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A "difference" operation is a geoprocessing operation that completely removes one overlapping polygon and the intersection of that polygon from the other. It uses one polygon to "take a bite" out of another.

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Google Earth Engine subtraction (difference) of two geometries

I am trying to create a feature collection containing the difference (subtraction) between a larger geometry (e.g. the state of California) and a few smaller geometries within the larger area (e.g. a ...
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QGIS 3.18 difference doesn't work with points as the input layer

I am trying to run the difference algorithm with points as the input layer and a polygon as the overlay layer. I've tried many different point layers and polygon layers and it keeps giving me the ...
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ArcGIS and QGIS geoprocessing difference. Parameters for identical results

The symmetrical difference in ArcGIS-desktop between 2 shapefiles returns 9 polygons. Two of them have area 430.47424316406 and 61.99902343750. QGIS returns 360 polygons. The two polygons have areas ...
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Deleting sliver parts of single polygon using QGIS

The polygon highlighted in red is a single polygon that has slivers directly attached to it. I used the Difference tool on two polygon layers which lead to slivers / fuzzy polygon parts (see picture). ...
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"Difference failed" error when using difference tool with point layers as input and overlay in QGIS

Is it possible in QGIS 3.16 to use the geoprocessing tool "Difference" with point layers as input and overlay? The documentation seems to indicate that it is. However, when I do a test with ...
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Diffing many geometries from single area

Using the JTS library, I create a square Geometry representing water and diff from it large numbers of geometries representing land. At high zooms (think, Scandinavia), this can take a long time. Most ...
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Difference tool failing for QGIS map layers

I had tried to run the 'Difference algorithm' on two layers. However, the process constantly fails with a "GEOS geoprocessing error: difference failed" message. When I tried running an ...
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Getting the 'composite' of two polygon layers

I have two table of polygons, and I want to 'flatten' them into one table, and have the result tell me which areas are in one table of polygons, which in the other table of polygons, and which are in ...
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QGIS Difference Algorithm: multilinestring won't work with multipolygon layer

I am working with two vector layers in QGIS (location: Indonesia). I want to 'subtract' the area of layer 1 ('Forest_buffer') of layer 2 (Scenario_1). I am using the Difference algorithm. Layer 2 is ...
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Compare two layers and find the percentage of the shared areas that are different between them

I have two shapefiles that identify flood zones for the same general area but in different years. The maps, however, do not cover exactly the same geographical areas (e.g., shapefile 1 covers counties ...
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PostGIS - ST_Difference creates extra line segment

I have some line of sights from one point, collected into a multilinestring. I want to cut the multilinestring using PostGIS' ST_Difference and a border-dataset (a single multipolygon). I used this ...
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Using PostGIS to find the overall difference between two (large) polygon datasets

I need to get the Difference of an input layer with ~30k polygons and an overlay layer with ~500k polygons (of which ~200k intersect the input layer). I am trying to learn PostGIS to do this, as it ...
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PostGIS: Using ST_CoveredBy (or similar) to speed up Difference on large datasets?

I need to get the Difference of a single large-area polygon (input layer) and a very numerous set of polygons (overlay layer). The overlay layer has ~500k polygons, of which ~200k intersect the input ...
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Difference between overlapping polygons using OGR

I’m trying to do a simple difference between two polygons using ogr, but I can’t make it work. The input layers have the same CRS. The input polygon is a multipolygon, and the overlay polygon is the ...
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QGIS v/s MapInfo - Differences in Distance Measurements

Distance calculated in different software (MapInfo and QGIS) has given me differences in distance values. To be more precise, it's mostly happening when the distance is more than 25 miles. I doubt ...
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Difference tool for rasters

I am using QGIS 3.16.0 and I need to find the difference between two rasters that overlap in some areas (basically I need the areas that are not overlapped). First, I tried polygonizing the smaller ...
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Select points outside of polygon in Google Earth Engine

I understand how to get the points that fall inside a polygon with GEE: // Load a feature collection and a area of interest var dataset1 = ee.FeatureCollection("link/to/any/point/dataset/on/gee&...
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GEOS geoprocessing error when using difference tool in QGIS

I am using QGIS version 3.14.0. I have about 20 polygon .shp-files with overlaps between files. All are in the same projection. I've been using the difference tool to remove the overlaps and then ...
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"difference" between two rasters using raster calculator QGIS

I am struggling to find the right equation to use in the raster calculator to achieve my desired result. Essentially, I have two rasters, with an overlapping portion. See img below: I want to only ...
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QGIS difference operation with XYZ tiles

I have a regular layer from a database containing WKT polygons. I'm also using a XYZ Tiles layer of Google Maps. I would like to perform the Vector > Geoprocessing Tools > Difference operation ...
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Symmetrical Difference using fiona and shapely

I have a polygon that I want to merge into an existing polygon. To do this I first need to run symmetrical difference between the two overlapping polygons, and then merge them. Before symmetrical ...
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Difference between two features in same polygon in QGIS

I have a polygon and some features are below another features. If I would have two different polygons I would use the "Difference" tool so it would take the overlapping feauters to the "...
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Difference in geometries of shapefiles

I have the geometry of the outline region as part of one shapefile (which is only one feature and there are other features in it apart from this). Other polygon regions' boundaries which are colored ...
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Using QGIS Difference with Point and Polygon

After installing a fresh QGIS 3.10 version on a Windows computer I recently saw an unexpected behavior of the "Difference" feature from QGIS. (on one of my old computer with QGIS 3.4 it is different) ...
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Calculate difference of two LineString

The tool I'm developing is written in Java with Spring Boot, using PostgreSQL as database (PostGIS extension). I also make use of GeoTools. I want to calculate the geometrical difference between two ...
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Difference tool QGIS shows too many Differences

After running QGIS Difference Tool, I get a lot of differences, but I don't know where they are coming from. The input files are almost similar... Input Image (overlay input almost the same, but from ...
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Finding differences between polygons in PostGIS

I have another redistricting question. The datasets and queries available on my GitHub, but I will include the queries here, too. I am working on two complete datasets: 1) A PLAN - composed of ...
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How can I process vector difference between 1 group layer and 1 polygon layer?

