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Analytic Mapping and Geographic Databases
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Analytic Mapping and Geographic Databases



96 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The techniques of analytic mapping and of geographic information systems (GIS) have become increasingly important tools for analyzing census, crime, environmental and consumer data. The authors of this significant volume discuss data access, transformation and preparation issues, and how to select the appropriate analytic graphics techniques through a review of various GIS and common data sources, such as census products, TIGER files, and CD-ROM access. They describe each procedure, review its assumptions and requirements and provide illustrative output for sample data using selected software. Researchers and administrators who need to manage data of geographic locations will find this book a useful guide to systems for storing, retrieving, analyzing, and displaying this information.
 
Introduction
 
Geographic Databases
 
Map Graphics
 
Analytic Mapping
 
Conclusion

"Geographic Information Systems are among the hottest new tools in business and government circles. While social scientists are hardly strangers to these methodologies, there are a host of as yet untried applications. David Garson and Robert Biggs have made this easier by writing an exceptionally clear and helpful invitation to this new technology for social scientists. This short (90 pages) monograph reviews the fundamentals and provides a set of additional statistical tools to enhance the utility of GIS programs for social scientists. . . ." 

John G. McNutt
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G. David Garson

G. David Garson is a full professor of public administration at North Carolina State University, where he teaches courses on advanced research methodology, geographic information systems, information technology, e-government, and American government. In 1995 he was recipient of the Donald Campbell Award from the Policy Studies Organization, American Political Science Association, for outstanding contributions to policy research methodology and in 1997 of the Aaron Wildavsky Book Award from the same organization. In 1999 he won the Okidata Instructional Web Award from the Computers and Multimedia Section of the American Political Science... More About Author

Robert Steven Biggs

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.