Aggregation Issues in Cognitive Mapping

Kitchin, Rob and Fotheringham, Stewart (1997) Aggregation Issues in Cognitive Mapping. Professional Geographer, 49 (3). pp. 269-280. ISSN 0033-0124

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Cognitive mapping involves the description of the way individuals store and process geographic information. Typically, cognitive mapping data are derived from individual responses and then analyzed in one of three ways: (1) the individual data sets are analyzed separately and only pooled for comparison (disaggregation); (2) the individual data sets are averaged and then analyzed (collective aggregation); or (3) the individual data sets are analyzed and the results averaged (individual aggregation). This paper compares the latter two aggregation strategies for analyzing cognitive mapping data using data collected in a large-scale study of students’ configurational knowledge of the city of Swansea in the United Kingdom. It is contended that the aggregation strategy adopted will have a fundamental effect upon the conclusions drawn from a study.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: aggregation; cognitive mapping; ecological fallacy;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 5373
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2014 12:57
Journal or Publication Title: Professional Geographer
Publisher: Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Refereed: Yes

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