1.4 Release notes

1.4.0 Release notes

Track functions

GeoAnalytics Engine 1.4.0 includes a new geoanalytics.tracks module for working with motion datasets (e.g., GPS points). This module includes 20 functions that allow you to create, manipulate, and analyze "tracks", which are linestrings that represent the change in an entity's location over time. Each vertex in a track has a timestamp (stored as the M-value) and the vertices are ordered sequentially. For more information on using tracks in GeoAnalytics Engine, see track functions.

AIS tracks
Marine vessel locations (grey points) and several tracks created from the locations (orange linestrings).

Similarity measures

GeoAnalytics Engine 1.4.0 includes 4 new functions for quantifying similarity between linestrings and other geometries. These functions include:

For more information see similarity measures.

Two linestrings (orange and blue). A distance (red line) is calculated between the closest vertices in the two linestrings. The green line is the discrete Fréchet distance.


Network tool enhancements

Four network analysis tools now support setting the departure or arrival time when performing analysis. These tools include Create Routes, Create Service Areas, Find Closest Facilities and Generate OD Matrix. If traffic information is configured with your network dataset and the setTime method is used in any of these tools, travel costs will vary with the time of the day. This allows you to see how reachability changes over time. For example, the five-minute service area around a fire station may start out large in the early morning, diminish during the morning rush hour, grow in the late morning, and so on, throughout the day.

Additionally, the Create Service Areas tool now supports defining service area cutoffs using a column rather than a single value. This allows you to create different sizes of service areas for each location in your dataset if required. The 1.4.0 release also adds support for returning linestrings that represent routes within each service area.

Network and locator dataset utilities

Two new utilties are now available for exploring your network dataset or locator prior to using network analysis tools or geocoding tools. These utilties return properties of your data that may be useful for configuring analysis:

  • describe_network_dataset—Returns properties of the network dataset in your mobile map package or mobile geodatabase, including spatial reference, travel modes, cost attributes, and more.
  • describe_locator—Returns properties of your locator file or mobile map package, including available output fields, country codes, and spatial reference, among other useful attributes.
Global model diagnostics in GWR

The Geographically Weighted Regression tool (GWR) now supports returning global model diagnostics such as R-Squared, AICc, and more in addition to the local model diagnostics previously available from the tool.

Nearest Neighbors tool enhancements

The Nearest Neighbors tool now supports summarization of all nearest neighbors for each query record. By using addSummaryField you can summarize numeric columns with statistics like count, sum, mean, minimum, maximum, range, standard deviation, variance, first, and last.

Additionally, the 1.4.0 release adds support for performing geodesic distance calculations without a distance bound.

Additional documentation

The new install guide for Microsoft Fabric provides instructions for installing GeoAnalytics Engine in Microsoft Fabric, an all-in-one analytics solution that offers a comprehensive suite of services including data lake, data engineering, and data integration.

New cloud runtime support

With every release, support for the latest Spark versions and cloud runtimes is added if possible. In 1.4.0, GeoAnalytics Engine adds support for the latest of the following cloud runtimes:

Note that network analysis and geocoding tools are not supported in Azure Synapse Runtime for Apache Spark 3.4 and Microsoft Fabric 1.2. Please use previous releases of these cloud runtimes if you plan to use Create Routes, Create Service Areas, Find Closest Facilities, Generate OD Matrix, Geocode, or Reverse Geocode.

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