Extending spline beyond points

12-21-2013 08:27 AM
New Contributor
I'm trying to overlay a spline on a map, but can't figure out how to interpolate beyond the points used to generate the spline...
I've tried changing the properties to extend it to the data frame, but this doesn't seem to work.
Any help appreciated,
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MVP Regular Contributor
Interpolating beyond the extent of the data points is actually called extrapolation. You should be very weary of doing this with any "interpolation" method, even when it is supported, as it can result in really wacky values for calculated raster points outside the extent of the data points. This is especially true for methods like Spline.

In addition, looking at your dataset as presented by the screenshot you included, which seems to be based on a mere 7 points, the results of any interpolation will be highly speculative. I really think your dataset is far to small for any reliable interpolation, and therefor question whether you should continue with this.
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New Contributor III
What are you trying to interpolate exactly? A cheat is to make some values up and place them at the corners of the area you want to include. However this will completely mess up your interpolation values and is just for visualisation purposes.
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Esri Regular Contributor
I agree that you have too few points.

You don't need to put points at the corners.

In the environment you need to specify an output extent, the default is the extent of the input points.

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