[Boost-bugs] [Boost C++ Libraries] #11917: geometry default geographic (andoyer) antipodal distance is zero

Subject: [Boost-bugs] [Boost C++ Libraries] #11917: geometry default geographic (andoyer) antipodal distance is zero
From: Boost C++ Libraries (noreply_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-01-17 08:43:11

#11917: geometry default geographic (andoyer) antipodal distance is zero
 Reporter: Ken Barker <ken.barker@…> | Owner: barendgehrels
     Type: Bugs | Status: new
Milestone: To Be Determined | Component: geometry
  Version: Boost 1.61.0 | Severity: Problem
 Keywords: wgs84 distance andoyer |
 When calling the default (andoyer) `boost::geometry::distance()` function,
 with `boost::geometry::cs::geographic` points that are close to being
 (e.g. the North and South poles or points that are diametrically opposed
 around the equator),
 it returns reasonable results. However, when called with antipodal points
 it returns zero, e.g.:
 Andoyer distance near poles: 20003917.164970
 near opposite equatorial points: 20037508.151445

 Andoyer distance at poles: 0.000000
 opposite equatorial points: 0.000000

 Here the code I used to obtain the results above:


     typedef boost::geometry::cs::geographic<boost::geometry::radian>
     typedef boost::geometry::model::point<double, 2, Wgs84Coords>

     // Min value for delta. 0.000000014 causes Andoyer to fail.
     const double DELTA(0.000000015);

     // Note boost points are Long & Lat NOT Lat & Long
     GeographicPoint near_north_pole (0.0, M_PI_2 - DELTA);
     GeographicPoint near_south_pole (0.0, -M_PI_2 + DELTA);
     double andoyer_minor(boost::geometry::distance(north_pole,
     std::cout << "Andoyer distance near poles: " << andoyer_minor <<

     GeographicPoint near_equator_east ( M_PI_2 - DELTA, 0.0);
     GeographicPoint near_equator_west (-M_PI_2 + DELTA, 0.0);
     double andoyer_major(boost::geometry::distance(near_equator_east,
     std::cout << "near opposite equatorial points: " << andoyer_major <<

     GeographicPoint north_pole (0.0, M_PI_2);
     GeographicPoint south_pole (0.0, -M_PI_2);
     andoyer_minor = boost::geometry::distance(north_pole, south_pole);
     std::cout << "Andoyer distance at poles: " << andoyer_minor << "\n";

     GeographicPoint equator_east ( M_PI_2, 0.0);
     GeographicPoint equator_west (-M_PI_2, 0.0);
     andoyer_major = boost::geometry::distance(equator_east, equator_west);
     std::cout << "opposite equatorial points: " << andoyer_major <<

 This is clearly a bug. The distance between the antipodal points should be
 slightly larger than the distance
 between the other points, and definitely NOT zero!

Ticket URL: <https://svn.boost.org/trac/boost/ticket/11917>
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