I have query by distance working in a framework that generates a list of features within a fixed distance of a clicked feature. I would like to make the queried distance variable based on either:

Pixel Distance from clicked feature (something like):

select cartodb_id, label, title from full_list where st_distance( the_geom, st_GeomFromText('POINT("+lon+" "+lat+")', 4326), true ) < ("+pixels+")

Or current zoom level-based resolution (something like):

select cartodb_id, label, title from full_list where st_distance( the_geom, st_GeomFromText('POINT("+lon+" "+lat+")', 4326), true ) < (SELECT CDB_XYZ_Resolution("+zoom+"))

I wonder if this is possible. Here is the jsbin wherein CDB_XYZ_Resolution uses a fixed zoom variable: http://jsbin.com/vifaleri/1/edit

To update the distance variable when a feature is clicked, I'm not quite sure where to include something like this:

map.on('zoomend', function(){
    var zoom = map.getZoom();

to be reachable by the CDB_XYZ_Resolution("+zoom+") part of the feature click query.

Thanks and apologies for my ignorance. If grids are the solution, I have been unable to implement grid queries of points in the same cell as the selected point. I've tried this, among other similar grid queries that return no records:

WITH hgrid AS (SELECT CDB_HexagonGrid(ST_Expand(!bbox!, greatest(!pixel_width!,!pixel_height!) * 15), greatest(!pixel_width!,!pixel_height!) * 15) as cell) SELECT hgrid.cell as the_geom_webmercator, 1 as cartodb_id, count(i.cartodb_id) as point_count FROM hgrid, full_list i WHERE i.cartodb = "+data.cartodb_id+" AND ST_Intersects(hgrid.cell, i.the_geom_webmercator)


  • I think I got it: After map.setView I put var zoom = map.getZoom(zoom); console.log(zoom); and used (SELECT CDB_XYZ_Resolution("+zoom+")*(("+zoom+")+1)) for the distance.
    – tbushman
    May 31, 2014 at 21:20
  • Great. What are you trying to achieve exactly?
    – jatorre
    Jun 7, 2014 at 11:57
  • Query by distance where the distance is in pixels, dynamically adjusted at zoom: helps list coincident points. Got it working here: pu.bli.sh/maps/web_map/bennioncenter/index.html.
    – tbushman
    Jun 7, 2014 at 17:23

1 Answer 1


First, one logs the zoom after the click query:

var zoom = map.getZoom(zoom); console.log(zoom);

Then one changes the sql to: SELECT cartodb_id, label FROM table_name where ST_Distance(the_geom, st_GeomFromText('POINT("+lon+" "+lat+")', 4326), true ) < (SELECT CDB_XYZ_Resolution("+zoom+")*(("+zoom+")*1.75)) ORDER BY label

The number 1.75 is the resolution multiplier. See https://github.com/CartoDB/cartodb-postgresql/wiki/CDB_XYZ_Resolution

And a working example on github: https://github.com/tbushman/emergencyservices

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