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# Find Natural Neighbors Verification#

Finding natural neighbors in a triangulation

A triangle is a natural neighbor of a point if that point is within a circumscribed circle (“circumcircle”) containing the triangle.

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
from scipy.spatial import Delaunay
from metpy.interpolate.geometry import circumcircle_radius, find_natural_neighbors
# Create test observations, test points, and plot the triangulation and points.
gx, gy = np.meshgrid(np.arange(0, 20, 4), np.arange(0, 20, 4))
pts = np.vstack([gx.ravel(), gy.ravel()]).T
tri = Delaunay(pts)
fig, ax = plt.subplots(figsize=(15, 10))
for i, inds in enumerate(tri.simplices):
pts = tri.points[inds]
x, y = np.vstack((pts, pts[0])).T
ax.plot(x, y)
ax.annotate(i, xy=(np.mean(x), np.mean(y)))
test_points = np.array([[2, 2], [5, 10], [12, 13.4], [12, 8], [20, 20]])
for i, (x, y) in enumerate(test_points):
ax.plot(x, y, 'k.', markersize=6)
ax.annotate('test ' + str(i), xy=(x, y))
```

Since finding natural neighbors already calculates circumcenters, return that information for later use.

The key of the neighbors dictionary refers to the test point index, and the list of integers are the triangles that are natural neighbors of that particular test point.

Since point 4 is far away from the triangulation, it has no natural neighbors. Point 3 is at the confluence of several triangles so it has many natural neighbors.

```
neighbors, circumcenters = find_natural_neighbors(tri, test_points)
print(neighbors)
```

Out:

```
{0: [0, 1], 1: [18, 19], 2: [16, 17, 22, 23], 3: [24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31], 4: []}
```

We can plot all of the triangles as well as the circles representing the circumcircles

```
fig, ax = plt.subplots(figsize=(15, 10))
for i, inds in enumerate(tri.simplices):
pts = tri.points[inds]
x, y = np.vstack((pts, pts[0])).T
ax.plot(x, y)
ax.annotate(i, xy=(np.mean(x), np.mean(y)))
# Using circumcenters and calculated circumradii, plot the circumcircles
for idx, cc in enumerate(circumcenters):
ax.plot(cc[0], cc[1], 'k.', markersize=5)
circ = plt.Circle(cc, circumcircle_radius(*tri.points[tri.simplices[idx]]),
edgecolor='k', facecolor='none', transform=fig.axes[0].transData)
ax.add_artist(circ)
ax.set_aspect('equal', 'datalim')
plt.show()
```

**Total running time of the script:** ( 0 minutes 0.426 seconds)