Spatial Analysis

Although the term spatial analysis has a variety of meanings in different disciplines; here, it refers simply to inquiry into the placement of human interactions or relationships within a place or between places. In sociology, this general kind of inquiry conceives of space within a two-dimensional framework, as used in mapping. Thus, large multifamily residential complexes are thought of in terms of population density or concentration rather than three-dimensionally as an architect might conceptualize it. In related fields, such as epidemiology and geography, spatial analysis frequently involves the mathematical modeling of processes that may occur in space or the measurement of irregularly shaped features; these endeavors are not relevant to the present discussion.

Rural and Urban Spatial Analysis

Spatial analysis as a general mode of inquiry is ...

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