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GIS Fundamentals, 2nd Edition by Stephen Wise

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Chapter 8

Raster Algorithms

The previous chapter described some of the commonest data structures for the storage of raster data and emphasised that at least one of the reasons that they were developed was to produce smaller files for raster GIS layers. Smaller files mean that less disk space is needed to store them and that it will be quicker to transfer them between the disk and the memory of the computer. A small file size should also mean that operations on the layers, such as queries and overlays, should run more quickly, because there are less data to process. However, this will only be true if the query can use the raster layer in its compressed form, whether this be run length encoded or in a quadtree or in any other format. If this is ...

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