[R] polygon shapefile from line edge coordinate list

From: Murray Richardson <murray.richardson_at_utoronto.ca>
Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2008 11:21:09 -0500


I am looking for advice on a task I am trying to complete.

I have a 4 column dataframe defining the start and end coordinates of line edges (from a CGAL alpha shapes function to define concave hulls from point clusters). I would like to create polygon shapefiles from these line edges, presumably creating lines first and then polygons.

e.g. columns are:

startX startY endX endY

where each row represents start and end coordinates of a line segment.

I am new to R spatial packages and I am not sure which one is best suited to this task. There seems to be a lot of options, which is great but hard to know which one to start with. Any suggestions on the best way to proceed with this? One further challenge is that the list includes line segments defining multiple polygons.

Thanks for any advice.


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