The function applies the implementation of the Douglas-Peuker algorithm for line generalization or simplification (originally from shapefiles) to objects inheriting from Spatial Polygons. It does not preserve topology, so is suitable for visualisation, but not for the subsequent analysis of the polygon boundaries, as artefacts may be created, and boundaries of neighbouring entities may be generalized differently. If the rgeos package is available, `thinnedSpatialPolyGEOS`

will be used with partial topology preservation instead of the R implementation here by passing arguments through.

```
thinnedSpatialPoly(SP, tolerance, minarea=0, topologyPreserve = FALSE,
avoidGEOS = FALSE)
```

## Arguments

- SP
an object inheriting from the SpatialPolygons class

- tolerance
the tolerance value in the metric of the input object

- minarea
the smallest area of Polygon objects to be retained, ignored if rgeos used

- topologyPreserve
choose between two rgeos options: logical determining if the algorithm should attempt to preserve the topology (nodes not complete edges) of the original geometry

- avoidGEOS
use R DP code even if rgeos is available

## Value

An object of the same class as the input object

## References

Douglas, D. and Peucker, T. (1973). Algorithms for
the reduction of the number of points required to
represent a digitized line or its caricature.
*The Canadian Cartographer* 10(2). 112-122.

## Author

Ben Stabler, Michael Friendly, Roger Bivand

## Note

Warnings reporting: Non-finite label point detected and replaced, reflect the changes in the geometries of the polygons induced by line generalization.

## Examples

```
xx <- readShapeSpatial(system.file("shapes/sids.shp", package="maptools")[1],
IDvar="FIPSNO", proj4string=CRS("+proj=longlat +ellps=clrk66"))
#> Warning: shapelib support is provided by GDAL through the sf and terra packages among others
#> Warning: shapelib support is provided by GDAL through the sf and terra paackages among others
#> Warning: shapelib support is provided by GDAL through the sf and terra packages among others
object.size(as(xx, "SpatialPolygons"))
#> 350544 bytes
xxx <- thinnedSpatialPoly(xx, tolerance=0.05, minarea=0.001)
object.size(as(xxx, "SpatialPolygons"))
#> 374480 bytes
par(mfrow=c(2,1))
plot(xx)
plot(xxx)
par(mfrow=c(1,1))
```