spatial_edge_predicates: Query edges with spatial predicates

spatial_edge_predicatesR Documentation

Query edges with spatial predicates


These functions allow to interpret spatial relations between edges and other geospatial features directly inside filter and mutate calls. All functions return a logical vector of the same length as the number of edges in the network. Element i in that vector is TRUE whenever any(predicate(x[i], y[j])) is TRUE. Hence, in the case of using edge_intersects, element i in the returned vector is TRUE when edge i intersects with any of the features given in y.


edge_intersects(y, ...)

edge_is_disjoint(y, ...)

edge_touches(y, ...)

edge_crosses(y, ...)

edge_is_within(y, ...)

edge_contains(y, ...)

edge_contains_properly(y, ...)

edge_overlaps(y, ...)

edge_equals(y, ...)

edge_covers(y, ...)

edge_is_covered_by(y, ...)

edge_is_within_distance(y, ...)



The geospatial features to test the edges against, either as an object of class sf or sfc.


Arguments passed on to the corresponding spatial predicate function of sf. See geos_binary_pred.


See geos_binary_pred for details on each spatial predicate. Just as with all query functions in tidygraph, these functions are meant to be called inside tidygraph verbs such as mutate or filter, where the network that is currently being worked on is known and thus not needed as an argument to the function. If you want to use an algorithm outside of the tidygraph framework you can use with_graph to set the context temporarily while the algorithm is being evaluated.


A logical vector of the same length as the number of edges in the network.


Note that edge_is_within_distance is a wrapper around the st_is_within_distance predicate from sf. Hence, it is based on 'as-the-crow-flies' distance, and not on distances over the network.


library(sf, quietly = TRUE)
library(tidygraph, quietly = TRUE)

# Create a network.
net = as_sfnetwork(roxel) %>%

# Create a geometry to test against.
p1 = st_point(c(4151358, 3208045))
p2 = st_point(c(4151340, 3207520))
p3 = st_point(c(4151756, 3207506))
p4 = st_point(c(4151774, 3208031))

poly = st_multipoint(c(p1, p2, p3, p4)) %>%
  st_cast('POLYGON') %>%
  st_sfc(crs = 3035)

# Use predicate query function in a filter call.
intersects = net %>%
  activate(edges) %>%

oldpar = par(no.readonly = TRUE)
par(mar = c(1,1,1,1))
plot(st_geometry(net, "edges"))
plot(st_geometry(intersects, "edges"), col = "red", lwd = 2, add = TRUE)

# Use predicate query function in a mutate call.
net %>%
  activate(edges) %>%
  mutate(disjoint = edge_is_disjoint(poly)) %>%

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