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Points on a map can represent many important phenomena, including towns, stores and centers for shopping, industrial locations, parks, archaeological sites, plant and animal species, the home site of a person with a possible environmentally related disease, and so on. The authors introduce readers to the general analysis of the location of points on maps. Map patterns are assumed to result from one or more spatial processes in the human or physical world. Often the causal forces are known, but more frequently, researchers seek to identify them. The analysis of the spatial pattern of the phenomena under study can be a precursor for revealing the underlying causal relationships. The emphasis is upon applications, so a clear informative example explained in a step-by-step manner accompanies each point pattern analysis method. SCIENTIFIC GEOGRAPHY SERIES, Grant Ian Thrall, editor.
Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University
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Point pattern analysis, map patterns, spatial process
Boots, B.N., & Getis, A. (1988). Point Pattern Analysis. Reprint. Edited by Grant Ian Thrall. WVU Research Repository, 2020.