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Spatial Analytics with ArcGIS

By : Eric Pimpler
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Spatial Analytics with ArcGIS

By: Eric Pimpler

Overview of this book

Spatial statistics has the potential to provide insight that is not otherwise available through traditional GIS tools. This book is designed to introduce you to the use of spatial statistics so you can solve complex geographic analysis. The book begins by introducing you to the many spatial statistics tools available in ArcGIS. You will learn how to analyze patterns, map clusters, and model spatial relationships with these tools. Further on, you will explore how to extend the spatial statistics tools currently available in ArcGIS, and use the R programming language to create custom tools in ArcGIS through the ArcGIS Bridge using real-world examples. At the end of the book, you will be presented with two exciting case studies where you will be able to practically apply all your learning to analyze and gain insights into real estate data.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
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Chapter 1. Introduction to Spatial Statistics in ArcGIS and R

Spatial statistics are a set of exploratory techniques for describing and modeling spatial distributions, patterns, processes, and relationships. Although spatial statistics are similar to traditional statistics, they also integrate spatial relationships into the calculations. In spatial statistics, proximity is important. Things that are closer together are more related.

ArcGIS includes the Spatial Statistics Tools toolbox available for all license levels of its desktop software. Included with this toolbox are a number of toolsets that help analyze spatial distributions, patterns, clustering, and relationships in GIS datasets. This book will cover each of the toolsets provided with the Spatial Statistics Tools toolbox in ArcGIS to provide a comprehensive survey of the spatial statistics tools available to ArcGIS users.

The R platform for data analysis is a programming language and software platform for statistical computing and graphics, and it is supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data analysts for developing statistical software and data analysis. In addition, R can be used for spatial statistical analysis and can also be integrated with ArcGIS through the R-ArcGIS Bridge.

This book also contains an introductory chapter for the R programming language as well as a chapter that covers the installation of the R-ArcGIS Bridge and the creation of custom ArcGIS script tools written with R.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to spatial statistics
  • An overview of the Spatial Statistics Tools toolbox in ArcGIS
  • An overview of the integration between R and ArcGIS