I am using the interpolation plugin in QGIS to interpolate values within a boundary.

I start with two layers; 1) my points and 2) a polygon for the area of interest. Then I go to Raster>Interpolation>Interpolation and add my vector points with the corresponding attribute as an input. I use IDW (TIN does not seem to work for me), set the output file, add result to project, and hit OK.

This creates a raster but it is not the same scale as the point data. Specifically the raster is shorter and narrow (proportionally) than the point data, so the points extend beyond the edges of the raster but the values of those points are represented in the raster. It really just looks like the raster is a little smaller than it should be.

Has anyone experienced this problem? I am not sure what causes it or how to fix it.


Interpolation plugin settings

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    Please edit your question for including an image of your interpolation plugin settings before click in OK.
    – xunilk
    Mar 23, 2015 at 18:30
  • @xunilk added a screenshot Mar 23, 2015 at 18:42

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If your projection is in meters, you have to modifify cellsize X and cellsize Y to reasonable values (for example 30 m; not 0.00001 m). Use a raster base for these settings.

  • Thanks for your advice. Can you provide more information about how to use a raster base for this? Mar 23, 2015 at 18:49
  • If you have, for example, a dem of your interest area you can use its parameters of resolution for cellsize X and cellsize Y and testing the aligning with the raster produced for interpolating.
    – xunilk
    Mar 23, 2015 at 18:57
  • I see. Thank you. Do you know if there is a way to do this automatically? Mar 23, 2015 at 18:58
  • Yes. You can use QgsIDWInterpolator (from qgis.analysis) in a PyQGIS script or the processing algorithms (Processing Tool Box).
    – xunilk
    Mar 23, 2015 at 19:08

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