A type of cartographic generalization in which the important characteristics of features are determined and unwanted detail is eliminated to retain clarity on a map whose scale has been reduced.

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QGIS 2.6 simplify a road network to obtain the intersections

In QGIS 2.6.1 in Ubuntu, I want to measure the density of block in this city (FYI my final aim is to measure the TOD level). I have the road network from French national IGN dataset BDTopo. I have ...
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Simplify shape files [closed]

I've shape files with me and I want to de-code those file and want to build a custom map. Could someone let me know how can I do that with out using python code.
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Simplify/generalize Polygons and keep topology of different layers PostGIS/QGIS

i have some polygons of a country, states, districts, communities and i want to simplify the geometry. i already simplified the geometry of each layer but afterwards of course it doesnt fit with the ...
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Changing the scale (generalisation) in ArcGIS 10

I have 2 polygon layers, accordingly 1:10 000 and 1:500 000. I want to generalize the first layer from 1:10 000 to 1:500 000. I tried using Simplify polygon tool, and since these scales relate to ...
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Resolve Building Conflicts - the open source way?

In ArcGIS there is a tool called Resolve Building Conflicts and I'd like to achieve the same using only open source tools (QGIS, GDAL etc), preferably on Mac OS instead. In the long run I'm trying to ...
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C/C++ function to return minimum set of points required to represent a geometric shape

I am looking for a method from Grass, GEOS, or similar that will delete those points in a geometry which do not affect its shape. Example 1 +----+----+ p0 p1 p2 p1 can be deleted without ...
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Generalizing exact location of certain data points using Carto CSS?

I am dealing with some sensitive data for which providing a high resolution of accuracy of the location would be detrimental. However, the general location is not sensitive and useful to share. I ...
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PostGIS: How to dissolve vector data

I have a few scenarios where I need to dissolve vector data, and I'm wondering how to do this using PostGIS. What would the queries look like to perform these operations? Below I'll describe the ...
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QGIS simplify geometries shifts polygons north

I'm trying to simplify polygons in a shapefile using the "Simplify Geometries" tool in QGIS 2.10 (Pisa). This works as expected, except for one strange effect: the resulting features (shown in green) ...
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How do I simplify the straight sections of (multi)Linestring in PostGres/PostGis leaving the curved sections untouched

I have (multi)linestrings containing upwards of 5000 points and I want to perform two simplifications possibly using Ramer Douglas Peucker or alternative methods in PostGis The (multi)linestrings ...
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Combine files in TopoJSON when one is simplified differently to the other

I have two .shp files, I am separately converting these to GeoJSON with ogr2ogr.exe and then combining the files with TopoJSON. Each file independently becomes a ~200kb topojson file, however the ...
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How to anonymise a gps file?

Imagine you have a GPS trace that you want to make anonymous, in the legal sense. How would you do this? Is snapping to the nearest x distance and stripping out the time enough? Are there ...
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Simplifying Ways in OpenStreetMap Data

Is there a (current) best practice to simplify ways? I have found: https://github.com/podolsir/osmosis-simplifyways But besides not being alive, here ...
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Cannot Select 'Input line or polygon vector layer' when trying to simplify Shapefile

I'm trying to simplify a Shapefile by opening it in QGIS, Go to the Vector menu, selecting Geometry tools, and selecting Simplify Geometries... When I do this I get a modal window that I can fill out ...
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Is there a difference in results between Simplifying a geometry by different projections?

We have geometries in a PostGIS database projected in srid 4326. We need to have these geometries simplified with ST_SimplifyPreserveTopology. My question is whether this geometry needs to be ...
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How to remove unnecessary vertices

I have over sampled polygons that I need to simplify, without changing the shape. basically, I want to reduce the number of vertices, by eliminating the ones that are useless and have the polygons ...
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Query to merge simplified polygons according to the map scale-factor

I'm trying to construct a view in PostgreSQL that simplify polygons according to the map scale-factor. Basically I was reading this thread ...
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QGIS - Simplification process creates a new polygon - how to avoid it?

I am trying to simplify a layer made of polygons. I have used different methods but the new simplified layer has a polygon which intersect with itself, thus creating a "new" polygon. Please see ...
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ArcGIS Raster To Multipoint Mac/OSX alternative

Is there an alternative to the ArcGIS Raster To Multipoint tool for Macs? The VIP thinning method is particularly of use. A comparative point cloud thinning/simplification tool to this would just as ...
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writeOGR with a spatialpolygon simplified by gSimplify

I'm using gSimplify (rgeos package) to simplify the geometries of a shapefile. The funcion works good, but now I can't write the output in a new shapefile. I tried some ways: writeOGR(simplyshape, ...
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Simplifying polygons made from binary rasters using ArcGIS Spatial Analyst?

I'm using MaxEnt to produce a species presence / absence raster layer. It works fine but I have to choose a cut off point for what constitutes presence or absence. As a result I end up with a lot of ...
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How to fill a hole - with islands within?

In QGIS I have simplified a layer. At the end of the simplification process (using GRASS v.generalize), my final layer "lost" a polygon: see white space in image: How can I recreate a polygon which ...
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simplify tiled geometries while preserving anything on the edge

I have a dataset of polygons split into evenly sized tiles. How can I go about simplifying them, but not along the tile edges, so that there aren't any gaps between continuous features when the tiles ...
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What is the best way to get simplified UK boundary data?

I have some recent data that is at the Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) level for Greater Manchester. I wrongly assumed that the data was for the latest LSOA boundaries, i.e. for the 2011 boundaries. ...
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What is “Simplify tolerance” in QGIS's Simplify geometries tool?

