DescriptionClear, up-to-date coverage of methods for analyzing geographical information in a GIS context
Geographic Information Analysis, Second Edition is fully updated to keep pace with the most recent developments of spatial analysis in a geographic information systems (GIS) environment. Still focusing on the universal aspects of this science, this revised edition includes new coverage on geovisualization and mapping as well as recent developments using local statistics.
Building on the fundamentals, this book explores such key concepts as spatial processes, point patterns, and autocorrelation in area data, as well as in continuous fields. Also addressed are methods for combining maps and performing computationally intensive analysis. New chapters tackle mapping, geovisualization, and local statistics, including the Moran Scatterplot and Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR). An appendix provides a primer on linear algebra using matrices.
Complete with chapter objectives, summaries, "thought exercises," explanatory diagrams, and a chapter-by-chapter bibliography, Geographic Information Analysis is a practical book for students, as well as a valuable resource for researchers and professionals in the industry.
Preface to the First Edition.
1 Geographic Information Analysis and Spatial Data.
1.2 Spatial Data Types.
1.3 Some Complications.
1.4 Scales for Attribute Description.
1.5 GIS and Spatial Data Manipulation.
1.6 The Road Ahead.
2 The Pitfalls and Potential of Spatial Data.
2.2 The Bad News: The Pitfalls of Spatial Data.
2.3 The Good News: The Potential of Spatial Data.
3 Fundamentals-Mapping It Out.
3.1 Introduction: The Cartographic Tradition.
3.2 Geovisualization and Analysis.
3.3 The Graphic Variables of Jacques Bertin.
3.4 New Graphic Variables.
3.5 Issues in Geovisualization.
3.6 Mapping and Exploring Points.
3.7 Mapping and Exploring Areas.
3.8 Mapping and Exploring Fields.
3.9 The Spatialization of Nonspatial Data.
4 Fundamentals-Maps as Outcomes of Processes.
4.1 Introduction: Maps and Processes.
4.2 Processes and the Patterns They Make.
4.3 Predicting the Pattern Generated by a Process.
4.4 More Definitions.
4.5 Stochastic Processes in Lines, Areas, and Fields.
5 Point Pattern Analysis.
5.2 Describing a Point Pattern.
5.3 Assessing Point Patterns Statistically.
5.4 Monte Carlo Testing.
6 Practical Point Pattern Analysis.
6.1 Introduction: Problems of Spatial Statistical Analysis.
6.2 Alternatives to Classical Statistical Inference.
6.3 Alternatives to IRP/CSR.
6.4 Point Pattern Analysis in the Real World.
6.5 Dealing with Inhomogeneity.
6.6 Focused Approaches.
6.7 Cluster Detection: Scan Statistics.
6.8 Using Density and Distance: Proximity Polygons.
6.9 A Note on Distance Matrices and Point Pattern Analysis.
7 Area Objects and Spatial Autocorrelation.
7.1 Introduction: Area Objects Revisited.
7.2 Types of Area Objects.
7.3 Geometric Properties of Areas.
7.4 Measuring Spatial Autocorrelation.
7.5 An Example: Tuberculosis in Auckland, 2001-2006.
7.6 Other Approaches.
8 Local Statistics.
8.1 Introduction: Think Geographically, Measure Locally.
8.2 Defining the Local: Spatial Structure (Again).
8.3 An Example: The Getis-Ord Gi and Gi Statistics.
8.4 Inference with Local Statistics.
8.5 Other Local Statistics.
8.6 Conclusions: Seeing the World Locally.
9 Describing and Analyzing Fields.
9.1 Introduction: Scalar and Vector Fields Revisited.
9.2 Modeling and Storing Field Data.
9.3 Spatial Interpolation.
9.4 Derived Measures on Surfaces.
9.5 Map Algebra.
10 Knowing the Unknowable: The Statistics of Fields.
10.2 Regression on Spatial Coordinates: Trend Surface Analysis.
10.3 The Square Root Differences Cloud and the (Semi-) Variogram.
10.4 A Statistical Approach to Interpolation: Kriging.
11 Putting Maps Together—Map Overlay.
11.2 Boolean Map Overlay and Sieve Mapping.
11.3 A General Model for Alternatives to Boolean Overlay.
11.4 Indexed Overlay and Weighted Linear Combination.
11.5 Weights of Evidence.
11.6 Model-Driven Overlay Using Regression.
12 New Approaches to Spatial Analysis.
12.1 The Changing Technological Environment.
12.2 The Changing Scientific Environment.
12.4 Spatial Models.
12.5 The Grid and the Cloud: Supercomputing for Dummies.
12.6 Conclusions: Neogeographic Information Analysis?
Appendix A: Notation, Matrices, and Matrix Mathematics.
A.2 Some Preliminary Notes on Notation.
A.3 Matrix Basics and Notation.
A.4 Simple Matrix Mathematics.
A.5 Solving Simultaneous Equations Using Matrices.
A.6 Matrices, Vectors, and Geometry.
A.7 Eigenvectors and Eigenvalues.
“This text provides a well organized introduction to the fundamental concepts of spatial analysis for GIS students.” (GISWeekly, 13 December 2012)