Ellipse - plot an ellipse according to 3 points

ELLIPSE plots an ellipse, and returns its values using 3 points selected by the user on the figure.


Updated 26 Nov 2014

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You can select 3 points in an existing figure or a new one, and according to your selection - you can draw an ellipse.
The first 2 points are the vertices (the edges of the major / minor axis) and the 3rd point can be every point on the ellipse. In case that the user selects an impossible point (meaning no ellipse can pass through the 3 points), the function returns NaN's and the result in the figure window is just a flat line.
During the code development, I was assisted by Roger Stafford's answer and Wikipedia

Cite As

Noam Greenboim (2023). Ellipse - plot an ellipse according to 3 points (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/48569-ellipse-plot-an-ellipse-according-to-3-points), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2013a
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