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By G. David Garson

The thoughts of analytic mapping and of geographic info structures (GIS) became more and more very important instruments for interpreting census, crime, environmental and customer info. The authors of this crucial quantity speak about facts entry, transformation and practise concerns, and the way to pick the correct analytic pics options via a overview of varied GIS and customary info resources, comparable to census items, TIGER records, and CD-ROM entry. They describe each one technique, overview its assumptions and necessities and supply illustrative output for pattern information utilizing chosen software program. Researchers and directors who have to deal with facts of geographic destinations will locate this booklet an invaluable consultant to platforms for storing, retrieving,

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A sub-MCD is a legally defined subdivision of a subcounty area (subbarrios in Puerto Rico). Continuing the distinctions among political areas in the census, an incorporated placeis a political unit that is incorporated as a city, town, borough, or village, not counting towns in New England, New York, and Wisconsin, and not counting boroughs in Alaska and New York. A voting district (VTD) is any of several types of areas, including election districts, precincts, legislative districts, and wards as defined by state and local governments.

Voting districts) becomes large, a mathematical solution may exceed computer capacity and require a less precise but more efficient algorithmic approach, which is what is done using specialized redistricting software. An example of such software is FMS/CENSUS, a module of the FMS/AC mapping systems, which in turn is based on the popular AutoCAD computer-assisted design package (see Omura, 1989; Thomas, 1989). FMS/CENSUS supports drawing and geocoding district boundaries (or importing them from other GIS packages); transforming these boundaries into topologically structured spatial database overlays; intersecting up to 12 political district boundaries with census block, tract, and voting district boundaries to establish a composite polygon overlay; correlating districts with a database containing 1990 census information; and redrawing boundaries to reassign census Page 17 blocks to alternative districts, with changes reflected automatically in the database.

Fortunately, this monograph by Garson and Biggs shows how these traditional difficulties can be overcome. The contemporary analyst has available a number of reasonably priced computer-based geographic information systems (GIS) packages, to which can be coupled any number of readily obtainable geographic data sources. S. S. streets. TIGER can be joined to a GIS software package such as Safari (by Geographic Data Technology). After the researcher has selected the appropriate data set and software, he or she can turn directly to analytic mapping.

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