The process of extracting geographic, statistical, geometric, or scientific information from one or more related collections of GIS features and data.

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ArcGis - batch frequency of point groups to single table?

I'm kind of new in the GIS world but have been finding my way around in forums and help places up to now. Still, there's one task I need to perform that I cannot get my head around it or even find ...
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Hotspot Analysis: Low Values showing as hotspots

Im running hotspot analysis on point data, attempting to examine pollution emissions. I ran spatial autocorrelation first in order to determine the default distance threshold to use in the fixed ...
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Multicriteria Analysis : how to?

I have to do a multi-criteria analysis to answer the question : "which is the best lot to develop". A few of the criterias are : distance of the nearest bus stop (point layer with bus stops) ...
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How to calculate the Zone of Impact using OpenWind

After downloading OpenWind, I am trying to calculate the ZVI for a single Turbine. There is no documention regarding this from the developers. At this point I just want to compare the output of the ...
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Looking for a trajectory similarity measure

For my final academic work I have developed a compression algorithm for GPS trajectories. I can estimate the quality of the spatio-temporal compression by computing the syncronized euclidean distance ...
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How can I reproduce Getis-Ord GI* hot-spot analysis tool in QGIS?

I'm trying to find a hot-spot analysis plug-in for QGIS that would perform similarly to the Getis-Ord (Gi*) hot-spot analysis tool used in Arc, but have not been successful. Does anyone have a ...
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How To Determine Frequency Of Overlapping Polygons (Bounding-Boxes)

My starting point is a series of bounding box polygons, representing the extents of all the data sets in my inventory. I am trying to produce an output grid showing the frequency of coverage over the ...
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Income data on a block level: how does a newbie do it?

I am a complete newbie at GIS data, and am trying to do the following: Figure out census blocks in Miami-Dade (and several other counties) that have average household incomes > $75,000 Get the ...
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Analysing Information By Vector Grid

I have two vector line datasets and wish to compare the line lengths. While I have already compared the sum of the lengths, I'd like to conduct further analysis down to 250m, possibly lower. I'm ...
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Spatial analysis? Two layers?

One is LandPlot and the other is Soils. When I open the LandPlot attribute table I see I have 500 specific plots of land. When I open the Soils attribute table I see I have 5 types of soils (let's ...
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How to move a Point perpendicular from nearest Line?

I want to move Point perpendicular from nearest line or polygon, and the question is how to do that? example, I have points (house number) near roadbed, and I don't want them to intersect roadbed ...
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Heat Map to find 10 restaurants, 10 retail, and 10 stores open after 6pm within 3 linear blocks

I would like to find where in the City there is a combination of 10 restaurants, 10 retail, and 10 stores open after 6pm within 3 linear blocks. What is the best way to do this? What data would I need ...
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Efficiently classify raster with irregular polygons

I have a project on my desk to classify an elevation model using different elevation breaks for each polygon in the area of interest. In pseudo code: FOR each polygon IN layer: CREATE_MASK FROM ...
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Looking for advice regarding solar potential applications

I have the task of looking into whether it is possible to build a solar potential application which would inform the user whether a roof is suitable for solar panels and a brief report about the ...
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Analysis of GPS error

I'm wondering if there have been any studies which attempt to analyze or characterize GPS error distribution over different situations/conditions (e.g. surrounded by tall buildings/mountains, ...
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Is there an open source tool for both road network analysis and geocoding?

Is there any one open source software package that can perform both road network analysis and geocoding?
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Identification of consecutive points within a specified buffer

I have a point file, hourly relocations of an animal, and I want to be able to place a buffer around each point and calculate the number of subsequent points which are within the buffer zone. I am ...
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Open source GIS tool for mapping health data

Im looking for an open source desktop gis tool that can be used for visualization and exploratory analysis. I want it to be interactive and perhaps display two or more maps at the same time to allow ...
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How to create a service area using both streets and buslines in the same network?

I want to create a network analysis more difficult. Therefore, I want to calculate a Service Area around hospitals next to busstops. But: The network does not only consist of roads and ...
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How to integrate every single street into a network analysis?

This is my first question, but I solved problems before thanks to this great community! It is also my first time working with a network analysis (ArcMap 10) and there are some problems which haven't ...
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What spatial analysis did the US Supreme Court review in the Perry v. Perez opinion?

The Supreme Court recently issued an opinion on Perry v. Perez which seems like it must have involved evidence based on spatial analysis. The L.A. Times reports: The 9-0 decision set aside a new ...
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ArcGIS tool for indicating changes in land use

I have a couple of shapefiles in which there is some information about land use (polygons) such as water, forests, soils, buildings etc. Each of the shapefiles represents a certain year of the same ...
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TRI, TPI, or Roughness

I am working on a site selection projection where I will be unable to perform any in situ observations. A key component of the selection process is the ruggedness of the underlying terrain. I plan ...
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How to find the area of raster values within polygon zones?

I'm using ArcGIS 9.3 and I just can't seem to get this right - I've tried tabulate areas, zonal stats, converting to polygons, etc. I'm missing something somewhere. I have a USGS impervious surface ...
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Vector Analysis: Determining area of county land mass without water features

Here are the layers that I have: State / Province polygon file (With Area Field) County / Ward polygon (with no area field), but all the polygons are within the state boundaries Water ways for the ...
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How to find upstream - lateral and downstream zones around urban areas?

