METplus Practical Session Guide (Version 4.0) | Session 2: Grid-to-Obs > MET Tool: Point-Stat

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Point-Stat Tool: General

Point-Stat Functionality

The Point-Stat tool provides verification statistics for comparing gridded forecasts to observation points, as opposed to gridded analyses like Grid-Stat. The Point-Stat tool matches gridded forecasts to point observation locations using one or more configurable interpolation methods. The tool then computes a configurable set of verification statistics for these matched pairs. Continuous statistics are computed over the raw matched pair values. Categorical statistics are generally calculated by applying a threshold to the forecast and observation values. Confidence intervals, which represent a measure of uncertainty, are computed for all of the verification statistics.

Point-Stat Usage

View the usage statement for Point-Stat by simply typing the following:
Usage: point_stat  
  fcst_file Input gridded file path/name
  obs_file Input NetCDF observation file path/name
  config_file Configuration file
  [-point_obs file] Additional NetCDF observation files to be used (optional)
  [-obs_valid_beg time] Sets the beginning of the matching time window in YYYYMMDD[_HH[MMSS]] format (optional)
  [-obs_valid_end time] Sets the end of the matching time window in YYYYMMDD[_HH[MMSS]] format (optional)
  [-outdir path] Overrides the default output directory (optional)
  [-log file] Outputs log messages to the specified file (optional)
  [-v level] Level of logging (optional)

At a minimum, the input gridded fcst_file, the input NetCDF obs_file (output of PB2NC, ASCII2NC, MADIS2NC, and LIDAR2NC, last two not covered in these exercises), and the configuration config_file must be passed in on the command line. You may use the -point_obs command line argument to specify additional NetCDF observation files to be used.