Status: released to Maven Central
Note that the next version (without a reactive API and without serialization) is at rtree2.
An R-tree is a commonly used spatial index.
This was fun to make, has an elegant concise algorithm, is thread-safe, fast, and reasonably memory efficient (uses structural sharing).
The algorithm to achieve immutability is cute. For insertion/deletion it involves recursion down to the required leaf node then recursion back up to replace the parent nodes up to the root. The guts of it is in Leaf.java and NonLeaf.java.
Backpressure support required some complexity because effectively a bookmark needed to be kept for a position in the tree and returned to later to continue traversal. An immutable stack containing the node and child index of the path nodes came to the rescue here and recursion was abandoned in favour of looping to prevent stack overflow (unfortunately java doesn't support tail recursion!).
- immutable R-tree suitable for concurrency
- Guttman's heuristics (Quadratic splitter) (paper)
- R*-tree heuristics (paper)
- Customizable splitter and selector
- search returns
- search is cancelled by unsubscription
- search is
- insert, delete are
- all search methods return lazy-evaluated streams offering efficiency and flexibility of functional style including functional composition and concurrency
- balanced delete
- uses structural sharing
- supports backpressure
- JMH benchmarks
- visualizer included
- serialization using FlatBuffers
- high unit test code coverage
- R*-tree performs 900,000 searches/second returning 22 entries from a tree of 38,377 Greek earthquake locations on firstname.lastname@example.orgGhz (maxChildren=4, minChildren=1). Insert at 240,000 entries per second.
- requires java 1.6 or later
Number of points = 1000, max children per node 8:
|Quadratic split||R*-tree split|
Notice that there is little overlap in the R*-tree split compared to the Quadratic split. This should provide better search performance (and in general benchmarks show this).
Add this maven dependency to your pom.xml:
<dependency> <groupId>com.github.davidmoten</groupId> <artifactId>rtree</artifactId> <version>VERSION_HERE</version> </dependency>
Instantiate an R-Tree
Use the static builder methods on the
// create an R-tree using Quadratic split with max // children per node 4, min children 2 (the threshold // at which members are redistributed) RTree<String, Geometry> tree = RTree.create();
You can specify a few parameters to the builder, including minChildren, maxChildren, splitter, selector:
RTree<String, Geometry> tree = RTree.minChildren(3).maxChildren(6).create();
The following geometries are supported for insertion in an RTree:
If for instance you know that the entry geometry is always
Point then create an
RTree specifying that generic type to gain more type safety:
RTree<String, Point> tree = RTree.create();
If you'd like an R*-tree (which uses a topological splitter on minimal margin, overlap area and area and a selector combination of minimal area increase, minimal overlap, and area):
RTree<String, Geometry> tree = RTree.star().maxChildren(6).create();
See benchmarks below for some of the performance differences.
Add items to the R-tree
When you add an item to the R-tree you need to provide a geometry that represents the 2D physical location or extension of the item. The
Geometries builder provides these factory methods:
Geometries.line(requires jts-core dependency)
To add an item to an R-tree:
RTree<T,Geometry> tree = RTree.create(); tree = tree.add(item, Geometries.point(10,20));
tree = tree.add(Entry.entry(item, Geometries.point(10,20));
Important note: being an immutable data structure, calling
tree.add(item, geometry) does nothing to
tree, it returns a new
RTree containing the addition. Make sure you use the result of the
Remove an item in the R-tree
To remove an item from an R-tree, you need to match the item and its geometry:
tree = tree.delete(item, Geometries.point(10,20));
tree = tree.delete(entry);
Important note: being an immutable data structure, calling
tree.delete(item, geometry) does nothing to
tree, it returns a new
RTree without the deleted item. Make sure you use the result of the
Geospatial geometries (lats and longs)
To handle wraparounds of longitude values on the earth (180/-180 boundary trickiness) there are special factory methods in the
Geometries class. If you want to do geospatial searches then you should use these methods to build
Point point = Geometries.pointGeographic(lon, lat); Rectangle rectangle = Geometries.rectangleGeographic(lon1, lat1, lon2, lat2);
Under the covers these methods normalize the longitude value to be in the interval [-180, 180) and for rectangles the rightmost longitude has 360 added to it if it is less than the leftmost longitude.
