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Department of Spatial Planning

Successful DFG grant application: a new project on the meanings of spatial weights will be funded

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The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding a three-year project to understand the implicit and explicit attributions of meaning to spatial weights and how researchers use the latter. Spatial weights are a central formal element for all types of spatial statistical analyses. They operationalise spatial interrelations and are important determinants of expectable analysis results of spatial routines. While many of their technical aspects are well understood, the substantive meaning of spatial weights as intended by researchers remains largely unknown unless explicitly stated in respective studies. The aim of this project is to gain a systematic overview and understanding of how researchers use spatial weights, including their intended meanings. Read more