Definition: A data structure to search for lines, polygons, etc.
Also known as SAM.
Specialization (... is a kind of me.)
cell tree, extended k-d tree, GBD-tree, multilayer grid file, D-tree, P-tree, R-file, R+-tree, R*-tree, R-tree, skd-tree.
See also point access method, space ordering method.
Note: After [GG98]. Point access methods may not support region, overlap, enclosure, etc. searches very well.
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Entry modified 6 October 2008.
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Paul E. Black, "spatial access method", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 6 October 2008. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/spatialAccessMethod.html