[GRASS5] Re: d.vect.thematic wish: handle null values

Michael Barton michael.barton at asu.edu
Tue Aug 30 12:53:14 EDT 2005


This is great.

Michael Barton, Professor of Anthropology
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ  85287-2402

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> From: Moritz Lennert <mlennert at club.worldonline.be>
> Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 15:25:00 +0200
> To: Daniel Calvelo <daniel.calvelo at minag.gob.pe>
> Cc: <grass5 at grass.itc.it>, <michael.barton at asu.edu>
> Subject: Re: [GRASS5] Re: d.vect.thematic wish: handle null values
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> Daniel Calvelo Aros wrote:
>> From: "Moritz Lennert" <mlennert at club.worldonline.be>
>> Sent: Sun, 28 Aug 2005 11:53:34 +0200 (CEST)
>>>> When I was dealing with this problem I only used the DBF driver,
>>>> which gave zeros for nulls under unspecified cirsumstances.
>>> Thinking about this a bit more this seems more like a bug to me.
>>> Making nulls into zeroes gives very different results than if nulls
>>> are excluded from the calculations.
>>> At the user should be warned about this.
>>> As I mentioned earlier, we have to think a about whether it is
>>> better to silently exclude nulls, or whether we should explicitely
>>> give the opportunity to exclude a certain value (or range or values)
>>> from the classification. This would then allow those with nulls in
>>> their files to transform them to any value (e.g. -99999) and exclude
>>> it from the calculations.
>>>> I can fix the script to filter out nulls, but I'm pretty sure the
>>>> problem will
>>>> remain under certain configurations.
>>> Maybe above solution is more generic. But in any case nulls should
>>> be handled more gracefully...or at least a warning included in the
>>> man page...
>> I fixed CVS to *ignore* nulls.
> Great, now it works for me. Thanks !
>> I'd say that is a good choice for use in d.vect.thematic. If you really
>> really
>> want to use a symbol/color for NULL values, there is always the possibility
>> of
>> overlaying d.vect.thematic with a d.vect where="the_field is null".
>> Furthermore, current db.execute allows for things like 'update table set
>> field=cat+23 where field is null', which allows to take care of any case I
>> can
>> think of, either inserting new fields and marking them appropriately or
>> modifying existing fields in-place.
> I agree.
> BTW: I just committed a slight addition to the legend drawing
> routine for drawing black lines around the legend boxes. Just
> thought it looks nicer that way...now if only these legends could be
> exported in a more usable form...(will commit a wish for this just
> for memory)
> Moritz
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