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Learning R for Geospatial Analysis by Michael Dorman

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Creating vector layers from a raster

The opposite operation to rasterization, which has been presented in the previous section, is the creation of vector layers from raster data. The procedure of extracting features of interest out of rasters, in the form of vector layers, is often necessary for analogous reasons underlying rasterization—when the data held in a raster is better represented using a vector layer, within the context of specific subsequent analysis or visualization tasks. Scenarios where we need to create points, lines, and polygons from a raster can all be encountered. In this section, we are going to see an example of each.

Raster-to-points conversion

In raster-to-points conversion conversion, each raster cell center (excluding

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