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Using Distance Calculators Distance calculators are instruments that calculate the distance that separates two or more points on the map. You can decide on the distance unit you want to use, whether kilometers, meters or miles. You can typically just type in the names of the places whose distance you’d like to find out, and then click a button in order to get results. Postcodes and addresses may be used as well. How Distance Calculators Work As you click the search button, a search will be run to locate the place you are referring to. First, an internal list of common locations will be searched. If this isn’t fruitful, a search will be done using Google Maps API GlocalSearch. If still unproductive, you will be requested to indicate the exact location of the area by clicking on the map. This will show you the distance between the two points, and the location will also be stored in the internal database so that it can be located when somebody searches for it in the future.
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When a result has been returned, you can save the URL and use it for your own reference, or to give it to a friend or family member who may also need it.
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How Distance Is Determined The distance between any two points is defined as the shortest separation in between them, where the two are closest to each other. This logic is utilized by any distance-calculating geoprocessing tool. Distance measurements are most exact when the input data is in an equidistance projected coordinate system. Though distance calculations can be done anytime regardless of coordinate system, the results may lack accuracy or may even be meaningless when the data is in a geographic coordinate system or an incorrectly chosen projected coordinate system. Significant Considerations A lot of features could be equally closest to the next feature. In this case, any of the equally closest features will be picked randomly as the closest. When a feature contains or is contained in another feature, their distance is automatically zero. Two features with at least one x,y coordinate shared, will have a distance of zero. Hence, with two features intersecting, overlapping, crossing, or touching, distance is zero. Always, distance is calculated to the outer edges of a polygon feature, and not to the center. As earlier noted, if a feature is contained inside a polygon, the distance between the feature and the containing polygon is calculated as zero. The distance that lies between two features of any kind, is always the same no matter which one of them is being measured to and from. Basic Distance-finding Operations Determining distance relies on the geometry type of the features, and also on other factors such as coordinate system. But there are three basic rules that dictate how distance is calculated. First, the distance between two points is the straight line that connects the points. Second, distance from one point to one line can be the perpendicular vertex or the closest vertex. Lastly, polyline distances are determined by segment vertices.