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Compute pixel centers for georeferenced image or data grid


[x,y] = pixcenters(R, height, width)
[x,y] = pixcenters(r,sizea)
[x,y] = pixcenters(..., 'makegrid')


[x,y] = pixcenters(R, height, width) returns the spatial coordinates of a spatially-referenced image or regular gridded data set. R is either a 3-by-2 referencing matrix defining a 2-dimensional affine transformation from intrinsic pixel coordinates to map coordinates, or a map.rasterref.MapCellsReference object. height and width are the image dimensions. If r does not include a rotation (i.e., r(1,1) = r(2,2) = 0), then x is a 1-by-width vector and y is a 1-by-height vector. In this case, the spatial coordinates of the pixel in row row and column col are given by x(col), y(row). Otherwise, x and y are each a height-by-width matrix such that x(col,row), y(col,row) are the coordinates of the pixel with subscripts (row,col).

[x,y] = pixcenters(r,sizea) accepts the size vector sizea = [height, width, ...] instead of height and width.

[x,y] = pixcenters(info) accepts a scalar struct array with the fields


3-by-2 referencing matrix


Scalar number


Scalar number

[x,y] = pixcenters(..., 'makegrid') returns x and y as height-by-width matrices even if r is irrotational. This syntax can be helpful when you call pixcenters from within a function or script.


[Z,R] = arcgridread('MtWashington-ft.grd');
[x,y] = pixcenters(R, size(Z));
h = surf(x,y,Z); axis equal; demcmap(Z)
xlabel('x (easting in meters)')
ylabel('y (northing in meters)')
zlabel('elevation in feet')

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For more information on referencing matrices, see the makerefmat reference page.

pixcenters is useful for working with surf, mesh, or surface, and for coordinate transformations.

Introduced before R2006a

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