Spatial Analyst is a extension within ArcGIS that provides a range of spatial modeling and analysis tools.

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Ways to Speed Up Python Scripts Running As ArcGIS Tools

This is a pretty general question. I just wondering what tips and tricks GIS programmers have used to speed up arcpy scripts that you import into the toolbox and run. I work most everyday writing ...
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Work-around for slow processing times in ArcGIS 9.3 with Spatial Analyst functions

I am batch processing a large amount of distance functions (~50,000) using ArcGIS 9.3. In this version, using spatial analyst functions, it seems to be the case that users cannot parallelize processes ...
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Extract raster values at points

How can I extract values from a raster by points. I prefer not in Arcgis. I prefer in Qgis or Mapwindow or other open source gis.
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Methodology for creating accurate drainage networks (and catchments) from high resolution LiDAR DEM?

This is not the first time I've stumbled over this issue; it seems that I am unable to generate a correct drainage network model and the resulting catchments from full resolution (1m cells) LiDAR ...
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Spatial Analyst Cell Statistics seems to give the wrong answer in ArcGIS 10.0

I have a script that calculates standard deviation for a list of grids using the Cell Statistics function in Spatial Analyst for ArcGIS 10.0 The syntax is this: stdevGrid = ...
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Can shaded relief be “blended” with DEM colour ramp in ArcGIS to produce a more visually dramatic result?

Not being able to use true transparencies with ArcGIS colour ramps where only solid colours are allowed has me always wondering about how to improve the look of the surface in my maps without ...
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What Algorithm is used by ArcGIS Watershed tool?

Does anyone know what type of algorithm is used in the ArcGIS Watershed tool (in the Spatial Analyst package)? Very little information given on Esri's website ... but I suspect it may be some kind of ...
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Statistical analyses for survey against raster?

I am somewhat of a newbie to geostatistical analyses, but pretty familiar with GIS and remote sensing packages. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on appropriate geostatistical analyses for a ...
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Creating raster by randomly choosing cell value from multiple overlapping rasters?

I'm using ArcGIS Desktop 10 with its Spatial Analyst extension. How do I combine multiple rasters into one, always choosing randomly from the values of overlapping cells? I have an image that may ...
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Finding nearest raster cell value based on vector point?

I have two layers in ArcGIS: One is a vector point and the other is a raster layer. I want to append the value of the raster data grid to the vector point. The problem is the vector point is away from ...
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creating a dem from contours

I have a large set of contours that I received broken down into several different subsets. I have merged most of the subsets together creating a larger set of contours in three different files. I have ...
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Clipping a raster using a polyline or polygon

I have a large raster created from values that cover the whole United States and Alaska which are both polygon and polyline features, this raster was caluclated using Spatial Analyst IDW ...
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Thiessen Polygon delineation within a Feature

I am trying to create Thiessen (Voronoi) polygons, based on points within a defined shapefile extent. The output should be inclusive to the feature. The output I receive now is the rectangular area ...
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How does cost allocation work?

Why, when I use the cost allocation function of Spatial Analyst, is space not allocated in all input source locations (as shown in image below)? In particular, the input raster has 18 spots while the ...
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How to calculate Raster Area per Polygon?

In ArcMap, I have a raster file that contains 6 classes of landcover and a shapefile that is the census data (OA boundaries and their population). I want the area of each class in each OA? For ...
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How to create a field with a specified slope projecting from a 3D polygon

Im trying to figure out how to create a elevation raster from a known location (3D polygon) that projects at a specified slope (1%) for a specified distance(1-2 km). Does anyone have any idea how to ...
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comparing two TINs

i have the following two files: 1) LiDAR las file1 2) Let's give it a name LiDAR las file2, contains the same file1 data, where number of points randomly removed. So if file1 contains X number of ...
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Grid-like lines appearing after using Curvature tool

I have been attempting to use the Spatial Analyst Curvature tool with mixed results. I originally tried to use it with a raster that was projected using a 1983 Teale Albers projection and the results ...
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3D Analyst - Point File Information - pt_spacing definition?

I can't find any definition of the outputs of the Point File Information tool, specifically the pt_spacing field. Is this the average distance between points, or the average number of points per ...
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How to measure Fracture in area using ArcGIS Cut and Fill?

I want to measure fracture in an area.I know I have to use cut and fill tool. But I wonder how to give input for this tool? it has Input before raster surface and Input after raster surface ! what ...
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RMSE between two rasters step-by-step

Can anyone show how to calculate the RMSE (root mean square error) between following two rasters step-by-step and discuss on the obtained results' min and max values, and how to interpret it. Thanks a ...
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ArcMap 10 - Extract raster cells from imagery based on RGB value

I've got some aerial photography (format: IMAGINE Image) which is detailed enough to see to fire hydrants and a shapefile of fire hydrants which was digitized based on some CAD data. My project is to ...
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Where can I find examples of fuzzy logic applications in ArcGIS?

