# Tagged Questions

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

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### Extracting the closest Point to a Line within a Polygon using ArcGIS for Desktop

I have the following shapefiles: Polyline: Detailing a road network. Polygon: Containing approx. 2000 polygons enclosing sections of that road network. Point: Containing numerous (OS Addressbase) ...
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### clustering points in postgresql to create contour map

UPDATE: To try to make this a little more simple, is it possible to create a query which selects a group of points such that each point in the group is at most X units away from at least one other ...
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### Specifying time and distance attributes in ArcGIS Network Analyst?

My network is taking too long to complete a route. I continually get a completion time of about a month when in reality it should take about 6-8 hours to complete. I downlaoded a tiger/line shapefile ...
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### Excel Distance Calculation

Is there a way (preferably in Excel) to calculate the distance (based on lat, lon) between two lists of points? My end goal would be, for example, to have a list of Starbucks and a list of McDonald's, ...
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### Converting from kilometers to degrees distances?

We have geometries in a Postgis database with SRID WGS84 and we have found lookups directly in degrees to be much faster than in kilometres, because the database can skip the projections I would think....
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### Zonal average weighted by distance from point

I am using ArcGIS 10.2. I have a vector layer with points, which represent houses and a raster layer with values of 0 or 1, according to a certain threshold. In a buffer of 5 km around each of these ...
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### Measuring distance to roads using raster data in ArcMap?

I am using ArcMap 10.1 on a Windows x64 system. I am trying to analyse the driving force of urban land use land cover changes. I have 7 raster files represents distance to roads, distance to river, ...
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### How to compute distances between points and polygon borders?

I have point data and polygon in vector format. For each point, I want the distance from the point to the border of the polygon. However, if the point is inside the polygon, I want negative distance ...
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### How to calculate the distance between a line and a point (using lat/lon coordinates)

In my Android app, I need to calculate the distance from a point (the device's location, which is a lat/lon coordinate) to a line (defined by two lat/lon coordinates), and get the result in meters. I'...
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### Shortest Path Between Points for Airborne Travel

I work for an aerial surveying firm and have a point shapefile of every location we need to fly over to survey. There are approximately 500 features in this dataset. I would like to determine the ...
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### How to calculate distance between points on a line in arcgis?

I created a series of points along a line (as a single feature point), in ArcGIS 10.1. I want to know the distance from one point to the next point along a line. I would also like to know the simple ...
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### NNJoin, MMQGIS and Nearest Neighbor QGIS failed to measure shortest distance

I have two layers, one point and one line. I need the distance to the closest line from the point layer. Not NNJoin, MMQGIS nor the distance hub in QGIS provided accurate measures. Any ideas?
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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 to set a coordinate transformation GRID

Does anyone know how to set a coordinate transformation in qgis so I can measure the distances in meters or kilometers? If anyone has a clue, would be just great. Thanks!
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### Adding separate distance files to calculate total distance in ArcGIS

I have two raster files: A raster of distance-to-outlet for a creek. Value = 0 at creek outlet (white), and the maximum value is at the beginning of the creek (black). A raster of Euclidean ...
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### After how much distance does the x,y coordinate system become noticeably distorted?

I'm working with maritime sensors that give information of moving objects it detects, in azimuth, range and elevation, and we convert it to x,y coordinates for our application to be able to process it....
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### Convert distance from meters to EPSG 3857

I need to convert distance from meters to units of EPSG 3857 in PostGIS. This is important for me to calculate a radius for ST_DWITHIN as I'm dealing with geometries. How can I do this?
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### Draw line between points from multiple datasets

I have 2 point datasets and want a tool or script to draw a line between all points in one dataset to all the points in the 2nd dataset. Is it possible? I have tried ESRI "Point Distance" and "...
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### Getting shortest distances between features on separate polygon layers using ArcGIS Desktop?

I have a county-level map for the state of North Carolina, U.S. I would like to compute the shortest distance of each county to any point along the border of Georgia. How would this be done? ...
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### Calculate distance between two coordinates along lines

I have a map with two layers: a map of the streets of Montevideo, and a map of shops with the lat long location. I would like to calculate the distance between each shop and the nearest one, along the ...
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### Maximum distance to polygon edge

I have a point feature class and a polygon feature class, and each point is located within one polygon. Is there a way to programmatically calculate the distance from each point to the farthest ...
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### CartoDB (PostGIS) near function (distance) points to polygons

I have a CartoDB map here: Link: https://dms2203.cartodb.com/viz/78db6c02-3148-11e5-a42f-0e018d66dc29/public_map I'm trying to find the distance of the points to the polygon. If the points are ...
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### Projection For Measuring Distances

Is it the case that when I use Arc GIS to compute nearest distance from a point to a poly-line/polygon, I need to project them both in an equidistant projection? Note: I am using the near tool. What ...
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### How to obtain an euclidean distance raster from a vector file in QGIS?

