Expression Reference

All of the input parameters in the attribute inspector window accept expressions as well as scalar inputs, the expression language is based on SeExpr which is useful to add a higher level of control to your graphs.

Variables

Yeti maps a local variable of each expression to attributes in the flow, any attribute is available in an expression and can be referenced via a $ proceeding the attribute name.

Common Variables

$P, $PRef surface point and the surface point at the rest position (vector).
$N, $NRef surface normal and the surface normal at the rest position
$strandu the current position along the fibre ( 0 is base and 1 is tip )
$s, $t texture coords (scalars)
$id per-surface unique object Id, typically a small integer
$frame/$F current frame number ( round numbers, 1,4,10,etc.)
$time the current sample time ( subframe, 0.8,1.0,1.2 etc. )

Local Variables

Local variables can be defined at the start of the expression::

$a = noise($P);
$b = noise($a * 1);
pow($a, 0.5) + $b

External variables can also be overridden by local assignment. This can be useful to scale the noise frequency for instance::

$P = $P * 10; # increase noise frequency
fbm(vnoise($P) + $P/4)

Functions

Color, Masking,and Remapping

float clamp ( float x, float lo, float hi ) constrain x to range [lo, hi]
float compress ( float x, float lo, float hi ) Compress the dynamic range from [0..1] to [lo..hi]
float expand ( float x, float lo, float hi ) Expand the dynamic range from [lo..hi] to [0..1]
float contrast ( float x, float c ) Adjust the contrast. For c from 0 to 0.5, the contrast is decreased. For c > 0.5, the contrast is increased.
float invert ( float x ) Invert the value. Defined as 1-x.
float remap ( float x, float source, float range, float falloff, int interp ) General remapping function. When x is within +/- range of source, the result is one. The result falls to zero beyond that range over falloff distance. The falloff shape is controlled by interp. Numeric values or named constants may be used: int linear = 0 int smooth = 1 int gaussian = 2
color hsi ( color x, float h, float s, float i, float map=1 ) The hsi function shifts the hue by h (in degrees) and scales the saturation and intensity by s and i respectively.
color midhsi ( color x, float h, float s, float i, float map, float falloff=1 , int interp=0 ) The midhsi function is just like the hsi function except that the control map is centered around the mid point (value of 0.5) and can scale the shift in both directions.
color rgbtohsl ( color rgb ) RGB to HSL color space conversion.
color hsltorgb ( color hsl ) HSL is Hue, Saturation, Lightness (all in range [0..1] )
float bias ( float x, float b) Variation of gamma where control parameter goes from 0 to 1 with values > 0.5 pulling the curve up and values < 0.5 pulling the curve down.
float gamma ( float x, float g) pow(x, 1/g)
float fit ( float x, float a1, float b1, float a2, float b2 ) Linear remapping of [a1..x..b1] to [a2..x..b2]
float mix ( float a, float b, float alpha ) Blend of a and b according to alpha. Defined as a*(1-alpha) + b*alpha.
float boxstep ( float x, float a ) float gaussstep ( float x, float a, float b ) float linearstep ( float x, float a, float b ) float smoothstep ( float x, float a, float b ) The step functions are zero for x < a and one for x > b (or x > a in the case of boxstep). Between a and b, the value changes continuously between zero and one. The gausstep function uses the standard gaussian “bell” curve which is based on an exponential curve. The smoothstep function uses a cubic curve.

