[R] Creating polygons from scattered points

R. Michael Weylandt michael.weylandt at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 14:14:15 CET 2012

This might be a question for the R-SIG-Geo or R-SIG-Ecology lists.


On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 7:13 AM, Louise Mair <lm609 at york.ac.uk> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a distribution dataset for species consisting of xy coordinates at
> the 1km resolution, with only presence data. So a simplified example of a
> species distribution might be:
> y <- rbind(as.integer(rnorm(100,50,20)), as.integer(rnorm(200,100,30)),
> as.integer(rnorm(100,180,15)))
> x <- rbind(as.integer(rnorm(200,50,20)), as.integer(rnorm(200,100,20)),
> as.integer(rnorm(100,200,15)))
> plot(y~x)
> I would like to create polygons for each species distribution, where if an
> island is present (as I have tried to show in the example), it would be a
> seperate polygon, and the jagged edges of coastlines etc are maintained. I
> have spent ages trying to find a package that will allow me to convert
> scattered point distributions to polygons but haven't found anything that
> works, the functions I have found require the data already to be in the
> format where the only xy coordinates present are the outline of the
> polygon.
> Can anyone please recommend a function I can use here, or suggest a way of
> extracting the outline points? I have tried this manually but cannot seem
> to write a code that will effectively take account of jagged edges and
> islands.
> Thanks very much for your help,
> Louise.
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