How does Near tool work with Polygons?

Discussion created by smrauch on Feb 13, 2012
Latest reply on Feb 13, 2012 by dlee-esristaff
I need to use the Generate Near Table tool to calculate the distance between features in two polygonal feature classes. I'm wondering how the tool works with polgyons:
-Does it find the distance between the centerpoints of the polygons?
-Or does it find the straight-line distance between the outer edges of the polygons?

It doesn't really matter to me which way it works, but I'd like to know so that I understand what the output represents.