# Tagged Questions

Statistical computing language and software environment.

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### What is the most useful spatial R trick?

R is becoming pretty strong tool for handling and analyzing spatial data. I learned some useful things through questions like these at SO and thought it might be useful to have something simmilar, but ...
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### Tutorials to handle spatial data in R?

Does anyone know some good tutorials to handle spatial data in R? I know that there are some packages like rgdal and maptools but I haven't actually found usefull tutorials to get in touch with the ...
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### How to make beautiful maps in R?

There are quite some nice possibilities to analyse spatial data in R and in the context of my current project I would like to use R more frequently to do that. Until now I plot my maps with ggplot2 ...
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### How to open a Shapefile in R?

I need to open a shape file from ArcMap in R to use it for further geostatical analysis. I've converted it into ASCII text file, but in R it is recognized as data.frame. Coordinates function doesn't ...
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### How to compare two spatial point patterns?

If I have two point pattern distributions within the same geographic region, how would I go about visually and quantitatively comparing those two distributions? Also assume I have many points within ...
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### How can I conduct Geographically Weighted Principal Component Analysis using ArcGIS, Python and SPSS/R?

I am after a description/methodology for conducting a Geographically Weighted Principal Components Analysis (GWPCA). I am happy using Python for any portion of this and I imagine SPSS or R being used ...
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### How can I convert data in the form of lat, lon, value into a raster file using R?

I have a data set of values over a km grid in the continental U.S. The columns are "latitude", "longitude", and "observation", e.g.: "lat" "lon" "yield" 25.567 -120.347 3.6 25.832 -120....
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### How to efficiently read a kml file into R

I'm working with huge .kml files (up to 10 Gb) and need an efficient way to read them into R. Until now I've been converting them to shapefiles via QGIS and then back into R with readShapePoly and ...
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### How to cluster spatial data in R?

I am very new to R. I have bunch of data points with latitude and longitude. I want to use R to cluster them based on their distance. I have already taken a look at this page and tried clustTool ...
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### How to calculate polygon centroids in R (for non-contiguous shapes)

I've spent a little while figuring out the answer to this question. It's not immediately obvious from a Google search, so thought it may useful to post the answer on here. There is also an additional ...
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### Working with PostGIS data in R?

I work with R almost all the time, and now I am using it for doing spatial data mining. I have a PostGIS database with (obviously) GIS data. If I want to make statistical spatial analysis and plot ...
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### How to perform Random Forest land classification?

This is a follow-up to a previous post: Machine Learning Algorithms for Land Classification. It seems that the Random Forest (RF) classification method is gaining much momentum in the remote ...
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### Clipping a raster in R

I am building a map for the northeastern U.S.A. The map background needs to be either an altitude map or a mean annual temperature map. I have two rasters from Worldclim.org which give me these ...
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### Using R with ArcGIS Desktop

In response to comments below, a re-phrasing of the question. I've used the integration of R with QGIS, and found it a very uesful tool. Having taken a look at the R toolbox extension for 9 and the ...
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### Robust alternatives to Moran's I

Moran’s I, a measure of spatial autocorrelation, is not a particularly robust statistic (it can be sensitive to skewed distributions of the spatial data attributes). What are some more robust ...
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### What are sources for current geo-statistical analysis classes/events: open or proprietary

I am keenly interested in geo statistics (and many other words with 3 t's :). I am not very programatically inclined but have been following several lists with this theme. One being the R filter on ...
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### Proper way to rbind SpatialPolygonsDataFrames with identical polygon IDs?

What's the proper R idiom for rbinding SPDFs together when the IDs overlap? Note that here (as is often the case) the IDs are basically meaningless so it's pretty annoying that I can't just make ...
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### Using R to calculate the area of multiple polygons on a map that intersect with another overlaid polygon

I have a shapefile downloaded from the Ordnance Survey that gives electoral ward (division) boundaries for a county of the United Kingdom. I have successfully used R to load the shapefile and plotted ...
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### Performing Raster Noise Reduction and Edge Smoothing?

I have a raster image like this I want to delete the isolated noise point and smooth the edge (say the white single points, and I want the edges of the entity look smooth). How can I do this in ...
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### Speed of various raster data formats

I'm having trouble locating any discussion or comparative benchmarking of different raster file formats (e.g., for use in data analysis in R). Does anybody have any insight into why particular formats ...
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### How best to fix a non-noded intersection problem in PostGIS?

I'm using a PL/R function and PostGIS to generate voronoi polygons around a set of points. The function that I am using is defined here. When I use this function on a particular dataset I get the ...
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### How can I generate irregular grid containing minimum n points?

Given a large (~ 1 million) sample of unevenly distributed points - is it possible to generate irregular grid (in size, but could also be irregular in shape if that is possible?) that will contain ...
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### Projecting sp objects in R

I have a number of shapefiles in different CRSs (mostly WGS84 lat/lon) that I'd like to transform into a common projection (likely Albers Equal Area Conic, but I may ask for help on choosing in ...
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### Instantiating spatial polygon without using a shape file in R

So, the usual way we read a shapefile in R is via the maptools package, like this: sfdata <- readShapeSpatial("/path/to/my/shapefile.shp", proj4string=CRS("+proj=longlat")) However, I have a use ...
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### Need a spatial database that can be used by QGIS and R

I'm quite new to QGIS and I'm searching for a simple way to create a Database that allows me to use the tables in QGIS and R. I have a lot of data stored in Excel spreadsheets wich will be used for ...
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### Using R with ArcGIS for Desktop (without using GME)? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn R generally and making statistics for maps. I found some useful tricks for making maps with it but it is not the best you can do. My everyday GIS program is ArcGIS. How I can use ...
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### How to generalize SpatialPolygons and conserving topology in R?

