Transformations by Functions
This transformation mode is quite different from all other transformation modes. While all other transformation modes directly encode geometric transformations, this mode can be freely defined by an arbitrary function. The function must be given as CindyScript code.
To define such a function one has to choose the mode and click somewhere in a view. Then a window pops up in which one can enter the function. The function must be a function with exactly one free variable. The name of this variable can be "#" (the generic run variable in CindyScript), "x", "y", "z", "t", or "v". The selection is kept somewhat restrictive to avoid interference with the names of geometric elements.
In the function, the variable can be either a vector with (x, y)-coordinates or a complex number. If the function requires a vector, it has also to return a vector. If it requires a complex number, it has also to return a complex number.
As usual, defining a transformation creates a view button. In contrast to other transformation modes, the transformations defined by a function can only map points. More complicated objects like lines, circles, and conics cannot be mapped. The function has to describe how the point is mapped to another point. Here two variants are admissible: either the point is treated as a two-dimensional vector or it is treated as a complex number (where the x-coordinate represents to the real part and the y-coordinate represents the imaginary part).
The following entry form shows a simple definition in which a function is defined by a polynomial that interprets a mapped point as a complex number.
Applying this transformation to a point generates a new point that represents the result of the function. The picture below shows a point and its image. Furthermore, the trace of a circle is shown in the picture.
Function Transformations and Iterated Function Systems (IFS)
Function transformations are particularly useful for the definition of iterated function systems. A typical example is the definition of "Julia sets". A Julia set can be defined as the iterated function system generated by the two functions
The resulting picture depends on the position of A. One instance is shown below:
A more advanced picture can be generated by composing the iterated function system with a color plot programmed in CindyScript. The color plot iterates the function
m=40; f(x):=x^2+complex(A); g(y,n):=if( or(|y|>2,n==m), n,g(f(y),n+1) ); colorplot((1-g(#_1+i*#_2,0)/m),B,C,startres->20,pxlres->1)
The resulting picture, which is overlaid with the iterated function system, looks as follows.
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