Monthly Archives: May 2016

Playing With Julia (Set)

Viento, me pongo en movimiento y hago crecer las olas del mar que tienes dentro (Tercer Movimiento: Lo de Dentro, Extremoduro)

I really enjoy drawing complex numbers: it is a huge source of entertainment for me. In this experiment I play with the Julia Set, another beautiful fractal like this one. This is what I have done:

  • Choosing the function f(z)=exp(z3)-0.621
  • Generating a grid of complex numbers with both real and imaginary parts in [-2, 2]
  • Iterating f(z) over the grid a number of times so zn+1 = f(zn)
  • Drawing the resulting grid as I did here
  • Gathering all plots into a GIF with ImageMagick as I did in my previous post: each frame corresponds to a different number of iterations

This is the result:

julia

I love how easy is doing difficult things in R. You can play with the code changing f(z) as well as color palettes. Be ready to get surprised:

library(ggplot2)
library(dplyr)
library(RColorBrewer)
setwd("YOUR WORKING DIRECTORY HERE")
dir.create("output")
setwd("output")
f = function(z,c) exp(z^3)+c
# Grid of complex
z0 <- outer(seq(-2, 2, length.out = 1200),1i*seq(-2, 2, length.out = 1200),'+') %>% c()
opt <-  theme(legend.position="none",
              panel.background = element_rect(fill="white"),
              plot.margin=grid::unit(c(1,1,0,0), "mm"),
              panel.grid=element_blank(),
              axis.ticks=element_blank(),
              axis.title=element_blank(),
              axis.text=element_blank())
for (i in 1:35)
{
  z=z0
  # i iterations of f(z)
  for (k in 1:i) z <- f(z, c=-0.621)
  df=data.frame(x=Re(z0),
                y=Im(z0), 
                z=as.vector(exp(-Mod(z)))) %>% na.omit() 
  p=ggplot(df, aes(x=x, y=y, color=z)) + 
    geom_tile() + 
    scale_x_continuous(expand=c(0,0))+
    scale_y_continuous(expand=c(0,0))+
    scale_colour_gradientn(colours=brewer.pal(8, "Paired")) + opt
  ggsave(plot=p, file=paste0("plot", stringr::str_pad(i, 4, pad = "0"),".png"), width = 1.2, height = 1.2)
}
# Place the exact path where ImageMagick is installed
system('"C:\\Program Files\\ImageMagick-6.9.3-Q16\\convert.exe" -delay 20 -loop 0 *.png julia.gif')
# cleaning up
file.remove(list.files(pattern=".png"))
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Zooming

You don’t have to be beautiful to turn me on (Kiss, Prince)

I discovered recently how easy is to create GIFs with R using ImageMagick and I feel like a kid with a new toy. To begin this new era of my life as R programmer I have done this:

zooming
First of all, read this article: it explains very well how to start doing GIFs from scratch. The one I have done is inspired in this previous post where I take a set of complex numbers to transform and color it using HSV technique. In this case I use this next transformation: f(z)= -Im(z)+(Re(z)+0.5*Im(z))*1i

Modifying the range of Real and Imaginary parts of complex numbers I obtain the zooming  effect. The code is very simple. Play with it changing the transformation or the animation options. Send me your creations, I would love to see them:

library(dplyr)
library(ggplot2)
dir.create("output")
setwd("output")
id=1 # label tO name plots
for (i in seq(from=320, to=20, length.out = 38)){
z=outer(seq(from = -i, to = i, length.out = 300),1i*seq(from = -i, to = i, length.out = 500),'+') %>% c()
z0=z
for (k in 1:100) z <- -Im(z)+(Re(z)+0.5*Im(z))*1i
df=data.frame(x=Re(z0),
y=Im(z0),
h=(Arg(z)<0)*1+Arg(z)/(2*pi),
s=(1+sin(2*pi*log(1+Mod(z))))/2,
v=(1+cos(2*pi*log(1+Mod(z))))/2) %>% mutate(col=hsv(h,s,v))
ggplot(df, aes(x, y)) +
geom_tile(fill=df$col)+
scale_x_continuous(expand=c(0,0))+
scale_y_continuous(expand=c(0,0))+
labs(x=NULL, y=NULL)+
theme(legend.position="none",
panel.background = element_rect(fill="white"),
plot.margin=grid::unit(c(1,1,0,0), "mm"),
panel.grid=element_blank(),
axis.ticks=element_blank(),
axis.title=element_blank(),
axis.text=element_blank())
ggsave(file=paste0("plot",stringr::str_pad(id, 4, pad = "0"),".png"), width = 1, height = 1)
id=id+1
}
system('"C:\\Program Files\\ImageMagick-6.9.3-Q16\\convert.exe" -delay 10 -loop 0 -duplicate 1,-2-1 *.png zooming.gif')
# cleaning up
file.remove(list.files(pattern=".png"))