You can also write your own implementation of
Geometry. An implementation of
Geometry needs to specify methods to:
- check intersection with a rectangle (you can reuse the distance method here if you want but it might affect performance)
- provide a minimum bounding rectangle
hashCodefor consistent equality checking
- measure distance to a rectangle (0 means they intersect). Note that this method is only used for search within a distance so implementing this method is optional. If you don't want to implement this method just throw a
For the R-tree to be well-behaved, the distance function if implemented needs to satisfy these properties:
distance(r) >= 0 for all rectangles r
if rectangle r1 contains r2 then distance(r1)<=distance(r2)
distance(r) = 0 if and only if the geometry intersects the rectangle r
The advantage of an R-tree is the ability to search for items in a region reasonably quickly. On average search is
O(log(n)) but worst case is
Search methods return
Observable<Entry<T, Geometry>> results = tree.search(Geometries.rectangle(0,0,2,2));
or search for items within a distance from the given geometry:
Observable<Entry<T, Geometry>> results = tree.search(Geometries.rectangle(0,0,2,2),5.0);
To return all entries from an R-tree:
Observable<Entry<T, Geometry>> results = tree.entries();
Search with a custom geometry
Suppose you make a custom geometry like
Polygon and you want to search an
RTree<String,Point> for points inside the polygon. This is how you do it:
RTree<String, Point> tree = RTree.create(); Func2<Point, Polygon, Boolean> pointInPolygon = ... Polygon polygon = ... ... entries = tree.search(polygon, pointInPolygon);
The key is that you need to supply the
intersects function (
pointInPolygon) to the search. It is on you to implement that for all types of geometry present in the
RTree. This is one reason that the generic
Geometry type was added in rtree 0.5 (so the type system could tell you what geometry types you needed to calculate intersection for) .
Search with a custom geometry and maxDistance
As per the example above to do a proximity search you need to specify how to calculate distance between the geometry you are searching and the entry geometries:
RTree<String, Point> tree = RTree.create(); Func2<Point, Polygon, Boolean> distancePointToPolygon = ... Polygon polygon = ... ... entries = tree.search(polygon, 10, distancePointToPolygon);
import com.github.davidmoten.rtree.RTree; import static com.github.davidmoten.rtree.geometry.Geometries.*; RTree<String, Point> tree = RTree.maxChildren(5).create(); tree = tree.add("DAVE", point(10, 20)) .add("FRED", point(12, 25)) .add("MARY", point(97, 125)); Observable<Entry<String, Point>> entries = tree.search(Geometries.rectangle(8, 15, 30, 35));
Searching by distance on lat longs
Another lat long example searching geo circles
See LatLongExampleTest.testSearchLatLongCircles() for an example of searching circles around geographic points (using great circle distance).
What do I do with the Observable thing?
Very useful, see RxJava.
As an example, suppose you want to filter the search results then apply a function on each and reduce to some best answer:
import rx.Observable; import rx.functions.*; import rx.schedulers.Schedulers; Character result = tree.search(Geometries.rectangle(8, 15, 30, 35)) // filter for names alphabetically less than M .filter(entry -> entry.value() < "M") // get the first character of the name .map(entry -> entry.value().charAt(0)) // reduce to the first character alphabetically .reduce((x,y) -> x <= y ? x : y) // subscribe to the stream and block for the result .toBlocking().single(); System.out.println(list);
How to configure the R-tree for best performance
Check out the benchmarks below, but I recommend you do your own benchmarks because every data set will behave differently. If you don't want to benchmark then use the defaults. General rules based on the benchmarks:
- for data sets of <10,000 entries use the default R-tree (quadratic splitter with maxChildren=4)
- for data sets of >=10,000 entries use the star R-tree (R*-tree heuristics with maxChildren=4 by default)
Watch out though, the benchmark data sets had quite specific characteristics. The 1000 entry dataset was randomly generated (so is more or less uniformly distributed) and the Greek dataset was earthquake data with its own clustering characteristics.
What about memory use?
To minimize memory use you can use geometries that store single precision decimal values (
float) instead of double precision (
double). Here are examples:
// create geometry using double precision Rectangle r = Geometries.rectangle(1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0); // create geometry using single precision Rectangle r = Geometries.rectangle(1.0f, 2.0f, 3.0f, 4.0f);
The same creation methods exist for
How do I just get an Iterable back from a search?
