I did an interpolation of soil pH using 232 data points in geostatistical analyst with IDW, RBF and ordinary kriging. For all 3 methods, the range of pH values change (become smaller) after I export the geostatistical layers to raster. I understand that has something to do with the way values are calculated per cell in raster, but is there a way I could keep the pH range in the output raster?

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The conversion of a geostatistical model to a raster will discretize the support (creating pixels). The value of the pixels will be defined at their center, so if the maximum/minimum is not at the center of a pixel, it will not be stored in the raster. If you want to be closer to the values, you will need to take a smaller pixel size.

  • You can also use a different cells assignment type (e.g. MEAN or MAX or MIN or RANGE) -- this will only be the statistics per cell, however, not per raster.
    – Erica
    Jun 27, 2014 at 15:36
  • I see @radouxju. unfortunately my resolution can't be better because of my other datasets :(
    – user32922
    Jun 27, 2014 at 16:40
  • @Erica: do I change the cell assignment type under 'environment'? but what do u mean when u say the statistics is per cell (pixel?) not per raster?
    – user32922
    Jun 27, 2014 at 16:41
  • It's part of the Point to Raster tool options. This setting determines how the raster cell is assigned a value -- the default is "most common" (say, points of 5, 5, 10, the raster cell is then 5), or if it has two values (say, 5 and 10) it will randomly pick one. Using a different assignment type can give more control over how the values are assigned. Only way to ensure every point is represented is with smaller pixels, as @radouxju has said.
    – Erica
    Jun 27, 2014 at 16:45
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    Ah ok, I understand that. but the geostatistical layer is not a shapefile with points, so how can I do the cell assignment? I don't find it in the 'environments' when I export it to raster. And I also tried reducing the output cell size when I exported the geostatistical layer to raster, but the range got even smaller actually. Am I doing something wrongly??
    – user32922
    Jun 28, 2014 at 13:19

Try exporting your prediction as a vector using filled contours. Then convert the vector back to a raster layer using the polygon to raster tool.

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