Questions tagged [simplify]

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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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 “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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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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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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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 and/...
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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 value,...
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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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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 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. Example:...
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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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Reducing point numbers in a certain area

We have a list of poi data in our database(Access mdb db), and we have a web service which serve data by a specified BoundingBox. However we found that the returned points are too close to another at ...
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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 ...
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Simplify by number of points in QGIS

I have a fairly simply question about something I just don't know how to do. I am aware you are able to simplify polygons in QGIS based on distance tolerance but my questions is, is there a way to ...
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How to maintain right-angles when buffering?

When buffering some polygons I am trying to avoid the curved buffered area like this: I'm trying to do thins within an FME workbench but if someone knows how its done in other software that would ...
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Simplify table of linestrings

I have a PostGIS table of linestrings representing a road network. I want to simplify the geometries such that only lines that connect road junctions are stored. At the moment the table has a large ...
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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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simplilfy geojson file [duplicate]

I have a geojson file, but it's way too heavy for the app I need to develop I'd like to know what alternative do I have to make it lighter. I was thinking about simplifying it's shapes, and also ...
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Why won't lines from GPX simplify/generalize/smooth?

I am working with GPX data. I imported them to ArcGIS by 'GPX to feature' and then I created lines from these points. I am trying to smooth (or simplify) the lines now, but the tools 'smooth line' and ...
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simplify point geometry

I have a great amount of points and I need to show them on map. I am using OpenLayers. Is it possible to simplify point geometry in order to speed up the process of rendering?
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Simplification algorithms for 3D topology

My problem is about simplifying a given topology that can be opened ( an usual 3D reconstruction of a given square on a map ), totally closed (like a perfect sphere) or a topology with holes ( a ...
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Reduce level of detail for vector contour lines [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Simplify Raster Contours ArcGIS 10 I have quite a huge shapefile storing vector contour lines: 1GB. I want to create a detailed heightmap for further 3D usage but the level of ...
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Geometryutil, simplify polygon, querytask and query fault error

One of the tools in my app is to draw freehand polygons (counties) to show points (companies) in each county. Everything works great but if the user creates an intersecting polygon then I have a ...
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in QGIS, while using simplify feature, slider does not appear

Using Qgis both 1.8.0 and 1.7.4, the slider does not show up after selecting features and click "simplify feature" botton. Any special setting needed to show the slider? Thanks.
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Finding Ring Smaller than a certain tolerance

In Simplifying a shapefile for world timezones http://efele.net/maps/tz/world/ all generalize/simplify algorithms fail on 5 countries/states, shown in this shape file http://enclick.com/...
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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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POSTGIS workflow for cleaning up a noisy dataset

I have a conservation dataset that im trying to simplify for the purpose of using it as a GML layer in openlayers, ie reducing the total shape and node count to quite small. The data has issues: eg- ...
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How to use simplify()

i have my Vector Data saved in a PostgreSQL PostGIS enabled Database. The Data im displaying is very detailed, i want to simplify it through the simplify() method of Postgis. I duplicated one of my ...
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Help simplifying multipolygons in geodjango

I have a few multipolygons that have several hundred points in them. I'm looking to create less complex "thumbnails" polygons. Naturally I'm attempting to use the simplify method, which is supposed ...