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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; annotated edition edition (29 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471211761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471211761
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,306,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...a strong text...should be commended with its attention to practical examples..." (Progress in Human Geography, Vol.27, No.5, 2003)

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Clear, up–to–date coverage of methods for analyzing geographical information in a GIS context

Geographic Information Analysis presents clear and up–to–date coverage of the foundations of spatial analysis in a geographic information systems environment. Focusing on the universal aspects of spatial data and their analysis, this book covers the scientific assumptions and limitations of methods available in many geographic information systems.

Throughout, the fundamental idea of a map as a realization of a spatial stochastic process is central to the discussion. Key spatial concepts are covered, including point pattern, line objects and networks, area objects, and continuous fields. Analytical techniques for each of these are addressed, as are methods for combining maps, exploring multivariate data, and performing computationally intensive analysis. Appendixes provide primers on basic statistics and linear algebra using matrices.

Complete with chapter objectives, summaries, "thought exercises," a wealth of explanatory diagrams, and an annotated bibliography, Geographic Information Analysis is a practical book for students, as well as a valuable resource for researchers and professionals in the industry.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book whilst trying to figure out the best way to conduct a point pattern analysis for a Uni project. The book details multiple techniques for analysing points, lines polygons and fields, with useful critiques of the methods described. It is a great text book if you are new to spatial analysis, is very readable, and has useful referances at the end of each chapter - highly recomended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Miller on 1 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's not often you can pick up a textbook and read through chapter after chapter, but this is one of those books. A perfect introduction to spatial data analysis, this book guides the reader through the generation of point processes, spatial autocorrelation, spatial interpolation, as well as new approaches to spatial analysis. Each chapter starts with objectives and ends with a summary and references for further reading and is written in a conversational style with tips on issues to look out for, and mistakes to avoid. Two appendices deal with elementary statistics and a matrices and matrix mathematics - particularly useful if you want to understand how the theory works in practice. The indicative suggested exercises help to demonstrate key points in the text. For those with a passing interest, or those who are complete novices in the subject, this is the book for you.
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By D. A. Round on 20 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Got me through my GIS course with regards to the spatial information science content. Basically if you're here looking at it you know it's good so I'll pipe down and let you get on with buying.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good basic introduction 23 Jun. 2008
By SJ de Swardt - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to assist with me the geographic analysis of human rights violations in Zimbabwe. I have no prior experience or qualifications in geography or GIS, but have taken to the field through the necesssity of the work that I do. This book is a technical and mathematical introduction to geographical information analysis. It helps you understand the principles of eg kriging, or the different sorts of geographical data (point, line and polygon) and the kinds of analysis one can do with them. It does this fairly efficiently and it has certainly given me some ideas on possible future paths to take.
However, it is more of a technical guide to the methods than an ideas book. And although I did not understand everything on the first pass, I must say that I imagine more experienced or technical people would be rather disappointed at the depth of the content. It seems a bit simple, and is clearly aimed as an undergrad primer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
O'Sullivan and Unwin -Geographic Information Analysis 8 Nov. 2007
By Glynis Ford - Published on
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Geographic Information Analysis

This book explores and explains the theoretical underpinnings of Geographic information analysis that are easy to ignore when utilizing GIS to manipulate data. A good book for students in geography, GIS and GIS practicioners who are desireous of understanding the foundations upon which some functionalities in GIS software are built. An affordable resource book that is easy to understand.
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Too much history, not enough application 24 Oct. 2011
By Aunt Bob - Published on
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I read this book because it was required for a graduate level environmental science course. Although it progresses nicely, it gets caught up in the research history pertaining to every model, process etc.. It also lacks application in many instances and guidance on how to conduct the actual analysis. I would recommend this text to be used in purely geography classes and not by separate disciplines that dabble in geography.
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Solid grounding in the fundamentals of spatial analysis 8 May 2009
By Mr. W. Waters - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Easy to understand
Sympathetic to the beginner
They appear earnest in their attempt to educate by providing appendices on fundamentals of statistics and matrix maths
Other books failed to explain MAUP, spatial autocorrelation to me where this one did
Nice to read a book by cogent authors who make the subject enjoyable.
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Great Book 3 Jan. 2008
By Walid Ae Belal - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I think that this book presents the subject of spatial analyses in a very organized and logical manner. It also has an appendix that contains explanations of basic statistical and mathematical theories that are discussed in the book. This book is a great text book and a great reference book for GIS practitioners.
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