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Reduce (geometry Data Type)

Returns an approximation of the given geometry instance produced by running an extension of the Douglas-Peucker algorithm on the instance with the given tolerance.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), Azure SQL Database.

.Reduce ( tolerance )

tolerance

Is a value of type float. tolerance is the tolerance to input for the approximation algorithm.

SQL Server return type: geometry

CLR return type: SqlGeometry

For collection types, this algorithm operates independently on each geometry contained in the instance.

This algorithm does not modify Point instances.

On LineString, CircularString, and CompoundCurve instances, the approximation algorithm retains the original start and end points of the instance, and iteratively adds back the point from the original instance that most deviates from the result until no point deviates more than the given tolerance.

Reduce() returns a LineString, CircularString, or CompoundCurve instance for CircularString instances. Reduce() returns either a CompoundCurve or LineString instance for CompoundCurve instances.

On Polygon instances, the approximation algorithm is applied independently to each ring. The method will produce a FormatException if the returned Polygon instance is not valid; for example, a non-valid MultiPolygon instance is created if Reduce() is applied to simplify each ring in the instance and the resulting rings overlap. On CurvePolygon instances with a exterior ring and no interior rings, Reduce() returns a CurvePolygon, LineString, or Point instance. If the CurvePolygon has interior rings then a CurvePolygon or MultiPoint instance is returned.

When a circular arc segment is encountered the approximation algorithm checks whether the arc can be approximated by its chord within half the given tolerance. If the chord meets this criteria, then the circular arc is replaced in the calculations by the chord. If it does not meet this criteria, then the circular arc is retained and the approximation algorithm is applied to the remaining segments.

A. Using Reduce() to simplify a LineString

The following example creates a LineString instance and uses Reduce() to simplify the instance.

DECLARE @g geometry;
SET @g = geometry::STGeomFromText('LINESTRING(0 0, 0 1, 1 0, 2 1, 3 0, 4 1)', 0);
SELECT @g.Reduce(.75).ToString();

B. Using Reduce() with varying tolerance levels on a CircularString

The following example uses Reduce() with three tolerance levels on a CircularString instance:

DECLARE @g geometry = 'CIRCULARSTRING(0 0, 8 8, 16 0, 20 -4, 24 0)';

SELECT @g.Reduce(5).ToString();

SELECT @g.Reduce(15).ToString();

SELECT @g.Reduce(16).ToString();

This example produces the following output:

CIRCULARSTRING (0 0, 8 8, 16 0, 20 -4, 24 0)

COMPOUNDCURVE (CIRCULARSTRING (0 0, 8 8, 16 0), (16 0, 24 0))

LINESTRING (0 0, 24 0)

Each of the instances returned contain the endpoints (0 0) and (24 0).

C. Using Reduce() with varying tolerance levels on a CompoundCurve

The following example uses Reduce() with two tolerance levels on a CompoundCurve instance:

DECLARE @g geometry = 'COMPOUNDCURVE(CIRCULARSTRING(0 0, 8 8, 16 0, 20 -4, 24 0),(24 0, 20 4, 16 0))';

SELECT @g.Reduce(15).ToString();

SELECT @g.Reduce(16).ToString();

In this example notice that the second SELECT statement returns the LineString instance: LineString(0 0, 16 0).

Showing an example where the original start and end points are lost

The following example shows how the original start and endpoints may not be retained by the resulting intstance. This occurs because retaining the original start and end points would result in an invalid LineString instance.

DECLARE @g geometry = 'LINESTRING(0 0, 4 0, 2 .01, 1 0)';
DECLARE @h geometry = @g.Reduce(1);
SELECT @g.STIsValid() AS Valid
SELECT @g.ToString() AS Original, @h.ToString() AS Reduced;
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