# Drawing Ellipses

Brett's Pick this week is ellipse, by David Long.

I've blogged before about fitting circles, and about simply drawing circles. And I've blogged about fitting ellipses. I like the general utility of functionality that facilitates those common tasks. Today, I complete the suite with a Pick that trivializes the drawing of an ellipse.

David's syntax is quite nice:

h=ellipse(ra,rb,ang,x0,y0,C,Nb);

There are defaults for all of the inputs (you'd get a circle of radius 1, plotted at [0,0]), but most usefully, you would specify, at a minimum, the semi-major (ra) and semi-minor (rb) axes lengths, the desired angle, and the coordinates of the center (plus, optionally, the color and the number of points used in the construction).

Remember Spirograph? Here's a fun little graphic I created using David's ellipse function, and another previous pick, distinguishable_colors:

colors = distinguishable_colors(20);
n = 20;
angles = linspace(0,2*pi,n);
h = zeros(n,1);
for ii = 1:n
h(ii) = ellipse(2,1,angles(ii),0,0,colors(ii,:));
end
axis equal
axis off
set(h,'linewidth',2)
set(gcf,'color','w')