[GRASS-user] improve v.rast.stats speed?
debeaudette at ucdavis.edu
Fri Feb 20 15:03:12 EST 2009
On Thursday 19 February 2009, G. Allegri wrote:
> Hi Dylan.
> I didn't let it finish because 15 minutes were too many for my task.
> Ok, less then 5 hours and more of v.rast.stats, but too much respect
> to ArcGIS and the rasterization solution in GRASS.
> I've built the 1.2.03 version, downloaded from .
> Anyway I suspect the same about GRASS driver inefficiencies in GDAL/OGR
OK. This is the old stable branch (I think). If you can get 2.0 to compile I
would suggest trying that. Starspan really needs to make it into OSGeo so
that more eyes can get in on the development + bug tracking. At one point it
was considerably faster than zonal stats in ArcGIS. I am planning on spending
more time on Starspan from May.
> 2009/2/19 Dylan Beaudette <dylan.beaudette at gmail.com>:
> > On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 5:20 AM, G. Allegri <giohappy at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Thanks for the ideas.
> >> I've just tried Starspan but it's performance is still too slow. I've
> >> let it run for 15 minutes...
> > Hi,
> > Did you ever let it finish? Can you post the version number? I have
> > noticed that starspan tends to be slower when using GRASS vector and
> > raster features-- probably a combination of inefficiencies in GDAL/OGR
> > with the GRASS formats.
> > Dylan
> >> r.statistics is probably the best solution. I've investigated the
> >> ArcGIS method and it actually seems to use a similar method
> >> (ratserization of the features and various automations to join the
> >> results). In fact they call the module "zonal statistics" that is
> >> generally a set of raster basded methods.
> >> the only limitation of the actual r.statistics is that it works only
> >> with CELL and not float. Ok, I can multiply my values and convert to
> >> CELL, but we could try to let r.statistics deal with floats too...
> >> I will try to batch the process and let you know the results.
> >> 2009/2/19 Markus Metz <markus.metz.giswork at googlemail.com>:
> >>> Markus Metz wrote:
> >>>> G. Allegri wrote:
> >>>>> Hello list.
> >>>>> Yesterday I needed to use v.rast.stats on a 1793 areas covering a
> >>>>> 4415x6632 raster (with resolution 50m/pixel). I've used it without
> >>>>> extended statistics but the processing time was, with an euphemism,
> >>>>> very very long. After 5 hours it wasn't finished yet. As I needed it
> >>>>> for today morning I've decided to reproduce it with ArcGIS: 40
> >>>>> seconds. I've tried to investigate what was going wrong, the
> >>>>> bottleneck, but at the end I suppose that it's a problem of the
> >>>>> script itself (the looping chain of r.mapcalc and r.univar, the
> >>>>> creation and deletion of the MASK in each loop).
> >>>>> Is there any way to improve the performance of v.rast.stats? Should
> >>>>> we rewrite it in C and avoid the use of MASKs?
> >>>> I have two ideas.
> >>>> 1) Use r.reclass instead of r.mapcalc to create new masks. That should
> >>>> speed up at least the MASK creation and deletion
> >>>> 2) Avoid the loop and MASK creation altogether. Run r.univar
> >>>> map=tmpname,raster. Process the output of r.univar, separate stats for
> >>>> the different vector areas and convert to sql statements. Proceed as
> >>>> before. r.univar would be called only once. I'm not sure if this is
> >>>> possible. I also don't know if the speed gain by avoiding the loop is
> >>>> annihilated by r.univar having to process two rasters as input.
> >>> Idea 2 is nonsense, I hoped for some behaviour like in r.statistics.
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