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Discrete Spatial Distributions

Introduction to the lesson

The distribution of properties of discontinuous phenomena into space produces spatial objects of type point, linear or zonal. The distribution of properties of land cover in a study area in is an illustrative example of the spatial division in resulting objects. In a complementary way, one can be interested in the spatial distribution of properties of a phenomenon in a collection of preset objects, such as for example the type of prevalent economic activity in a whole of communes. In these two situations illustrated in Figure 1.1, through the spatial analysis, one seeks to describe and to understand in which way the properties of the phenomenon are distributed in space: their spatial organization. These problems lead us to formulate more specific questions such as:

Learning Objectives

  • How can we describe the spatial distribution of the properties of a topic in a study area ?
  • Is this arrangement random or is there a spatial structure (organisation)?
  • How do we describe the spatial arrangement of this set of thematic properties? What is the degree of spatial fragmentation?
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