# 07.29.07

## Exercise 8.6

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```polygon :: [Coordinate] -> Region polygon [] = Empty polygon [x] = Empty polygon (x:xs) = halfPlanes x (xs ++ [x]) where halfPlanes x1 (x2:xs) = HalfPlane x1 x2 `Intersect` halfPlanes x2 xs halfPlanes xlast [] = Complement Empty```

1. Wieslaw Poszewiecki said,

April 17, 2008 at 6:06 am

I surrender. Correct text is at
http://www.mroweczka.pl/exerc806.hs

```polygon ver =
foldl Intersect Empty [HalfPlane a b| (a,b)< -zip ver (tail ver++[head ver])]
```

or if you don't like Empty constructor

```polygon' ver =
let zipped = [HalfPlane a b| (a,b)< -zip ver (tail ver++[head ver])]
in foldl Intersect (head zipped) (tail zipped)
```

April 17, 2008 at 9:31 pm

I’ve removed your false starts and added the code. Try using <pre> tags around the code – that should preserve it.

3. fero said,

July 22, 2008 at 11:11 am

Hi Wieslaw, I think this is no correct
polygon ver =
foldl Intersect Empty [HalfPlane a b| (a,b)<-zip ver (tail ver++[head ver])]

it should be
polygon ver =
foldl Intersect (Complement Empty) [HalfPlane a b| (a,b)<-zip ver (tail ver++[head ver])]

beacause “anything `Intersect` Empty” is “Empty”. You should Intersect it with all the space which is “Complement Empty”. I wrote the same solution with “Complement Empty” and it is working.

4. Jon Gallagher said,

January 7, 2009 at 2:36 pm

No. There is no such thing as a polygon with one or two sides. There needs to be a check, on the length of the list of coordinates, and if less than 3 it should be Empty. Then proceed as folding the Intersection into these planes.

5. Wiesław Poszewiecki said,

December 14, 2010 at 2:44 am

Fero,Jon you are both right. Thanks.
Jon – assuming there is no polygon with less than 3 sides then the check should return error and not Empty.

6. Ricky Liu said,

March 5, 2014 at 4:28 am

The solution given does not guard against the case of a 2-point list. The region will then become the extended infinite line created from the 2 points. I suggest to modify it as follows:

polygon :: [Coordinate] -> Region
polygon x
| (length x) < 3 = error "polygon: requires at least 3 points"