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Techniques of Spacial Analysis week 1

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Techniques of Spacial Analysis week 1 Geog 2015

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Covers Basic concepts of Spatial Analysis and Chapter 1 vocabulary
Techniques of Spacial Analysis
Qin Yu
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Statistics, GIS




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Date Created: 09/02/16
Techniques of Spatial Analysis 2105 Geography: Physical Geography + Human Geography ­Geographic tools (Quantitative analysis, Cartography, Remote sensing, GIS) Statistics­ the science of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data to make  decisions.  Geographers Use Stats to... ­describe and summarize spatial data ­Make generalizations about spatial patterns ­estimate the likelihood of certain events at certain locations ­use a limited sample to make an inference about a larger population ­Determine if Spatial patterns support hypothesized pattern, and also how a pattern varies  from one place to another. Geostatistics  :can be regarded as a collection of numerical techniques that deal with the characterization of  spatial attributes :deals with spatially auto collected data Components of Geographic Data ­Thematic ­Space ­Time Basic Concepts: Variables and Data A variable is a characteristic that changes or varies over time Experimental Unit ­an experimental unit is the individual or object on which a variable is measured (Restaurant,  CNN fans, Students) ­a measurement results when a variable is actually measured on an experimental unit. ­A set of measurements, called data, can be either a sample or a population. Variables can be: Univariate, Bivariate, and Multivariate on a single experimental unit Types of variables; quantitative & qualitative (categorical data vs. numerical data) Quantitative can be discrete or continuous (finite or infinite) Levels of Measurement 1. Nominal Scale­ Categories, names, labels 2. Ordinal Scale­ Data can be compared in order, one data entry is greater than another.  (for example; tv ratings) 3. Interval­ Data can be ordered and differences between 2 entries can be calculated, but there  is no inherent zero, it is arbitrary. (for example, temperature, year or birth.) 4. Ratio­ There is an inherent zero, data can be ordered, differences found, one data value is a  multiple of another, zero is a natural starting point or non­arbitrary. (for example, height,  weight, age) Summary; levels of measurement  1. Nominal (A=B) 2. Ordinal (A>B) 3. Interval (A­B) 4. Ratio (AxB, A/B, A+B, A­B) Precision vs. Accuracy Precision: the degree of closeness of repeated measurements to each other­ degree of  variability of the variables (exactness) Accuracy: how close the observed measurements to the unobserved true value­ bias Systematic error large= low accuracy Random error large= low precision Measurement­ error model Y=X+E Y=unknown true value X=recorded value E=unknown amount of departure (error) Gross error­ mistake committed by person collecting or recording the measurement Systematic error (accuracy)­ error of method consistently higher or lower, instrument  oriented Random error (precision)­ inconsistent error SPACE; Dimensions of Geometric Elements Point (0d) Line(1d) Aerial (2d) Surface(3d) Discrete/Finite features; Points, Lines, Areas Continuous or infinite features: Annual Mean Temperatures, Precipitation, Solar radiation,  Discrete; Settlements  ,   Continuous; population density Special considerations for Spatial Data ­The modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP) Zonal configurations/scale  ­Boundary Problems ­Spatial sampling procedures ­Spatial autocorrelation or spatial dependence


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