I am trying to use QGIS 2.8 to simplify vector geometries. But I do not understand the significance of the Simplify tolerance value in the Simplify geometries tool. The documentation does not ...
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Draw (adjacent) GIS-shapes, reduced and “rounded”

as the title says: I want to draw (C#, WinForms application) adjacent polygons stored in an GIS-database (SQL Server 2012, geography-datatype). The data source is OpenStreetMap administrative ...
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Complex Shapefile Compression Advice

I'm looking for some advice on how I can simplify this very detailed shapefile to ultimately be used for the web (as topojson) as a interactive heatmap. It was originally created from a raster file ...
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How Does Ogr2Ogr Simplify Work?

Can someone explain how the ogr2ogr simplify works? I am trying to use raster data which has a spectral resolution of 30m. The vector file that I am trying to import into Google Fusion is large in ...
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Collapse multiple lines into a single line

I need to create a route (line) feature class from another feature class that contains multiple lines making up the same route. pic 1 shows the original feature class with the multiple lines. pic ...
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Reduce number of points, keeping most recent data within a given distance

I have a HUGE dataset of points that were collected along a route. The data may change daily, and the most recent data is the most important. What I would like to do is take only 1 point from a given ...
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Simplifying polygons in ArcGIS considering contains-one-point topology rule?

I want to simplify polygons using the "Simplify Polygon (Cartography)" tool in ArcGIS 10.2. Additionaly there is one point in each polygon and this condition should still be fulfilled after ...
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Redistribute linestring vertices to specified distance

I use a groundwater model program called GMS, and it has a very useful function "Redistribute vertices" (more info). I use this function all the time to both simplify and provide regular spacings ...
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Simplifying Shapefile using ArcGIS Desktop or alternative?

I have a shapefile that contains neighborhood boundaries that I want to simplify. Right now I am thinking of converting the shapefile to Google maps KML so I can insert the boundaries into the map as ...
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Simplify a polygon dataset with a minimum distance between the new vertices

I would like to simplify a polygon shapefile where the resulting output has a minimum distance of 5 kilometres between the new vertices. We have ArcMap 10 on an ArcView license, FME and QGIS. I have ...
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How to simplify a routable network?

I have a network graph that I need to simplify in the sense of reducing the number of edges. The idea would be to merge nodes that are located close together and remove the connecting short edges. ...
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How to disable “Simplify geometry” via Python?

After I've loaded a layer from a table in my db I'd like to disable the 'Simplify geometry' (found in Layers/Properties/Rendering) programatically using Python. I've tried several versions of ...
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How to simplify polygon shapefile and maintain topology? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a straightforward answer that actually works...not a 'duplicate question' flag. None of the other solutions posted in similar threads actually work...they all have dead-end answers ...
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Why are my polygons automatically simplified/generalised when merging them in ArcMap 10.2?

I am creating a small land use map, as an exercise for visual image interpretation. I created a shapefile and started digitising polyogons with the polygon tool. The problem is that some of my ...
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Why do simplify polygon results differ between ArcGIS for Desktop and PostGIS?

I am mainly interested in why and how the Simplify Polygons tool in ArcGIS for Desktop handles the simplification process, including preventing and resolving topological errors better than the ...
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Shapely's simplify won't simplify any more

I have a multipolygon in shapely, and I want to simplify it until it has less than a certain number of points. When I use the preseve_topology=False argument to geom.simplify, I can get the number of ...
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Generalize lines with specific points

It's been a while since I was here. I have this problem now. I have electricity line feature class and point feature class intersecting line features. What I need to do is simplify this line feature ...
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Competing approaches to line & polygon simplification

There seems to be a few theoretical options around at the moment for geometric simplification. Douglas–Peucker seems the most established, followed by Visvalingam's approach (used by d3.js). Now ...
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Meaning of Simplify's tolerance parameter

The standard parameters of Douglas-Peucker's simplify algorithm are geometry and tolerance (e.g ST_Simplify in PostGIS). What's the meaning of the tolerance parameter? I know that the bigger the ...
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How can I find a Douglas-Peucker algorithm for simplification? [duplicate]

I want to understand simplification methods in GIS. I searched the Internet and found that the best simplification method is the Douglas-Peucker algorithm. I could not find any information about the ...
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Keep synchronization when simplify features from different data source

We have two shapfile data source: 1 water-riverbank.shp With geometry type of Polygon which stands for the area of water 2water-riverline.shp. With geometry type of LineString which stands for ...
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ogr SimplifyPreserveTopology does not keep the Topology

I use ogr2ogr to simplify a layer of polyline, from the document: -simplify tolerance: (starting with GDAL 1.9.0) distance tolerance for simplification. This method will preserve topology, in ...
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Simplify polyline with the intersection point kept

I have a some line and polygon features which consist of too many points, so I tried to simplify them. I found the "Ramer–Douglas–Peucker algorithm". I think it will work well for a single feature ...
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Simplify Raster Contours ArcGIS 10

Does anybody know a way to simplify a number of contour polylines derived from a raster dataset? I need to generate a map that shows contour polylines at relatively small scale. With the contour ...
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How to import large features to Google Fusion Table from KML?

I am trying to import rather large features to Google Fusion Table from KML files (I have also shapefiles). However, Google has a certain limitation: "a cell of data in Fusion Tables supports a ...
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How to simplify streets such that seperate driving tracks are reduced?

Streets in Openstreetmap have more detail than I need. For instance I do not need seperate street tracks for each driving direction, instead I just want to show the general path of the street. ...