Five methods for determining the screw parameters of finite rigid body motion using position data of three non-collinear points are compared on the basis of their efficiency, accuracy, and sensitivity to data error. It is found that the method based on Rodrigues’ Formula (Bottema & Roth’s method) is the most efficient. Angeles’ method and Laub & Shiflett’s method provide approximately the same level of accuracy, which is superior to that of the other methods. In terms of sensitivity, Bottema & Roth’s method is preferable On the basis of this study it is recommended that Bottema & Roth’s method to be used if uncertainty exists in the data since it can provide a solution efficiently, accurately, and it is the least sensitive to data error.

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