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multi-dimensional scaling (MDS)

  Methods for simplifying and replicating a matrix showing the distances between a set of points (n), while as far as possible retaining the relative ordering of those distances. MDS locates the points in a smaller number of dimensions than n, and so reduces a multi-dimensional representation to more comprehensible proportions. It can also be used to transform maps, basing them, for example, on the time-distance between places rather than the crow-flies distance. (RJJ)

Suggested Reading Gatrell, A.C. 1983: Distance and space: a geographical perspective. Oxford and New York: Clarendon Press.



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