pgRouting Manual (2.0.0)


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pgr_analyzeOneway — Analyzes oneway Sstreets and identifies flipped segments.


This function analyzes oneway streets in a graph and identifies any flipped segments.

text pgr_analyzeOneway(geom_table text,
                       text[] s_in_rules, text[] s_out_rules,
                       text[] t_in_rules, text[] t_out_rules,
                       text oneway='oneway', text source='source', text target='target',
                       boolean two_way_if_null=true);


The analyses of one way segments is pretty simple but can be a powerful tools to identifying some the potential problems created by setting the direction of a segment the wrong way. A node is a source if it has edges the exit from that node and no edges enter that node. Conversely, a node is a sink if all edges enter the node but none exit that node. For a source type node it is logically impossible to exist because no vehicle can exit the node if no vehicle and enter the node. Likewise, if you had a sink node you would have an infinite number of vehicle piling up on this node because you can enter it but not leave it.

So why do we care if the are not feasible? Well if the direction of an edge was reversed by mistake we could generate exactly these conditions. Think about a divided highway and on the north bound lane one segment got entered wrong or maybe a sequence of multiple segments got entered wrong or maybe this happened on a round-about. The result would be potentially a source and/or a sink node.

So by counting the number of edges entering and exiting each node we can identify both source and sink nodes so that you can look at those areas of your network to make repairs and/or report the problem back to your data vendor.


The edge table to be analyzed must contain a source column and a target column filled with id’s of the vertices of the segments and the corresponding vertices table <edge_table>_vertices_pgr that stores the vertices information.


edge_table:text Network table name. (may contain the schema name as well)
s_in_rules:text[] source node in rules
s_out_rules:text[] source node out rules
t_in_rules:text[] target node in rules
t_out_rules:text[] target node out rules
oneway:text oneway column name name of the network table. Default value is oneway.
source:text Source column name of the network table. Default value is source.
target:text Target column name of the network table. Default value is target.
 boolean flag to treat oneway NULL values as bi-directional. Default value is true.


It is strongly recommended to use the named notation. See pgr_createVerticesTable or pgr_createTopology for examples.

The function returns:

  • OK after the analysis has finished.
    • Uses the vertices table: <edge_table>_vertices_pgr.
    • Fills completely the ein and eout columns of the vertices table.
  • FAIL when the analysis was not completed due to an error.
    • The vertices table is not found.
    • A required column of the Network table is not found or is not of the appropriate type.
    • The names of source , target or oneway are the same.

The rules are defined as an array of text strings that if match the oneway value would be counted as true for the source or target in or out condition.

The Vertices Table

The vertices table can be created with pgr_createVerticesTable or pgr_createTopology

The structure of the vertices table is:

id:bigint Identifier of the vertex.
cnt:integer Number of vertices in the edge_table that reference this vertex. See pgr_analyzeGgraph.
chk:integer Indicator that the vertex might have a problem. See pgr_analyzeGraph.
ein:integer Number of vertices in the edge_table that reference this vertex as incoming.
eout:integer Number of vertices in the edge_table that reference this vertex as outgoing.
the_geom:geometry Point geometry of the vertex.


  • New in version 2.0.0


SELECT pgr_analyzeOneway('edge_table',
ARRAY['', 'B', 'TF'],
ARRAY['', 'B', 'FT'],
ARRAY['', 'B', 'FT'],
ARRAY['', 'B', 'TF'],
NOTICE:  pgr_analyzeGraph('edge_table','{"",B,TF}','{"",B,FT}','{"",B,FT}','{"",B,TF}','dir','source','target',t)
NOTICE:  Analyzing graph for one way street errors.
NOTICE:  Analysis 25% complete ...
NOTICE:  Analysis 50% complete ...
NOTICE:  Analysis 75% complete ...
NOTICE:  Analysis 100% complete ...
NOTICE:  Found 0 potential problems in directionality

(1 row)

The queries use the Sample Data network.

See Also

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