krige: Simple, Ordinary or Universal, global or local, Point or...

krigeR Documentation

Simple, Ordinary or Universal, global or local, Point or Block Kriging, or simulation.


Function for simple, ordinary or universal kriging (sometimes called external drift kriging), kriging in a local neighbourhood, point kriging or kriging of block mean values (rectangular or irregular blocks), and conditional (Gaussian or indicator) simulation equivalents for all kriging varieties, and function for inverse distance weighted interpolation. For multivariable prediction, see gstat and predict


krige(formula, locations, ...)
krige.locations(formula, locations, data, newdata, model, ..., beta, nmax
= Inf, nmin = 0, omax = 0, maxdist = Inf, block, nsim = 0, indicators = FALSE,
na.action = na.pass, debug.level = 1)
krige.spatial(formula, locations, newdata, model, ..., beta, nmax
= Inf, nmin = 0, omax = 0, maxdist = Inf, block, nsim = 0, indicators = FALSE,
na.action = na.pass, debug.level = 1)
krige0(formula, data, newdata, model, beta, y, ..., computeVar = FALSE,
	fullCovariance = FALSE)
idw(formula, locations, ...)
idw.locations(formula, locations, data, newdata, nmax = Inf, 
	nmin = 0, omax = 0, maxdist = Inf, block, na.action = na.pass, idp = 2.0,
	debug.level = 1)
idw.spatial(formula, locations, newdata, nmax = Inf, nmin = 0, 
    omax = 0, maxdist = Inf, block = numeric(0), na.action = na.pass, idp = 2.0,
	debug.level = 1)
idw0(formula, data, newdata, y, idp = 2.0)



formula that defines the dependent variable as a linear model of independent variables; suppose the dependent variable has name z, for ordinary and simple kriging use the formula z~1; for simple kriging also define beta (see below); for universal kriging, suppose z is linearly dependent on x and y, use the formula z~x+y


object of class Spatial or sf, or (deprecated) formula defines the spatial data locations (coordinates) such as ~x+y


data frame: should contain the dependent variable, independent variables, and coordinates, should be missing if locations contains data.


object of class Spatial, sf or stars with prediction/simulation locations; should contain attributes with the independent variables (if present).


variogram model of dependent variable (or its residuals), defined by a call to vgm or fit.variogram; for krige0 also a user-supplied covariance function is allowed (see example below)


for simple kriging (and simulation based on simple kriging): vector with the trend coefficients (including intercept); if no independent variables are defined the model only contains an intercept and beta should be the simple kriging mean


for local kriging: the number of nearest observations that should be used for a kriging prediction or simulation, where nearest is defined in terms of the space of the spatial locations. By default, all observations are used


for local kriging: if the number of nearest observations within distance maxdist is less than nmin, a missing value will be generated; see maxdist


see gstat


for local kriging: only observations within a distance of maxdist from the prediction location are used for prediction or simulation; if combined with nmax, both criteria apply


block size; a vector with 1, 2 or 3 values containing the size of a rectangular in x-, y- and z-dimension respectively (0 if not set), or a data frame with 1, 2 or 3 columns, containing the points that discretize the block in the x-, y- and z-dimension to define irregular blocks relative to (0,0) or (0,0,0)—see also the details section of predict. By default, predictions or simulations refer to the support of the data values.


integer; if set to a non-zero value, conditional simulation is used instead of kriging interpolation. For this, sequential Gaussian or indicator simulation is used (depending on the value of indicators), following a single random path through the data.


logical, only relevant if nsim is non-zero; if TRUE, use indicator simulation; else use Gaussian simulation


function determining what should be done with missing values in 'newdata'. The default is to predict 'NA'. Missing values in coordinates and predictors are both dealt with.


debug level, passed to predict; use -1 to see progress in percentage, and 0 to suppress all printed information


for krige: arguments that will be passed to gstat; for krige0: arguments that will be passe to model


numeric; specify the inverse distance weighting power


matrix; to krige multiple fields in a single step, pass data as columns of matrix y. This will ignore the value of the response in formula.


logical; if TRUE, prediction variances will be returned


logical; if FALSE a vector with prediction variances will be returned, if TRUE the full covariance matrix of all predictions will be returned


Function krige is a simple wrapper method around gstat and predict for univariate kriging prediction and conditional simulation methods available in gstat. For multivariate prediction or simulation, or for other interpolation methods provided by gstat (such as inverse distance weighted interpolation or trend surface interpolation) use the functions gstat and predict directly.