The last ArcGIS version (10) includes two arctoolbox tools for fuzzy logic (Fuzzy Membership, and Fuzzy Overlay). Does anyone know where can I find some examples showing how they can be applied? ...
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What type of interpolation should I use to visualize metal detection survey data?

I have about 500,000 points collected in a linear grid pattern over a 1 km2 area. The points were collected as part of a metal detection survey. Each point has X,Y and Coil Response mV (min -675.38 ...
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Sum raster data visible from given point, by proportion of view

I am wondering if there is a tool that does the following (preferably in Arc but other options considered). Simple example: what proportion of the view from a given point on the landscape is occupied ...
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NoData in ArcGIS Spatial Analysis

When using Spatial Analyst I regularly have issues with NoData values cropping up in the data. Various tools appear to introduce NoData values regularly. These values then cause issues with other ...
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ESRI 3D Analyst: Which Graphics card?

in order to make the most of ESRI´s 3D analyst I would like to order an appropriate graphics card. I have been recommended the AMD FirePro V5900 2 GB by someone who doesn´t know much about GIS hence ...
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When merging two DEMs, do they have to be in the same pixel bits?

I have a simple question. I have 2 different Digital Elevation Modeling (DEM). One is the state DEM and has 30m and has 16 pixel bit. I have a couple of smaller DEM that has 30m but they have 32 pixel ...
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How to calculate the distance of sites to riverways

How do you calculate the distance of about 10 sites scattered across a region to bodies of water (rivers and lakes) using ArcGIS 10.1? I have the lat/lon coordinates of the 10 sites as a point ...
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How to combine corner-touching polygons into a single feature

I have created a polygon layer from rasters, and only have a single classification ID (and calculated acres) for each polygon. I would like to "dissolve" all touching features into larger, individual ...
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How to cluster points based on a kernel density?

I have a large dataset with 36k points representing commercial land uses, each with a field containing the square footage. I have run a kernel density analysis on this dataset, producing a raster ...
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Which flow routing algorithms does ArcGis support?

Other than standard D8 are there support for multiple flow algorithms like FD8, DEMON, Dinfinity etc?
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How can I compare two point shapefiles that contain lat/longs and compute distance?

Greetings everyone, I have 2 sets of point shapefiles in ArcGIS (group A and B), each set has around 1000 entries that contain lat/long. What I want to do is compare Group A against Group B and figure ...
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Processing time using ArcGIS Hydrology toolbox tools in standalone Python script vs. ArcCatalog

My question is: what might cause the ArcGIS 9.3 Hydrology Toolbox Snap Pour Point and Watershed tools to run significantly slower in a Python script versus manually running the tools in ArcCatalog ...
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How to exclude stations from IDW interpolation?

I have the following problem: I need to calculate an average precipitation amount on a catchment using an IDW interpolation. The interpolation is performed in a loop since each precipitation station ...
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Majority filter (minimum mapping unit) in ArcGIS with larger window size

I want to run the majority filter in ArcGIS with a window size of 4 or 5 i.e. greater than the default 3. Is it possible? Or some other command (or tool) which might help me achieve that? thanks!
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An error in raster calculator in Arcgis

I wrote and ran this formula in raster calculator in ARCGIS. But the following error gets me into trouble. Does anyone have a suggestion to overcome this? Here is the formula I wrote and the error ...
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How can you make RasterToASCII_conversion observe environment setting output cell size?

I have two rasters (an ESRI grid and an IMAGINE image) that differ in projection, extent and cell size. I want to convert the IMAGINE to an ASCII, and want it to have the extent, cell size and ...
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How To find the Catchment Area for a Dam?

I have a DEM of my study area, and polyline shapefile of the Dams in that area. I have run the standard Hydrology tools on it( Fill, Flow Direction & Flow Accumulation). I know that you can ...
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GWR Result Issues

I am working with GWR to identify if there are any relationships between 'extreme' events and disease incidence. The use of GWR has been employed because I am working in a region where local ...
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Do I need to run regression in each samples separately?

I'd like to do smooth NDVI image by regression analysis; response of time series NDVI image to Julian date to represent the seasonal changes in NDVI as a function of Julian day. The time series NDVI ...
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Elevation Drop Along a Stream [duplicate]

Previous discussion In reference to a previous discussion, suppose I want to cut the stream every 100 m and find the elevation drop every 100 m. How can I do this?