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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What are the existing solutions to automate generalisation/simplification of geographical data?

I am looking for existing solutions (softwares, libraries, methods, etc.) to automate the generalisation/simplification of geographical data as presented there, and also there. How do you proceed ...
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Simplifying polygons to linestring

I would like to simplify some polygons that represent rivers into linestrings. I assume that holes in polygons can be omitted. Anybody has some good idea how to simply do it? It would be nice, if it ...
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Simplifying geometries (generalization)

What are the recommended ways of simplifying geometries? Keeping in mind projections, and simplifying state geometries for example. I've heard about converting to an 'equi-distant' projection that ...
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Simplifying adjacent polygons

I encountered a problem simplifying set of polygons that are adjacent. If I simplify each polygon separately with the Douglas–Peucker algorithm (which is used by many open source tools), the resulting ...
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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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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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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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Best practices for visualising clustered features in web maps?

I'm looking for the best symbol to display clustered features in the ArcGIS Server JS API. I don't like the "fly-out" animated cluster symbol, as used in the Silverlight API clustering or the JS ...
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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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Large shapefile to raster

I have a large shapefile (1 gb) and need to rasterise it. I have tried the following already. 1.) Import it into GRASS using v.in.ogr this failed with the error message: ERROR: G_realloc: unable to ...
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How to Simplify a Line Network Preserving Topology?

I have a Shapefile (consisting of European major roads) with about 250.000 Segments which I have to simplify for pgrouting. But I can't seem to find a way to do that properly. This is what it looks ...
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Why do simplify polygon results differ between ArcGIS and PostGIS?

I am mainly interested in why and how the Simplify Polygons tool in ArcGIS handles the simplification process, including preventing and resolving topological errors better than the equivalent ...
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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. ...
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Algorithm to move polygon nodes when simplifying

I want to simplify polygons that come from a raster analysis. In order to avoid overlap and gaps, I first convert my polygons to lines. The problem is that all algorithm are then keeping the two end ...