[R-sig-Geo] downsampling a lines shapefile?

Nick Matzke matzke at berkeley.edu
Tue Oct 25 05:01:32 CEST 2011

Hi all,

I have a shapefile with a number of line features.  I can 
load it and plot it.  Is there an easy way to downsample or 
smooth the shapefile to a coarser resolution?

Thanks so much for your help,

Nicholas J. Matzke
Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Student Researcher

Huelsenbeck Lab
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