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correlating two polygon shapefiles

Question asked by lusekasu on Apr 12, 2015
Latest reply on Apr 17, 2015 by lusekasu

I am working on a research- trying to model vegetation types based on factors affecting their distribution. In that case I have observed a strong relation between vegetation and soil types, from just overlaying the vegetation type polygon shapefile with the soil type polygon shapefile, now the problem is i want to quantify this relationship between the vegetation and soil types i.e.the vegetation-soil type correlation analysis so as to scientifically present this relationship. Please i want to know how to do that using ArcGIS 10.1, I have tried to search for solutions to this problem but with no success. I do not have the primary data which was used to create those polygon shapefiles so I am hoping there is way of just working with just the polygons.And also the data in nominal i.e. soil and vegetation type names in these respective polygons.

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