I have one layer group called 'left_buffer', containing 40 buffered polygon layers (name: 1,2,3,...,39,40). I want to use difference vector tool between 'left_buffer' and 'bldg' layer, but I'm getting ...
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Inaccurate difference operations in GEOS

I've noticed large inaccuracies in the Django GEOS API's difference operation, see the example below. In [3]: geom1 = GEOSGeometry('{ "type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [ [ [ -19.51171875, 37....
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PyQgis difference iteration

I use Qgis. I have two layers that are two circles with the same center. One larger and one smaller. I want to do the difference between the two circles BUT only if they have the same "objectid" (the ...
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Doing difference between two layers in PyQGIS?

I'm developing a plugin where I would like to get some features from one layer (a), do a difference on them with the entirety of a second layer (b), and put the results into a layer I've created in ...
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Quicker function than dissolve and difference

I'm on QGIS (v. 3.6) trying to create a map of Florida's hydrography using the NHD "Water Areas" shapefile. Methodology is to fix any invalid geometries in the NHD data, dissolve the layer, and then ...
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Algorithm "qgis:difference" returns multiple heterogeneous outputs

I use the qgis:difference algorithm but it returns multi-type outputs. Sometimes it's a QgsVectorLayer but sometimes a str such as : output_.... My question is : when the algorithm returns an empty ...
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Extracting difference between two shapefiles (not symmetrical difference) using ArcGIS Desktop?

I have a shapefile with polygons that portray survey areas (Pink areas in picture below). I receive a new updated shapefile with additional survey areas, and thus new polygons (Green areas in ...
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Vector difference between two polygon layers by attribute

Is there a way to do a 1:1 difference between two polygon layers based on a similar attribute? The layers have the same number of features with a shared attribute. I've tried the native QGIS ...
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Function in R to get difference between two sets of polygons comparable in speed to QGIS

I have two very large polygon shapefiles for which I need to calculate the difference between the two shapefiles. One is a shapefile of forest polygons, the other is a shapefile of road polygons. I ...
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How do I select rows in an attribute table of a vector layer grid which are outside of another vector layer?

So what I am working on is accessibility analysis, I want to know how many percent of the population of a country have access to certain health services within a given driving time. For example is it ...
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Difference between two polygons in Earth Engine

I have a reservoir and its buffer (see below). I want to do the difference between the 2 so that my buffer is just a contour around the polygon. I tried the 2 following scripts but cannot get the "...
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Using "Difference" geoprocessing tool on Big Data taking a very long time

I am using QGIS Bonn 3.2.3. I've recently been using the Difference function to calculate a list of points and it is taking a terribly long time. I was wondering if you could point out any obvious ...
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Comparing two shapefiles(layers) and display the differences in features in MapContent object in GeoTools

I am working with GeoTools libraries to implement GIS features. Here, I have two different shapefiles and I want to generate a new separate layer containing the differences between the two shape files....
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reverse clip (erase) for spatial point data frame (R) [duplicate]

I am trying to recreate the suggestion from this link but instead of using it on a sPolygondf, to do the same for a sPointdf. All is well, but I get an unexpected output - when I do the difference ...
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shapely.difference() possible bug or wierd behavior

So, by definition, if we have polygons A and B, A.difference(B) should return: 1) the same polygon if A does not intersect with B 2) the difference of A and B if they intersect 3) empty geometry if ...
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Style features based on difference between current date and date in attribute table

In QGIS >2.18, is it possible to style features based on the age gap between the current date and date recorded in the attribute table. For instance I have purchased a significant amount of OS data ...
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Area difference between polygon layers

I would like to calculate the difference of area between two polygons. I tried using the Difference tool, but all it does is create lines that are different between my two polygons. I also tried the ...
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Saga difference vector tool

My QGis Difference tool doesn't work really well, it gives me lots of little squigly lines. i read in the link below there is such a thing as a vector diffence tool from SAGA, but i can't find it. ...
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Splitting One Polygon By Boundary of Another using QGIS?

I'm using QGIS 3.0 and attempting to calculate the number of people that fall within a buffer. The population count is a field within my block group polygon layer. I've attached a screenshot, the ...
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Processing Problems with the Difference (QGIS) and Erase (ArcGIS) Tool with big data

I am struggling with processing a huge data set. I downloaded it from a German geodata site (https://download.geofabrik.de/europe/germany.html). I downloaded the ZIP of Bavaria and clipped the eight ...
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Methods to differentiate between terrain

I am not specialized in GIS. I have some moisture contour maps, I want to compare each pair to trace the changes between either in a numeric way. I tried to get the mathematical difference between ...
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Map statistical significance in the difference of two raster maps

I have two raster maps that are the output of the same model (they describe the same variable) but ran with different parameters and I would like to assess if there is a statistically significance ...
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Points and polygons difference issue QGIS

I'm trying to remove points that are in polygons with the basic difference tool (Vector-> Difference). What I see after the operation suits me because all points in polygons are deleted, but as I ...