The sequential effects of geometric operators in cartographic line generalization

M. Monmonier, R. B. McMaster

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Research in numerical cartographic generalization has focused on object-based (vector) and location-based (raster) methodologies. This paper reviews methods developed for the generalization of linear data in a vector format and explores the effects of applying these operators in different sequences. Six basic operators are identified, including simplification, displacement, smoothing, enhancement, merging, and omission. In a truly holistic approach to numerical generalization, it will become increasingly necessary to view these generalization operators as a complex interrelated package of techniques, not as isolated independent algorithms. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-108
Number of pages16
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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