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Standard and GeoAnalytics Tools feature analysis comparison

Feature analysis options

ArcGIS Enterprise offers multiple ways to perform analysis. The tools you use to perform analysis will depend on the size of your data, the type of data, and the analysis you want to complete. For example, imagine you want to calculate drive-time areas for emergency shelter locations in a county, or you want to look at changes over time in millions of records of 911 calls. Both of these scenarios can be analyzed using ArcGIS Enterprise, but the type of analysis you want to perform will determine what feature analysis toolset you use.

There are several criteria that can determine which feature analysis toolset to use. The standard analysis tools became available at ArcGIS 10.4, and GeoAnalytics Tools became available at ArcGIS 10.5 with ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server. Standard analysis tools run on a single machine and are optimal for your standard-sized data. These tools can answer a wide range of questions.

GeoAnalytics Tools are optimized for large datasets and run analysis across multiple machines. GeoAnalytics Tools are focused on summarizing and analyzing large datasets in both time and space.

The first criterion in deciding which tools to use is the size of your data. In addition, there are differences between the number of tools available and the capabilities of each tool for standard or big data analysis. The following is a summary of the differences:

  • GeoAnalytics Tools take advantage of multiple machines to complete larger analysis.
  • Standard analysis has more tools available.
  • GeoAnalytics Tools have a larger focus on time in addition to space.
  • Tools that are similar between standard and GeoAnalytics Tools may have different tool parameters. Those tool-level differences are discussed in Feature analysis tool differences.

Standard and GeoAnalytics Tools differences

Standard analysis and GeoAnalytics Tools have many similar tools. The following tables outline the tools available in standard and GeoAnalytics Tools by categories. To set up these tools, see Configure the portal to perform analysis for standard analysis tools and Set up ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server for GeoAnalytics Tools.

Summarize data

ToolsStandard AnalysisGeoAnalytics Tools

Aggregate Points

YesYes

Join Features

YesYes

Reconstruct Tracks

Yes

Summarize Attributes

Yes

Summarize Nearby

Yes

Summarize Within

Yes
Tools available in the standard analysis toolset and GeoAnalytics Tools.

Find locations

ToolsStandard AnalysisGeoAnalytics Tools

Find Existing Locations

Yes

Derive New Locations

Yes

Find Similar Locations

YesYes

Geocode Location from Table

YesYes

Choose Best Facilities

Yes

Create Viewshed

Yes

Create Watersheds

Yes

Trace Downstream

Yes

Detect Incidents

Yes
Tools available in the standard analysis toolset and GeoAnalytics Tools.

Data enrichment

ToolsStandard AnalysisGeoAnalytics Tools

Enrich Layer

Yes
Tools available in the standard analysis toolset and GeoAnalytics Tools.

Analyze patterns

ToolsStandard AnalysisGeoAnalytics Tools

Calculate Density

YesYes

Find Hot Spots

YesYes

Find Outliers

Yes

Interpolate Points

Yes

Create Space Time Cube

Yes
Tools available in the standard analysis toolset and GeoAnalytics Tools.

Use proximity

ToolsStandard AnalysisGeoAnalytics Tools

Create Buffers

YesYes

Create Drive-Time Areas

Yes

Find Nearest

Yes

Plan Routes

Yes

Connect Origins to Destination

Yes
Tools available in the standard analysis toolset and GeoAnalytics Tools.

Manage data

ToolsStandard AnalysisGeoAnalytics Tools

Extract Data

Yes

Dissolve Boundaries

Yes

Merge Layers

Yes

Overlay Layers

Yes

Copy to Data Store

Yes

Calculate Field

Yes
Tools available in the standard analysis toolset and GeoAnalytics Tools.