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GeoPoint Factory

Generate useful, RGeo-compatible geographic points located within a supplied shapefile.

Quick Start

require 'geopoint_factory'

generator = GeoPointFactory::Generator.new("path/to/shapefile") # omit file extension
point_inside = generator.generate
different_point_inside = generator.generate
yet_another_point_inside = generator.generate
generator.finalize
  • When done with a Generator instance, call #finalize.

Discussion

GeoPoint Factory was developed as a way to easily generate geographic coordinate data within a specific geographic area, while avoiding areas that may not be useful, such as in the ocean.

For example, using the US Census-supplied shapefile of San Francisco's boundaries, GeoPoint Factory can generate random points specifically within San Francisco's borders and avoid generating points within the Pacific Ocean or San Francisco Bay.

GeoPoint Factory was developed for use with the RGeo library.

Compatibility

  • Ruby 1.9.2+

Contributions, corrections, and improvements are always appreciated!

Created By

Josh Avant

License

This is licensed under a MIT/Beerware License:

Copyright (c) 2012 Josh Avant

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a
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