If you are not familiar with the Observable API and want to skip the reactive stuff then here's how to get an
Iterable from a search:
Iterable<T> it = tree.search(Geometries.point(4,5)) .toBlocking().toIterable();
The backpressure slow path may be enabled by some RxJava operators. This may slow search performance by a factor of 3 but avoids possible out of memory errors and thread starvation due to asynchronous buffering. Backpressure is benchmarked below.
To visualize the R-tree in a PNG file of size 600 by 600 pixels just call:
The result is like the images in the Features section above.
Visualize as text
RTree.asString() method returns output like this:
mbr=Rectangle [x1=10.0, y1=4.0, x2=62.0, y2=85.0] mbr=Rectangle [x1=28.0, y1=4.0, x2=34.0, y2=85.0] entry=Entry [value=2, geometry=Point [x=29.0, y=4.0]] entry=Entry [value=1, geometry=Point [x=28.0, y=19.0]] entry=Entry [value=4, geometry=Point [x=34.0, y=85.0]] mbr=Rectangle [x1=10.0, y1=45.0, x2=62.0, y2=63.0] entry=Entry [value=5, geometry=Point [x=62.0, y=45.0]] entry=Entry [value=3, geometry=Point [x=10.0, y=63.0]]
Release 0.8 includes flatbuffers support as a serialization format and as a lower performance but lower memory consumption (approximately one third) option for an RTree.
The greek earthquake data (38,377 entries) when placed in a default RTree with
maxChildren=10 takes up 4,548,133 bytes in memory. If that data is serialized then reloaded into memory using the
InternalStructure.FLATBUFFERS_SINGLE_ARRAY option then the RTree takes up 1,431,772 bytes in memory (approximately one third the memory usage). Bear in mind though that searches are much more expensive (at the moment) with this data structure because of object creation and gc pressures (see benchmarks). Further work would be to enable direct searching of the underlying array without object creation expenses required to match the current search routines.
As of 5 March 2016, indicative RTree metrics using flatbuffers data structure are:
- one third the memory use with log(N) object creations per search
- one third the speed with backpressure (e.g. if
- one tenth the speed without backpressure
Note that serialization uses an optional dependency on
flatbuffers. Add the following to your pom dependencies:
<dependency> <groupId>com.github.davidmoten</groupId> <artifactId>flatbuffers-java</artifactId> <version>188.8.131.52</version> <optional>true</optional> </dependency>
RTree to an
RTree<String, Point> tree = ...; OutputStream os = ...; Serializer<String, Point> serializer = Serializers.flatBuffers().utf8(); serializer.write(tree, os);
RTree from an
InputStream into a low-memory flatbuffers based structure:
RTree<String, Point> tree = serializer.read(is, lengthBytes, InternalStructure.SINGLE_ARRAY);
RTree from an
InputStream into a default structure:
RTree<String, Point> tree = serializer.read(is, lengthBytes, InternalStructure.DEFAULT);
As of 0.7.5 this library does not depend on guava (>2M) but rather depends on guava-mini (11K). The
nearest search used to depend on
MinMaxPriorityQueue from guava but now uses a backport of Java 8
PriorityQueue inside a custom
BoundedPriorityQueue class that gives about 1.7x the throughput as the guava class.
How to build
git clone https://github.com/davidmoten/rtree.git cd rtree mvn clean install
How to run benchmarks
Benchmarks are provided by
mvn clean install -Pbenchmark
This codebase is scanned by Coverity scan whenever the branch
coverity_scan is updated.
For the project committers if a coverity scan is desired just do this:
git checkout coverity_scan git pull origin master git push origin coverity_scan
The Greek data referred to in the benchmarks is a collection of some 38,377 entries corresponding to the epicentres of earthquakes in Greece between 1964 and 2000. This data set is used by multiple studies on R-trees as a test case.