I'm trying to obtain a raster of Euclidean Distances from a vector layer I have of a river in Spain. I did it very easily with ArcMap using Euclidean Distance, but I don't know how to do it in QGIS. ...
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### Calculating Distance and Time on a network without the use of ArcGIS Network Analyst

I'm trying to calculate a distance and time for walking commuters (about 30,000 records) on a street network (NYC Lion). I have a starting and ending address for each record that have been geocoded. ...
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### How to set the length of a line using openlayers [duplicate]

I'm trying edit a polygon by changing the length of some lines by code. Found this method to calculate based on the bearing. But I didn't find anything on how to calculate the bearing, before I start ...
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### How to find the distance from a point to a polygon, via another point, in R

I am trying to calculate the distances between a central point, and the edge of a polygon, along straight lines drawn between the central point and another set of points (where necessary extended ...
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### QGIS spatial join, calculating distance from polygon to point layer

I am trying to perform a kind of 'spatial join' in Arcgis, joining to a polygon layer atributes of the closest feature of a point layer, as well as distance. But 'spatial query' doesn't offer an ...
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### QGIS distance from points to nearest line

How can I get the distances from each point at a shapefile to the nearest line from another? I've tried to follow the directions from Measuring the distance between lines and points in QGIS and ...
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### How accurate is approximating the Earth as a sphere?

What level of error do I encounter when approximating the earth as a sphere? Specifically, when dealing with the location of points and, for example, the great circle distances between them. Are ...
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### QGIS: distance matrix different outputs

In one of my plugins I would like to use the distance geoprocessing algorithm. When running this algorithm from the menu Vector->Analysis Tools->Distance Matrix I get a different output than running ...
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### Problem with distance in QGIS

I start a new project with base on OpenLayers plugin but if I check the distance on QGIS with distance tool (I choose a straight road) I view 5.466m on QGIS and 4.300m on google (by walking). How is ...
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### Distance regression in ArcGIS

I have layer of point data of aid projects in Tanzania between 2000 and 2012, and a layer of point data for 42 villages where a survey was conducted in 2003, 2006,2009, and 2013. Within the survey ...
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### Dissolving polygons by attribute within certain distance using ArcGIS Desktop?

In a FeatureClass I have a lot of polygons which contain attributes of different landuse-types. Now I am trying to dissolve those polygons of the same landuse-type, but only if the distance between ...
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### Search radius for some intermediate distance

ArcMap on my laptop runs very slowly. So it can take a long time for a near table to run. Is it possible to use a search radius for some intermediate distance? For example, the search radius only ...
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### Calculating the distance between a set of UTM coordinates [duplicate]

I would like to calculate the distance between several GPS points, these data are projected into UTM Zone 30. I am using Postgresql 9.3 but I am happy to see results with any software or website such ...
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### How to measure the distance between multiple points and multiple polygons?

I'm trying to find a quick and accuarate way to measure the distance between 3 survey sites and all the designated sites within 10km. The survey sites are on a point vector layer and the designated ...
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### CartoDB: Calculating distance between points in two tables and including the name of the second point in infowindow

I am plotting community gardens in CartoDB and want to show the nearest subway entrance in the infowindow. I have two tables with the location of the gardens and the subway stations. I am able to get ...
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### coordinate system for calculating distance at the nation scale

I want to use ArcGIS 10.1 to calculate the straight (euclidean) distances from zip codes to their nearest city centers in about 300 U.S. metropolitan areas. I have two point shpfiles: one includes the ...
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### nearest point distance in Arc Map

How do you calculate the nearest distance from one XY coordinate to another XY. I'm using Arc Map 10 I went into Arc tool box -> proximity -> then I only have 2 buffering options. But under buffer ...
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### Convert length in decimal degrees to feet

I've got attributes for a length that the Near tool calculated, and it gave them to me in decimal degrees. I need them in feet. Is it possible to do this with the Calculate Field tool? I tried ...
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### Set of intersection points in trilateration / multilateration [duplicate]

Like in this post I will get a set of points (3 or more) with latitude, longitude and distance (in KM) information to find out the target location. A distance could be about 500 KM. The circles (...
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### How to create a raster of equidistant points with distance in meters using QGIS?

I need a set of equidistant points (like a raster) each in a 1km distance to the next over a certain area, in my case Germany. I know the feature "regular points" in QGIS where I can do just that but ...
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### How do I measure the distance between two points within a country arcmap

I have two shapefiles with points distributed over the whole world. I would like to measure the distance (like the crow flies in km) from each point in shapefile 1 to the closest point from shapefile ...
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### Calculating offset distances perpendicular to parallel lines in shapeile with results written to table using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I have a line shapefile with sets of parallel lines (or sticks on the map) representing the map view of horizontal gas wells that were drilled. I'm looking for tool or Python script to measure the ...
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### Why Haversine formula and Web Mercator give different length between two latlng points?

I am calculating the distance between two points given by latlng. However, Google Maps (i.e., web mercator projection) gives me a longer distance than Haversine formula. Which is the most accurate ...
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### What's the difference between vincenty and great circle distance calculations?

Python's geopy package features two distance measurements techniques: Great Circle and Vincenty's formulae. >>> from geopy.distance import great_circle >>> from geopy.distance ...
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### How to calculate distance between point feature to multiple polyline features in ArcGIS

I have a GPS track which is basically a point layer. I have different route networks such as - train, tram and bus routes. I want to calculate the distance between each point to nearest features ...
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### How to calculate the distance to the nearest coastline from site locations?

I want to calculate the distance to the nearest coastline from my site locations (point shapefile), and possibly the max distance as well. I am using ArcGIS 10.2 and I already have a shapefile of the ...
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### Distance Measure appears to be wrong in ArcGIS Desktop?

The distances in my shapefile are completely wrong. I got this shapefile online. Does anyone knows what's going on? I attached two pictures. The shapefile is projected as ...