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Eliminate Polygon Part... What have they done to you

Question asked by geonetadmin on Oct 3, 2013
Latest reply on Oct 4, 2013 by geonetadmin
Original User: DJB

I am using the Eliminate Polygon Part tool from the Data Management Toolbox (under generalization) to remove polygons of under a given number of acres from my input feature. It appears as though the output feature gives me what I want but when looked at closer, the polygons that should have been removed or deleted are still there.I thought that maybe I mis-read ESRI's help on this tool.

Word for word from ESRI...


Creates a new output feature class containing the features from the input polygons with some parts or holes of a specified size deleted.

I'm having a really hard time trying to wrap my head around why anyone would create a tool that actually introduces or creates topology errors.  I've tried using this tool directly from ArcToolbox, I have it running in a Python script, I've even ran it using the Python window in ArcMap.  All give me the exact same results.


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If this is how the tool actually works then could someone assist me in figuring out how to locate overlapping polygons.  I know how to fix the problem manually but I am running this tool in a script and would have to solve this using Python.

I'd really appreciate it if someone could let me know if I misunderstood the help for this tool and that this is how the tool is supposed to work or is this in fact a bug.  I've also included some test data that I used in case you'd like to try it for yourself.

Thank you for your help.