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Analysis in ArcGIS Enterprise

You can perform several types of analysis in your portal. These types of analysis can be categorized based on the data used in the analysis. If you plan to perform analysis on data that contains features or tabular data, you will perform feature analysis. If your data is in raster format, you will perform raster analysis. The types of analysis you can perform also depends on the ArcGIS components your administrator has installed. See each toolset's description below for details.

Analysis tools can be used in Map Viewer Classic, ArcGIS Pro, the ArcGIS Python API, and the ArcGIS REST API. In Map Viewer Classic, you can access the tools by clicking the Analysis button and choosing the type of analysis you want to perform. With the ArcGIS Python API, you can access the tools through the tools module. To learn more, see the tools module documentation and the sample notebooks.To use the tools through the ArcGIS REST API, you will access the tasks from the corresponding ArcGIS Server service that powers the toolset. See the ArcGIS REST API documentation for details.


You are unable to perform analysis on layers outside of your organization that use web-tier authentication.

Feature analysis

Feature analysis can be performed through the portal with two different toolsets: the standard spatial analysis tools and the GeoAnalytics Tools provided with ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server. These tools can be accessed through Map Viewer Classic under Standard Tools for the spatial analysis tools and GeoAnalytics Tools for the GeoAnalytics Tools tools. See below for a description of the standard spatial analysis and big data analysis toolsets. See also Standard and GeoAnalytics Tools feature analysis comparison for an in-depth discussion of the differences between the types of analysis and the tools included in the toolsets.

Spatial analysis tools

These tools can be used to perform common analytical functions such as finding hot spots, locating streets and addresses, finding a place, routing, or accessing a geodatabase. By performing analysis, you can answer questions and make important decisions using more than visual analysis. The spatial analysis tools can be used by following the steps in Perform analysis. This topic also includes an overview of each tool in the toolset.

GeoAnalytics Tools

These tools can be used to perform analytical functions that analyze patterns and aggregate data in the context of both space and time. Your analysis can be performed more quickly and with larger quantities of data than could previously be computed on a single machine. The GeoAnalytics Tools tools can be used by following the steps in Perform big data analysis. This topic also includes an overview of each tool in the toolset.

Custom analysis tools

Custom tools allow you to run analysis workflows that you define. These workflows can be specified to the needs of your organization so that organization members can run analyses quickly and consistently. Custom analysis tools can also add functionality to your Map Viewer Classic analysis tools that are not otherwise available in ArcGIS Enterprise.

Raster analysis

The raster analysis tools are used to analyze and process imagery and raster datasets such as multispectral satellite and aerial imagery, elevation, scientific, and classified datasets. The tools can analyze imagery based on algorithms, extract spatial patterns, process terrains to derive surfaces, and summarize and manage data. You can also perform deep learning and time series analysis workflows. You can manage and perform scalable raster analysis and image processing on large volumes of raster data from multiple sources. In addition to the tools, you also have access to many raster functions. You can create and execute spatial analysis processing chains using the Raster Function Editor, while using distributed processing and storage. For more information, see Perform raster analysis.