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Error: Statistics array limit (POLSCN)

Error Message

Using ERASE or ELIMINATE on complex polygon coverages, or on a selection set that includes the universe polygon, produces the following error:

Error:
Statistics array limit (POLSCN)
ISP channel# 1 was not properly closed (INFEND)
Bailing out of BUILD

Cause

The error indicates a software array size limitation when ERASE or ELIMINATE are used with large complex polygon coverages, or coverages that include the universe polygon in the area to be erased or eliminated.

Solution or Workaround

  1. Make sure the universe polygon is not included in the set of features to be erased or eliminated.
    Code:
    Arc: eliminate soils soilsel
    Enter a logical expression: reselect soils# ne 1
    Do you wish to re-enter expression (Y/N)? N
    Do you wish to enter another expression (Y/N)? Y
    Enter a logical expression: res area < 40000
    Do you wish to re-enter expression (Y/N)? N
    Do you wish to enter another expression (Y/N)? N
  2. Buffer the polygon-erase cover with a very small buffer distance, and use the new buffer coverage as the erase cover. This simplifies the set of features ArcInfo must use to execute a command.