Densify and generalize

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A multipart geometry can be densified by adding interpolated points at regular intervals. Generalizing multipart geometry simplifies it while preserving its general shape. Densifying a multipart geometry adds more vertices at regular intervals.

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Use case

The sample shows a polyline representing a ship's location at irregular intervals. The density of vertices along the ship's route is appropriate to represent the path of the ship at the sample map view's initial scale. However, that level of detail may be too great if you wanted to show a polyline of the ship's movement down the whole of the Willamette river. Then, you might consider generalizing the polyline to still faithfully represent the ship's passage on the river without having an overly complicated geometry.

Densifying a multipart geometry can be used to more accurately represent curved lines or to add more regularity to the vertices making up a multipart geometry.

How to use the sample

Use the sliders to control the parameters of the densify and generalize methods. You can deselect the checkboxes for either method to remove its effect from the result polyline.

How it works

  1. Use the static method GeometryEngine.densify(polyline, maxSegmentLength) to densify the polyline object. The resulting polyline object will have more points along the line, so that there are no points greater than maxSegmentLength from the next point.
  2. Use the static method GeometryEngine.generalize(polyline, maxDeviation, true) to generalize the polyline object. The resulting polyline object will have points shifted from the original line to simplify the shape. None of these points can deviate farther from the original line than maxDeviation. The last parameter, removeDegenerateParts, will clean up extraneous parts of a multipart geometry. This will have no effect in this sample as the polyline does not contain extraneous parts.
  3. Note that maxSegmentLength and maxDeviation are in the units of the geometry's coordinate system. In this example, a cartesian coordinate system is used and at a small enough scale that geodesic distances are not required.

Relevant API

  • GeometryEngine
  • Multipoint
  • Point
  • PointCollection
  • Polyline
  • SimpleLineSymbol
  • SpatialReference


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Sample Code
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package com.esri.arcgisruntime.sample.densifygeneralize;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.CheckBox;
import android.widget.SeekBar;

import com.esri.arcgisruntime.ArcGISRuntimeEnvironment;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.GeometryEngine;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Multipoint;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Point;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.PointCollection;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.Polyline;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.geometry.SpatialReference;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.ArcGISMap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.Basemap;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.BasemapStyle;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.Graphic;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.GraphicsOverlay;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.mapping.view.MapView;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleLineSymbol;
import com.esri.arcgisruntime.symbology.SimpleMarkerSymbol;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

  private MapView mMapView;
  private SeekBar mMaxSegmentLengthSlider;
  private SeekBar mMaxDeviationSlider;
  private CheckBox mDensifyCheckBox;
  private CheckBox mGeneralizeCheckBox;
  private Graphic mResultPointGraphic;
  private Graphic mResultPolylineGraphic;
  private Polyline mOriginalPolyline;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    // authentication with an API key or named user is required to access basemaps and other
    // location services

    // inflate MapView from layout
    mMapView = findViewById(;
    // create a map with a basemap
    ArcGISMap map = new ArcGISMap(BasemapStyle.ARCGIS_STREETS_NIGHT);
    // set the map to be displayed in this view

    // inflate views from layout
    mMaxSegmentLengthSlider = findViewById(;
    mMaxDeviationSlider = findViewById(;
    mDensifyCheckBox = findViewById(;
    mGeneralizeCheckBox = findViewById(;

    // create graphics overlay
    GraphicsOverlay graphicsOverlay = new GraphicsOverlay();

    // create some points along a river for the original geometry
    PointCollection points = createShipPoints();

    // show the original points as red dots on the map
    Multipoint originalMultipoint = new Multipoint(points);
    Graphic originalPointsGraphic = new Graphic(originalMultipoint,
        new SimpleMarkerSymbol(SimpleMarkerSymbol.Style.CIRCLE, 0xFFFF0000, 7));

    // show a dotted red line connecting the original points
    mOriginalPolyline = new Polyline(points);
    Graphic originalPolylineGraphic = new Graphic(mOriginalPolyline, new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style.DOT,
        0xFFFF0000, 3));

    // show the result (densified and generalized) point as magenta dots on the map
    mResultPointGraphic = new Graphic();
    mResultPointGraphic.setSymbol(new SimpleMarkerSymbol(SimpleMarkerSymbol.Style.CIRCLE, 0xFFFF00FF, 7));

    // connect the results points with a magenta line
    mResultPolylineGraphic = new Graphic();
    mResultPolylineGraphic.setSymbol(new SimpleLineSymbol(SimpleLineSymbol.Style.SOLID, 0xFFFF00FF, 3));

    mMapView.setViewpointGeometryAsync(mOriginalPolyline.getExtent(), 100);

    // set defaults

   * Adds listeners to both seek bars and both check boxes.
  private void setListeners() {
    mMaxDeviationSlider.setOnSeekBarChangeListener(new SeekBar.OnSeekBarChangeListener() {
      @Override public void onProgressChanged(SeekBar seekBar, int progress, boolean fromUser) {

      @Override public void onStartTrackingTouch(SeekBar seekBar) {

      @Override public void onStopTrackingTouch(SeekBar seekBar) {

    mMaxSegmentLengthSlider.setOnSeekBarChangeListener(new SeekBar.OnSeekBarChangeListener() {
      @Override public void onProgressChanged(SeekBar seekBar, int progress, boolean fromUser) {

      @Override public void onStartTrackingTouch(SeekBar seekBar) {

      @Override public void onStopTrackingTouch(SeekBar seekBar) {

    mGeneralizeCheckBox.setOnClickListener(v -> updateGeometry());
    mDensifyCheckBox.setOnClickListener(v -> updateGeometry());


   * Called when any of the densify/generalize option values are changed. Applies the densify and generalize
   * operations to the original polyline and updates the result graphics with the result geometry.
  private void updateGeometry() {
    Polyline tempPolyline = mOriginalPolyline;
    if (mGeneralizeCheckBox.isChecked()) {
      tempPolyline = (Polyline) GeometryEngine.generalize(tempPolyline, mMaxDeviationSlider.getProgress() + 1,
    if (mDensifyCheckBox.isChecked()) {
      tempPolyline = (Polyline) GeometryEngine.densify(tempPolyline, mMaxSegmentLengthSlider.getProgress() + 100);
    Multipoint multipoint = new Multipoint(tempPolyline.getParts().getPartsAsPoints());

   * Creates a collection of points along the Willamette River in Portland, OR.
   * @return points
  private static PointCollection createShipPoints() {
    PointCollection points = new PointCollection(SpatialReference.create(32126));
    points.add(new Point(2330611.130549, 202360.002957, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330583.834672, 202525.984012, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330574.164902, 202691.488009, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330689.292623, 203170.045888, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330696.773344, 203317.495798, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330691.419723, 203380.917080, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330435.065296, 203816.662457, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330369.500800, 204329.861789, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330400.929891, 204712.129673, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330484.300447, 204927.797132, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330514.469919, 205000.792463, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330638.099138, 205271.601116, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330725.315888, 205631.231308, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330755.640702, 206433.354860, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330680.644719, 206660.240923, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330386.957926, 207340.947204, 0.000000));
    points.add(new Point(2330485.861737, 207742.298501, 0.000000));
    return points;

  protected void onPause() {

  protected void onResume() {

  protected void onDestroy() {