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Geographical Data Science and Spatial Data Analysis

Geographical Data Science and Spatial Data Analysis
An Introduction in R

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December 2020 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
We are in an age of big data where all of our everyday interactions and transactions generate data. Much of this data is spatial – it is collected some-where – and identifying analytical insight from trends and patterns in these increasing rich digital footprints presents a number of challenges.

Whilst other books describe different flavours of Data Analytics in R and other programming languages, there are none that consider Spatial Data (i.e. the location attached to data), or that consider issues of inference, linking Big Data, Geography, GIS, Mapping and Spatial Analytics.

This is a ‘learning by doing’ textbook, building on the previous book by the same authors, An Introduction to R for Spatial Analysis and Mapping. It details the theoretical issues in analyses of Big Spatial Data and developing practical skills in the reader for addressing these with confidence.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Geographical Data Science and Spatial Data Analytics
Chapter 2: Data and Spatial Data in R
Chapter 3: A Framework for Processing Data: The Piping Syntax and dplyr
Chapter 4: Creating Databases and Queries in R
Chapter 5: EDA and Finding Structure in Data
Chapter 6: Modelling and Exploration of Data
Chapter 7: Applications of Machine Learning to Spatial Data
Chapter 8: Alternative Spatial Summaries and Visualisations
Chapter 9: Epilogue on the Principles of Spatial Data Analytics


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The online resources include:

·       Code Library of up-to-date R scripts from each chapter to help you feel confident using R.

·       Data Library with datasets to practice your skills on real-world data.

·       Journal Articles on important topics, such as critical spatial data science, to deepen your understanding.

This book is a must-read for anyone wishing to use R to analyse large spatial datasets. It is suitable for teachers and learners at all levels, building knowledge from the ground-up using relevant, real-world examples and easy to follow instructions.

Jonathan Huck
University of Manchester

Written by two renowned international experts, this is an excellent introductory book for students, teachers and researchers alike who have experience of using R and who want to further develop their skills in big data spatial science.

Scott Orford
Cardiff University

Lex Comber

Alexis Comber, Lex, is Professor of Spatial Data Analytics at Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) the University of Leeds. He worked previously at the University of Leicester where he held a chair in Geographical Information Science. His first degree was in Plant and Crop Science at the University of Nottingham and he completed a PhD in Computer Science at the Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen (now the James Hutton Institute) and the University of Aberdeen. This developed expert systems for land cover monitoring from satellite imagery and brought him into the world of spatial data, spatial analysis, and mapping. Lex’s research interests... More About Author

Chris Brunsdon

Chris Brunsdon is Professor of Geocomputation and Director of the National Centre for Geocomputation at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, having worked previously in the Universities of Newcastle, Glamorgan, Leicester and Liverpool, variously in departments focusing on both geography and computing. He has interests that span both of these disciplines, including spatial statistics, geographical information science, and exploratory spatial data analysis, and in particular the application of these ideas to crime pattern analysis, the modelling of house prices, medical and health geography and the analysis of land use data. He was... More About Author