Quantitative Geography: Achievements and Prospects
IOWA UNIV IOWA CITY INST OF URBAN AND REGIONAL RESEARCH
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The research goals and methodological approach of quantitative geography in its formative period 1955-1965 are described and some principles concerning the logic of scientific discovery which led to further adoption and modification of quantitative approaches in the discipline are discussed. Substantive achievements of quantification are described in relation to the analysis of spatial structure mathematical regionalization development of location theory from behavioral foundations measurement problems in the analysis of spatial behavior the development of spatial prediction models and in relation to quantitative spatial geomorphology. Forecasts of future developments in the area of quantitative geography are made and the adaptability of substantive findings for incorporation in an automated environment of data analysis are discussed.