These were run on i7-920 @2.67GHz with rtree version 0.8-RC7:
Benchmark Mode Cnt Score Error Units defaultRTreeInsertOneEntryInto1000EntriesMaxChildren004 thrpt 10 262260.993 ± 2767.035 ops/s defaultRTreeInsertOneEntryInto1000EntriesMaxChildren010 thrpt 10 296264.913 ± 2836.358 ops/s defaultRTreeInsertOneEntryInto1000EntriesMaxChildren032 thrpt 10 135118.271 ± 1722.039 ops/s defaultRTreeInsertOneEntryInto1000EntriesMaxChildren128 thrpt 10 315851.452 ± 3097.496 ops/s defaultRTreeInsertOneEntryIntoGreekDataEntriesMaxChildren004 thrpt 10 278761.674 ± 4182.761 ops/s defaultRTreeInsertOneEntryIntoGreekDataEntriesMaxChildren010 thrpt 10 315254.478 ± 4104.206 ops/s defaultRTreeInsertOneEntryIntoGreekDataEntriesMaxChildren032 thrpt 10 214509.476 ± 1555.816 ops/s defaultRTreeInsertOneEntryIntoGreekDataEntriesMaxChildren128 thrpt 10 118094.486 ± 1118.983 ops/s defaultRTreeSearchOf1000PointsMaxChildren004 thrpt 10 1122140.598 ± 8509.106 ops/s defaultRTreeSearchOf1000PointsMaxChildren010 thrpt 10 569779.807 ± 4206.544 ops/s defaultRTreeSearchOf1000PointsMaxChildren032 thrpt 10 238251.898 ± 3916.281 ops/s defaultRTreeSearchOf1000PointsMaxChildren128 thrpt 10 702437.901 ± 5108.786 ops/s defaultRTreeSearchOfGreekDataPointsMaxChildren004 thrpt 10 462243.509 ± 7076.045 ops/s defaultRTreeSearchOfGreekDataPointsMaxChildren010 thrpt 10 326395.724 ± 1699.043 ops/s defaultRTreeSearchOfGreekDataPointsMaxChildren032 thrpt 10 156978.822 ± 1993.372 ops/s defaultRTreeSearchOfGreekDataPointsMaxChildren128 thrpt 10 68267.160 ± 929.236 ops/s rStarTreeDeleteOneEveryOccurrenceFromGreekDataChildren010 thrpt 10 211881.061 ± 3246.693 ops/s rStarTreeInsertOneEntryInto1000EntriesMaxChildren004 thrpt 10 187062.089 ± 3005.413 ops/s rStarTreeInsertOneEntryInto1000EntriesMaxChildren010 thrpt 10 186767.045 ± 2291.196 ops/s rStarTreeInsertOneEntryInto1000EntriesMaxChildren032 thrpt 10 37940.625 ± 743.789 ops/s rStarTreeInsertOneEntryInto1000EntriesMaxChildren128 thrpt 10 151897.089 ± 674.941 ops/s rStarTreeInsertOneEntryIntoGreekDataEntriesMaxChildren004 thrpt 10 237708.825 ± 1644.611 ops/s rStarTreeInsertOneEntryIntoGreekDataEntriesMaxChildren010 thrpt 10 229577.905 ± 4234.760 ops/s rStarTreeInsertOneEntryIntoGreekDataEntriesMaxChildren032 thrpt 10 78290.971 ± 393.030 ops/s rStarTreeInsertOneEntryIntoGreekDataEntriesMaxChildren128 thrpt 10 6521.010 ± 50.798 ops/s rStarTreeSearchOf1000PointsMaxChildren004 thrpt 10 1330510.951 ± 18289.410 ops/s rStarTreeSearchOf1000PointsMaxChildren010 thrpt 10 1204347.202 ± 17403.105 ops/s rStarTreeSearchOf1000PointsMaxChildren032 thrpt 10 576765.468 ± 8909.880 ops/s rStarTreeSearchOf1000PointsMaxChildren128 thrpt 10 1028316.856 ± 13747.282 ops/s rStarTreeSearchOfGreekDataPointsMaxChildren004 thrpt 10 904494.751 ± 15640.005 ops/s rStarTreeSearchOfGreekDataPointsMaxChildren010 thrpt 10 649636.969 ± 16383.786 ops/s rStarTreeSearchOfGreekDataPointsMaxChildren010FlatBuffers thrpt 10 84230.053 ± 1869.345 ops/s rStarTreeSearchOfGreekDataPointsMaxChildren010FlatBuffersBackpressure thrpt 10 36420.500 ± 1572.298 ops/s rStarTreeSearchOfGreekDataPointsMaxChildren010WithBackpressure thrpt 10 116970.445 ± 1955.659 ops/s rStarTreeSearchOfGreekDataPointsMaxChildren032 thrpt 10 224874.016 ± 14462.325 ops/s rStarTreeSearchOfGreekDataPointsMaxChildren128 thrpt 10 358636.637 ± 4886.459 ops/s searchNearestGreek thrpt 10 3715.020 ± 46.570 ops/s