isoverlapping documentation

The isoverlapping function determines whether geographic boundingboxes overlap.

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tf = isoverlapping(S,S0)
tf = isoverlapping(BoundingBoxes,BoundingBox)


tf = isoverlapping(S,S0) returns true for any of the BoundingBoxes in the shapefile structure S that overlap with the BoundingBox identified by the shapefile structure S0.

tf = isoverlapping(BoundingBoxes,BoundingBox) returns true for any of the BoundingBoxes that overlap with BoundingBox. Here, BoundingBoxes must have the dimensions 2x2xN, which can be obtained by cat(3,S.BoundingBox). The reference BoundingBox must have the dimensions 2x2.


Start by loading these example shapefiles (requires Matlab's Mapping Toolbox):

Sr = shaperead('concord_roads.shp');
Sa = shaperead('concord_hydro_area.shp');

% Convert Sa to a polyshape (for no particular reason, except that we can):
P = polyshape([Sa.X],[Sa.Y]);

Plot the data for context

% Plot the hydo areas as blue water:
plot(P,'facecolor',rgb('water blue'),'edgecolor','none')
axis image

% Add roads:
hold on

Now consider this section of water:


Which sections of road have bounding box coordinates that overlap with the bounding box of that section of water?

tf = isoverlapping(Sr,Sa(98));


Author Info

This function is part of the Climate Data Toolbox for Matlab. The function and supporting documentation were written by Chad A. Greene of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.