Noise

float hash ( float seed1, [float seed2, ...] ) Like rand, but with no internal seeds. Any number of seeds may be given and the result will be a random function based on all the seeds.
float cellnoise ( vector v ) float cellnoise1 ( float x ) cellnoise generates a field of constant colored cubes based on the integer location. This is the same as the prman cellnoise function.
float cellnoise2 ( float x, float y )  
float cellnoise3 ( float x, float y, float z )  
float noise ( vector v ) noise is a random function that smoothly blends between samples at integer locations.
float noise ( float x, float y )  
float noise ( float x, float y, float z )  
float noise ( float x, float y, float z, float w )  
color cnoise ( vector v) color noise
float snoise ( vector v) signed noise w/ range -1 to 1.
vector vnoise (vector v ) signed vector noise
color cnoise4 ( vector v, float t) color noise
float snoise4 ( vector v, float t) signed noise w/ range -1 to 1.
vector vnoise4 (vector v, float t ) signed vector noise
float pnoise ( vector v, vector period ) - periodic noise  
float perlin ( vector v ) “Improved Perlin Noise”, based on Ken Perlin’s 2002 Java reference code.
float perlin ( vector v )  
color cperlin ( vector v) color noise
float sperlin ( vector v) signed noise w/ range -1 to 1.
vector vperlin (vector v ) signed vector noise
float fbm ( vector v, int octaves = 6, float lacunarity = 2, float gain = 0.5 ) fbm (Fractal Brownian Motion) is a multi-frequency noise function. The base frequency is the same as the “noise” function. The total number of frequencies is controlled by octaves. The lacunarity is the spacing between the frequencies - a value of 2 means each octave is twice the previous frequency. The gain controls how much each frequency is scaled relative to the previous frequency.
color cfbm ( vector v, int octaves = 6, float lacunarity = 2, float gain = 0.5 )  
vector vfbm ( vector v, int octaves = 6, float lacunarity = 2, float gain = 0.5 )  
float fbm4 ( vector v, float time, int octaves = 6, float lacunarity = 2, float gain = 0.5 )  
color cfbm4 ( vector v, float time, int octaves = 6, float lacunarity = 2, float gain = 0.5 )  
vector vfbm4 ( vector v, float time, int octaves = 6, float lacunarity = 2, float gain = 0.5 )  
float turbulence ( vector v, int octaves = 6, float lacunarity = 2, float gain = 0.5 ) turbulence is a variant of fbm where the absolute value of each noise term is taken. This gives a more billowy appearance.
color cturbulence ( vector v, int octaves = 6, float lacunarity = 2, float gain = 0.5 )  
vector vturbulence ( vector v, int octaves = 6, float lacunarity = 2, float gain = 0.5 )  
float voronoi ( vector v, int type = 1, float jitter = 0.5, float fbmScale = 0, int fbmOctaves = 4, float fbmLacunarity = 2, float fbmGain = 0.5) voronoi is a cellular noise pattern. It is a jittered variant of cellnoise. cvoronoi returns a random color for each cell and pvoronoi returns the point location of the center of the cell. The type parameter describes different variants of the noise function. The jitter param controls how irregular the pattern is (jitter = 0 is like ordinary cellnoise). The fbm* params can be used to distort the noise field. When fbmScale is zero (the default), there is no distortion. The remaining params are the same as for the fbm function.
color cvoronoi ( vector v, int type = 1, float jitter = 0.5, float fbmScale = 0, int fbmOctaves = 4, float fbmLacunarity = 2, float fbmGain = 0.5)  
vector pvoronoi ( vector v, float jitter = 0.5, float fbmScale = 0, int fbmOctaves = 4, float fbmLacunarity = 2, float fbmGain = 0.5)  

Selection

int cycle ( int index, int loRange, int hiRange )
Cycles through values between loRange and hiRange based on supplied index.  This is an offset "mod" function.  The result is computed as (loRange + value % (hiRange-loRange+1)).

int pick ( float index, int loRange, int hiRange, [float weights, ...] )
Picks values randomly between loRange and hiRange based on supplied index (which is automatically hashed).  The values will be distributed according to the supplied weights.  Any weights not supplied are assumed to be 1.0.

float choose ( float index, float choice1, float choice2, [...] )
Chooses one of the supplied choices based on the index (assumed to be in range [0..1]).

float wchoose ( float index, float choice1, float weight1, float choice2, float weight2, [...] )
Chooses one of the supplied choices based on the index (assumed to be in range[0..1]). The values will be distributed according to the supplied weights.

General Math and Constants

float PI= 3.14159...  
float E = 2.71828...  
float abs ( float x) absolute value of x
float max ( float a, float b ) greater of a and b
float min ( float a, float b ) lesser of a and b
float fmod ( float x, float y) remainder of x / y (also available as ‘%’ operator)
float cbrt ( float x ) cube root
float sqrt ( float x ) square root
float ceil ( float x ) next higher integer
float floor ( float x ) next lower integer
float round ( float x ) nearest integer
float trunc ( float x ) nearest integer towards zero
float exp ( float x ) E raised to the x power
float log ( float x ) natural logarithm
float log10 ( float x ) base 10 logarithm
float pow ( float x, float y ) x to the y power (also available as ‘^’ operator)

Trigonometry

float acos ( float x ) arc cosine
float asin ( float x ) arc sine
float atan ( float x ) arc tangent
float atan2 ( float y, float x) arc tangent of y/x between -PI and PI
float cos ( float x ) cosine
float sin ( float x ) sine
float tan ( float x ) tangent
float acosd ( float x ) arc cosine in degrees
float asind ( float x ) arc sine in degrees
float atand ( float x ) arc tangent in degrees
float atan2d ( float y, float x ) arc tangent in degrees of y/x between -180 and 180
float cosd ( float x ) cosine in degrees
float sind ( float x ) sine in degrees
float tand ( float x ) tangent in degrees
float acosh ( float x ) hyperbolic arc cosine
float asinh ( float x ) hyperbolic arc sine
float atanh ( float x ) hyperbolic arc tangent
float cosh ( float x ) hyperbolic cosine
float sinh ( float x ) hyperbolic sine
float tanh ( float x ) hyperbolic tangent
float deg ( float x ) radians to degrees
float rad ( float x ) degrees to radians
float hypot ( float x, float y ) length of 2d vector (x,y)

