ArcGIS 3: Performing Analysis Class Resources

03-03-2016 09:05 AM
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ArcGIS 3: Performing Analysis Class Resources


The website has evolved.  Rather than the online replica of installed help files (10.2 and earlier) a more web-centric support presence has been developed.  This will include the version 10.3 online help, and much of the content from will be redirected and/or folded-in.  In particular the search capabilities have been expanded – we are recommending looking here – – first.

Overview of analysis

Arguably the best general resource for analysis in ArcGIS is Andy Mitchell’s The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis, Volumes I and II.  These are available from the Esri Press, Volume I and Volume II.  The third volume in the series looks in depth at suitability, path, and flow models.  This is available from the Esri Press as well, and other vendors such as Amazon.

Spatial statistics

A good and commonly cited reference for an introduction to spatial statistics is Statistics in Geography by David Ebdon.  This book is also useful for relating conventional statistics to spatial statistics.  Sample programs are quite dated, but this is a singular source – and it is still in print. It is also available from Google Books.

There is a separate blog site for spatial statistics which has links to videos, tutorials, case studies, and common questions about spatial statistics.


Arc 3 emphasizes systematic analysis workflows and the use of ModelBuilder to plan, test, revise, and share the execution of the analysis.  The Esri Press tutorial, Getting to know ArcGIS ModelBuilder, is outdated, particularly with respect to iterators.  The short, but more current web course, does not add depth to the Arc 3 content.  The best current resource is the new online help system. Start here!

Coordinate systems

Our decisions and data management practices with respect to coordinate systems impact analysis results. One excellent and very readable reference is Basic GIS Coordinates by Jan Van Sickle. This is also available on Amazon and Google Books.  For the characteristics of specific map projections, there are a variety of works by the late John Snyder, such as his Working Manual.  Snyder’s Album of Map Projections (out of print) may be the most approachable work on projected coordinate systems.


There are three topics which arise in the Arc 3 class which are not covered directly or only in passing by the course material.  These are interpolation using kriging, in particular with the Geostatistical Analyst extension; geographically weighted regression (GWR); and grouping analysis.

Kriging using Geostatistical Analyst – the original user manual by Johnstson, Ver Hoof, and Krivoruchko.

Much of the seminal work on GWR was done by Stewart Fotheringham, et al.  Geographically Weighted Regression: The Analysis of Spatially Varying Relationships.

Possibly thousands of papers (dissertations?) have been written on grouping analysis and all that it entails: data clustering, classification algorithms, data mining etc. Esri documentation is excellent on this topic.

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