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Just trying to find a definition.

I was asked this in an interview and I assumed it was a polygon created by incorrectly modifying a another polygon in a coverage.

According to my best googling resulting in this code: http://www.falconview.org/svn/FalconView/trunk/public/fvw_core/Utility/GeometryUtils.cpp and my limited understanding of it. A shaved polygon occurs when you eliminate a polygon and your surface no longer forms a convex hull. I would assume this is important in a situation where keeping area constant (such as city limits).

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When the polygons overlap they create slivers, in ArcGIS the Eliminate Tool would remove them. –  Mapperz Feb 14 '13 at 18:17
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(+1) This is not a well-known term, nor does it appear to have a consistent definition. See (for instance) the definition in the book at books.google.com/…. In such an interview I would just have admitted my ignorance and perhaps commented on the need in GIS to be careful about our terms (and not assume everyone has a common understanding). –  whuber Feb 14 '13 at 19:04
    
People ask stupid questions in interviews sometimes. An esoteric technical detail has no value for determining ability or knowledge -- but it's not even a technical detail if google gives 1 result for "shaved polygon", and it's a random code comment. Probably meant a polygon sliver via Mapperz... See worst interview question on Earth: “What’s the difference between varchar and varchar2 in Oracle 8i?” joelonsoftware.com/articles/GuerrillaInterviewing3.html –  awesomo Feb 14 '13 at 20:11
    
Were you interviewing for a job that requires familiarity with data used by Falconview? –  Kirk Kuykendall Feb 14 '13 at 20:44
    
I am afraid not –  DarkSheep Feb 15 '13 at 15:16
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