Statistical Problem Solving in Geography
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- perform statistical analysis with geographic data
- understand descriptive and inferential statistics
- correctly interpret statistical results
- Students should have some background with basic arithmetic and spreadsheet software
- Students should obtain the book An Introduction to Statistical Problem Solving, although any introductory book on statistics and geography should be fine
Do you struggle with statistics? Do you want to obtain a more quantitative background in the use of statistics in geography, environmental science, and GIS. Or, are you a student who is taking a course in statistics and geography but feel intimidated by the complexities of the subject? No worries. I created this class for you.
This class will walk you through each chapter of my textbook An Introduction to Statistical Problem Solving in Geography, along with the lecture notes I use in my course. It is designed specifically for geographers. So, the course isn't really a math course, but an applied course in statistics for geographers.
You can also think of this course as a personal tutoring session. I will not only go over each chapter, teaching you statistics, but will also work side-by-side with you to use statistical software to recreate examples in the book so that you know how to actually perform the statistical analysis.
At the end of this course you will know how to apply statistics in the field of geography and GIS. And many of my students who were initially intimidated by statistics, find they actually love this subject, and have chosen to refocus their career on quantitative geography.
- This course is designed for students taking a general or geography based introductory statistics class
- Students using the textbook An Introduction to Statistical Problem Solving in Geography by McGrew, Lembo, and Monroe
- Geographers and GIS professionals wanting obtain quantitative skills for their daily work
In this lecture you will learn how to perform two-sample difference tests. These include two-sample difference of means and proportions. You will also learn about a special case of the two sample difference test: the matched pairs test for dependent samples. Each test will include geographic examples for both the parametric and non-parametric cases.
In this lecture you will learn how to calculate and interpret a two-sample difference of means test. This will include both the parametric and non parametric tests.
In this lecture you will learn about the unique characteristics of spatial data in statistical analysis and will be introduced to the concept of spatial autocorrelation and how to interpret variograms.
In this lecture you will learn a technique of point pattern analysis called nearest neighbor analysis. You'll learn what nearest neighbor analysis is, how to calculate it, and how to interpret the results. The lecture will also perform a nearest analysis on geographic data and interpret the results.
In this lecture you will learn a technique of point pattern analysis called quadrat analysis. You'll learn what quadrat analysis is, how to calculate it, and how to interpret the results. The lecture will also perform a quadrat analysis on geographic data and interpret the results.
In this lecture you will learn a technique of area pattern analysis called join count analysis. You'll learn what join count analysis is, how to calculate it, and how to interpret the results. The lecture will also perform a join count analysis on geographic data and interpret the results.
In this lecture you will learn a technique of area pattern analysis called Moran's I Coefficient. This is the most common method of measuring spatial autocorrelation in a data set. You'll learn what Moran's I is, how to calculate it, and how to interpret the results. The lecture will also perform a Moran's I analysis on geographic data and interpret the results.
Now it gets interesting. In this lecture you will learn how to perform simple linear regression. Regression is the most common method of performing statistical analysis, and is the basis for statistical modeling of geographic data. You will learn what regression is, how to interpret regression results, and how to make predications based on your analysis.
In this lecture, you will analyze different geographic data sets, perform simple linear regression, interpret the results, and make predictions based on the results. When you complete this lecture, you will learn why regression is such a powerful statistical tool for any geographer.
I've saved the best for last. A geographer who knows how to perform multi-variate regression can command higher salaries and engage in more interesting and rewarding work. Multi-variate regression is one of the most powerful tools in a geographers toolbox. Unfortunately, most geographers do not know how to apply regression to real world scenarios. In this lecture you will conduct multivariate regression analysis on geographic data, correct for problems of multicollinearity and non significant predictors, and learn how to choose the best variables that explain a geographic phenomenon. In short, when you are done with this lecture, you are truly engaging in meaningful geographic research (not to say that everything else we've done here isn't meaningful!!).