It can be generated from using this algorithm:
- Image 1:
- Start with a square. (The black square in the image)
- Image 2:
- At each convex corner of the previous image, place another square, centered at that corner, with half the side length of the square from the previous image.
- Take the union of the previous image with the collection of smaller squares placed in this way.
- Images 3–6:
- Repeat step 2.
The T-square fractal has a fractal dimension of ln(4)/ln(2) = 2. The black surface extent is almost everywhere in the bigger square, for once a point has been darkened, it remains black for every other iteration; however some points remain white.
The fractal dimension of the boundary equals .
Using mathematical induction one can prove that for each n ≥ 2 the number of new squares that are added at stage n equals .
The T-Square and the chaos game
The T-square fractal can also be generated by an adaptation of the chaos game, in which a point jumps repeatedly half-way towards the randomly chosen vertices of a square. The T-square appears when the jumping point is unable to target the vertex directly opposite the vertex previously chosen. That is, if the current vertex is v[i] and the previous vertex was v[i-1], then v[i] ≠ v[i-1] + vinc, where vinc = 2 and modular arithmetic means that 3 + 2 = 1, 4 + 2 = 2:
If vinc is given different values, allomorphs of the T-square appear that are computationally equivalent to the T-square but very different in appearance:
- Dale, Nell; Joyce, Daniel T.; and Weems, Chip (2016). Object-Oriented Data Structures Using Java, p.187. Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN 9781284125818. "Our resulting image is a fractal called a T-square because with it we can see shapes that remind us of the technical drawing instrument of the same name."
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