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Locator output properties

This topic describes the properties listed in the Outputs section of the Locator Properties dialog box.

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Write X and Y coordinates

Use this setting to create attributes in geocoded feature classes that contain the x,y coordinates of the geocoded features in the spatial reference units of the locator. With this setting, a locator creates two attribute fields in the output feature class: one for the x-coordinate and one for the y-coordinate of the geocoded features. The coordinate values are shown in the X and Y fields. These values are empty if the input was not matched.

Write DisplayX and DisplayY coordinates

Use this setting to create attributes in geocoded feature classes that contain the x,y coordinates derived from coordinate display fields in the reference data, used to create the locator. With this setting, an address locator creates two attribute fields in the output feature class: one for the display x-coordinate and one for the display y-coordinate of the geocoded features. The values of this attribute is shown in the DisplayX and DisplayY fields. These attributes are not valid for an address if the address is not matched. This is only supported for the PointAddress and SubAddress style locators.

Write reference data ID field

Use this setting to create an attribute in a geocoded feature class that contains the ID of the reference feature to which an input was matched. The value of this attribute is shown in the Ref_ID and StreetID fields. For PointAddress matches, StreetID represents a specific street segment ID with which the point is associated. This value is empty if the input was not matched.

Write percent along

Locators that use reference data with line geometry can interpolate a position along the reference feature for a geocoded input. Use this setting to create an attribute in a geocoded feature class that contains the position along the reference feature to which the input was matched. The value of this attribute is a number between 0 and 100, with 0 indicating the starting node of the reference feature and 100 indicating the ending node of the reference feature. The value of this attribute is shown in the Pct_along field. This attribute is not valid if the reference feature isn't a line. The value is empty if the input was not matched.

Write user-specified additional output fields

Additional fields from the reference tables can be specified and added to a locator when you create a locator. These fields are used to provide additional information about the candidates. They do not participate in the score calculation. The additional values are shown in the User_fld field.

Write locator-specific output fields

Some locator-specific fields added to the locator can be displayed when you geocode. These fields are used to provide additional information about the candidates. They do not participate in the score calculation.

Return display extent output fields

The bounding box of the geocoded feature includes the XMin and YMin and the XMax and YMax fields, indicating the southwest and northeast corners, respectively, of the extent. If these fields from the reference tables are specified and added to a locator when you create a locator, they can be displayed when you geocode. The values of this attribute are shown in the Xmin, Ymin, Xmax, and Ymax fields. These values are empty if the input was not matched.

Write elapsed time

This is the time it takes to geocode each record in the table. Use this setting to create an attribute in a geocoded feature class to show how much time elapsed during the matching of the input. The value of this attribute is a number whose unit is seconds and shown in the Match_time field. The value is empty if the input was not matched.

Write score per component

The component score tracks how well each component of an input matches the components of a candidate. A score of 100 indicates the components match perfectly; a score of 0 means the components don't match at all. Scores between 0 and 100 indicate that the component matches partially and the degree to which they match. This attribute is useful if an input does not find a perfect match, and you want to learn which part of the input is causing the problem. The values of this attribute are shown in the Comp_score field.

The score per component is an indicator of how well each component is matched. It does not serve as an actual value in the total score of the candidate, which is shown in the Score field. The component and total scores are calculated separately.

Although a default setting of the output options is saved in the locator when the locator is created, the setting can be modified on the Locator Properties dialog box as described below.

  1. On the Locator Properties dialog box, click the Outputs tab on the left.
  2. Find the option you want to change.
  3. Click the drop-down menu under the option and click Yes to write the attribute or attributes in the output candidates of the geocoded feature class, or click No to exclude the attribute or attributes.
  4. Click OK to save the settings and close the dialog box.