How to use the unsig_analyzer

Before getting started, understanding the anatomy of an unsig will be helpful!

The unsig_analyzer is a tool that allows you to experiment with various elements of an unsig to see how all of the pieces come together to create what you see. Currently the available criteria are:

  • unsig #: Search for a specific unsig
  • Property count: Each unsig has 0-6 properties
  • Collection: Named collections for unsigs that have a certain combination of forms (e.g., “Windmills”)
  • Collection count: Number of unsigs in a collection
  • Form name: Name of a basic form that is included in the visual geometry of an unsig
  • Form direction: Orientation of a form, such as ascending or descending
  • Form color: Color of a form

Each unsig has 0 to 3 forms. Those with 0 forms are called “no-liners,” and can be viewed as a named collection. All remaining unsigs can be narrowed down using the form name filters. You will find that the more filtering you do on Form 1, the fewer options are available in Form 2, and so on, but you can filter in any order. Every choice you make, in any order, will reduce the number of results returned.

A note on building collections

One peculiarity of unsigs is that what appears as a simple, clean geometry could contain different but congruent forms. For example, an unsig that appears to show only a single bulbs geometry might have only one single bulbs form, or it could also have a diagonal in the same orientation. Because of this, there are many combinations of between 1 and 3 forms to try in order to get the count of those that appear the same visually.

Currently the unsig_analyzer can return results for only one combination at a time; it’s up to you to build them into a collection.

How to do it

If you would like to do a complete count of a specific geometry to build a collection, you will need to understand all possible form combinations that will result in the visual geometry you’re looking for.

The list of possible combinations (“recipe”) will look something like this one:

ComboForm 1Form 2Form 3
1single bulbssingle bulbs
2single bulbsdiagonal
3diagonalsingle bulbs
4single bulbssingle bulbssingle bulbs
5single bulbssingle bulbsdiagonal
6single bulbsdiagonalsingle bulbs
7single bulbsdiagonaldiagonal
8diagonalsingle bulbsdiagonal
9diagonalsingle bulbssingle bulbs
10diagonaldiagonalsingle bulbs

Not all combinations will return results! Sometimes combinations just aren’t possible given an unsig’s properties. If you are building collections manually though, you’d need to try all of them.

To learn more about how form combinations work, see the recipes used to build out the collections available in the unsig_analyzer.

Planned improvements

  • Implementing the ability to select results and add them to a collection
  • Improving filtering so that trying all combinations isn’t necessary