The transformer looks at every pair of line segments made up of three consecutive distinct points. If the angle (in degrees) between two line segments is less than or equal to the specified maximum angle, then the middle point is a spike and is removed.
If the geometry of a feature is a path, the transformer removes spikes between consecutive path segments as well. For a polygon or donut, if the start/end point is a spike, then it is also removed. The end result is still a polygon/donut. Any polygons, donuts, paths or lines that are part of a collection of geometry will also be processed.
The transformer will also remove any duplicate points.
The transformer is not effective when the line contains many deviations other than spikes. In such cases, it is recommended to first clean up the features using the Generalizer transformer with Douglas-Poiker algorithm.
Features that are cleaned up will be output through this port.
Duplicate points and spikes will be output through this port. The Removed features will have the following details about the spike added as attributes: _spike_angle, _spike_length1, and _spike_length2.
Any untouched features will be output through this port.
If the angle (in degrees) between two line segments is less than or equal to this parameter, then the middle point is a spike and is removed.
If the Maximum Spike Length is specified, then the transformer will skip line segments longer than this length; otherwise, all line segments are considered.
Editing Transformer Parameters
Using a set of menu options, transformer parameters can be assigned by referencing other elements in the workspace. More advanced functions, such as an advanced editor and an arithmetic editor, are also available in some transformers. To access a menu of these options, click beside the applicable parameter. For more information, see Transformer Parameter Menu Options.
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FME Professional edition and above
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