

Using
SVL With OpenGL |

SVL comes with a header file, SVLgl.h, which makes using SVL vectors with OpenGL more convenient. For example:

#include "SVLgl.h" Vec3 x(24, 0, 100), y(40, 20, 10); glBegin(GL_LINES); glVertex(x); glVertex(y); glEnd();

Author |

Please forward bug reports, comments, or suggestions to:

Andrew Willmott (ajw+vl@cs.cmu.edu), Graphics Group, SCS, CMU.