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What does the smoothing value do in Surfer's Inverse Distance to a Power gridding method?

One of the characteristics of Inverse Distance to a Power is the generation of "bull's-eyes" surrounding the position of observations within the gridded area. You can assign a smoothing parameter during Inverse Distance to a Power to reduce the "bull's-eye" effect by smoothing the interpolated grid.

 

The Smoothing factor parameter allows you to incorporate an "uncertainty" factor associated with your input data. The larger the smoothing factor parameter, the less overwhelming influence any particular observation has in computing a neighboring grid node.

 

Updated September 12, 2017

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