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An introduction to mapping and geospatial analysis in R

  • Apr 24, 2012 · 5:45 PM
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For our April meeting: This month's talk is going to look at the geo-spatial capabilities of R. We'll look at how to import common geographical data formats into R and some of the free geographic data sources and map layers available. We'll then look at how to create maps in R using this data, and some of the ways to style it to display our data. We'll look at how R stores geographic data and how we can perform queries against that - for example identifying which points fall into a particular region. Finally, we'll take a brief look at modeling geospatial data and some of the issues to be aware of.

About the Speaker: Daniel Marlay who is a senior manager in Ernst & Young's Actuarial team where he has worked for the last 5 years building their business analytics capability. Daniel has a degree in Physics & Astronomy and worked for 7 years in various data Analytics roles consulting to the marketing industry prior to working at Ernst & Young. He has used R extensively in his work over the last 8 years and has recently been investigating the use of R for geospatial analyses.

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  • Sean C.

    By the way, for anyone using a Mac, you may find rgdal isn't listed in the package installer. Never fear:


    should work.

    April 25, 2012

  • Sean C.

    Excellent! Great pointers for getting started with geospatial analysis in R.

    April 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    An outstanding introduction to this topic. The presentation used a simple example which all could relate to, it carefully showed the data source urls for the four data sources used, it stepped through the code very methodically showing the results as each command was executed. The presentation was well-paced, very carefully thought out and and very clearly presented.

    April 25, 2012

  • Aileen L.

    Very good.

    April 25, 2012

  • David B

    oh NO! The VERY topic of most interest to me. I am flying out of Sydney on the day. Any chance that this presentation could be recorded/documented? Great topic... Keep up the good work suRfers,

    April 10, 2012

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