The measure of separation between two entities or locations that may or may not be connected, such as two points.

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Calculate distances between series of points in postgis

I have a postgres/postgis table containing a series of sequential points. I want to add a new column to the table which contains the distance between each point and the first one, and so forth until ...
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Find distance from a point to linestring

I have table (shapetable) with my coastline shape file loaded. I have another table (pointtable) with lat long points. Wondering how would i go about writing a sql query to find the distance between ...
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Total newbie. Creating map from aerial photo of golf course in QGIS

I have a aerial photo in tif with a tfw file of the golf course that I work at. I would like to create vector data of different features on the course such as greens fairways tees, etc. to calculate ...
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Connecting line features and determining the length of the longest line

I have a line feature (see image) representing a river that I created using the Stream_to_Feature tool. The attribute table contains several records representing different lines - the problem is the ...
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Comparing two point shapefiles that contain lat/longs and compute distance using ArcGIS Desktop?

I have 2 sets of point shapefiles in ArcGIS Desktop (group A and B), each set has around 1000 entries that contain lat/long. What I want to do is compare Group A against Group B and figure out for ...
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How to perform trilateration using 3 lat/lon points without distances? [closed]

I read this thread Trilateration using 3 latitude and longitude points, and 3 distances explaining about trilateration using 3 latitude and longitude with measured distance. The problem is I want to ...
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How to check if parcel is located by golf course

Is there any simple way for me to run millions of parcels through some type of script to see if a shape file parcel is on a golf course? For example if I have a layer that has all the golf courses and ...
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How to properly utilize DWITHIN Spatial Filter in OpenLayers

Given the following code: var points = []; points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(-110, 38)); points.push(new OpenLayers.Geometry.Point(-108, 40)); var lineString = ...
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Calculate coordinate ( lat / long ) with another coordinate and distance

I already have a formula that can calculate the distance between 2 geographic coordinates: public function getGeoDistance(Coordinate $geoCoord1,Coordinate $geoCoord2){ if(is_object($geoCoord1) ...
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Looking for a Java library for tracking positions, and querying regions

I have a deceptively simple requirement to create a software component to record and update some mobile position information, then be able to perform simple queries concerning mobiles in a particular ...
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Plugin for average distance from node to polyline in QGIS?

Is there a plugin available that will calculate this? EDIT 1: The red polyline is the average distance of the point to the black polyline. The red polyline is what I want to display. Alternatively, ...
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Does the Bing Maps API have a distance to coast service?

Does the Bing API contain a distance to coast service from an address? All we need to do is calculate the distance to a major coastline (Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico).
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normalizing Haversine distance

I need to normalize the Haversine distance. What's the maximum Haversine distance ? The Earth circumference I guess ? how much is it ? thanks
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Is there a tool that tells how many features there are within a set distance in ArcView?

I'm looking to create a raster, in ArcView, that represents how many features (either points or polygons) are within a certain distance from any given location within a study area. I know there must ...
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Transform polygon to equivalent circle, QGis

I have a polygon and I'd like to find the radius of an equivalent circle from a particular point within the polygon. The polygon would have a large (infinite) number of points evenly distributed ...
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Measuring distance in spherical Mercator vs zoned UTM

I've got points in WGS84 lat/long and I'd like to measure "small" (less than say 5km) distances between them. I can use the haversine formula from http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong.html ...
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Calculate distance of points along a route

I am struggling with the calculation of the distance between points along a stream (points are located 0-20m away from the stream) in ArcGIS 10. The points are simple xy-data in UTM. I created a ...
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Metric/parameters to compare length of polyline

What would be a good metric to compare the length of two polylines? A very naive approach would be to define a maximum delta which the two lines can differ. I'm looking for more approaches. For ...
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Why is the 'straight line' path across continent so curved?

This is the result of mapping the straight line path from a point in US to Poland using Distance Measurement Tool. Also, planes from Asia to US would travel almost over North Pole. Why is the path ...
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Finding distance of point along polyline?

We need to find the distance of a series of point along a given polyline. We have a polyline dataset repsenting rivers in a catchment, broken up into river reaches (FID 1 through 35 for example). We ...
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How do you produce a output table containing distances between mineral grains at various azimuthal directions?

