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Measuring Map Complexity

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David Fairbairn


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Author(s): Fairbairn D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Cartographic Journal

Year: 2006

Volume: 43

Issue: 3

Pages: 224-238

Print publication date: 01/12/2006

ISSN (print): 0008-7041

ISSN (electronic): 1743-2774

Publisher: Maney Publishing


DOI: 10.1179/000870406X169883

Notes: This individual research addresses fundamental issues related to design, production and use of maps. In-depth studies of map complexity are rare, and this intensive study integrates a number of varying approaches. The novel conclusion is that data compression shows promise as an index which can be used to characterize the graphical variation within the map face: a significant number of potential application areas for such an index are presented.


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