Legend of the Buffer — Beware of 3 Important Mistakes

Exposing a far too frequent and erroneous geospatial algorithm

My Initial Presentation

I presented what I coined the Legend of The Buffer last GIS Day at my alma mater, Sherbrooke University. You can find my presentation on youtube. I removed all algorithmic complexities with a straight-to-the-point article outlining my main ideas.

The main takeaway:

Just don’t use a buffer. The most efficient way to make an algorithm inefficient is to use the