[postgis-users] line simplication
pramsey at refractions.net
Wed Jan 8 09:35:02 PST 2003
I think spatial operators should allow us to do this better. Automatic
simplified highways, for example:
where rd_type = 'HWY'
group by rd_hwy_num;
Should be great...
David Blasby wrote:
> Mapserver's simplification is effective and easy. When it loads in spatial
> data, it transforms each of your points to an integer (x,y) location on the
> resulting Image. If it finds two or more points in a row that are in the same
> pixel, it ignores all but the first. The resulting picture looks the same as
> rendering each of the points in the line/polygon. This method is really fast
> and easy.
> A proper line simplification (like D-P) works on the input data in world
> coordinates, and is much more costly to compute. You'll probably find that, at
> LAN speeds, you can
> QUERY + TRANSMIT + MAPSERVER SIMPLIFY + RENDER
> faster than you could
> QUERY + HARD SIMPLIFY + TRANSMIT + MAPSERVER SIMPLIFY + RENDER
> Alternatively, you could have two columns (or even two tables) in your database
> - one with full resolution data, and one created using the simplification
> method. In mapserver, you use a scale-dependent layer system to show the full
> resolution data when you're zooomed in and the lower resolution when you're
> zoomed out.
> The main drawback is that you're doing your simplification based on
> line-segments, not on the entire feature. For example, if you're rendering a
> highway feature that is made up of 50,000 individual segments, you're still
> going to be rendering 50,000 segments no matter how much simplification you
> do. Ideally, you'd want to create a highway line and simplify it!
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