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Anchor’s origins were in a research project at ETH Zurich involving marked-point-processes. Certain data objects and algorithms found in the software borrows terminology from this subject area.

What are Marked Point Processes?

They are extensions of classical point-processes that additionally associate a mark (extra attributes) with each point produced in the process.

Consider adding an extra radius attribute to a point process, so each instance is a point and a radius. It can be geometrically interpreted as producing circles.

A more mathematical introduction can be found in Marked Point Processes by Tonglin Zhang.