Analytics Toolbox for Snowflake

Analytics Toolbox for Snowflake

random

This module contains functions to generate random geographies.

ST_GENERATEPOINTS

Description

Generates randomly placed points inside a polygon and returns them in an array of geographies.

The distribution of the generated points is spherically uniform (i.e. if the coordinates are interpreted as longitude and latitude on a sphere); this means that WGS84 coordinates will be only approximately uniformly distributed, since WGS84 is based on an ellipsoidal model.

  • geog: GEOGRAPHY a polygon; the random points generated will be inside this polygon.
  • npoints: INT number of points to generate.

Constraints

npoints must not exceed 100000.

Return type

ARRAY

Example

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SELECT carto.ST_GENERATEPOINTS(TO_GEOGRAPHY('POLYGON((0 0, 10 0, 10 10, 0 0))'), 100);
-- "{\"coordinates\":[6.781385759749447e+00,9.240795947965740e-01],\"type\":\"Point\"}"
-- "{\"coordinates\":[9.993805698147805e+00,5.083022246239731e+00],\"type\":\"Point\"}"
-- "{\"coordinates\":[3.228015360947772e+00,5.353450085600810e-01],\"type\":\"Point\"}"
-- ...