`symm_difference_closed_contours_xld`

— Compute the symmetric difference of closed contours.

**symm_difference_closed_contours_xld**(*Contours1*, *Contours2* : *ContoursDifference* : : )

The operator `symm_difference_closed_contours_xld`

calculates the
symmetric difference of the regions enclosed by the contours
* Contours1* and

`Contours2`

`ContoursDifference`

If the individual input contours are not closed, they are closed automatically by connecting their start and end points.

Internally, first, the regions enclosed by each set of contours
(* Contours1* and

`Contours2`

In the following, the two sets of input contours are referred to as
*boundary sets*. A boundary set consists of an arbitrary number of
boundaries (the individual contours of * Contours1* and

`Contours2`

The region enclosed by such a boundary set is defined by the so-called Even-Odd-Rule. Thus, it consists of all points with the following property: The line constructed by connecting the point with another reference point that lies outside of the region has an odd number of intersections with boundaries.

More descriptive, this means that a boundary defines a hole in the region enclosed by another boundary if it lies completely inside that region. Similarly, the overlapping area of two separate boundaries of one boundary set is taken as a "hole", i.e., it does not belong to the region enclosed by the two boundaries. Note that the region enclosed by a boundary does not depend on the orientation of the boundary.

A self-intersecting boundary may be split at the intersection point or it is reordered such that it touches itself at the intersection point. The resulting boundaries are treated as separate boundaries.

The resulting boundaries * ContoursDifference* are automatically
classified into boundaries that enclose regions and boundaries that enclose
holes. This information is stored in the global contour attribute

`get_contour_global_attrib_xld`

.
Note that subsequent points whose row and column coordinates differ by less than 1e-06 pixels are considered as one point.

- Multithreading type: reentrant (runs in parallel with non-exclusive operators).
- Multithreading scope: global (may be called from any thread).
- Processed without parallelization.

`Contours1`

`→`

object
Contours enclosing the first region.

`Contours2`

`→`

object
Contours enclosing the second region.

`ContoursDifference`

`→`

object
Contours enclosing the symmetric difference.

`symm_difference_closed_contours_xld`

returns 2 (H_MSG_TRUE) if all parameters
are correct. If necessary, an exception is raised.

`gen_contour_region_xld`

,
`zero_crossing_sub_pix`

,
`threshold_sub_pix`

`intersection_closed_contours_xld`

,
`difference_closed_contours_xld`

,
`union2_closed_contours_xld`

,
`symm_difference_closed_polygons_xld`

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