I'm using QGIS. I'd like to change the size of my symbols according to a specific numeric value but, unlike the "Graduated" symbol, merging the same near-by value.

For example: in the same area I've got 3 points (almost overlapping), one with a "quantity" value of 2, the others 3. So the merged "quantity" value would be (2+3+3) 8. I'd like the symbol size to change according to this calculated value.


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I recommend saving a copy of your points layer, because overlay_nearest is buggy when used on the current layer.

Then you can use this expression (on the layer points2) to sum the values of the points (in layer points1) within a search radius (1000 m in my case)

        layer:='points1',      -- the original points layer
        expression:=value,     -- the field you want to sum
        limit:=-1,             -- limit -1 returns all available features 
        max_distance:=1000)    -- search radius

I called the field weighted_value and set the symbol size to this field.

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  • Thanks a lot, perfect!
    – DavideIT82
    Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 18:09

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