This book was written to provide sociologists, criminologists, political scientists, public health specialists, anthropologists, economists, historians, and other social scientists that deal with data linked to geographic units and space an introduction to Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, and spatial analysis and statistical modeling.

An accompanying DVD contains all of the databases and examples used in the book, additional examples and resources for GIS and spatial analysis in the social sciences. It also contains versions of S3, the spatial analysis software used in Section 3 of the book, and a trial version of

*Mathematica* needed to run S3.

** I: Introduction to Geocoding and Mapping** How to Make a Pin Map | The Basics of Geocoding | Geocoding Addresses | Data Mining and GIS | Thematic Maps | Conclusion

**II: Mapping for Analysis, Policy, and Decision Making** Basic Multivariate Displays | Mapping Rates | What is the Proper Unit of Analysis in GIS? | Dynamic Maps: Showing Change over Time | Multiple Variable Maps | Using Complex Maps to Simplify and Support Better Decision Making | Policies and Planning

** III: Geospatial Modeling and GIS** Geospatial Modeling and GIS | The Meaning of Space in Causal Modeling | Measuring the Impact of Space and Spatial Relationships | Statistical Issues in Spatial Modeling | The Impact of Spatial Autocorrelations and Error Structures in Spatial Modeling | Statistical Modeling of Spatial Data | Types of Data Used in Spatial Models | Choosing Software to Estimate Spatial Models | Substantive Issues in Spatial Modeling | New Developments in Spatial Modeling | Conclusion

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