A Library for Visualizing Combinatorial Structures





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Published on Feb 21, 2008

SRC Video Report 128b (Marc A. Najork & Marc H. Brown). Copyright Digital Equipment Corporation 1994. Uploaded with permission.

This video describes ANIM3D, a 3D animation library targeted at visualizing combinatorial structures. In particular, we are interested in algorithm animation. Constructing a new view for an algorithm typically takes dozens of design iterations, and can be very time-consuming. Our library eases the programmer's burden by providing high-level constructs for performing animations, and by offering an interpretive environment that eliminates the need for recompilations. This video also illustrates ANIM3D's expressiveness by developing a 3D animation of Dijkstra's shortest-path algorithm in just 70 lines of code.

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