Opened 14 years ago

Last modified 13 years ago

#251 new enhancement

Enhancements to vector querying

Reported by: cmbarton Owned by: grass-dev@…
Priority: major Milestone: 6.5.0
Component: Vector Version: svn-develbranch6
Keywords: query vector Cc:
CPU: All Platform: All

Description

About 9 months ago, I suggested an overhaul of the GRASS vector query framework (original post <http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/grass-dev/2007-September/033173.html>)

Now that work has started on GRASS 7 in ernest, I'd like to reiterate this. Besides giving GRASS a simpler and richer query ability, it would permit much easier GUI interface to vector querying--such as interactively drawing a box or polygon around points to select them for query in the new database table manager.

So here is the idea. It involves some upgrades to modules we already have, but no new modules. The nice thing is we are almost there. I'll also drop this in the bug tracker as an enhancement suggestion.

v.select (query using a vector map):

  1. add flags -p and -g for text output instead of creating a new map. It would report which map(s) and feature(s)/cat(s) meet the query criteria.
  2. allow multiple maps to be selected. This would directly address Eric's question. If the output is a map, it would be the equivalent of v.patch on all queried vector elements.
  3. add operators "contains" and "adjacent". Contains=all vector features whose nodes are completely inside a polygon (or inside or touching the boundary). Adjacent=all vector features who share a node/point or line/boundary with the selecting feature. Because GRASS is topologically correct, adjacency information is readily available.
  4. maybe change option names from ainput and binput to selector and selected or queried. This would have to wait until GRASS 7, of course. I find ainput and binput not very clear where used in other vector operations either (maybe I'm just dense).

v.what (query using coordinates):

  1. add flags -p and -g for current behavior (-pg could be the default if we wanted to do this before GRASS 7)
  2. add "output=" option to allow v.what to create a new map from the results of its query, like v.select does
  3. allow multiple maps for input, as with the suggestion for v.select
  4. allow coordinates to be read optionally as a line or area/boundary (-l or -a?) instead of only as individual points.
  5. add operators overlap, contains, adjacent. (This also would make possible interactive vector selection with a mouse drawn box or polygon from the GUI) In other words, have v.select and v.what work the same except that v.select uses a vector map for querying and v.what uses a set of coordinate points.

v.overlay (boolean combination of maps):

  1. drop the ainput and binput. Replace with just input.
  2. allow multiple maps to be entered into input, not just 2
  3. deprecate v.patch because v.overlay with the OR operator replaces it. (If we wanted to do this before GRASS 7, we'd have to create a new module, maybe named v.combine or something like that because this changes the default behavior of v.overlay)

Michael

Change History (2)

in reply to:  description comment:1 by Vincent, 13 years ago

v.what (query using coordinates):

  1. add flags -p and -g for current behavior (-pg could be the default if we wanted to do this before GRASS 7)
  2. add "output=" option to allow v.what to create a new map from the results of its query, like v.select does
  3. allow multiple maps for input, as with the suggestion for v.select
  4. allow coordinates to be read optionally as a line or area/boundary (-l or -a?) instead of only as individual points.
  5. add operators overlap, contains, adjacent. (This also would make possible interactive vector selection with a mouse drawn box or polygon from the GUI) In other words, have v.select and v.what work the same except that v.select uses a vector map for querying and v.what uses a set of coordinate points.

As I suggested on a recent thread on the users list, the scope of these questions is quite important for users dealing with data creation. In an actual procedure of digitizing and attributes filling-in, it's crucial to dispose of ergonomic solutions (and as you say the nice thing is we are almost there !).

It would be great to be able to make a multiple selection of objects with the mouse in the display (or a monitor, anyway) with the ability to, on the fly :

  • add-select and un-select (e.g. via Ctrl key) ;
  • pan and zoom (e.g. space bar for panning, and mouse scroll for zooming) ;
  • viewing in real time the selected set on the display (highlight).

Such a module\command (let's say v.selmany), only dedicated for returning an array of cat values, would be a very interesting starting point to various other commands, and personal scripting.

Vincent

comment:2 by neteler, 13 years ago

Milestone: 6.4.06.5.0
Version: svn-develbranch6

I have added the -g flag (shell script style output) to v.what in 6.5.svn and 7.svn.

Markus

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