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I am conducting a cost distance analysis for many points on the same map (roughly 350 sets of source/destination points, creating 350 different cost distance paths in total). The map is large, at approximately 3.0*10^5 km^2. I have created the cost surface for the geographic region, as well. All that needs to be done is to run the information in the Cost Distance tool with a loop via Arcpy. This task will be time consuming, though, and I am wondering if there are any "shortcuts" I can take to reduce computation time.

Since I am using the same map to conduct my cost-distance analysis, can I somehow use the same backlink and same cost distance rasters created with the first source/destination points for the remaining ~349 source/destination points, produce incorrect results?

closed as off-topic by PolyGeo Feb 7 '18 at 20:39

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  • Can you provide a code snippet that illustrates how you are currently doing this, please? Questions asking how to improve code should present code. – PolyGeo Feb 7 '18 at 20:18
  • Unfortunately I have yet to implement any code but it will likely be similar to this post: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/95773/… – Zach Feb 7 '18 at 20:23
  • That sounds like some starting code for your first cut so I think you should begin by testing it or something based on it. – PolyGeo Feb 7 '18 at 20:40