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Multivariate mapping is the graphic display of more than one variable or attribute of geographic phenomena. The simultaneous display of sometimes multiple features and their respective multivariate attributes allows for estimation of the degree or spatial pattern of cross-correlation between attributes. Multivariate mapping integrates computational, visual, and cartographic methods to develop a visual approach for exploring and understanding spatiotemporal and multivariate patterns. This method of data display and exploration is closely related to visual analytics, which is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces, because multivariate mapping can aid the investigation of complex patterns across multivariate, geographic (spatial), and temporal dimensions.

Multivariate mapping is based on the premise that the human visual system has a strong acuity for visualization (gaining understanding through the ...

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