GEOG 461: Applied Statistics in Geospatial Research

Keywords

Natural Environmental Systems, Urban Economic Systems, Meteorology

Prerequisites

STAT 301

Course Description

Application of descriptive and inferential statistics in geographic research: the general linear model, spatial statistics, computer analysis, and research design and presentation.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the logic of the general linear model as a framework for research design
  • To appreciate ANOVA, correlation, regression, etc. as a family of quantitative methods
  • To relate experiment design and data to choice of the proper analytic method
  • To relate experiment design and data to choice of the proper analytic method
  • To realize the purpose of diagnostics and their role in establishing the validity of empirical analysis
  • To develop skills in application of quantitative methods and interpretation of results
  • To strengthen research writing and presentation skills
  • To improve understanding of the scientific method and the researcher’s obligation to critical thought throughout the research process

Course Format

Lecture format with course support in BlackBoard. Evaluation methods include in-class and take-home exams and a fully developed research paper.