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I want to divide every cell of a raster by the raster's maximum cell value using ArcPy. Here is what I have done so far.

densityRaster = LineDensity(shapefileName, None, "", "", "")
maxVal = arcpy.GetRasterProperties_management(densityRaster ,"MAXIMUM")
normalRaster = densityRaster/maxVal #maxValue i get is 5.66

This gives me an error described below. Anybody has clues to where I get it wrong?

Runtime error : ERROR 000732: Input Raster: Dataset 5.666 does not exist or is not supported

If I enter normalRaster = densityRaster/5.666, I get the correct result.

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On a side note, you should be able to get the maximum value by accessing the maximum property from your densityRaster since it's a raster object. – dmahr Jun 27 '13 at 13:41
@dmahr - nice tip! i would try that..i have just put my feet into arcpy :) – vinayan Jun 28 '13 at 11:43
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If you look at type(maxVal), you'll notice that it's neither a number or string. As a matter of fact, it is a ArcPy result object.

In order to extract that information use .getOutput(0). You can cast it to whatever type (int,float,etc) if you want as well.

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you are damn right! i didn't check the type..i can get it to work with float(maxVal[0]) now.. – vinayan Jun 26 '13 at 18:29
+1 I didn't know it could be accessed like that actually. I thought you had to use .getOutput(0). Honestly, I don't know why some tools return a result object and not just the actual result. – Paul Jun 26 '13 at 18:30

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