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Spatial Analysis
Spatial analysis
Introduction

Spatial analysis involves the use of a formal vocabulary to reduce complex geographical patterns to simpler relations, permitting identification of an underlying causal structure. Three separate but interlinked processes are entailed: translation of geographical patterns into a rigorous and precise lexicon, typically taken as mathematics; decomposition of the (now) formally defined geographical pattern into a set of parsimonious and precisely defined elemental relations; and regression to first principles that when grasped provide recognition and understanding of the essential spatial order.

While spatial analysis is most often thought of as a geographical pursuit that begins in the mid-twentieth century, associated with the discipline's ‘quantitative revolution’ (Barnes 2004), it is in fact a practice that goes back much farther, dating to the very beginnings of ...

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