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1 Geog183: Cartographic Design and Geovisualization Winter Quarter 2015 Lecture 6: Map types and Data types

2 Data types Data dimension: Point, Line, Area, Volume (Text) Data continuity: Discrete, Point, Polygon: Continuous Stevens data level: Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, Ratio Often involve classification and normalization before suitable for mapping E.g. Collect data at points, count points in polygon, normalize by area, then classify for choropleth map

3 Robinson & Sale

4 Map Types Also divide by data types Data type determines what map types are suitable Set of map (and geoviz) types includes the standard, plus new and evolving methods Over time, methods went from 2D to 3D to 4D Slocum starts with dot, choropleth, isopleth and proportional symbol

5 Unwin s Classification

6 Discrete versus Continuous Much geographic data relate to specific points, lines and areas Values are uniform within and different among Good example is choropleth mapping Choropleth means value assigned to place Units, especially areas, are often merely the way that data are aggregated (e.g. counties, census tracts)

7 Detail matters!

8 Discrete: Choropleth But, can relax zones and add other data, e.g. land use making a dasymetric map

9 Dasymetric map: Landscan population density

10 Continuous Some geographic variables are measureable anywhere in space Examples: air temperature and pressure Creates a surface or field Can treat the surface like topography, and use many of the isoline and other methods for terrain Color and isolines often favored

11 Continuous image map: Biomass in tons/hectare 2000

12 Continuous: Hexagonally sampled arsenic in groundwater

13 Continuous: Heat map of crime in Oakland, California 2012 Uses kernel density function

14 Data levels or levels of measurement

15 Stanley Smith Stevens ( ) American psychologist best known as the founder of Harvard's Psycho- Acoustic Laboratory Credited with Stevens' power law Milestone textbook, the page "Handbook of Experimental Psychology" (1951) Founding organizer of the Psychonomic Society 1946 he introduced a theory of levels of measurement often used by statisticians

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17 Quantitative Data Have Levels of Measurement Stevens (1946) Nominal: Has name or class only Ordinal: Has rank only Interval: Has value on arbitrary scale (e.g. Fahrenheit) Ratio: Has value on scale with absolute zero value (e.g. Kelvin) Different mathematical operations on variables are possible, depending on the level at which a variable is measured. (e.g. Forest + Agriculture =?) In statistics the kinds of descriptive statistics and significance tests that are appropriate depend on the level of measurement of the variables concerned New York City

18 Nominal maps types

19 Point nominal map: Airport delays

20 Line nominal map: Interstates and major highways

21 Area nominal map: Land use

22 Nominal Data Relates to name or existence of a class Place names and legends important Point: labels at locations Lines: Network shown with symbols Areas: Classes shown by color and pattern Simplest data level, no real quantitative analysis possible

23 Ordinal map types

24 Ordinal point map: US Cities by population

25 USGS National Map road symbols

26 Ordinal area map: Likelihood and incidence of landslides

27 Ordinal Ordinal involves ranking One class or feature above or below another Point: Use symbols size, shape and color Line: Different symbols, line weights, colors Area: Color, pattern. Legends often high, medium, low or similar

28 Interval map types January June

29 Interval point map: City size 1990 by proportional circle

30 Interval line map: Truck traffic to/from New York City 2007

31 Interval area map: Median gross rents in Florida 1990 (Prism map)

32 Interval Numerical data, but on an arbitrary scale Often reflect counts e.g. total population Point: Proportional symbol, usually geometric object, varies in size, sometimes classed Line: Flow map, line width proportional to value Area: Prism map, shaded map, choropleth

33 Ratio map types

34 Point ratio map: Synoptic weather NWS (3/16/2012)

35 Line ratio map: Wind flow vectors

36 Area ratio map: Choropleth

37 Ratio data Numerical data value on a scale with an absolute zero Can be physical absolute (e.g. wind speed) or ratio of two numbers (people per square mile) Cartographic methods similar to interval Point: Compound point symbol with encoded data Line: Vectors, isolines Area: Choropleth and other methods, e.g. dasymetric

38 Classification Slocum Ch. 5 Six common methods Equal intervals Quantiles Mean-standard deviation Natural breaks Optimal Jenks-Caspall Fisher-Jenks

39 Same distribution, different maps

40 Which method?

41 How many classes? Are classes related? Sequenced? Nominal class vs. value George Miller (1956) Short term memory capacity 7 +/- 2 Five a safe bet!

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44 Critique time Source: OKTrends blog

45 Context Adjust values based on surrounding values smoothing Proposed by Tobler (1973) and Herzog (1989) Weighting method based on neighboring polygon values

46 Clustering

47 Clustering: Dendrogram

48 Data types and map types Summary Much dictated by continuity, data level and dimension of data Map type should be appropriate for data type Have covered classification methods and graphics Methods exist to optimize classification, statistically and visually Classification can impact map message, perception and interpretation

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