[nSLUG] Need an algorithm or heuristic

Oliver Doepner odoepner at gmail.com
Sat Jul 4 19:53:07 ADT 2015

I would start by calculating the distances between adjacent points and
somehow determine where "clusters" are and put circles on the "centres" of
those clusters.

On Sat, Jul 4, 2015 at 6:46 PM, Gerald Ruderman <linux at zdoit.airpost.net>

> Hi,
> A little off topic:
> I need an algorithm or heuristic to solve this problem:
> There are 200 points in 2 space. Plotted they form approximately an
> ellipse. I have circles of fixed size whose diameter is about 1/40 of
> the long dimension of the ellipse and about 1/20 of the smaller axis.  I
> need to cover all the points in this space with the minimum number of
> circles. The ideal solution is not required something that is close is
> needed.
> I have played around with this for a few weeks and am stumped. If a
> search were phrased correctly I might find an algorithm to code, but I
> don't know what to search for.
> Seeking help either with where to look or a similar problem or a solution.
> Thanks
> --
> Gerald
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Oliver Doepner
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