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Subject: Re: [geometry] Douglas Peucker on 3D lines
From: Barend Gehrels (barend_at_[hidden])
Date: 2012-06-20 05:58:39

Hi Stephan,

On 20-6-2012 10:02, Stephan Menzel wrote:
> I am currently using 1.49 geometry and I am generally impressed at the
> neat design and ease of use.


> Now the first question is, the way I understand the docs, I shouldn't
> have to specify a Strategy. But with the default strategy I get a
> static assertion error telling me this is not supported for my point
> type. Why?

I will find this out later. Indeed this is unexpected so I think it is a
too strict assertion somewhere.

> Second question:
> I have tried several PointSegmentDistanceStartegies, this was the only
> one that compiled. The others threw plenty of errors at me as soon as
> I got their headers included (MSVC2008). Are they different in what
> they do or only in complexity and cost? In other words: Can I just use
> that one that did compile or is in in some way worse than the others?

This is the correct one indeed. Which more are there (for Cartesian?) I
think for Cartesian there is only one included? For Spherical there are
two (indeed redundant, have to be cleaned).

> Third, and most important: What exactly does the max_distance
> parameter mean? I was under the impression that this is the maximum
> distance a point can be apart from another to be considerered for
> deletion. Which would mean, as I understand it, that if I say 1.0
> here, I will get points not further apart than 1millimeter (which
> would be my unit here). Tests however show that I get a smooth line
> with most segments roughly 1meter(!) length. Which makes the curve
> appear quite rough at hills and sharp turns. So am I interpreting this
> wrong? Can you help me understand this?

We have to explain that in the docs. It is the max distance, measured
orthogonal to the linestring , for a segment to be included.

I need a drawing to explain it well.

So on this page:

in the figure on the right, marked with "1". You see an "a", "b", "c"
there. If "b" > max.distance it will be included. If "b" < max.distance,
it will not be included in the resulting linestring.

> Last I would like to comment that the docs are wrong about simplify().
> They state that the strategy parameter is first, while if fact it is
> the last. So maybe that could be corrected.

Weird - it must be generated like this. Will fix that. Thanks.

Regards, Barend

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