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2D Range Query
Posted by: Chris Cera
Date: April 20, 2009 02:35PM

I'm interested in doing a 2D range query over a set of points. I'm trying to figure out the most efficient way of storing/querying these points, and would really appreciate any help.

My problem: We need to store the bounding area of each word in a text document. When the end-user draws a rectangle on the document, then we want to highlight the words that intersect the rectangle.

Should I use a MultiPoint or a LineString? I don't see a reason to use the LineString since the ordering of these points doesn't matter for this application. I believe I only need to store two points per word (minX, minY) and (maxX, maxY).

I've created a spatial index for the geometry. Is MBRIntersect() the most efficient method to use with the Geometry and the rectangle drawn by the end-user?

Any extra pointers are appreciated! Best, -Chris

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