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SYNONYMS Real-time generalization, dynamic generalization, online generalization DEFINITION Map generalization defines the process of producing maps at coarser levels-of-detail (LOD), while retaining essential characteristics of the underlying geographic information. On-the-fly generalization, then, denotes the use of automated generalization techniques in real-time. According to  this process creates a temporary, generalized dataset exclusively for visualization, not for storage or otherdoi:10.1007/978-0-387-35973-1_450 fatcat:ll3yjmwm4jcdxekpnmczlwjv54