AABBTree  AxisAligned Bounding Box Trees¶
AABBTree is a pure Python implementation of a static ddimensional axis aligned bounding box (AABB) tree. It is inspired by Introductory Guide to AABB Tree Collision Detection from Azure From The Trenches.
Installation¶
AABBTree is available through PyPI and can be installed by running:
pip install aabbtree
To test that the package installed properly, run:
python c "import aabbtree"
Alternatively, the package can be installed from source by downloading the latest release from the AABBTree repository on GitHub. Extract the source and, from the toplevel directory, run:
pip install e .
The user
flag may be needed, depending on permissions.
Example¶
The following example shows how to build an AABB tree and test for overlap:
>>> from aabbtree import AABB
>>> from aabbtree import AABBTree
>>> tree = AABBTree()
>>> aabb1 = AABB([(0, 0), (0, 0)])
>>> aabb2 = AABB([(1, 1), (1, 1)])
>>> aabb3 = AABB([(4, 5), (2, 3)])
>>> tree.add(aabb1, 'box 1')
>>> tree.does_overlap(aabb2)
True
>>> tree.overlap_values(aabb2)
['box 1']
>>> tree.does_overlap(aabb3)
False
>>> tree.add(aabb3)
>>> print(tree)
AABB: [(0, 5), (0, 3)]
Value: None
Left:
AABB: [(0, 0), (0, 0)]
Value: box 1
Left: None
Right: None
Right:
AABB: [(4, 5), (2, 3)]
Value: None
Left: None
Right: None
API¶
Class definitions and methods for the AABB and AABBTree.

class
aabbtree.
AABB
(limits=None)[source] Bases:
object
Axisaligned bounding box (AABB)
The AABB is a ddimensional box.
Parameters: limits (iterable, optional) – The limits of the box. These should be specified in the following manner:
limits = [(xmin, xmax), (ymin, ymax), (zmin, zmax), ...]
The default value is None.

classmethod
merge
(aabb1, aabb2)[source] Merge AABB
Find the AABB of the union of AABBs.
Parameters:  aabb1 (AABB) – An AABB
 aabb2 (AABB) – An AABB
Returns: An AABB that contains both of the inputs
Return type: AABB

overlap_volume
(aabb)[source] Determine volume of overlap between AABBs
Let \(\left(l_i^{(1)}, u_i^{(1)}\right)\) be the ith dimension lower and upper bounds for AABB 1, and let \(\left(l_i^{(2)}, u_i^{(2)}\right)\) be the lower and upper bounds for AABB 2. The volume of overlap is:
\[V = \prod_{i=1}^n \text{max}\left(0, \text{min}\left(u_i^{(1)}, u_i^{(2)}\right)  \text{max}\left(l_i^{(1)}, l_i^{(2)}\right) \right)\]Parameters: aabb (AABB) – The AABB to calculate for overlap volume Returns: Volume of overlap Return type: float

overlaps
(aabb, closed=False)[source] Determine if two AABBs overlap
Parameters:  aabb (AABB) – The AABB to check for overlap
 closed (bool) – Flag for closed overlap between AABBs. For the case where one box is [1, 0] and the other is [0, 0], the two boxes are interecting if closed is set to True and they are not intersecting if closed is set to False.
Returns: Flag set to true if the two AABBs overlap
Return type: bool

corners
corner points of AABB
Type: list

perimeter
perimeter of AABB
The perimeter \(p_n\) of an AABB with side lengths \(l_1 \ldots l_n\) is:
\[\begin{split}p_1 &= 0 \\ p_2 &= 2 (l_1 + l_2) \\ p_3 &= 2 (l_1 l_2 + l_2 l_3 + l_1 l_3) \\ p_n &= 2 \sum_{i=1}^n \prod_{j=1\neq i}^n l_j\end{split}\]Type: float

volume
volume of AABB
The volume \(V_n\) of an AABB with side lengths \(l_1 \ldots l_n\) is:
\[\begin{split}V_1 &= l_1 \\ V_2 &= l_1 l_2 \\ V_3 &= l_1 l_2 l_3 \\ V_n &= \prod_{i=1}^n l_i\end{split}\]Type: float

classmethod

class
aabbtree.
AABBTree
(aabb=AABB(None), value=None, left=None, right=None)[source] Bases:
object
Static AABB Tree
An AABB tree where the bounds of each AABB do not change.
Parameters:  aabb (AABB) – An AABB
 value – The value associated with the AABB
 left (AABBTree, optional) – The left branch of the tree
 right (AABBTree, optional) – The right branch of the tree

