Bertini-real is a compiled command line program for numerically decomposing the real portion of a positivedimensional complex component of an algebraic set. The software uses homotopy continuation to solve a series of systems via regeneration from a witness set to compute a cell decomposition. The implemented decomposition algorithms are similar to the well-known cylindrical algebraic decomposition (CAD) first established by Collins in that they produce a set of connected cells. In contrast to the CAD, Bertini-real produces cells with midpoints connected to boundary points by homotopies, which can easily be numerically tracked. Furthermore, the implemented decomposition for surfaces naturally yields a triangulation. This CAD-like decomposition captures the topological information and permits further computation on the real sets, such as sampling, visualization, and three-dimensional printing.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Applied Mathematics