Algebraic models for feature displacement in the generalization of digital map data using morphological techniques

Zhilin Li, Bo Su

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Feature displacement is one of the many operations in map-data generalization. It has become a priority item on the research agenda. This paper describes some algebraic models for this operation. These models are based on the operators developed in mathematical morphology, which is a science dealing with form, shape, and structure of objects. Feature displacements can be classified into two groups, ie, feature translation and feature modification. For the first type, a set of structuring elements are developed. Using this set of structuring elements, the two basic morphological operators, ie, dilation and erosion, can be used for translating features in any of the eight directions, freely. For the second type of feature displacement, a number of models have been developed to suit different cases, ie, an area feature and a linear feature, two linear features, etc. These models have also been tested using various examples. The results show that these techniqes are very promising.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-56
Number of pages18
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development

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