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Convert polygon contour to clockwise vertex ordering


[x2, y2] = poly2cw(x1, y1)


[x2, y2] = poly2cw(x1, y1) arranges the Cartesian vertices in the polygonal contour (x1, y1) in clockwise order, returning the result in x2 and y2. If x1 and y1 can contain multiple contours, represented either as NaN-separated vectors or as cell arrays, then each contour is converted to clockwise ordering. x2 and y2 have the same format (NaN-separated vectors or cell arrays) as x1 and y1.


Convert a counterclockwise-ordered square to clockwise ordering.

x1 = [0 1 1 0 0];
y1 = [0 0 1 1 0];
ispolycw(x1, y1)

ans =

[x2, y2] = poly2cw(x1, y1);
ispolycw(x2, y2)

ans =


You can use poly2cw for geographic coordinates if the polygon does not cross the Antimeridian or contain a pole. A polygon contains a pole if the longitude data spans 360 degrees. To use poly2cw with geographic coordinates, specify the longitude vector as x1 and the latitude vector as y1.

Version History

Introduced before R2006a