Vector Functions

float angle( vector a, vector b ) angle between two vectors (in radians)
vector cross ( vector a, vector b ) vector cross product
float dist ( vector a, vector b ) distance between two points
float dot ( vector a, vector b) vector dot product
float length ( vector v ) length of vector
vector norm ( vector v ) vector scaled to unit length
vector ortho ( vector a, vector b ) vector orthographic to two vectors
vector up ( vector v, vector up ) rotates v such that the Y axis points in the given up direction
vector rotate ( vector v, vector axis, float angle ) rotates v around axis by given angle (in radians)

Vector Support

Vectors (points, colors, or 3d vectors) may be intermixed with scalars (simple float values). If a scalar is used in a vector context, it is replicated into the three components (e.g. 0.5 becomes [0.5, 0.5, 0.5] ). If a vector is used in a scalar context, only the first component is used.

One of the benefits of this is that all the functions that are defined to work with scalars automatically extend to vectors. For instance, pick, choose, cycle, spline, etc., will work just fine with vectors.

Arithmetic operators such as +, *, etc., and scalar functions are applied component-wise to vectors. For example, applying the gamma function to a map adjusts the gamma of all three color channels.

Curves

Interpolation of parameter values to a set of control points is governed by the following functions.:

color curve(float param,float pos0,color val0,int interp0,float pos1,color val1,int interp1,[...])
Interpolates color ramp given by control points at 'param'. Control points are specified by triples of parameters pos_i, val_i, and interp_i. Interpolation codes are 0 - none, 1 - linear, 2 - smooth, 3 - spline, 4 - monotone (non-oscillating) spline

float curve(float param,float pos0,float val0,int interp0,float pos1,float val1,int interp1,[...])
Interpolates a 1D ramp defined by control points at 'param'. Control points are specified by triples of parameters pos_i, val_i, and interp_i. Interpolation codes are 0 - none, 1 - linear, 2 - smooth, 3 - spline, 4 - monotone (non-oscillating) spline

float spline(float param,float y1,float y2,float y3,float y4,[...])
Interpolates a set of values to the parameter specified where y1, ..., yn are distributed evenly from [0...1]

Misc

void printf(string format,[param0,param1,...])
Prints a string to stdout that is formatted as given. Formatting parameters possible are %f for float (takes first component of vector argument) or %v for vector. For example if you wrote printf("test %f %v",[1,2,3],[4,5,6]); you would get "test 1 [4,5,6]".

Operators

(listed in decreasing precedence)

[ a, b, c ] vector creation
[ n ] vector component access - n must be 0, 1, or 2 (e.g. $P[0])
^ exponentiation (same as pow function)
! logical NOT
~ inversion (i.e. ~$A gives the same result as 1-$A)
* / % multiply, divide, modulus (same as fmod function)
+ - add, subtract
< > <= >= comparison (only uses [0] component of vectors)
== != equality, inequality
&& logical AND and OR
? : conditional (like if-then-else, e.g. $u < .5 ? 0 : 1)
-> apply The function on the right of the arrow is applied to the expression on the left. Examples: $Cs -> contrast(.7) -> clamp(0.2, 0.8) $u -> hsi(20, 1.2, 1, $Cs -> gamma(1.2))

Assignment Operators

Besides the basic assignment statement “$foo=$bar;” you can also do operator assignments such as “$foo+=$bar;” which is equivalent to “$foo=$foo+$bar;”. Additionally there are, +=, -=, /=, %=, *=, ^=.

Comments

Any characters following a ‘#’ to the end of the line are ignored and may be used as a comment, or for “commenting out” part of the expression. For a multi-line expression, each line may have its own comment.

Examples

pick ( value, 1, 10 ) integer values between 1 and 10 will be returned
pick ( value, 1, 10, 2, 2.5 ) the values 1 and 2 will be returned twice and 2.5 times as often respectively as compared to the other values (3-10)
pick ( value, 10, 20, 1, 1, 0 ) values 10, 11, and 13 through 20 will be returned (12 is skipped due to zero weight)

SeExpr

Yeti’s expression language is based on SeExpr which is an open source project, more information is available at the SeExpr Homepage.