1 Course objectives

Phenomena describable by multiple variables arise in many subfields of physical and human geography and related disciplines. The focus of this course is on the analysis and display of multivariate geographical data by traditional multivariate methods and by newer methods of scientific visualization.

2 Topics covered

The specific topics that will be examined include:

3 Schedule - Winter 2018

Lec Day Date Topic – see individual pages for readings Exercises and Exams (out) due
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1 M 8-Jan Intro, data analysis and visualization in R 1 Getting and using R & RStudio
2 W 10-Jan Univariate plots 2 Univariate plots
3 W 17-Jan Bivariate plots   Packages and data 1
4 M 22-Jan Descriptive statistics 3 Bivariate plots and statistics 2
5 W 24-Jan Multivariate plots
6 M 29-Jan Maps in R 4 Multivariate plots 3
7 W 31-Jan Geospatial analysis in R
8 M 05-Feb Data wrangling and matrix algebra 5 Matrix algebra 4
9 W 07-Feb Reference distributions Exam 1 – due 16-Feb
10 M 12-Feb Statistical inference        
11 W 14-Feb Analysis of variance         6 CI’s, t-tests, ANOVA
12 M 19-Feb Regression analysis         5
13 W 21-Feb More regression analysis         7 Regression analysis
14 M 26-Feb Nonparametric regression         6
15 W 28-Feb Principal components and factor analysis        
16 M 05-Mar MANOVA, discriminant analysis 8 Multivariate analysis 7
17 W 07-Mar Multivariate distances and cluster analysis
18 M 12-Mar High-resolution and high-dimensional data sets Exam 2 – due 19-Mar
19 W 14-Mar Analysis and visualization of large raster data sets
M 19-Mar Exam 2   due         8

4 Grading and course mechanics

Format and grading: Lectures, mid-term and final take-home exams, and eight exercises. Both exams and all exercises must be completed to receive a passing grade for the course. Basis for grading: Undergraduates: exam 1 (18%), exam 2 (18%), exercise 1-8 (8% each, 64%) total. Graduates: exam 1 (12%), exam 2 (12%), exercise 1-8 (8% each, 64%), short write-up of the analysis of a “real” data sets (12%). Points will be deducted for late submission of exercises (without prior arrangements): 1 pt. after 1 day, 2 pts. after 1 week. Exercises are due before 5pm on their due date. Do not skip class to work on an exercise.

Prerequisite: GEOG 4/581 GIScience I (or GEOG 4/516 Introductory Geographic Information Systems)

Expected effort: Lectures will meet for 1.5 hours each, twice a week, and the half-hour immediately following lectures will be devoted to issues that arise while using R for the exercises. Exercises will require around 4 hours each for completion; more or less time may be required depending on the efficiency with which they are done. Plan on spending about 4 hours per week on reading and reviewing class web pages and notes. In addition a few hours may be required for downloading and setting up R.

Other topics: As is implied by the topic of the course, the visual inspection and interpretation of the output of computer analyses will be important, but accommodation for alternative methods of course-material access may be possible–please see me a soon as possible. Collaboration on the exercises is not prohibited (and in fact is a good idea) but the answers must be composed individually. Similarly, discussion of the exam questions may be useful in forming answers, but again, the answers must be composed individually.

Academic Misconduct: The University Student Conduct Code (available at conduct.uoregon.edu) defines academic misconduct. Students are prohibited from committing or attempting to commit any act that constitutes academic misconduct. By way of example, students should not give or receive (or attempt to give or receive) unauthorized help on assignments or examinations without express permission from the instructor. Students should properly acknowledge and document all sources of information (e.g. quotations, paraphrases, ideas) and use only the sources and resources authorized by the instructor. If there is any question about whether an act constitutes academic misconduct, it is the students’ obligation to clarify the question with the instructor before committing or attempting to commit the act. Additional information about a common form of academic misconduct, plagiarism, is available at [http://researchguides.uoregon.edu/citing-plagiarism]

No make-up tests will be given unless you provide documentation in advance and for a reason that is valid in the instructor’s judgment, or you provide a medical excuse within a week after the test.

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