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Streamlining Python Code for Big Data

I have Python code which is designed to take point shapefiles through the following workflow: Merge points Integrate points, such that any points within 1 m of each other become one point Create ...
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How to hide “internal” polygon boundaries?

We've been scratching our heads over how to tackle this for some time, and are no more illuminated than when we started. I hope you can help. Our task is thus: how to draw a lake with a solid outer ...
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The simplest way to uninstall any and all ArcGIS products?

What it is the simplest and most straightforward way to uninstall any and all ArcGIS products more or less in one go that might be present on a Windows machine? perhaps scriptable? Add/Remove ...
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Ecological geospatial conundrum

I am looking for a different, more elegant solution to a spatial statistics problem. Raw data consists of an x-y coordinate for each individual tree (i.e. converted to a point .shp file). Although ...
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How to determine if trees within forest gaps are clustered?

The attached dataset shows approximately 6000 saplings in approximately 50 variable sized forest gaps. I am interested in learning how these saplings are growing within their respective gaps (i.e. ...
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How can I utilize NumPy arrays to optimize big data geoprocessing?

I'm interested in learning how to utilize NumPy arrays to optimize geoprocessing. Much of my work involves "big data", where geoprocessing often takes days to accomplish certain tasks. Needless to ...
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How to find and merge duplicate points?

I have two point shapefiles: Red and Blue. Each point shapefile has a z value which represents a radius (i.e. represented as buffers in the example). A duplicate point is defined as a point that ...
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Programatically split a polygon with a line

In looking at this question, it occurred to me that I am not sure how one would go about using geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS to split a polygon with a line programatically. Manually, you would use ...
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Methods for optimizing multcore processing in ArcGIS

I am interested in learning methods to utilize the full extent of multicore processing power available on a desktop computer. Arc states that background geoprocessing allows the user to utilize ...
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How to create an error map to support an average kernel density map?

I've created an average kernel density map by running KDEs on points stacked within the same spatial extent. For example, say we have three point shapefiles representing seedlings in three different ...
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How to identify polygons with “flag” sliver errors

Working in ArcMap, I have come across errors in a polygon layer that I will call "flag slivers" (taken from similar language in parcels call "flag lots"). These sliver polygons (see image below) are ...
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How to bypass errors in arcpy for/while loop?

I have a handy script tool that loops through a workspace and renames and copies shapefiles to a feature dataset. However, if there is a corrupted shapefile somewhere in the workspace the script ...
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Can ArcGIS and OSGeo4W share the same python install?

I don't like unnecessary duplication. Is it possible to install python only once and have both ArcGIS and OSGeo4W use it?
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Add Google Basemap to ArcGIS

I am looking for a way to add Google Earth imagery to ArcMap 10. Over a year ago, a GIS.SE member mentioned Arc2Earth was the only way to accomplish this (04/2011 thread). Another somewhat ...
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How to combine corner-touching polygons into a single feature

I have created a polygon layer from rasters, and only have a single classification ID (and calculated acres) for each polygon. I would like to "dissolve" all touching features into larger, individual ...
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Which is the correct projection in ArcGIS for EPSG:3857/900913?

I want to publish a mapservice in ArcGIS server, which will be overlayed on Google Maps or Bing Maps. For this, the Map Service needs to be in EPSG:3857/900913. The Google Maps projection is supposed ...
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How do I use variables from one Python script in other Python scripts?

I want to set up a single python file containing variables that have the locations of all my data sources. This would then be used by all my other scripts, then as a data source changes, I only have ...
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Subset Folder Contents ArcPy

I have about 1500 .txt files within a folder named 3410001ne => 3809962sw. I need to subset about 470 of these files to process with a Python script. Below is the section of code prior to my for ...
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How to trace a line layer (road network) through points?

OK. I've been reluctant to post this, but I've just about given up. I have a road network (purple), Point files (green) and a beginning point (yellow). I want to trace the point files based on the ...
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Map Application Requires Refresh to Initialize

I tried this question over on StackOverflow but didn't get any answers. Hoping you all might be able to help. Creating a web mapping application in Javascript/Dojo: When I load the app in a browser ...
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How to integrate SAGA Python Modules into ArcGIS Desktop?

I have been having a look at SAGA (http://www.saga-gis.org/en/index.html) and it seems to have some nice tools for geoprocessing. I was wondering if anyone out there has had any luck bringing SAGA ...
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How do I combine high resolution and generalized hillshade rasters to produce enhanced shaded relief?

I often add LiDAR data to a map along with a shaded relief. Most of the time i have to generalize the LiDAR dem depending on the scale of the map. Still, there is often too much detail and mountain ...
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The role of '#' in a python 'if':

I recently exported an ArcGIS model to python and was reviewing the script and am confused by the following line: if TRU_W_DatableFeatures == '#' or not TRU_W_DatableFeatures: I can't seem to find ...
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How to split points by polygon?

I am looking for a way to split points by a county polygon feature class. The attached image shows two feature classes: one composed of points and the other a county polygon feature class. The split ...
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ArcGIS 10.1 edit PostgreSQL layer

I've been working with QuantumGIS/PostgreSQL/postGIS for a while now, without problems. But now I have to change QuantumGIS for ArcGIS 10.1. I'm having trouble adding a layer from PostgreSQL and ...
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Transform bookmarks to data driven pages in ArcGIS?

