2004, Darra A., Kavouras M. and Tomai E., "Representing Semantic Similarity of Socioeconomic Units with Cartographic Spatialization Metaphors" Print

 

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Darra A., Kavouras M. and Tomai E., "Representing Semantic Similarity of Socioeconomic Units with Cartographic Spatialization Metaphors", 7th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science, Crete, Greece, April 28 - May 1, 2004.

 

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An important subject in geographic analysis is the representation of socioeconomic units (SEUs) on the basis of their characteristics. As a result, similarities and heterogeneities need to be revealed and portrayed accordingly. In this paper, we present a method for the analysis of a particular kind of socioeconomic units, which are the islands of the Greek archipelago. In order to facilitate the analysis but also to convey its results, SEUs are depicted using a two-dimensional “map” metaphor whose dimensions are not geographic but the dimensions of the socioeconomic analysis. The spatialization method used is multi-dimesional scaling (MDS). The resulted map can be actually considered as a cartogram for it does not preserve geographic location or topology but rather the semantic similarity of SEUs.

 

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