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1 GIS Operations and Spatial Analysis Turns raw data into useful information by adding greater informative content and value Reveals patterns, trends, and anomalies that might otherwise be missed Provides a check on human intuition by helping in situations where the eye might deceive Thousands of techniques exist…

2 Map of Cholera Deaths by John Snow Provides a classic example of the use of location to draw inferences But the same pattern could arise from contagion if the original carrier lived in the center of the outbreak contagion was the hypothesis Snow was trying to refute today, a GIS could be used to show a sequence of maps as the outbreak developed contagion would produce a concentric sequence, drinking water a random sequence



5 Map Algebra C. Dana Tomlin (1983…) implemented in many grid analysis packages, including ArcGrid, Idrisi, MapII, ArcView Spatial Analyst Four classes of operations: local focal zonal incremental DEMO

6 Local Functions work on single cells, one after another, value assigned to a cell depends on this cell only examples: arithmetic operations with a constant, or with another grid: also logical operations, comparisons (min, max, majority, minority, variety, etc.) * 3 = * =

7 Polygon Overlay, Discrete Object Case In this example, two polygons are intersected to form 9 new polygons. One is formed from both input polygons; four are formed by Polygon A and not Polygon B; and four are formed by Polygon B and not Polygon A. A B

8 Spurious or Sliver Polygons In any two such layers there will almost certainly be boundaries that are common to both layers e.g. following rivers The two versions of such boundaries will not be coincident As a result large numbers of small sliver polygons will be created these must somehow be removed this is normally done using a user-defined tolerance

9 Focal Functions assign data value to a cell based on its neighborhood (variously defined) uses: smoothing - moving averaging edge detection assessing variety, etc. examples: focal sum - adds up values in cell neighborhood, and assigns this value to the focal cell focal mean - averages values in neighborhood,and assigns the result to the focal cell also: logical functions, other mathematical

10 Shapes of Neighborhoods

11 Kinds of Neighborhoods Neighborhood: a set of locations each of which bears a specified distance and/or directional relationship to a particular location called the neighborhood focus (D. Tomlin) distance and directional neighbors immediate and extended neighbors metric and topological neighbors neighbors of points, lines, areas...

12 Neighborhood Operations X some function Functions: Total: X = 18Variety: X = 4 Average: X = 4Median: X = 4 Minimum: X = 1Deviation: X = 0 Maximum: X = 6Std. dev.: X = 2 Minority: X = 1 (or 3, or 6)Proportion: X = 40 Majority: X = 4...

13 Neighborhood Statistics In Spatial Analyst you can specify: shape of neighborhood: | Circle | Rectangle | Doughnut | Wedge size of neighborhood: radius (circle), inner and outer radius (doughnut), radius, start and end angles (wedge), width and height (rectangle) operation: | Minimum | Maximum | | Mean | Median | Sum | Range | Standard Dev. | Majority | Minority | Variety |

14 Buffer: a Typical Neighborhood Buffers and offsets Buffers in vector form either a chain of “sausages” or a Voronoi network Buffers in raster form a two-step operation: (1) create a map of distances from the object; (2) reclassify it into a binary map

15 Buffering Point Polyline Polygon

16 Applications of Buffers Exclusionary screening / ranking - in site selection studies Environmental regulations Main question: how wide?? -depends on a variety of political / social / economic / cultural circumstances, often difficult to formalize... differs by states and counties

17 Zonal Functions assign values to all cells in a zone, based on values from another map zonal grid + values grid => output grid max again, many types of functions are available

18 Global (incremental) Functions cell value for each cell depends on processing the entire grid examples: computing distance from one cell (or group of cells) to all other cells distance can be weighted by some impedance factor => cost-distance surfaces uses: diffusion modeling shortest path modeling, distance-based site selection visibility analysis connectivity and fragmentation in habitat analysis, etc.

19 Rules of Map Combination Dominance selects one value from those available, other values ignored; an external rule is used for selection Contributory values from each map contribute to the result, typically combined with some arithmetic operation, ignoring interdependence of factors (each value contributes without regard to others) Interaction interaction between factors is accounted for, more flexible design +

20 Dominance Rules: Excl. Screening Exclusionary screening selects one value from the available set, ignoring others, usually by an externally specified rule exclusionary screening (“one strike and you’re out”) binary (yes/no) typically an iterative process (two risks: either too much area left, or too much excluded) and ==> in map calculator, with 0/1 themes, can simply multiply them

21 Dominance Rules: Excl. Ranking for ordinal data => take min, or max common for land resource assessment for example: encode areas with most severe limitation by any of the factors (max) and ==>

22 Dominance: Highest Bid/Bidder apply to ratio data examples: max profit for a site => highest bid activity/developer providing the maximum profit => highest bidder Factor 1Factor and highest bid highest bidder

23 Contributory: Voting Tabulation how many positive (or negative) factors occur at a location (number of votes cast) applies to nominal categories ==> also, can produce the most frequent/least frequent value, etc. … is an area excluded on two criteria twice as excluded as area excluded on one factor?...

24 Contributory: Weighted Voting weights express relative importance of each factor, factors are still 0 and ==> 3 x5 x weights of factors

25 Contributory: Linear Combination each factor map is expressed as a set of site rankings these rankings are added up for each cell ==> consider this: 2 = = = = = = = = = this is what happens when you add up ordinal data. Perhaps, convert them to ratio (dollars)?

26 Contributory: Weighting and Rating factor maps composed of rankings, weights externally assigned a rather problematic, though very popular method Also, there is Non-linear combination (like USLE) - particularly sensitive to errors, zero values ==> 3 x5 x weights of factors

27 How to Assign Weights Delphi techniques to aid decision-makers in making value judgments; elicit and refine group judgments where exact knowledge is unavailable rounds of “blind’ individual ratings by professionals rounds of open discussion of differences re-evaluations often: categories and their sets are redefined task: to obtain a reliable consensus Binary comparisons

28 Interaction Rules 1 “Gestalt”, or Integrated Survey a field team is sent out to produce an integral map... Factor combination all possible combinations are considered and rated and ==> 1 : 1 & 1 2 : 1 & 2 3 : 1 & 3 4 : 2 & 1 5 : 2 & 2 6 : 2 & 3 7 : 3 & 1 8 : 3 & 2 9 : 3 & 3 legend number of potential categories rises quickly, but fortunately just a small fraction survive

29 Interaction Rules 2 Interaction tables values of one factor determine weights of other factors, then weighting/rating scheme is applied Hierarchical rules of combination Binary comparisons NOTE THAT ALL THESE METHODS - Dominance, Contributory, Interaction - APPLY TO OVERLAY, NEIGHBORHOOD OPERAITONS, ZONAL OPERATIONS, etc. - everywhere where you need to combine values


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