Simplify self intersecting polyline

06-14-2012 06:17 AM
New Contributor III
When I run simplify on a selfintersecting polyline I get the same geometry back.
After reading the documetation I expected to get a polyline divided into paths so that it doesn't selfintersect.

Is this a bug or am I misunderstanding something here?
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Esri Contributor
Please review the following help documents.

As per this doc, self-intersections are preserved for polylines.
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New Contributor III
Thanks for your answer.

It was the second documentation I was previously looking at. It's also this document that I found referred in the API-doc.

I think the documentation is a bit ambigious.
"all overlapping segments are reduced to a single segment, and segments are split at intersection points. Output paths are created for connected sequences of segments"
Then the following illustration I think shows that the selfintersecting path (3) will be diveded into three segments (6, 7, 8).

Maybee the documentation needs to be updated?
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