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Advances in Geographic Information Science
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Metrics That Make a Difference

How to Analyze Change and Error

Authors: Pontius Jr., Robert Gilmore

  • Provides novel quantitative methods and software to measure change and error
  • Explains concepts in clear language, equations, and graphics that rectify popular misconceptions
  • Gives unique insights for applications to several fields especially Geographic Information Science
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About this book

Your government warns that 10% of your neighbors have a deadly contagious virus. The producer of a diagnostic test advertises that 90% of its tests are correct for any population. The test indicates that you have the virus. This book’s author claims your test has a 50% chance of being false, given your test’s result. Who do you believe? This book gives you insights necessary to interpret metrics that make a difference in life’s decisions.

This book gives methods and software that are essential to analyze change and error. Change describes a phenomenon across time points. Error compares diagnoses with the truth. Other texts give insufficient attention to these topics. This book’s novel ideas dispel popular misconceptions and replace previous methods. The author uses carefully designed graphics and high school mathematics to communicate easily with college students and advanced scientists. Applications include but are not limited to Remote Sensing, Land Change Science, and Geographic Information Science.

“A wide range of tools to aid understanding of land cover and its change has been used but scientific progress has sometimes been limited through misuse and misunderstanding. Professor Pontius seeks to rectify this situation by providing a book to accompany the researcher’s toolbox. Metrics That Make a Difference addresses basic issues of relevance to a broad community in a mathematically friendly way and should greatly enhance the ability to elicit correct information. I wish this book existed while I was a grad student.” – Giles Foody, Professor of Geographical Information Science, The University of Nottingham

“Metrics That Make a Difference provides a comprehensive synthesis of over two decades of work during which Dr. Pontius researched, developed, and applied these metrics. The book meticulously and successfully guides the reader through the conceptual basis, computations, and proper interpretation of the many metrics derived for different types of variables. The book is not just a mathematical treatise but includes practical guidance to good data analysis and good science. Data scientists from many fields of endeavor will benefit substantially from Dr. Pontius’ articulate review of traditionally used metrics and his presentation of the innovative and novel metrics he has developed. While reading this book, I had multiple ‘aha’ moments about metrics that I shouldn't be using and metrics that I should be using instead.” – Stephen Stehman, Distinguished Teaching Professor, State University of New York

About the authors

Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr is a Professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University in the United States. He earned his Master of Applied Statistics from The Ohio State University and his doctorate in Environmental Science from the State University of New York. Professor Pontius is an experienced statistician with expertise in Land Change Science and Geographic Information Science. He is renowned for creating quantitative methods that are essential for analyzing change and error in a variety of fields. His methods appear in the GIS & Image Processing software TerrSet, which has over 100,000 users worldwide.

Buy this book

eBook 99,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: August 1, 2021
  • ISBN 978-3-030-70765-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover 124,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: August 1, 2021
  • ISBN 978-3-030-70764-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Metrics That Make a Difference
Book Subtitle
How to Analyze Change and Error
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Geographic Information Science
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-70765-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-70765-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-70764-4
Series ISSN
1867-2434
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 100
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
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