# An overview of the Density toolset

Available with Spatial Analyst license.

The Density toolset contains tools that calculate the density of input features within a neighborhood around each output raster cell.

By calculating density, you are in a sense spreading the values (of the input) out over a surface. The magnitude at each sample location (line or point) is distributed throughout the study area, and a density value is calculated for each cell in the output raster.

For density maps, a circular search area is applied that determines the distance to search for sample locations (line or point) or to spread the values out around each location and calculate a density value.

The following table lists the available tools and provides a brief description of each.

Tool | Description |

Calculate Kernel Density Ratio | Calculates a spatial relative risk surface using two input feature datasets. The numerator in the ratio represents cases, such as number of crimes or number of patients, and the denominator represents the control, such as the total population. |

Kernel Density | Calculates a magnitude-per-unit area from point or polyline features using a kernel function to fit a smoothly tapered surface to each point or polyline. A barrier can be used to alter the influence of a feature while calculating kernel density. |

Line Density | Calculates a magnitude-per-unit area from polyline features that fall within a radius around each cell. |

Point Density | Calculates a magnitude-per-unit area from point features that fall within a neighborhood around each cell. |

Tools in the Density toolset

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