FAG3170 Spatial Data Analysis in Practice 7.5 credits

Tillämpad rumslig dataanalys

In this course students are trained to become users of spatial data analysis techniques.

Students will gain a broad knowledge of the diversity of current approaches, which methods

are at hand and examples of applications using spatial data analysis in different fields (e.g.,

economic geography, epidemiology and urban safety).The learning outcomes of the course are:

 - identify the appropriate approaches/techniques in spatial data analysis

- use relevant knowledge to solve spatial-related problems using real-life data sets and

spatial statistical tools, including visualization, interpolation, pattern identification

and modeling (spatial regression analysis)

- develop both technical and social skills by working in pairs to solve real-life problems

using different statistical software

- to analyze results of practical exercises and be able to point out challenges and

advantages with those tested techniques

- develop, interpret and critically reflect upon results of a case study using one (or

more) spatial data analysis technique(s) learned during the course.

- be able to use their new skills in spatial data techniques and communicating them to

an audience (written, graphically and orally).

- recognize and express the value of incorporating the spatial dimension of phenomena

and processes in social sciences

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course is divided in three parts. In the first part the nature of the geographical data is discussed whilst the identification of spatial patterns is the focus in the second part of the course. The third part refers to confirmatory spatial data analysis using regression analysis, its applications and assessment (case study).

PART I - Lecture 1 - Thinking spatially: introduction to GIScience, Lecture 2 - The nature of spatial data, Lecture 3 - Data quality.

PART II - Lecture 4 – Spatial structure of spatial data, Lecture 5 - Non-parametric methods of spatial interpolation, Lecture 6 - Areal interpolation. Lecture 7 - Exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) and cluster detection methods Lecture 8 –Introduction to confirmatory analysis.

PART III - Lecture 9 –Regression analysis. Lecture 10 – Implementing space in social sciences: a summary, Lectures 11- 12 – Applications, Project (study case) and Project presentation.

Intended learning outcomes *

In this course students are trained to become users of spatial data analysis techniques. Students will gain a broad knowledge of the diversity of current approaches, which methods are at hand and examples of applications using spatial data analysis in different fields (e.g., economic geography, epidemiology and urban safety).The learning outcomes of the course are:

- identify the appropriate approaches/techniques in spatial data analysis

- use relevant knowledge to solve spatial-related problems using real-life data sets and spatial statistical tools, including visualization, interpolation, pattern identification and modeling (spatial regression analysis)

- develop both technical and social skills by working in pairs to solve real-life problems using different statistical software

- to analyze results of practical exercises and be able to point out challenges and advantages with those tested techniques

- develop, interpret and critically reflect upon results of a case study using one (or more) spatial data analysis technique(s) learned during the course.

- be able to use their new skills in spatial data techniques and communicating them to an audience (written, graphically and orally).

- recognize and express the value of incorporating the spatial dimension of phenomena and processes in social sciences

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Anyone who is a PhD student in any relevant subject area (e.g., Urban and Regional Planning, Economics, Real Estate, Geography, Demography, Criminology, Environmental Sciences) is eligible to take this course. However, having knowledge in Geographical Information Systems and/or basic statistics is an advantage.

The first week provides students with basic introduction to the course and tools. A set of introductory practical exercises will be provided to those unfamiliar with ArcGis, GeoDa and ScanStat. The first chapters in Haining (2003) should be read by the students before the first class (available in BILDA three weeks before the course starts).

Recommended prerequisites

Anyone who is a PhD student in any relevant subject area (e.g., Urban and Regional

Planning, Economics, Real Estate, Geography, Demography, Criminology, Environmental

Sciences) is eligible to take this course. However, having knowledge in Geographical

Information Systems and/or basic statistics is an advantage.

The first week provides students with basic introduction to the course and tools. A set of

introductory practical exercises will be provided to those unfamiliar with ArcGis, GeoDa and

ScanStat. The first chapters in Haining (2003) should be read by the students before the first

class (available in BILDA three weeks before the course starts).

Equipment

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Literature

The readings required for the course are: a book of Haining 2003 ”Spatial data analysis: theory and practice”; a collection of articles; and excerpts from books. All lectures require pre-reading.

The book and the collection of articles to be read for each meeting are handed out at course start.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Homework, 7.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

In order to pass the course, students need to:

  • attend lectures and perform practical exercises
  • participate in discussion in class (“forum-time” and hand in results on time)
  • participate in and contribute to the work with the case study in group (maximum 2 individuals) that  involves the development, the interpretation and critical reflection of results using spatial data analysis techniques learned during the course. Use of own datasets is encouraged.
  • Present their case study in a poster session at the department (written, graphically and orally). Department personnel (researchers, PhD students) and peers assess each group performance together with the content presented in the poster. The written report is handed in to the head teacher.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Vania Ceccato

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FAG3170

Offered by

ABE/Urban and Regional Studies

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Vania Ceccato vania.ceccato@abe.kth.se

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Urban and Regional Studies