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Geocomputation

  • By: Jamison Conley
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The GeoComputation conference series defines geocomputation as “the art and science of solving complex spatial problems with computers.” This definition highlights the key features of geocomputation that distinguish it from other subdisciplines within geography. First and foremost, it is about solving problems with computers. These problems are also sufficiently complex or involve sufficiently large data sets that a computer is required to solve them. Finally, the conference series definition describes geocomputation as both an art and a science. Geocomputation is as much about creatively developing new data structures and algorithms for geographical analysis as it is about rigorously testing those algorithms and comparing them with existing algorithms and methods.

Connections to other Fields in Geography and in other Disciplines

The problems that geocomputational methods solve span ...

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