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Introduction to Spatial Analysis

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Geography Building, University of Edinburgh, 1 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP, Lothian, United Kingdom

Part of the MSc in Geographical Information Science (Modular Access for Part-Time Study)

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This is an introductory course in spatial analysis, covering some of the common methods for analysis of point, line and areal data using geographic information systems and related software.

Topics covered include:

  • a background to spatial analysis in Geography
  • considering what is special about spatial data; spatial autocorrelation
  • the modifiable areal unit problem
  • basic geometric frameworks for describing and analysing phenomena
  • distance metrics; gridded space; overlay analysis
  • cost surfaces
  • suitability analysis
  • Boolean and continuous classifications
  • network spaces
  • shortest paths through networks
  • errors and uncertainty in geographical data

The course is taught by a mixture of lectures and practicals.

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