ST_SimplifyVW — Returns a simplified representation of a geometry, using the Visvalingam-Whyatt algorithm

`geometry `

geometry **ST_SimplifyVW**(`geom`, float `tolerance``)`

;

Returns a simplified representation of a geometry using the
Visvalingam-Whyatt algorithm.
The simplification `tolerance`

is an area value, in the units of the input SRS.
Simplification removes vertices which form "corners" with area less than the tolerance.
The result may not be valid even if the input is.

The function can be called with any kind of geometry (including GeometryCollections), but only line and polygon elements are simplified. Endpoints of linear geometry are preserved.

The returned geometry may lose its simplicity (see ST_IsSimple), topology may not be preserved, and polygonal results may be invalid (see ST_IsValid). Use ST_SimplifyPreserveTopology to preserve topology and ensure validity. |

This function does not preserve boundaries shared between polygons. Use ST_CoverageSimplify if this is required. |

This function handles 3D and the third dimension will affect the result. |

Availability: 2.2.0

A LineString is simplified with a minimum-area tolerance of 30.

SELECT ST_AsText(ST_SimplifyVW(geom,30)) simplified FROM (SELECT 'LINESTRING(5 2, 3 8, 6 20, 7 25, 10 10)'::geometry AS geom) AS t; simplified ------------------------------ LINESTRING(5 2,7 25,10 10)

Simplifying a line.

SELECT ST_SimplifyVW( 'LINESTRING (10 10, 50 40, 30 70, 50 60, 70 80, 50 110, 100 100, 90 140, 100 180, 150 170, 170 140, 190 90, 180 40, 110 40, 150 20)', 1600);

Simplifying a polygon.

SELECT ST_Simplify( 'MULTIPOLYGON (((90 110, 80 180, 50 160, 10 170, 10 140, 20 110, 90 110)), ((40 80, 100 100, 120 160, 170 180, 190 70, 140 10, 110 40, 60 40, 40 80), (180 70, 170 110, 142.5 128.5, 128.5 77.5, 90 60, 180 70)))', 40);

ST_SetEffectiveArea, ST_Simplify, ST_SimplifyPreserveTopology, Topology ST_Simplify