What is the default method in the resample command from the raster package in R? I see that you can chose some methods like bilinear or nearest neighbor, but what is the default? This is important for me so I can stick to one method also when I resample with another software. Is the default method 'bilinear' because it is used in the example in the package documentation?


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    If you want to ensure consistency in code then always use the "method" argument when calling the raster::resample function and explicitly define the resampling method used. Just be aware that nominal data should always use nearest neighbor and bilinear is a good choice for continuous (floating point) data. Cubic convolution resampling can provide smoother results but can also estimate outside the range of observed data. Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 16:31
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    @JeffreyEvans Is there a way to resample using Cubic Convolution method using raster or another R package?
    – sermomon
    Commented Jun 22, 2021 at 9:58

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Yes, bilinear is the default method used in the resample() function. You can see that in the usage section of the help file:


# S4 method for Raster,Raster
resample(x, y, method="bilinear", filename="", ...)

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