I've a DTM and a shapefile of built-up areas. For a fire risk model, I've to find (within a defined buffer zone) two zones around built-up areas: one that is above/higher and lateral and the other ...
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Nearest Neighbor calculation in PostGIS

I'm learning how to use PostGIS and spatial databases for analysis. What I am trying to do is perform a calculation to get the distance for the nearest polygon in a file, using the edge calculation, ...
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Spatial Join on two point featureclasses produces empty output featureclass

I have two point featureclasses that intersect each other. They are in the same projection and dataframe. The issue is, when I perform a Spatial Join the output point featureclass is empty. The file ...
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Ways of expressing geographic questions in machine readable form

A core concept of GIS is answering questions about datasets. From the point of view of a database; SQL with spatial extensions is a way of asking such questions. What other ways can questions be ...
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How to check if parcel is located by golf course

Is there any simple way for me to run millions of parcels through some type of script to see if a shape file parcel is on a golf course? For example if I have a layer that has all the golf courses and ...
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Extract coordinates of polygon vertices in ArcMap 10?

I've got about a dozen polygons in a feature class loaded in ArcMap 10, all in geographic WGS 1984. How do I easily obtain the coordinates associated with each vertex of each polygon in that feature ...
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Spatial query tool for laymen

I know nothing about GIS, but I have what I think is a GIS problem. From spending a few hours googling my problem, I think what I need to do is perform a spatial query, but I'm not sure how to go ...
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How could I rate roads for scenic drives?

relative GIS newbie here. I've been working on a personal project to rate roads on how nice a ride they'd be on a motorcycle. I wrote a Python program to work through road data in the TIGER dataset ...
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Temporal Analysis Tool: Seeking

I am looking for an alternative tool (proprietary or FOSS) that matches the functionality of Temporal Analyst for ArcGIS by DHI Software. The best I could get was the QGIS plugin Time Manager ...
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How can I calculate the vertical distance to the nearest water?

Summary: I would like to create a raster where each cell contains the vertical distance to the nearest water (a decent approximation would be acceptable). The problem is that I'm not sure how to go ...
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GIS Project Workflow?

If you had to teach someone the key stages to a typical GIS Analysis project, what would be the best generic answer? I would like to see diagrams to illustrate this point. Do not think it requires ...
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Plugin for average distance from node to polyline in QGIS?

Is there a plugin available that will calculate this? EDIT 1: The red polyline is the average distance of the point to the black polyline. The red polyline is what I want to display. Alternatively, ...
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Spatial operators in R?

How can I do spatial selections or filters in R? I can do this in PostGIS using (e.g.): SELECT * FROM mypoint, mypoly WHERE ST_Within(mypoint.geom, mypoly.geom); and it is similarly a piece of cake ...
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Is there a described GIS method for creating catchment areas based on nearest driving distance?

ie. a combination of Voronoi polygons with isochrones, so that the Voronoi polygons are based on driving distance instead of Euclidean distance. Is there a name or a described method for this?
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What multiplier would you use for calculating estimated population?

Given a number of address points in a given area, what multiplier would you use for calculating estimated population? I have seen 2.5 in a few places, but I was wondering what the generally accepted ...
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When is a 3D Visualisation in GIS Useful?

I can currently only think of two cases: to visualise potential changes in a landscape, such as the effect of adding windfarms, or the addition of a new building to an urban area. However both these ...
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What practices are available for modelling land suitability?

I currently use a "classic" raster based approach of dividing a study area into cells. All input layers are converted to rasters at the same cell resolution and given a suitability rating. A final ...
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Using National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) county level crop data to estimate crop acreage in hydrologic regions?

National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) provides county level crop (Corn, Soybean, Sorghum, etc) data. I want to calculate crop acres on each subwatershed from the county based data. I'm ...
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How to calculate polygon length and width using open source GIS?

How can I calculate the length and with of polygons using open source tools? By "polygon length" I mean the length of the longest line within the polygon (update: to be correct, I just need the ...
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How to interpret GRASS v.kernel results?

GRASS manual reads: v.kernel - Generates a raster density map from vector points data using a moving 2D isotropic Gaussian kernel ... Ok, but how do I interpret the results? I understand that ...
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How to calculate average slope in a grid?

This is actually a two part question: Which methods are there to calculate average slope by unit (say kmĀ²) for a given area? Are there any special requirements on the data - like additional ...
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How to get a list of adjacent lots to a road in ArcMAP and PostGIS/QGIS?

In the following map, I have: A line / road layer A parcel / lot layer The Task: Find and count the list of lots adjacent to the road with their types (parcel_type is a field in the parcel ...
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How to emulate Google Maps driving directions using pgRouting?

Would like to emulate google maps' driving directions functionality but use pgRouting instead. google's data over the project area & scale is quite a bit off so we want to use our own transport ...
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How to represent bimodal attribute value distributions on a map

I'm looking for a visualisation method that enables me to represent bimodal or even multimodal attribute value distributions on line features. A bimodal distribution has two different modes that ...
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Calculating Length of Linestrings in WGS84 in Miles

I have a few thousand LINESTRING features in a MySQL database. I'm trying to figure out the cumulative length of all the lines -- in miles. Using the GLength function I can retrieve the length in ...