The primary, but not the sole, aim of this book is to make an integrated system of methods, described as “geostatistical”, available to statistical agencies and to researches in geographical statistics. Extensive field experience has shown that these methods enable us to overcome many of the diffuculties usually encountered in the graphical presentation, treatment, and analysis of bulky data that originate from large numbers of small and irregular territorial units. They permit us to:(a) represent graphically the information supplied by these data in ways that make it possible to (i) grasp the macrogeographical characteristics of the territorial distributions studied quickly, (ii) identify (when required) microgeographical features, and (iii) make quick comparisons between maps; (b) use geostatistical parameters to quantify the main aspects of position, dimensions, and shape of the distributions studied; (c) compare these parameters for different distributions, different territories, and different time frames; (d) measure, geographical discrepancy (“minimal distanceȁ0 between pairs of distributions synthetically; and 9e) obtain averaged values from many of these distances taken together.


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