I am using ArcGIS 10, the newest version and I am a senior at Western Carolina University and working on my senior thesis and the data set in which I have are images of mineral thin sections all ...
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Calculating Lat/Lng X miles from point

I am wanting to find a latitude and longitude point given a bearing, a distance, and a starting latitude and longitude. This appears to be the opposite of this question (Distance between lat/long ...
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What kinds of line segments/edges require high accuracy in a true surface-of-the-ellipsoid representation?

I've been musing (and doing prototype coding) for a 'projection free' geographic codebase with your basic point, line & polygon primitives. Rather than dealing with all the sacrifices that come ...
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What is the right solution (and map projection) to compute distances between points located all over the World?

After my study on map projection I realized that it is very difficult to choose a projection that allows to compute simultaneously the distances between a great deal of points if these points are ...
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Is it impossible to measure Right of Way in ArcGIS?

I'm helping bring CAD people into ArcGIS so that everyone throughout the company is on the same page and there is one database for everything. Right now, one of the biggest hurdles is making sure all ...
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No difference between distances measured in projected and non-projected data

I'm performing measurements of distances in Km between a lot of localities by using the "Point Distance" in ArcGis 9.3. I realized that the results obtained after using projected coordinate system are ...
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Why is law of cosines more preferable than haversine when calculating distance between two latitude-longitude points?

In fact, when Sinnott published the haversine formula, computational precision was limited. Nowadays, JavaScript (and most modern computers & languages) use IEEE 754 64-bit ...
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Algorithm to find nearest point

I've a list of a few hundred cities with their latitude/longitude. Given another location (also in lat/long) I need to find the nearest city. As I don't use any GIS, by now the obvious algorithm is ...
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Distance between a line layer and several other line features (arcGIS 9.3 Arcview Licence)

I have a "Drain" line layer (with 150 lines) that I need to calculate the distance from lines to all objects within 120m. I've tried doing a spatial join and its great but I need more than just the ...
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Surface distance on DEM between two coordinates

Given two coordinates on a digital elevation model (DEM), how do I compute the actual distance traveled between the two locations, assuming a straight line route? How will changing the resolution of ...
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Distance between lat/long points

I am attempting to calculate the distance between two latitude/longitude points. I have a piece of code that mostly works that I yanked from this post but I do not really understand how it works. ...
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Test case for geo-distance implementation?

I wrote a method, based on this presentation, that filters points based on their proximity to a target point. I would like to write a few test case. What would be good test cases for this method? // ...
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How to find the minimum edge to edge distance of polygons?

I have a a map of about 3000 polygons in ArcGIS 10. I'm looking to find the distance between each one of them. I know how to do it using the lat and long coordinates of the centroid, but I'm looking ...
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For every point, distance to nearest polygon of type X?

In ArcGIS how might one calculate as an attribute value the distance to the nearest polygon of type X? Say we have a point layer of wildlife observations and we want to know how far each of them is ...
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Which tools and methods can be used to create isochrones?

I'd like to get an idea for what's involved in creating isochrones for a series of sites, with a reasonable degree of accuracy to the estimates. A general outline would be great, though my scenario ...
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Looking for a fast, open-source raster cost-distance function to use in code

I've been scouring the internet for a fast, open-source cost-distance function that I can embed inside my code. The functionality should basically work like the ArcGIS implementation where I can ...
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How to calculate distance between two locations using stored procedure in MySQL?

I have a database with locations with its lat and long coordinates. The area of locations is quite small with lots of them quite near each other. Im using this stored procedure in my project. ...
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How is distance between zip codes calculated?

Specifically, where can I find a database of zip codes, their lat/lon centers, and intervening "obstacles" (for example, zip codes that are geographically close but separated by the Chesapeake Bay).
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Getting a square mile bounding box anchored by coordinates?

Let's say I have a lat/lng coordinate pair. I want to determine the coordinates that would create a square mile box. The existing coordintae pair would be the top left of the box, and the coordinate ...
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Trilateration using 3 latitude and longitude points, and 3 distances

I want to find out an unknown target location (latitude and longitude co-ordinates). There are 3 known points (latitude and longitude co-ordinate pairs) and for each point a distance in kilometers to ...
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What tools in Python are available for doing great circle distance + line creation?

I need to use Python to create a great circle distance -- both a number, and preferably some kind of 'curve' that I can use to draw in a client-side map. I don't care about the format of the curve -- ...
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How do I find the distance between two coordinates in an ellipsoid?

Lets say I have two sets of latitude and longitude. How do I find the distance between the two locations if I assume the earth is a perfect ellipsoid (with an eccentricity of 0.0167)?