An overview of the Utilities toolset

The Utilities toolset contains tools that perform a variety of data conversion tasks. These tools can be used in conjunction with other tools in the Spatial Statistics toolbox.


Calculate Distance Band from Neighbor Count

Returns the minimum, the maximum, and the average distance to the specified Nth nearest neighbor (N is an input parameter) for a set of features. Results are written as tool execution messages.

Calculate Rates

Calculates crude or smoothed rates. The global empirical Bayes rate method smooths the rates toward a global reference rate. The local empirical Bayes, locally weighted average, and locally weighted median rate methods use local neighbors to spatially smooth rates.

Collect Events

Converts event data, such as crime or disease incidents, to weighted point data.

Convert Spatial Statistics Popup Charts for Web Display

Prepares interactive pop-up charts for web display by saving them as image attachments to a feature class.

Convert Spatial Weights Matrix To Table

Converts a binary spatial weights matrix file (.swm) to a table.

Describe Spatial Statistics Model File

Describes the contents and diagnostics of a spatial statistics model file.

Dimension Reduction

Reduces the number of dimensions of a set of continuous variables by aggregating the highest possible amount of variance into fewer components using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) or Reduced-Rank Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA).

Export Feature Attributes To ASCII

Exports feature class coordinates and attribute values to a space-, comma-, tab-, or semicolon-delimited ASCII text file.

Set Spatial Statistics Model File Properties

Adds descriptions and units to the variables stored in a spatial statistics model file.

Time Series Smoothing

Smooths a numeric variable of one or more time series using centered, forward, and backward moving averages, as well as an adaptive method based on local linear regression. After smoothing short-term fluctuations, longer-term trends or cycles often become apparent.


The Calculate Areas tool is no longer included in the Utilities toolset because there are more efficient ways to find the area of features. Use the Calculate Field tool or the Calculate Geometry Attributes tool instead of the Calculate Areas tool in your workflows. If you are using feature classes in a geodatabase, the shape_area attribute field is automatically maintained in the units of the feature class' spatial reference.