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ERIC Number: EJ786934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 23
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ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Using Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis to Leverage Social Indicator Databases: The Discovery of Interesting Patterns
Anselin, Luc; Sridharan, Sanjeev; Gholston, Susan
Social Indicators Research, v82 n2 p287-309 Jun 2007
With the proliferation of social indicator databases, the need for powerful techniques to study patterns of change has grown. In this paper, the utility of spatial data analytical methods such as exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) is suggested as a means to leverage the information contained in social indicator databases. The principles underlying ESDA are illustrated using a study of clusters and outliers based on data for a child risk scale computed for countries in the state of Virginia. Evidence of spatial clusters of high child risks is obtained along the Southern region of Virginia. The utility of spatial methods for state agencies in monitoring social indicators at various localities is discussed. A six-step framework that integrates spatial analysis of key indicators within a monitoring framework is presented; we argue that such a framework could be useful in enhancing communication between State and local planners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia