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Boolean XOr

Available with Spatial Analyst license.

Available with Image Analyst license.

Summary

Performs a Boolean eXclusive Or operation on the cell values of two input rasters.

If one input value is true (non-zero) and the other false (zero), the output is 1. If both input values are true or both are false, the output is 0.

Learn more about how the Boolean math tools work

Illustration

Boolean XOr illustration
OutRas = BooleanXOr(InRas1, InRas2)

Usage

  • The Boolean math tools interpret the inputs as Boolean values, where nonzero values are considered true, and zero is considered false.

  • Two inputs are necessary for this Boolean evaluation to take place.

  • The order of inputs is irrelevant for this tool.

  • If the input values are floating point, they are converted to integer values of either 0 or 1 before the operation is performed. If the input value is a floating point 0.0, it is converted to an integer 0. If the input is any value other than 0.0, it is converted to be an integer 1. For example, input float values of 0.6, 32.22 and -4.2 will all be treated as being 1. The output values are always integer.

  • In Map Algebra, the equivalent operator symbol for this tool is "^" (link).

  • See Analysis environments and Spatial Analyst for additional details on the geoprocessing environments that apply to this tool.

Syntax

BooleanXOr (in_raster_or_constant1, in_raster_or_constant2)
ParameterExplanationData Type
in_raster_or_constant1

The first input to use in this Boolean operation.

A number can be used as an input for this parameter, provided a raster is specified for the other parameter. To be able to specify a number for both inputs, the cell size and extent must first be set in the environment.

Raster Layer; Constant
in_raster_or_constant2

The second input to use in this Boolean operation.

A number can be used as an input for this parameter, provided a raster is specified for the other parameter. To be able to specify a number for both inputs, the cell size and extent must first be set in the environment.

Raster Layer; Constant

Return Value

NameExplanationData Type
out_raster

The output raster.

The output values will be either 0 or 1.

Raster

Code sample

BooleanXOr example 1 (Python window)

This example performs a Boolean XOr operation on two Grid rasters and outputs a TIFF raster.

import arcpy
from arcpy import env
from arcpy.sa import *
env.workspace = "C:/sapyexamples/data"
outBooleanXOr = BooleanXOr("degs", "negs")
outBooleanXOr.save("C:/sapyexamples/output/outboolxor.tif")
BooleanXOr example 2 (stand-alone script)

This example performs a Boolean XOr operation on two Grid rasters.

# Name: BooleanXOr_Ex_02.py
# Description: Performs a Boolean Exclusive Or operation on the
#              cell values of two input rasters
# Requirements: Spatial Analyst Extension

# Import system modules
import arcpy
from arcpy import env
from arcpy.sa import *

# Set environment settings
env.workspace = "C:/sapyexamples/data"

# Set local variables
inRaster1 = "degs"
inRaster2 = "negs"

# Execute BooleanXOr
outBooleanXOr = BooleanXOr(inRaster1, inRaster2)

# Save the output 
outBooleanXOr.save("C:/sapyexamples/output/outboolxor")

Licensing information

  • ArcGIS Desktop Basic: Requires Spatial Analyst or Image Analyst
  • ArcGIS Desktop Standard: Requires Spatial Analyst or Image Analyst
  • ArcGIS Desktop Advanced: Requires Spatial Analyst or Image Analyst

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