Thursday, February 5, 2015

Module 5: Spatial Statistics

This week's module focused on use and understanding of spatial statistics. The map above shows the distribution of weather monitoring stations in Western and Central Europe (though I would argue that it does not actually include most of Central Europe, geographically or culturally). In addition a mean center (purple star), median center (red star) and directional distribution (orange oval) of the data are shown on the map.

The map was created in ArcMap, using statistical tools provided by the software. The close proximity of the mean and median centers suggests normal distribution of the data. The left-right alignment of the directional distribution shows us an East-West distribution.

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