I would like to generalize a SpatialPolygonsDataFrame in R to make plotting more efficient. The polygons I have result in huge pdf plots that are slow to load and hard to integrate into a document. ...
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### How to create an attractive choropleth map in R?

I've been experimenting with choropleth mapping techniques in R, having reaped the benefits of ggplot2 for creating beautiful graphs within a powerful data analysis package. When it comes to mapping ...
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### Monte Carlo simulation using QGIS and pgRouting on optimal sidewalk construction

I am new to spatial analysis and would appreciate some general direction on a project I am attempting, outlined below (I am starting from scratch). GOAL: To find the best locations to install 2000 ...
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### Raster legend in R: how to colour specific values?

I have an elevation model plotted in R r <- raster("example.dem") plot(r, col = topo.colors(20)) Some of the values are below sea level (0), and I'd like to have those display in red. How can ...
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### Ecological geospatial conundrum

I am looking for a different, more elegant solution to a spatial statistics problem. Raw data consists of an x-y coordinate for each individual tree (i.e. converted to a point .shp file). Although ...
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### How to determine if trees within forest gaps are clustered?

The attached dataset shows approximately 6000 saplings in approximately 50 variable sized forest gaps. I am interested in learning how these saplings are growing within their respective gaps (i.e. ...
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### Get Raster Values from a Polygon Overlay in Opensource GIS Solutions

I have two layers. A polygon-shape-layer with many tiles and a raster-layer containing CORINE 2006 land cover with many categories in a colourmap. I want to obtain for each polygon in the shapelayer a ...
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### R : convert a spatial polygon objet to spatial polygon data frame

My goal is to modify an existing shapefile by merging certain polygons. After importing the shapefile and using the UnionSpatialPolygons command, I get the polygon outline that I want. However, this ...
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### How to find and merge duplicate points?

I have two point shapefiles: Red and Blue. Each point shapefile has a z value which represents a radius (i.e. represented as buffers in the example). A duplicate point is defined as a point that ...
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### How to speed up the plotting of polygons in R?

I want to plot the country borders of North America over a raster image depicting some variable and then overlay contours on top of the plot using R. I have been successful in doing this using base ...
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### Random sampling of raster using R

Is there a straightforward way of randomly sampling a raster so that the output of the process is a raster? I'm using an example that I found on the r-sig-geo list and I have also tried the ...
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### How to implement value-by-alpha map in GIS?

I've been doing some background reading about cartograms recently and stumbled upon interesting alternative - value-by-alpha maps. Concept is described in more details here and full paper is ...
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### Choropleth in R: custom breaks and plotting

I have a question with regard to plotting a choropleth map. What is recommended with regard to plotting a map with custom breaks? And make it look a bit attractive. In my script I have used the ...
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### How does spatial polygon %over% polygon work to when aggregating values in r?

I'm working on an environmental epidemiology project where I have point exposures (~ 2,000 industrial hog operations - IHOs). These IHOs spray on nearby fields, but the feces water droplets and smell ...
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### Overlay a spatial polygon with a grid and check in which grid element specific coordinates are located

How can one use R to split a shape file in 200 meter squares/sub-polygons, plot this grid (incl. ID numbers for each square) over the original map below, and evaluate in which square specific ...
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### How do I change the polygon fill color and border color for SpatialPolygons objects?

I have SpatialPolygons or SpatialPolygonsDataFrames which I'd like to plot. How do I change the color using the three plotting systems in R (base graphics, lattice graphics, and ggplot2)? Example ...
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### Aggregating points to grid using R

I have a question with regard to spatial aggregation in R. What I am trying to do is aggregate a point dataset to a grid. I am unsure however how to do this as I have little experience with this sort ...
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### Fixing orphaned holes in R

I'm trying to perform a union on a common field after merging two adjacent shapefiles. The shapefiles end up with at least one thin sliver of space between them. When I attempt a union I get the ...
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### Spatial operators in R?

How can I do spatial selections or filters in R? I can do this in PostGIS using (e.g.): SELECT * FROM mypoint, mypoly WHERE ST_Within(mypoint.geom, mypoly.geom); and it is similarly a piece of cake ...
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### How to anonymise a gps file?

Imagine you have a GPS trace that you want to make anonymous, in the legal sense. How would you do this? Is snapping to the nearest x distance and stripping out the time enough? Are there ...
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### Point overplotting on maps in R (e.g. with ggplot2) - how to push points to the side, mark original positions, combine close-by points …?

I've got a database containing languages, their longitudes and latitudes and a feature value (either category 1, category 2 or both - in the plot these are marked red, blue and green respectively). ...
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### Multispectral image segmentation for natural-resources applications using R

R has the capacity for image segmentation, although all of the examples I have come across utilize a single band for the segmentation (example). I am interested in combining R's capacity for random ...