Self-Organising Maps: Applications in Geographic Information Science, ISBN-13: 978-0470021675


Self-Organising Maps: Applications in Geographic Information Science, ISBN-13: 978-0470021675

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  • Publisher: ‎ Wiley; 1st edition (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 214 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0470021675
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0470021675

Self-Organising Maps: Applications in GI Science brings together the latest geographical research where extensive use has been made of the SOM algorithm, and provides readers with a snapshot of these tools that can then be adapted and used in new research projects. The book begins with an overview of the SOM technique and the most commonly used (and freely available) software; it is then sectioned to look at the different uses of the technique, namely clustering, data mining and cartography, from a range of application-areas in the biophysical and socio-economic environments.

  • Only book that takes SOM algorithm to the GIS and Geography research communities
  • The Editors draw together expert contributors from the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, and South Africa
  • Covers a range of techniques in clustering, data mining cartography, all featuring an appropriate case study

This book will be an invaluable reference to researchers in the field who are looking for a comprehensive overview of the subject, by providing a clear explanation and understanding of this novel technique. Advanced undergraduates and post-graduates undertaking a research project in GIScience techniques will also find this book useful.

  • A comprehensive overview of cutting-edge research on applying the classic SOM method to a range of GIScience applications.
  • Chapters cover a range of techniques including clustering and data mining and all include appropriate case studies to enhance understanding.
  • Presents balanced coverage of physical and socio-economic applications.
  • Includes contributions from leading international researchers in the field.

Dr. Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural and data scientist, Visiting Professor of Inequities and Social Justice at Loughborough University, and the founder of research think-tank The 50 Percent Project. She is the author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias (which was a Guardian Book of the Week) and Wish We Knew What To Say: Talking with children about race, both published in 2020. Her most recent book (M)otherhood: On the choices of being a woman was published in June 2021. She is currently working on her next book for Canongate due to be published in July 2022 for which she was also awarded the Society of Authors Foundation award. As well as writing for adults, she has also done her first book for children ‘Let’s talk about racism’ out in August 2021 with Hachette.

After her PhD from the University of Nottingham, she was a senior academic in US and UK Universities for over 12 years and held the prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship. Pragya writes frequently for The Guardian, Prospect, Forbes, Huffington Post, BBC Science Focus, Scientific American and New Scientist, AEON, LIterary Hub, among others. Pragya is a two-time TEDx speaker and has given keynotes and talks for schools, universities and charities, and has worked as an anti-racism and inclusivity consultant with global corporate, governmental and research organisations. She has appeared on multiple international podcasts and shows such as NPR, BBC Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4’s The Spark. She has organised a TEDx Women event and more recently an online South Asian Literary Festival, and hosts the podcast Outside the Boxes. In 2018 she was the winner of the Diverse Wisdom Writing award from Hay House Publishing, was named as one of the 100 influential women in social enterprise in the UK, and was one of 50 people creating change in the UK-India corridor.

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