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    Default Mirroring pixels

    Mirroring is done by copying. Suppose a Picture has H rows of Pixels and W columns of Pixels and W is an even number, like W is 2N. Here N is a the whole number that is exactly 1/2 of W. How many Pixels are copied when the Picture is mirrored along the vertical line through its middle?
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    Default Re: Mirroring pixels

    If I've understood what you wrote correctly then, using your nomenclature with this particular case, N*H pixels are copied.

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    Default Re: Mirroring pixels

    Make yourself a small image - say 4 rows each with 6 elements. Make it out of 24 small squares of paper (mark or colour them so they can be easily identified).

    Now reflect the image: that is, move each small square element to its mirror image position. But you can't ever have two elements at the same position so I would think you will need a temporary position to which the small elements can be moved. Then it's a matter of counting the moves you have to make - each move is a copy.

    I assume you are supposed to do this as efficiently as possible. I can't see how as few as N*W moves could do the job without losing 1/2 the picture.

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    Default Re: Mirroring pixels

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrockway2
    I can't see how as few as N*W moves could do the job without losing 1/2 the picture.
    True, half the picture would be lost with N*H copies and that may be undesirable depending on the requirements (which weren't specified) but, mathematically speaking, that's the smallest required number of pixels to copy to achieve the mirroring.

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    Default Re: Mirroring pixels

    iOh, I see! I hadn't considered that the OP might be trying to create a symetrical picture from one half...

    In that case, and considering we're in the OOP forum, I suggest that it be done with zero copies.

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