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Computing cone equation using data points 
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Apr1208, 09:48 AM

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Dear All
I have a problem that can be represented in two different forms. Problem is related to propagation of waves in 2D space with respect of time. I have three random points in the 3D Space. How many right circular, infinite cones with specific predetermined angle between conical surface and axis we can find that passes these three points. I need the 3D coordinates of the apex point. Three points are in one side of cone. I.e., if we draw a plane perpendicular to axis of cone that meets the axis in apex point, all three points will fall in one side of the plane. Another representation of the problem is, if I draw three right circular, infinite cones with specific predetermined angle between conical surface and axis which their apex points are these three points in the 3D space, how many points I can find that belongs to surface of these three cones. Or, in how many points these three cones coincide with each other. What will be the result if I use four different points in the space? If my points (data points) have noise (inaccuracy) what solutions or method exists or you suggest for solving it? Thank you 


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Apr1208, 12:28 PM

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Hi Saeid! Welcome to PF!
Hint: if the points are A B and C, and the axis of the cone is the line L, and the apex is at the point X on L, and the halfangle of the cone is θ, then the equation relating the lines XA XB XC and L is … ? 


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Apr1308, 01:21 AM

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Another hint, required cone is vertical. 


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Apr1308, 04:31 AM

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Computing cone equation using data points
What do you mean by "vertical"? The question only says "right circular" … in other words, an "ordinary" cone. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cone_%28geometry%29 : 


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