Function idw performs just as krige without a model being passed, but allows direct specification of the inverse distance weighting power. Don't use with predictors in the formula.

For further details, see predict.


if locations is not a formula, object of the same class as newdata (deriving from Spatial); else a data frame containing the coordinates of newdata. Attributes columns contain prediction and prediction variance (in case of kriging) or the abs(nsim) columns of the conditional Gaussian or indicator simulations

krige0 and idw0 are alternative functions with reduced functionality and larger memory requirements; they return numeric vectors (or matrices, in case of multiple dependent) with predicted values only; in case computeVar is TRUE, a list with elements pred and var is returned, containing predictions, and (co)variances (depending on argument fullCovariance).


formula = "formula", locations = "formula"

locations specifies which coordinates in data refer to spatial coordinates

formula = "formula", locations = "Spatial"

Object locations knows about its own spatial locations

formula = "formula", locations = "NULL"

used in case of unconditional simulations; newdata needs to be of class Spatial


Daniel G. Krige is a South African scientist who was a mining engineer when he first used generalised least squares prediction with spatial covariances in the 50's. George Matheron coined the term kriging in the 60's for the action of doing this, although very similar approaches had been taken in the field of meteorology. Beside being Krige's name, I consider "krige" to be to "kriging" what "predict" is to "prediction".


Edzer Pebesma


N.A.C. Cressie, 1993, Statistics for Spatial Data, Wiley.

Pebesma, E.J., 2004. Multivariable geostatistics in S: the gstat package. Computers and Geosciences, 30: 683-691.

See Also

gstat, predict


coordinates(meuse) = ~x+y
gridded(meuse.grid) = ~x+y
m <- vgm(.59, "Sph", 874, .04)
# ordinary kriging:
x <- krige(log(zinc)~1, meuse, meuse.grid, model = m)
spplot(x["var1.pred"], main = "ordinary kriging predictions")
spplot(x["var1.var"],  main = "ordinary kriging variance")
# simple kriging:
x <- krige(log(zinc)~1, meuse, meuse.grid, model = m, beta = 5.9)
# residual variogram:
m <- vgm(.4, "Sph", 954, .06)
# universal block kriging:
x <- krige(log(zinc)~x+y, meuse, meuse.grid, model = m, block = c(40,40))
spplot(x["var1.pred"], main = "universal kriging predictions")

# krige0, using user-defined covariance function and multiple responses in y:
# exponential variogram with range 500, defined as covariance function:
v = function(x, y = x) { exp(-spDists(coordinates(x),coordinates(y))/500) }
# krige two variables in a single pass (using 1 covariance model):
y = cbind(meuse$zinc,meuse$copper,meuse$lead,meuse$cadmium)
x <- krige0(zinc~1, meuse, meuse.grid, v, y = y)
meuse.grid$zinc = x[,1]
spplot(meuse.grid["zinc"], main = "zinc")
meuse.grid$copper = x[,2]
spplot(meuse.grid["copper"], main = "copper")

# the following has NOTHING to do with kriging, but --
# return the median of the nearest 11 observations:
x = krige(zinc~1, meuse, meuse.grid, set = list(method = "med"), nmax = 11)
# get 25%- and 75%-percentiles of nearest 11 obs, as prediction and variance:
x = krige(zinc~1, meuse, meuse.grid, nmax = 11, 
	set = list(method = "med", quantile = 0.25))
# get diversity (# of different values) and mode from 11 nearest observations:
x = krige(zinc~1, meuse, meuse.grid, nmax = 11, set = list(method = "div"))

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