add
(aabb, value=None, method='volume')[source] Add node to tree
This function inserts a node into the AABB tree. The function chooses one of three options for adding the node to the tree:
 Add it to the left side
 Add it to the right side
 Become a leaf node
The cost of each option is calculated based on the method keyword, and the option with the lowest cost is chosen.
Parameters:  aabb (AABB) – The AABB to add.
 value – The value associated with the AABB. Defaults to None.
 method (str) –
The method for deciding how to build the tree. Should be one of the following:
 volume
volume Costs based on total bounding volume and overlap volume
Let \(p\) denote the parent, \(l\) denote the left child, \(r\) denote the right child, \(x\) denote the AABB to add, and \(V\) be the volume of an AABB. The three options to add \(x\) to the left branch, add it to the right branch, or create a new parent. The cost associated with each of these options is:
\[\begin{split}C(\text{add left}) &= V(p \cup x)  V(p) + V(l \cup x)  V(l) + V((l \cup x) \cap r) \\ C(\text{add right}) &= V(p \cup x)  V(p) + V(r \cup x)  V(r) + V((r \cup x) \cap l) \\ C(\text{create parent}) &= V(p \cup x) + V(p \cap x)\end{split}\]In the addleft cost, the term \(V(b \cup x)  V(b)\) is the increase in parent bounding volume. The cost \(V(l \cup x)  V(l)\) is the increase in left child bounding volume. The last term, \(V((l \cup x) \cap r)\) is the overlapping volume between children if \(x\) were added to the left child. The cost to create a new parent is the bounding volume of the parent and \(x\) plus their overlap volume.
This cost function includes the increases in bounding volumes and the amount of overlap two values a balanced AABB tree should minimize. The cost function suits the author’s current needs, though other applications may seek different tree properties. Please visit the AABBTree repository if interested in implementing another cost function.

does_overlap
(aabb, method='DFS', closed=False)[source] Check for overlap
This function checks if the limits overlap any leaf nodes in the tree. It returns true if there is an overlap.
New in version 2.6.0
This method also supports overlap checks with another instance of the AABBTree class.
Parameters:  aabb (AABB or AABBTree) – The AABB or AABBTree to check.
 method (str) – {‘DFS’’BFS’} Method for traversing the tree. Setting ‘DFS’ performs a depthfirst search and ‘BFS’ performs a breadthfirst search. Defaults to ‘DFS’.
 closed (bool) – Option to specify closed or open box intersection. If open, there must be a nonzero amount of overlap. If closed, boxes can be touching.
Returns: True if overlaps with a leaf node of tree.
Return type: bool

overlap_aabbs
(aabb, method='DFS', closed=False, unique=True)[source] Get overlapping AABBs
This function gets each overlapping AABB.
New in version 2.6.0
This method also supports overlap checks with another instance of the AABBTree class.
Parameters:  aabb (AABB or AABBTree) – The AABB or AABBTree to check.
 method (str) – {‘DFS’’BFS’} Method for traversing the tree. Setting ‘DFS’ performs a depthfirst search and ‘BFS’ performs a breadthfirst search. Defaults to ‘DFS’.
 closed (bool) – Option to specify closed or open box intersection. If open, there must be a nonzero amount of overlap. If closed, boxes can be touching.
unique (bool): Return only unique pairs. Defaults to True.
Returns: AABB objects in AABBTree that overlap with the input. Return type: list

overlap_values
(aabb, method='DFS', closed=False, unique=True)[source] Get values of overlapping AABBs
This function gets the value field of each overlapping AABB.
New in version 2.6.0
This method also supports overlap checks with another instance of the AABBTree class.
Parameters:  aabb (AABB or AABBTree) – The AABB or AABBTree to check.
 method (str) – {‘DFS’’BFS’} Method for traversing the tree. Setting ‘DFS’ performs a depthfirst search and ‘BFS’ performs a breadthfirst search. Defaults to ‘DFS’.
 closed (bool) – Option to specify closed or open box intersection. If open, there must be a nonzero amount of overlap. If closed, boxes can be touching.
unique (bool): Return only unique pairs. Defaults to True.
Returns: Value fields of each node that overlaps. Return type: list

depth
Depth of the tree
Type: int

is_leaf
returns True if is leaf node
Type: bool
Contributing¶
Contributions to the project are welcome. Please visit the AABBTree repository to clone the source files, create a pull request, and submit issues.
Publication¶
If you use AABBTree in you work, please consider including this citation in your bibliography:
K. A. Hart and J. J. Rimoli, Generation of statistically representative microstructures with direct grain geomety control, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 370 (2020), 113242. (BibTeX) (DOI)
The incremental insertion method is discussed in section 2.2.2 of the paper.
License and Copyright Notice¶
Copyright © 20192021, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
AABBTree is open source and freely available under the terms of the MIT license.
License
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