GISDoctor Spatial Analysis Post Series

There once was a well know GIS blog post that compared geographic information systems to word processors.  No matter what you think about the post we will always need people who are skilled at “writing” and have something to “write” about.

As I have said before, and will say again, if you are using GIS technologies you should have a grasp on the fundamentals.  You wouldn’t write a paper or a report without a grasp on the basics of the topic or without a knowledge of writing in general.  So, to improve the world’s GIS grammar (or at least my own), I will be posting a number of spatial analysis related topics over the course of the next few months.  Here are a few of the topics I will cover:

  • Data classification schemes
  • Understanding spatial random samples
  • Topology, from a spatial point of view
  • The basics of projections
  • Avoiding false accuracy
  • Using root mean square
  • Geary’s c and Moran’s I
  • The First Law of Geography
  • Spatial autocorrelation
  • and many more…

I’ll use a variety of software, data, and problems to explain these topics, in order to expose the reader to the broad language of GIS.