Outputs point-cloud features that have fewer points than the original input features. This transformer is typically used to reduce data volume by arbitrarily discarding data.

Transformer Highlights

Another term that is often used for this operation is Decimation.

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In the point cloud below, the transformer keeps every 50th point:

Source Point Cloud

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Thinned Point Cloud

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Further Reading

The transformer can be used along with PointCloudCombiner for making mosaics of large areas from smaller tiles. Point Cloud Thinning and Combining are the components of our Point Cloud Scenario 4. Thinning and Combining.