I am creating a map of student housing city wide and there are a lot of point of that overlap each other. Can I group points that are within a certain distance of each other and symbolize it with a new point? The second question is can this one new point display the attributes of the other points when it is identified? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Mapping Center Answer:
Yes, you can replace a set of points with a single point, and you can set things up so that map users can click on the one new point and have it show the attributes of the points that were aggregated into it, but you would have to set this up yourself as there is no way to do this automatically. However, before explaining how this can be done, I think there are some better options for you.
We wrote three different blog entries on displacing overlapping points - one solution uses Maplex and two use the Disperse Markers tool:
- Displaying Coincident Points - this uses Maplex
- How to scatter stacked or clustered marker symbols for point features - this uses the Disperse Markers tool
- Using the Disperse Markers tool to show community amenities - this uses the Disperse Markers tool
Hopefully one of these will provide a solution for your problem. If not, write back!
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