Is there a way to get similar raster styling in QGIS as ArcGIS does with classified raster data based on percentile scores? In other words, I want an equal number of pixels in one color for my entire raster. I already tried all settings for pseudocolor in QGIS. QGIS 2.12.1 Windows

In ArcGIS this functionality can be found in Layer properties - Symbology - Classified - Classify - Quantile

This is easy with shapefiles but not evident to me with raster files

UPDATE: I started working on a plugin but ran into problems: Quantile in QGIS python Plugin

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Dialog window in arcGIS

Equal Interval histogram

Classes in Histogram for equal interval setting

Quantile Histogram

classes in histogram for quantile (Equal number of pixels in class) setting

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The singleband pseudocolor dialogue has an 'equal interval' option on which you can set the # of classes and the colours themselves:

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Is that what you're after?

  • thanks for your comment. I want to set the intervals such that the amount of pixels in each bin is the same. I believe this is a percentile or quantile approach. I cuurently calculate the quantile (5 classes) scores using python and copy them into Qgis but this should be easier.
    – RutgerH
    Mar 21, 2016 at 20:37
  • I can't see what you're describing in ArcMap... are you able to post a screen shot of what you're after? When I use the same settings dialogue box you're describing, it's doing the same thing the QGIS dialogue is doing above... Mar 21, 2016 at 20:44
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    Seems like PostGIS Raster might have a solution, at least for figuring out the breaks: postgis.net/docs/RT_ST_Quantile.html given the result, you could set your symbols manually... but yeah, maybe a feature request for QGIS to have a few more raster symbology methods? Mar 21, 2016 at 21:20
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    There's also a GRASS solution: grass.osgeo.org/grass70/manuals/r.quantile.html to at least compute the breaks... Mar 21, 2016 at 21:20
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    I haven't seen anything, but I would suggest a feature request for QGIS... seems like a logical addition to the symbol categories... Mar 23, 2016 at 13:36

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