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Point to Raster with input field of type Double produces integer raster

Question asked by isburns on Nov 3, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 3, 2016 by Dan_Patterson

In ArcGIS 10.4.1 and earlier versions (tested back to 10.2), executing the Point to Raster tool with the value field of the input set to a double field results in an integer raster output. When executing Point to Raster with the value field of the input set to a float field, the raster becomes a floating point raster. The documentation for Point to Raster says 

The input field type determines the type of output raster. If the field is integer, the output raster will be integer; if it is floating point, the output will be floating point.

I tested a floating point field input and it does result in a 32-bit floating point raster as expected, but calculating a floating point field from a double field just to get the 32-bit floating point raster output results in a forced loss of precision since the max precision of a floating point field is 6. The assumption and expected behavior is that using a double field type will result in a floating point raster without loss of precision, and NOT an integer raster.

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