- shortest_line(a, b, **kwargs)#
Returns the shortest line between two geometries.
The resulting line consists of two points, representing the nearest points between the geometry pair. The line always starts in the first geometry a and ends in he second geometry b. The endpoints of the line will not necessarily be existing vertices of the input geometries a and b, but can also be a point along a line segment.
- aGeometry or array_like
- bGeometry or array_like
For other keyword-only arguments, see the NumPy ufunc docs.
improve performance by preparing
a(the first argument) (for GEOS>=3.9)
>>> from shapely import LineString >>> line1 = LineString([(0, 0), (1, 0), (1, 1), (0, 1), (0, 0)]) >>> line2 = LineString([(0, 3), (3, 0), (5, 3)]) >>> shortest_line(line1, line2) <LINESTRING (1 1, 1.5 1.5)>