Data classification is a crucial step in the analysis and visualization of geographic data. GeoPard offers several classification methods to help users effectively understand and interpret their data. Three commonly used data classification types in GeoPard are Natural Breaks, Equal Interval, and Equal Count (Area). Each classification method has its unique characteristics and application scenarios, as described below:
Natural Breaks Classification
This method identifies "natural" thresholds or breakpoints in the data distribution to create distinct groups. It maximizes differences between classes and minimizes differences within each class. Natural Breaks is useful for data with clear patterns or clusters, allowing effective exploration and analysis.
Equal Interval Classification
This method divides the data range into equal intervals or bins. It provides a balanced representation of data distribution, making it easy to interpret and compare values within each interval. Equal Interval is suitable for evenly distributed data without distinct patterns.
Equal Count (Area) Classification
This method ensures an equal number of data values in each class. It maintains a balanced representation, especially for skewed or unevenly distributed data. Equal Count enables fair comparisons between areas or regions, providing consistent analysis and visualization.