(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1982)

Document title

Max complexity: comparison and measurement

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Visual complexity is defined in this paper as the degree to which the combination of map elements results in a pattern that appears to be intricate or involved. A mesure of complexity applicable to the isopleth map as well as choropleth can be derived, then, using the power function. Three graph theoretic measures are considered as objective measures of choropleth map complexity, with correlations of 0.92 to 0.95 obtained between these measures and subjective complexity of choropleth maps. The graph theoretic measures for choropleth maps are then adjusted according to the power relationship observed between choropleth and isopleth subjective map complexity to yield a complexity measure for the latter map type.


Article of periodic

published at : American cartographer Washington

Editor :

Millesime : 1982, vol. 9, no1 [pp. 31-46]

Bibliographic references : 18 réf.



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