- Volume 7 Issue 1 Serial No. 13
In vector GIS, natural linear entities (called linear entitles) are usually represented by a set of line segments. As an alternative of the line segments, curve segments can be used to represent the linear entities. The curve segments, as one-dimensional spatial objects, we generated by spline interpolation technique such as Bezier technique. In an effort to improve its accuracy in resembling the linear entities, the Bezier technique was modified generating a new technique (called New technique) (Kiyun, 1998). In this paper, validity of the New technique was tested. Test focused on answering two questions: (1) whether or not the curve segments from the New technique replace line segments so as to enhance the accuracy of representations of linear entities, and (2) whether or not the curve segments from the New technique represent the linear entities more accurately than curve segments from the Bezier technique. Answering these two questions entailed two hypothesis tests. For test data, a series of hydrologic lines on 7.5-minute USGS map series were selected. Test were done using t-test method and statistical inferences were made from the results. Test results indicated that curve segments from both the Bezier and New techniques represent the linear entities more accurately than the line segments do. In addition, curve segments from the New technique represent the linear entities more accurately than the line segments from the Bezier technique do at probability level 69% or higher.