Virgilio Gómez Rubio
RArcInfo: Using G.I.S. Data with R
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Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S.) have become powerful tools for
integration, visualisation and analysis of spatial data, also providing the
capability of integrating data from different sources. However, the number of
statistical methods implemented in most GIS is not comparable to those we can
find within R.
RArcInfo is written with the aim of importing data from two of the most used
formats in the G.I.S. community: Arc/Info V 7.x binary coverages and E00 files,
which are supported by nearly all the G.I.S. software available
nowadays.
Once the data are imported into R, the user can use several packages to perform
spatial analysis on the data, access to databases to integrate new data and
other interesting possibilities, which increase the spectrum of statistical
tools available to mine data.