We have this large project in ArcGIS with 30 maps with different extents using Bookmarks to pan between these maps/pages. Now we would like to use Data driven pages instead. The question is, is it ...
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How to get full path of layer selected in drop-down box for ArcGIS Python tool

I have a Python script-based tool in ArcGIS. One of the parameters for the tool is an input raster file, which I've set (using the properties of the tool within the toolbox) to be a Raster Layer. This ...
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Are there any training resources in SQL and Python as applied to GIS database management?

I've taken ESRI database courses, which have been helpful to my work. But I also need training in SQL and Python as applied to GIS database management. Any suggestions?
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How can I use an ArcGIS.com map that's not shared with everyone from JavaScript API?

I like to use the ArcGIS.com to create a map with operational layers on top of a baselayer. I would like to have the Content and Map as private but to show the map in an application built with ...
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What's the ArcObjects equivalent to ArcMap's Flip button

In an ArcMap extension, I need to flip multiple lines from a selection. The ArcMap Flip button only allow to flip one feature at a time. What's the ArcObjects equibalent to the ArcMap's flip button? ...
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Running ArcGIS 10.0 Under Virtualenv

I am working on a Python package that has a mixture of command line tools and ArcToolbox tools. For Python development it is really useful to use VirtualEnv, especially when working with installers. ...
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ArcGIS 10 Optimization?

Does the MXD Defrag program still exist in ArcGIS 10? Additionally, what settings/options have you identified to help keep ArcGIS 10 running fast?
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Counting points along a polyline at a given distance of every 40 Ft

I've got a polyline representing a pipeline and have a pig run that has metal loss. I am going to create a points shapefile in ArcMap 9.3.1 of the metal loss locations along the pipeline but want to ...
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MXD vs MSD - Benchmarks?

Has anyone seen any publically available benchmarks of MSDs vs MXDs? If we ignore the fact that as part of the MSD publishing process, we run it through some validators with the map service ...
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How to efficiently (programmatically) determine whether two datasets have / don't have identical content?

Given: a geodatabase A that contains 100 datasets named a1 .. a100 a geodatabase B that contains 100 datasets named b1 .. b100 I want to programmatically (*) determine for each dataset pair (ai, ...
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Calculate Distance between a Polygon and a Point Along a Path

I am very new to ArcGis and am trying to figure out how to do this. Basically, this is what I am trying to do: I have a map of Canada and in it I have polygons representing areas (each about the ...
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Are there any rules of thumb for the neighborhood settings in Focal Statistics?

In ArcGIS 10, users can define the neighborhood in the Focal statistics tool. The moving window shape can be set to any of the following: Wedge, annulus, circle, rectangle, irregular, and weight. ...
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Permanently Change ArcMap's “Maximum Sample Size” Setting?

I've lately been working on feature classes with a huge number of polygons (e.g. all of the Census blocks within the Chicago metro area). I've been needing to symbolize them by quantities a fair ...
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How to work within ArcGIS image server export limits?

I need to clip out a region of an arcgis image service that is larger than the export limit. I'm not trying to defeat copy protection or anything of that nature. The data is from a service belonging ...
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What qualifications should an auditor have if they plan on auditing a GIS?

Background summary: Various systems are being audited and GIS is the next to be audited. The initial kick-off for the audit was a meeting between me and a single auditor. Initially, I thought it was ...
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Using a different Python IDE/debugger for ArcGIS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I effectively debug arcpy Python scripts? I prefer to use PyScripter over IDLE as my IDE/debugger for writing GP scripts in Python. In ArcGIS, however, when I ...
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ArcGIS file naming conventions: is there an advantage to using underscores?

In an introductory GIS course, it was insisted that all spaces within file and folder names be replaced with underscores. Why is this taught? Is there a clear benefit of doing so?
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Spatial query tool for laymen

I know nothing about GIS, but I have what I think is a GIS problem. From spending a few hours googling my problem, I think what I need to do is perform a spatial query, but I'm not sure how to go ...
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Are there any issues to be aware of running ArcGIS on a Mac?

I'm considering upgrading the PC to a MacBook Pro and installing Parallels, and would like advice from other ArcGIS Desktop users who have done this. The performance aspects of VM-ware are considered ...
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How to choose selectable layers in ArcMap 10?

Maybe I'm missing something, but I cannot figure out how to toggle selectable layers in ArcMap 10. In 9.3, I remember being able to choose from a list which layers I wanted to be able to select ...
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Convert Shape Polyline-M to Polyline

I have some pretty old software that I am forced to use (no option). It's old enough that it doesn't recognize shape files of type Polyline-M, it only recognizes shape files of Polyline. I have a ...
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Alternative for ArcGIS for software development

I'm looking for a free and reasonably licensed alternative to ArcGIS (or maybe just ArcGIS server). I'm quite new to GIS, so I'll state some of the things I want to be able to do and you can tell me ...
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ArcGIS data capacity

For any ArcGIS users, how large of a dataset (in terms of number of records) can ArcGIS comfortably render on the screen at once? For example, if I have an excel spreadsheet with 15k records, will ...
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Geocoding through a language barrier

This is related to a previous question of mine. It has come to my attention that the streets file I use as my address locator in Canada uses French (or simply accented) characters for the names. ...
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Statistical relationships between rasters

I am trying to analyze how sets of rasters relate to each other using some statistical techniques. As, I don't have much experience using the spatial statistics tools in ArcGIS I was exporting my ...